A bride and groom bridal session, an outdoor reception decorated in an enchanting mix of string lights and paper lanterns with an adjacent indoor reception – this is snippet of today’s editorial.
McKenzie & Brian were married on a beautiful June day with a celebration following at the Salt Lake Country Club. McKenzie spotted a colorful bouquet on Pinterest and she knew instantly she wanted those colors in her wedding. So an orange, pink and yellow wedding it was! Wanting her bridesmaids to be able to wear something they would wear again, McKenzie paired a Soft Guava pencil skirt from JCrew with an ivory top with floral embroidery from Dillard’s for her maid’s ensemble.
Logan Walker Photography captured all the pretty details seen today, including a small snippet of McKenzie’s bridal session with them that also included her groom, Brian.
From the bride:
How did you and your spouse meet?
My husband works for a company called Blender Bottle. About a year ago, he told his coworkers that if any of them lined him up with his future wife, he would pay them $100 dollars. However, if the date went horribly, then they had to pay for the meal. He went on a few dates but wasn’t too excited about any of the people he had been lined up with. So, he decided to raise the reward to $500. My friend, who happened to be one of his coworkers thought of me. We went on our first date, and the rest is history!
We paid her the $500 last week! We made sure to make the complete payment all in one dollar bills.
Who proposed marriage and how did that proposal happen?
Brian and I had been ring shopping a few times, but I had no idea if he had bought the ring or when we were going to get engaged. I had a feeling that it was going to happen on Valentines Day, because we were going skiing together. However, that day came and passed and we were still not engaged. We had planned to go to lunch the next day at Market Street, but I did not think that he would propose in the middle of the day! In fact, my dad called me that morning and asked what I was doing that day and I told him that Brian and I were going to lunch and he said, “Oh and engagement lunch?!” and I responded, “Ya right! That’s not happening!” Brian and I went to lunch and then decided to go walk around Memory Grove. I could tell that something was a little off with him. After we walked around for a bit, we decided to walk up the steps to the top of the State Capital. We were looking at the Salt Lake Valley and at the Temple. Brian started saying some really sweet things. I was a little surprised because he usually isn’t super mushy! ? I was still completely clueless though. The next thing I knew, he was on one knee! I started screaming! He asked me to marry him, and I think I said yes!
What were some personal details you incorporated?
We did a few things to make the reception more personal. Our sign in book was created on Shutterfly. It was about 20 pages, and there are one or two pictures on each page. We also put cute quotes on a few of the pages. We left a lot of blank space for people to sign. I wanted to do this so that I would get to use my engagement pictures and also so that our sign in book would be more fun to look at down the road.
Another thing we did was put pictures around the entire reception center. We did this so that people could see a glimpse of our dating experience and also some of our engagement/bridal pictures.
I think that the most important thing that I incorporated into my wedding was a picture of my great grandma, “Gram.” She was my very best friend in the entire world. She passed away a couple years ago. She is the one person that I was just heartbroken would not be able to attend our wedding. I got a small charm and put a picture of her in the middle of it. I made it stick by using Mod Podge. I pinned it to my bouquet. I loved this because I could just look down and feel like she was with me.
Three things you’re glad you did.
1. I’m so glad that Brian came to my Bridal pictures with me. It was so fun to have printed pictures of us in our wedding clothes at our reception. It was also nice to not worry about taking a million pictures of the two of us after our wedding ceremony.
2. I’m glad that we had someone in charge of the time line at our reception. Brenda Robertson, the woman who did our flowers, was there that night to make things run smoothly. All the vendors would go to her with any questions. That took a lot of stress off of my mom and I. She also pulled us when we needed to cut the cake, have the first dance, and then she was able to organize the line of sparklers for when we left.
3. I’m very glad that we didn’t stand in the reception line for the entire night. It was so fun to get up and just be able to soak in all the magicalness of the evening. It was also great to be able to go talk to the people that we were only able to say “hi” to in the line.
What was the best piece of wedding advice you got?
The best piece of advice I got was to not get caught up on the details of the wedding! You are marrying the person of your dreams. If the cake falls, the flowers don’t show up, it rains, whatever, you are still getting married to your best friend, and that should be the only thing that really matters!
Photographer: Logan Walker Photography|Reception Venue: Salt Lake Country Club|Floral Artist: Brenda Robertson|Ceremony Venue: Salt Lake Temple|Tuxedo and Mens Attire: DC Tuxedo|Cake Designer: Layers Cake|Dress Store: Petals & Promises Bridal Company|Bridesmaids Dresses: Skirt from JCrew/Top Dillards|Cinema and Video: David Perry Films|Band: Joe Muscolino Band