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Cheerful Gray and Yellow Summer Garden Wedding in Utah

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 23, 2015

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Lindsey and Jordan were married at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 22. “There wasn’t actually one thing,” Lindsey said. “Everything was so beautiful. We loved the view from where we got married to the amazing gardens.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, structured bow sash, and a pair of mint Mary Jane high heels, while the groom wore a three-piece light gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short yellow satin dresses and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, craspedia balls, scabiosa pods, and succulents. Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that said, “Welcome to the best day ever . . . tag your photos on Instagram with #JandLrock.” The ceremony took place in the Fragrance Garden underneath a wisteria arbor with scenic views of the Wasatch Range. Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official with almost 225 witnessing. The reception took place inside the Rose House featuring floor-to-ceiling windows. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow runners, and vintage vases and vessels, surrounded by folding padded chairs. “Our DJ was able to get everyone out on the dance floor to celebrate, even people we would have never thought,” she said. “Our food was fantastic and different from anything else I’ve seen at a wedding. Just the support we felt from all of family and friends throughout the whole day was more than memorable.” A three-tiered buttercream frosted cake atop a wooden tree slice was cut for dessert. Even the cake topper matched their attire! The newlyweds’ best advice? “Be calm and start early,” Lindsey said. “Yes, this is the most important day of your life, but focus on the man or woman you are marrying more than stressing over simple little details. Remember that you are getting married and that is the most important part of the day. Start early and have people helping you other than family too. I was so grateful our families got to enjoy the day instead of having to set up chairs or worry if all the vendors were arriving on time.” At the end of the night, they exited amongst a sea of ribbon wands, and jetted off on their honeymoon to Florida.

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Photography: Dezember Photography | Videography: Lumineux Films | Venue: Red Butte Garden | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from The Perfect Dress | Shoes: Mojo Moxy | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lily and Iris | Jewelry: Shane Co. | Hair Stylist: Kristi Baker | Makeup Artist: Tiffany Olsen of Highlight Beauty |  Groom’s Attire: Utah Woolen Mills |  Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: George Garff | Ceremony Musician/DJ: DJ Paul Helms | Invitations: Beautiful Wedding Announcements | Floral Designer: Petal Perfect Floral | Caterer: Le Croissant Catering | Cake: One Sweet Slice 

20 Gorgeous Ballroom Wedding Venues

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 23, 2015

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Searching for a wedding venue during the winter can be a difficult task since the cold temps and snowy conditions make outdoor venues less appealing. Luckily, there are plenty of indoor venues around the country to choose from. In our most recent WinterBook, we’ve rounded up 20 gorgeous ballrooms that took our breath away. From sweeping staircases to stunning architecture, these regal spaces are perfect for a winter wedding.

Scenic Mountaintop Spring Winery Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 22, 2015

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Erica and Michael were married at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, Calif. on May 3.  “It’s spectacular views had particular significance for us because we could see Stanford’s campus, where we first met,” Erica said. The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, ivory sash, and a pair of Jimmy Choo peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, peonies, Queen Anne’s lace, freesias, and green trick dianthus. “My grandmother wore a lucky dime in her shoe on her wedding day in 1948,” she said. “I kept this dime in a tiny box with the inscription, ‘something borrowed, something blue, and a piece of silver in your shoe.’  In keeping with the tradition, my mom wore this same dime in her shoe when she was married. She kept this dime in a vintage box for years, hoping that one day, I would be able to wear it as well.” Guests were greeted with cucumber ginger sprtizers to beat the spring heat. “Our ceremony was held at a hilltop overlooking the Bay Area, and we were fortunate to have amazing weather with a clear scene stretching from San Francisco to Palo Alto,” Erica said. “Walking down the aisle, seeing our family and friends, and listening to a very personal processional recorded and arranged by Michael, was a moment we will never forget.” Once the vows were sealed with a kiss underneath an arch, it was official! Cocktail hour began with none other than hors d’ouevres such as cheese. The reception took place underneath the pavilion. Tables were decorated with white linens, sage green napkins, mercury glass centerpieces, and votive candles. Bonus: freshly-baked loaves of bread and olive oils. “Even my dad toasted about how he never thought anyone could love his daughter as much as he did, until Michael came along,” she said. “And watching a tear form in many of the other dad’s eyes in the audience.” After dinner, a mini cake was cut, but not served because there was an assortment of cupcakes instead. The dance floor was packed until the end of the night. “We wavede goodbye to everyone with Tony Bennett’s, ‘I Left My Heart in San Francscio,’ playing in the background,” Erica said. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Get a great wedding planner!” she said.

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Photography: Megan Clouse Photography | Venue: Thomas Fogarty Winery | Event Planner: Every Elegant Detail | Dress Designer: Amy Kuschel | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Hair and Makeup Artist: The Style Projects | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Nordstrom | Invitations: Soiree | Floral Designer: Amy Burke Designs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Caterer: Culinary Eye Catering | Cake: Sweet Pistachio | DJ: Big Fun Disc Jockeys

How to Rock a Wedding Expo

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 22, 2015

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Photo by Summer Street Photography

For recently engaged couples who are ready to start planning, attending a wedding expo can be a great first step. You’ll be introduced to a wide range of wedding pros in your area and return home with lots of great goodies in tow! When it comes to getting the most out of a wedding expo, a little prep can go a long way. Check out these 13 insider tips and you’ll be good to go!

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