Southern Utah Bride Magazine {New Issue!}

Happy Monday! We are thrilled to announce the second issue of the Southern Utah Bride Magazine that hits news stands today! And we are even more excited to show off the first sneak peek of this amazing fall inspired shoot that was shot by the oh so talented Jimmy Bishop with Gideon Photography. Make sure to pick up your copy today to see more from this fabulous publication!

In today’s wedding world brides are not only tying the knot but they’re doing it in styles all their own. This new way of doing things is attractive to couples that are looking to make their wedding day 100% personal and completely unique. Although planning a wedding will probably always be a lot of work, the extra thought put into the details of curating your most fabulous event will prove worthwhile once the bouquet is tossed and the last picture is taken!

Start with the basics….

Pick a theme
This may seem like a daunting task, after all, there are so many different directions you can take. That’s the beauty of themes, but couples should choose something cohesive that compliments the their personality while still remaining classy and appropriate and not too overtly stated or cliché. For this shoot, the theme was based on the warm comfort of days gone by with elements found in grandpas library. The cohesive textures, colors, and elements brought together a unique warm wedding theme in a fun and tasteful way. Find whatever it is that speaks to you and run with it. Remember to take into account the time of year in which you are tying the knot. Your nuptials are something to be remembered, and choosing a theme, that is appropriate to the season will help you map out the rest of your details and bring everything together.

Choose an interesting color board
Liven things up with the right colors! The right color pallet is important to consider when visualizing how you see your big day and how others will remember it. If yellow is your favorite color, try pairing it with gray, and a pop of green. If you’ve always pictured purple as your staple color combine it with a little black and a touch of silver. Use different colors of blues or pinks to add depth and variety. The grey and brown color scheme, with touches of green and red brought the warmth and masculinity to our theme. If you are really feeling creative, don’t shy away from incorporating interesting fabrics and paper prints.

Wear something that has “You” written all over it
A beautiful dress makes all the difference! But, with so many options, it can be a bit overwhelming as you venture out to find the right dress specifically for you. You might look great in a short T-length dress, or a
string of pearls, which are growing in popularity. If, after looking through your favorite bridal boutiques, you still haven’t found the dress that speaks to you, don’t be afraid to venture off to one of our larger sister cities. If you know exactly what you want, and still cant find it, have one custom  made. Give unconventional a try! Dress your groom in some neutral trousers, a button up colored shirt, and finish off the look with some simple black suspenders, and a blazer! Also, don’t forget your bridal party! The days of matchy-matchy bridesmaid dresses are a thing of the past. Not everyone needs to wear the same thing, so have some fun with your colors and get creative by using different length, color, or style of dress! Remember your theme, and continue it through the detail of the wedding apparel.

Décor and more
The centerpieces on your tables, along with all the details that surround your guests while they mingle at your reception are not to be forgotten! If your wedding is eco-friendly perhaps you could use recycled goods, like stenciled tin cans, different sized organic candles, and fun earthy greens to decorate the tabletops. For the vintage inspired bride, try incorporating your grandmother’s old jewelry into your table décor and floral arrangements. Attach an heirloom locket to the base of your bouquet to add even more sentiment. If you’re event has a carnival theme, purchase big balloons in your wedding colors and have a single big balloon at the center of each of your tables weighted down by your favorite childhood juice box or a small vase of circus peanuts. Also, don’t forget the details that your guests will first see when they arrive at your venue. Sometime before the reception, perhaps during your engagement shoot, have your photographer take a picture of you and your man pointing in the direction of your reception, blow it up to life-size, and use it as a unique way to greet your guests as they arrive!

Don’t forget the guests
Your guest list will likely have both young and old. One idea to keep the kids entertained, create simple fabric wands they can play with all night, to keep as your gift to them! If you have extra fun fabric that didn’t get used on the tables, you could always use it to cover hula-hoops that can act as props around your reception and also be used on the dance floor! As parting gifts and a way to say thank you to all your guests, give regional wedding favors to show support to the community you live in. A small bag of tasty cake-bites from one of Southern Utah’s local bakeries could be the perfect detail to top off your unforgettable wedding!

Whether you’re hoping to create a never before seen event, or just add a twist to classic traditions, incorporating unique details with a touch of personality that coincide with a your special theme will make for a day both you and your guests will never forget!  For more ideas to keep the ball rolling with all your wedding plans, visit Southern Utah Bride Magazine online at

Design: Forevermore Events
Floral: Bloomers
Photography: Gideon Photography
Photography Cake: BK Designer Cakes
Hair and Makeup: Jaclyn Lamoreaux
Dress: Vera Wang courtesy of Alta Moda Bridal
Props: Urban Renewal


  1. Laura Stagg says:

    Hey UBB gals….thanks for featuring our magazine on your blog! We had a blast with all of the vendors who helped create the shoot! The darling Haylee Larsen of Hey Hay designs created the menu’s and table numbers for the shoot….thanks Haylee!

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