I love the sheer honesty of the bride along with both the time and money saving ideas she and her groom implemented.
Bridal Q & A
Talk to me about the decor!
“One day my cousin and I went into a bakery and saw a cake with a peacock on it, I loved the way the colors looked, ever since that day I knew I was going to do a peacock themed wedding. We decided to go with jewel tones and darker colors, which brought a very romantic feel to the wedding.”
Why a Mountain Wedding?
“Could it possibly get more beautiful? It was beautiful and I have always loved Utah mountains, they are my go to place if I want to relax in pure bliss.”
Who proposed marriage and how did that proposal happen?
“He proposed. He surprised me with dinner and dessert lit by candles when I got home from work, it was very intimate and romantic.”
Did you do a First Look?
“We did not do a first look. Jackson was very adamant on keeping the tradition of first seeing me as I was walking the aisle. I knew we probably wouldn’t have time to get all the pictures we wanted on our wedding day (and boy was I right), so we did do a formal session two days before the wedding. I wore a different dress during the photoshoot to keep my actual wedding dress a surprise. I loved the dress in the shoot, and now looking back wished that I had wore it on the wedding day as well.”
Describe your Wedding Flowers
“I wanted my flowers to look like they belong in the venue. Something that enhanced its already natural Beauty and didn’t distract from that, I think the flowers that were chosen were perfect. They looked like elegant wild flowers! All our flowers were put together by Millie garret. She has been doing flowers for years, we chose her because she did the flowers at my parents wedding along with many other family members.”
Describe your Bridal Attire. What inspired the wedding day outfits?
“When I thought of what I wanted to look like on my wedding day I wanted it to be timeless, not trendy. I simply just wanted to feel beautiful. For the bridal photos I chose a Galina signature from David’s Bridal and for my wedding ceremony gown I bought a gown from La Sposa Bridal salon.
“It is actually a funny story how I acquired my wedding gown. I was visiting my mom in Utah when I found my dress. We were out at a local consignment shop selling all my old prom dresses, when the subject of marriage came up with the owner. The owner proceeded to look at me and said, “I might have something you will like,” and brought out the dress. It was brand new with tags and I decided to buy it (even thought I wasn’t sure) because I knew that I could resell it for more than the listed price. As months passed, the dress grew on me and I am so glad that I found it. It was perfect and I felt so beautiful in it. It was meant to be. I wore Michael Kors flats that Jackson had bought for me for a Christmas present.
“For my bridesmaids dresses, we bought them from Light in the Box. I was skeptical about this website at first because the dresses were coming from China, but they were absolutely beautiful and very well made.”
Where did you find your inspiration?
“I found some inspiration on Pinterest, but honestly mostly it was all in my own head. Getting my vendors to be able to see inside my head was difficult at times.”
Three things you’re glad you did
I’m so glad I decided to get a videographer. I originally was planning not to hire one, but went over budget – it was so worth it.
I’m glad I did all my DIY, even though it was a lot of time spent it was a lot of money saved and well worth it.
I’m glad I chose the venue I did. Tthere were other venues in the running, but snowbird was perfect and absolutely beautiful.”
Describe any Do it Yourself (DIY) Projects
My bridal robe was DIY. I bought an inexpensive robe from tjmaxx and ironed on the back the word ‘Bride’ in rhinestone embellishment.
My bridesmaid’s hair pieces were made with my glue gun and were so easy, they cost me about $3 each to make and similar pieces were selling on Etsy for $20-$50.
The groomsmens’ pocket squares were made from addition fabric hemmed off of bridesmaids dresses.
I made my table numbers from glitter paper and stickers.
My mom and I did the place cards and used different stickers and worked with our theme to let the waiters know who ordered what food.
The thumbprint tree, my husband and I painted ourselves, which is quite the accomplishment as I am not a crafty person.
I made coloring books for all the kids. I feel like there was so many more DIY projects that I did, but that’s all I can remember!
What was your favorite ceremony memory?
“My friends had been building up my emotions all day and I had been holding it back really well and keeping myself together, but the second I turned around that corner and saw my husband and the end of the isle all my emotions came flooding out into a full on ugly cry (not my favorite memory) but what was my favorite memory is the emotion it stirred among my friends and family that were there.”
How did you choose your Vendors?
“Very carefully: I met with multiple people, looked at reviews, looked at portfolios, and then chose the best fit.”
Moments you loved, hated, cried, laughed or giggled …
“I loved getting ready with all my bridesmaids; I cried down the aisle; I hated that my florist was late; I giggled at the best man’s toast.”
What were some personal details you incorporated?
“Photos of us around the social hour, our thumbprint tree, our music choices.”
What is your best advice to other brides?
“Do not let anyone influence or change how you want your wedding day, it’s between you and your husband and every detail should be the way you want it. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Also, decide what is most important in your budget – whether it be the venue, dress photographer, etc. Then compromise for the other things.
“Don’t sweat the little stuff. Do your research on your vendors do not just choose the cheapest/most expensive option. Study their work and find who will be the best fit for you and what you are looking for. DIY to avoid budget stress and give yourself plenty, but not to much time in your engagement to plan everything.”
What was on the Reception Menu?
“Cesar salad and rolls, Filet Mignon and crab cakes, Garlic chicken with pasta, portobello mushroom ravioli (vegetarian)”
What was your most favorite part of the menu?
“The food was pretty good, but I am a chef and very critical about any food I eat. So, my absolute most favorite part would have been the cake.”
Describe your Wedding Cake
“It was a simple white 4-tier butter cream cake. I wanted the flowers to be the main embellishment.”
What was the best piece of wedding advice you received?
“I mostly got great post wedding advice, my whole family wanted me to do a destination wedding, or elope, but I didn’t listen to them and I’m glad I didn’t!”
What piece of wedding planing advice do you wish you followed?
“Staying on budget, money became a stress and I wish that it hadn’t been.”
How was your wedding different than you imagined?
“I think the thing that was most different about my wedding day than I had imagined was the fact that it wasn’t, I always expect things to go wrong or change but they really didn’t it was exactly what I had envisioned. The only thing I couldn’t have possibly imagined is the emotion I felt that day, I was so happy and excited.”