Romantic Winter Bohemian Wedding

12 04 2014

We have a cozy feature for you today. On cold days, we love curling up with a cup of hot cocoa and looking at beautiful photos such as these taken by Danielle Woodall Photography. We love the rich colors and tones used in this inspiration shoot, and how about those gorgeous blooms by Tinge Floral? We just can’t get enough. Feast your eyes!

  
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Tibble Fork Reservoir Groomals {Claire & Justin}

12 03 2014

Claire & Justin are getting married in December right before Christmas. They wanted to find a location that fit the time they were getting married: what better place than Tilbble Fork Reservoir?

Camilia Lund captured this lovely couple perfectly, “from the moment Claire took off the blindfold, all I captured was their sweet relationship together. They are such a sweet, laid back couple, & I felt like I was able to show their love more genuinely because of that. They were not worried about the wind, bitter cold, or how much longer we had to take pictures. It was just a good, full-of-love, sweet time!”

Claire and Justin did a great job planning their wedding during the holiday season. Many believe it must be solely Christmas themed or likewise, but they found the perfect balance and we love the wintery feel here!

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Salt Flats, UT {Ethan & Jess}

12 02 2014
Ethan and Jess are high school sweethearts. They got married 4 years ago and life for them has been a crazy fun adventure ever since! Jess says she can’t remember life without Ethan yet she still feels like they’re newlyweds.. When her grandma, who has always been a style icon to Jess, passed last year, they found her wedding dress from the 1950’s.Jess immediately knew that she wanted to do an anniversary photo shoot in this dress. It was such a special experience for Jess to be able to wear it for these photos, and it fit her like a glove!

Anastasia did a wonderful job capturing the feeling of past and present in this shoot. She refers to this session as “Vanilla Sky” which is fitting because of the gorgeous location as well as the vintage feel. Jess’s accessories, that complete her look, are from the lovely Joli Pétale.
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Utah Engagements {Jordan & Chrissy}

12 01 2014

One of the things we love most about these engagements by Mikki Platt Photography is that there wasn’t much color left in the landscape they chose, but the photos were still absolutely gorgeous! Lots of summer brides worry about having engagements taken during the winter and spring, but with the right photographer you can make it work! We love that they chose a variety of outfits as well! Such a darling couple!

  
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A Sundance Winter Wedding {Liz & Nik}

11 26 2014

This wonderful winter wedding left us speechless. From the enchanting venue to the yellow Hunter boots, it was perfection.  The talented and lovely Rebeka Westover did an incredible job with capturing this wedding. A quote from the photographer, “you have to know it’s a good wedding when while you are making photos, the wedding party yells ‘one-two-three-WE LOVE YOU REBEKAH!’ and afterwards the bride gives you a kiss!! ha!” She did a great job catching the fun energy.

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Louland Falls Formals {Dani & Matt}

11 25 2014
This couple’s formal session with Tory from T.L. Photography, showcases their love for each other and their classic styles. Dani and Matt chose to do a first look because they wanted as much time as possible on their wedding day to celebrate with their friends and family. They chose Louland Falls for their location because it embraced the natural Utah landscape they spend so much of their time in. The bride’s gorgeous dress is from David’s Bridal and her hair and make-up was done by Paula J. Dahlberg.


From the Bride: “The great outdoors has been the backdrop for so many moments in our relationship. We grew together as we tackled peaks, rock faces, and remote miles. Louland falls was a place that let us share that piece of our relationship with our friends and family on our big day. As for the look, I wanted to keep the makeup pretty natural, and went for a look that just enhanced what was already there and I still felt like it was “me” looking back in the mirror.”

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Winter Engagements {Dylan & Alexa}

11 24 2014

Winter can be freezing and miserable but if you brave the cold and find a willing photographer, it can make for some great engagement photos! We love when couples use bright colors for their winter engagements, it really pops against the snow! Haley Hodges Photography did a great job photographing this cute couple! These two love birds are high school sweethearts and are getting married on Halloween of next year!

  
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Fashion Friday: Bridal Shoe Trends

11 21 2014

There are so many fashion components to taking a walk down the aisle, and even more for the whole wedding shebang! We have focused our fashion Friday’s on various elements and often on the gown, but today we are focusing on that said walk down the aisle, and just how you are walking! The bridal shoe says almost as much about your wedding style as any other wedding component! A great bridal shoe is a must! Here are a few of our favorite bridal shoe trends!

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Lace, a timeless classic bridal gown fabric moves to foot! Be careful to either match the lace in your gown or accent your gown with lace shoes but beware of multiple lace patterns and styles that could clash. If your looking for just a touch of Lace this might be the right place!

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These perfectly “bow’d” shoes flow easily from the previous lace trend, where bows were also very present in the design. Valentino brought bows back with this beautiful bridal shoe and now they are all the rage in bridal fashion. We liked the soft nature of the Alexander McQueen ankle bow and a little color too!

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Just like the lace took us right into the bows, the bling on those beautiful Valentino’s take us right into the next bridal shoe trend … bling. Be it glitter, diamonds, or metalic tones a little bit of bling is often just the right thing! You cannot go wrong with a pair of Louboutin’s or Jimmy Choo’s

  
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Thankful Thursday

11 20 2014

Thanksgiving is exactly one week away, it is a beautiful time of year filled with a unique spirit of gratitude and giving, we hope that spirit is emanating in your souls as much as it is in ours! Today we continue our thankful Thursday posts with a continued tradition here at UBB, probably our most personal post of the year! A look at who we are, what is behind UBB, and what we are grateful for!

