The temple is a beautiful, lovely place filled with peace and serenity. However, the first time receiving your endowments could prove to be a bit overwhelming. Here are some insiders’ tips for practical ways to get ready for your temple endowments.

Eat energy food beforehand: Don’t let nerves get the better of you! Your first endowment will take roughly 4 hours, so be sure you have a healthy, energizing, filling meal before you go in. The day will be quite long filled with an overload of information, so treat yourself right.

Plan for a good time of day: Select a time to go through the temple that isn’t too early or too late! Either way, you could end up drained and less alert than you’d like to be. If mid-morning is your best time for feeling energized, go with that! If you thrive in the afternoon, select a time then so that you can truly be at your best!

Better safe than sorry: When you go through the temple, you’ll come out with your new garments! In light of this, wear an outfit you can confidently say will cover them perfectly, meaning high necklines, substantial sleeves, and a skirt that comes past your knees. You’ll already feel a little out of your element at first, and wearing an outfit that you need to constantly pull up or down can add an extra layer of discomfort. Experiment with different clothes and different garment styles at another time. For that day, play it safe!

Listen and learn by the Spirit: As you’ve probably heard, yes the temple endowment is different, but it certainly is lovely, comforting, and peaceful. If you enter the house of the Lord with an open heart and an understanding mind, it will all feel quite familiar. The promises are beautiful, and the covenants are sacred. With the right mind-set, you’ll feel right at home.




Check out this beautiful inspiration shoot! I love that brides are more often using very natural settings for their photos. What better way to showcase bridal beauty than amidst the natural beauty of our Utah landscape.


Photography: Veronica Benson Photography
Wedding gown: Middleton, Latter Day Bride



From the wedding planner: I had the complete honor of planning this simple wedding for Tiffany and Josh. 
Tiffany had a dream of being married in the temple, as she says in her video interview for The LDS Bachelorette, she did make it on the show and ended up finding her one true love through friends!
I want to take you through her engagement journey with Amanda Hendrickson Photography- the couple had their shoot on a rainy day, but that didn't dampen their mood a bit!
What I love about these images is you can tell that Amanda is letting them feel comfortable on camera. As the shoot progresses, you can see their reluctance and nerves drop and out pops this amazing and funny couple!
The couple wanted a really simple wedding and were on a tight budget but really wanted to invest in pictures that not only captured her dream of a temple marriage but also her love and adoration for Josh. Briar Bear Photography took the temple pictures, and I am swooning over her creative angles and crisp shooting. 
Tiffany loves the color purple and Native Flower Company did a fabulous job on her florals! It matched the theme of this whole wedding- simple and low key alongside pop and personality!
Wedding Planner: Muyly Miller of Muyly Miller Co.
Engagement Photographer: Amanda Hendrickson Photography
Wedding Day Photographer: Megan Bingham of Briar Bear Photography
​Florals: Pam Olson of Native Flower Company 

Here's a lovely share from one of our favorite blogs, Design Loves Detail. Why not try an Americana theme for your summer wedding, complete with picnic throwbacks, luscious cherries, and inviting sunflowers? Enjoy the inspiration!


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Before we forget the summer, we want to share a fun inspiration shoot for the 4th of July; Americana style.

For this shoot, I really wanted to stress how quickly and inexpensively you can pull together a fun summer picnic. I put together this shoot in matter of a couple of hours (insert a little time for cherry pickin’ and eating). But what’s really great about this particular inspiration, is that each of these items can be sourced at your local craft store, grocery store and in your own backyards. Check it out!


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I love sunflowers for summer. They are so cheery, bright and add so much punch to an arrangement. I picked up these beauties at my local grocery store along with some blue delphinium. I already had the pot the florals were held in but you can find one at your thrift store for a $1 (I saw one just today). I also used fresh fruit as part of the decor. It’s both colorful and edible. And if that wasn’t reason enough, it’s free! BONUS!


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For a no hassle way to transport your yummy edibles, use these brown boxes and fill them with your food ahead of time. Each person gets there own box and they double as fun decor. I promise everyone will be loving these!


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For place mats, I swung by Dollar Tree and picked up some gingham cupboard  liner. Simply cut it into your desired shape and it makes for the perfect disposable place mat. They won’t slip and they look great even if they get spilled on.


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