It's a holiday weekend here in Utah, yippee! The 24th of July is Pioneer Day, the day we celebrate when the first Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Up near the canyon the pioneers entered through, there is a gorgeous park full of pioneer heritage, historical buildings, and gorgeous grounds. This is the Place Heritage Park has become a hot wedding venue for LDS brides in particular, as it is close to the Salt Lake Temple and many brides have ancestral ties that make the venue special on a more personal level. It is also gorgeous. Couples can choose from 9 unique venues at the park, and there is something for every style, size, and budget. Today we are thrilled to feature a Salt Lake Temple wedding with a reception at The Garden Place at This is the Place Heritage Park. Taylor and Ashley's summer wedding was an absolute dream and we are excited to share it with you!
It started out with a group of boys and girls going Taylor's ranch. Taylor and Ashley's cousin had a little fling going on. Ashley's cousin invited Ashley to come along even though she had a boyfriend at the time. Ashley wanted to go just because she loves horses and not so much to hook up with someone. Well, Taylor discovered that he had a huge crush on Ashley that trip and realized he couldn't like Ashley's cousin when he liked her. Months passed after that trip and Taylor and Ashley and a group of her friends went sledding. Ashley still had a boyfriend at this time and didn't think anything of Taylor. Taylor went home that night and wrote in his journal that Ashley was the type of girl he saw himself being with. Months after that Taylor asked Ashley out and they had a lot of fun together but nothing was there for Ashley. She had just sent off her missionary and wasn't ready to date anyone. Ashley left on an LDS mission and while she was on her mission Taylor's dad and Ashley's dad were put in a singles ward bishopric together. The families became best friends and the parents would always joke about an arranged marriage. Anyways, Ashley came home from her mission and went to church with her parents and Taylor was also there... It was love at 3rd sight. They went out a few days later and the rest is history!
Ashley and Taylor opted for a First Look and Bridal session before the wedding day, so they could capture all their formal shots and not stress on the wedding day! Silver Lake near Alta is divine in the summer, and the beauty of the lake was the perfect setting for these intimate formals.
Ashley's gorgeous dress is the 'Leonora' by LatterDayBride at Gateway Bridal and Prom in Salt Lake City. This is one of LatterDayBride's best-sellers, and you can see why. It is absolute feminity with it's flowing A-line and lace elbow-length sleeves.
Ashley says "Tay and I love the outdoors and playing sports together. We are both really athletic and love anything active. We love riding horses. Taylor and I love doing photography and videography together. We shot a wedding together and it was the most fun thing on this earth. We simply just love being together and whatever we are doing is just a plus! The best thing about "us" is that WE LAUGH. We are both pretty hilarious and so everything is funny.... at least to us!"
When the couple's photographer, Abbey Khyl, asked Ashley how she envisioned her wedding day, Ashley said, "PEOPLE. I am all about the people. I want it to have that fun-loving, upbeat, family & friend oriented feeling.... as well as the romantic feel for pictures of Taylor and I. Pictures of people laughing and interacting with us is always fun. I will definitely need to point out the IMPORTANT people because there are obviously some not so important people to capture. haha. Pretty much anyone who was at the temple grounds is important. I would much rather have more pictures of people than details of the table cloths... etc. (even though detail shots are awesome) RANDOM NOTE: I like close up shots. ex: If its with a best friend I'd much rather have it closer up of our faces rather than fully body shots. WE WILL DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY... seriously... my family goes hard at these receptions. haha. So we've gotta capture that.
I don't know, obviously every bride just wants it to be the perfect day and I believe it will be! PICTURES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO ME and I know you will make it look beautiful, classy, unique and FUN."
We think Abbey totally made Ashley's vision come true, don't you think?
Photographer: Abbey Kyhl
Wedding Dress: LatterDayBride by Gateway Bridal
Caterer: Culinary Crafts
DJ: Utah Jive
Videographer: Ryan Hinman
Cake: Ashley Sylvester
Wedding Planner: Candace Frioux
Hair & Makeup: Ashley Sylvester and Mckall Feulner
As I get older, I have started to see more and more the things that last and the passing trends. The timeless versus the style d'jour. Especially in the wedding industry. I have watched photography styles come and go, watched film become dated to make room for digital, just to become cool again. But more than anything else, I have observed wedding styles. And nothing is more timeless than the ballgown wedding dress. Now, I may be a bit biased. I myself wore a ballgown-style dress way back in the day (ok, 13 years ago), and so when I see brides choose this romantic style for their own, well, let's just say I get a little nostalgic.
Today we are featuring a shoot from the extremely talented Brooke Bakken. Brooke chose to use the 'Arquette' dress by LatterDayBride for this inspiration shoot, and it couldn't have turned out more romantic and timeless.
When I asked Brooke what her inspiration behind this shoot was, she said,
"This was purely just about shooting something for me. I wanted a couple that was engaged or married because they make the best models and you are able to feel the love and connection they have! Mary and Jacob were absolutely perfect! She is a budding photographer and knew exactly what I wanted her to do before I asked! They were so giddy with one another, yet comfortable in silence."
I just love this, because as a wedding photographer myself, I know how the artistry can neglected. The need to just create for ourselves is strong, so I love that Brooke did this for herself. And I love even more that she chose the 'Arquette' modest ballgown by LatterDayBride at Gateway Bridal in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mary looks absolutely equisite in the 'Arquette', which features a deeply beaded bodice, slimming satin waistband, and an enchanting tulle skirt with buttons cascading down the train.
The vendors who made this gorgeous shoot possible are:
Florist: Love Blooms Florals
HMUA: KL Artistry
Photographer: Brooke Bakken Photography
Happy 4th of July! Well, almost...I don't know about you but Independence Day is my all-time favorite holiday. It always gets me thinking about those men and women who have sacrificed and served to earn and keep our freedom. So, I thought it only appropriate that we feature one of these brave soliders on the blog today. This Marine Wedding, shot by Ivory Lime Photography, came across my desk and I though, "Perfect!"
Alta and Ryan were a match made in heaven, and their wedding day was nothing short of perfection. The day started with a beautiful ceremony at the Salt Lake Temple with an amazing temple exit...Ryan serves in the Marines and wore his full dress blues, and Alta was a dream in her amazing lace wedding dress among the gorgeous spring blossoms.
Their reception at The Barn in Kaysville Utah was a beautiful marriage of elegant meets rustic. Every last detail was planned and executed to perfection, and in the center of it all, a huge American flag hanging, honoring our country and those who serve it.
While the entire evening was amazing, the couple's exit stole the show.
Angela, the couple's photographer says,
"The bride and groom exited the reception at the end of the evening with a formal Marines Arch of Swords Wedding Ceremony. Ryan’s fellow officers comprised an honor guard and formed the arch – as the bride and groom proceeded through the arch, they were detained by two opposite swords and required to kiss before passing through to the next set of swords. It was such a great salute to the newlywed couple and I was honored to be able to witness and capture such a memorable welcome into married life!"
Thank you, Ryan, and all you men and women, for your service to our country. Many of use will celebrate this Monday by attending parades, biting into a big juicy watermelon, and watching fireworks light up the night sky. Let us remember those who are far away from home, away from their families, serving so that we can enjoy these celebrations. And as we watch those beautiful fireworks, take a moment to send up a thought or a prayer of gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy.
Happy Independence Day!