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Writing a short paragraph about what I am thankful for is no easy task. There are so many things and people I would be nowhere without. I am so thankful for the love and support of my family, without whom I would not be where I am today. I am so thankful for the beautiful world we live in, I will never get tired of traveling and seeing new places and people. I am so thankful for the wonderful wedding industry we are in, especially our local vendors. As wedding vendors we have become a tight-knit community and it’s amazing to see the friendships and support systems that have formed. Lastly, I am so thankful for the lovely ladies that run Utah Bride Blog. Audrey and Megan have become some of my dearest friends and they feel like my sisters, I’m so thankful for all they have taught me!

- Lindsey Orton

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I just love this time of year and what this month represents. There are so many things to be thankful for in our lives and taking time out from our busy lives to count all of our blessings is just what we all need. I really have so many things to be thankful for and some of them are the little things we don’t think about like being healthy and having a roof over our heads. Whenever I start thinking about the things I’m the most thankful for my thoughts always turn to my family. I would be nothing without them and they are the ones who keep me motivated and push me to reach my dreams. They are the ones who make me feel complete and fill my heart with so much love that at many times I think I might burst. What would any of us be without our families and the daily support they give us? Thank you so much to my two sweet (and sometimes naughty) little boys who love me no matter what. They teach me so much about what true unconditional love is and they make me strive to be better person and a better mom every day.

Thank you to my dear husband who is truly one of the bests. He is one of the hardest working people I know and a daily inspiration of what hard work and reaching for your goals can get you. Thank you so much for being there for me through all of my endeavors and crazy ideas! You love me and support me one everything I do and I can’t tell you how much that means to me. Thank you for being my best friend and always being my favorite person to hang out with. And most of all thank you for being the best dad to our boys. It’s no secret who is their favorite in this family!

Last but certainly not least… thank you to my dear friend and business partner, Audrey O’brien. We started this adventure almost 6 years and I couldn’t be happier with where it has gone and our continued friendship. I look up to you in so many ways from being such an amazing mom to being a hard working and dedicated business owner.  It’s so hard to find people in our lives that we can trust fully and know they will be there no matter what happens and I’m so lucky to have found that in Audrey. You are the other half to this UBB family and truly make it function! And thank you to our Assistant Editor, Lindsey Orton, who is beyond amazing and helpful in every way. I don’t know what we would do without you! Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to this dream of ours and thank you for always being the nicest person to work with!

- Megan Bailey

ubbthankIn trying to sum up my thoughts about what I am grateful for and in reflection of the last year I feel drawn to simplify the complexity of what I have experienced in the last year, and this is what I have come up with ….. 2014 was full, simply put. And so my heart is full, bursting actually with gratitude for my blessings and even recognition of how some of those blessings have come with a good deal of pain.

I expanded my family with the addition of our caboose in February, mr Jag. In doing this I also expanded the chaos! You know that saying that once you have 3 kids {or maybe its 4} it does not matter how many more you add it’s all the same?! Well for me the game changer was six! He tipped us into crazy! With that crazy and the intensity of managing the schedules of a family this size we have had to evolve as a family, and in some ways that has been a bit painful but it has also brought us all closer together and helped us learn to serve and support each other on a deeper level. I am so grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow to connect more deeply with my husband and children and to work as a team to be the best family we can be! Thanks Nate for being my best friend and living this beautiful chaotic dream with me for the last 16 years! Jamaal, Storie, Stock, Saylor, Nox, & Jag you are the most incredible people in my world!

I have also been directly next to a lot of people I care deeply for as they went through really difficult things this past year. My heart has ached more for my family & friends this year than almost any other year I can think of. Time is the most fragile thing of all and love is the most valuable, and so I have become more aware of how I use my time, and I have loved, loved more than ever before.

While I am on a ‘what they say’ kick, you know how they say it takes a village to raise a kid? Well it also takes a community to be successful in business and I am so grateful to belong to such an amazing industry and community. My immediate “family” here at UBB is of huge support to me and I would not be nearly as successful without them. Megan Bailey you are a genius and I admire your brilliance daily, thank you for all your love and support. We have always made a pretty darn good team! We have an amazing staff here at UBB and they continue to play key roles in our growth and contribution to the local Utah wedding industry. Thank you Lindsey Orton for being a right hand gal to two gals at the same time, you always go above and beyond for us!

I sincerely hope and wish for all our UBB readers and supporters a deeper meaning in life, blessings in growth, time well spent, and a heart full of love. Happy Thanksgiving.

- Audrey O’Brien

 

  
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Fall Wedding {Ali & Nick}

11 19 2014

This beautiful wedding took place mid-November. It was laced with lovely gold details and a gorgeous vintage flair. The ribbon/bell exit from the temple was a magical touch, though Liz from Elizabeth Taylor Frandsen Photography says, “my favorite shot of the day was the groom, Nick’s, reaction to seeing his bride Ali for the first time just before their wedding eve celebration.” She did a wonderful job capturing this couple’s special day. The bride got her dress from Panache Bridal, and hair and makeup done by the lovely Versa Artistry.

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