Friday, October 18, 2013



How gorgeous is this bride?

It was a little bit of a challenge doing a wedding in another state,
but fortunately, I have family in Utah.  I took over my sister's patio and dining room - 
okay and her kitchen too...

and she was generous and sweet about it.
In truth, wild horses wouldn't have been able to drag me away.  
The bride's mother and father are my personal friends and I would do just about anything for them.
I was a little surprised to discover that flowers are double the price in Utah.
I thought the climate there would be amenable to growing many things....
but they truck and fly most of it in....
We are so spoiled in California!
still, I did find these garden roses for the bride's bouquet
and some fun grasses and berries to give it a 'woodsy' character.
The bridesmaids held rustic bouquets of coral roses

and I couldn't wait to place this on the gazebo for the ceremony...

We actually used very similar components for this wedding and the Huntington Beach wedding... but with such a different look.  Theirs was beachy and casual.... this was rustic and elegant.
At both we used lace and burlap, mason jars and babys breath...and crates for florals.
Even the colors were similar.
and true to form, the flower girl looked adorable in her flower halo
but refused to wear it for the ceremony....

This wedding was rustic and woodsy without being casual
The setting was so beautiful
at The Woods on Ninth in Salt Lake City, Utah
an indoor/outdoor venue

I got to use the chalkboard vinyl again and created a sign for the entrance
with a woodsy crate full of beautiful flowers...

and more crated florals at the guestbook, along with photos from their engagement photo shoot with Bleudog Photography

The ceremony took place outside, under a canopy of trees

with elegant dark chiavari chairs

rustic/elegant elements
and a flagstone patio
burlap wrapped mason jars filled with babys breath and grasses

beautified the aisle

and at the end, a fabulous wrought iron gazebo
lit with tiny white lights

which we draped in organza and burlap
and crystals
and crowned with a wild and wonderful floral arrangement.
We added birch branches to the sides,
 with florals and sweet woodland creatures
to surprise the bride...

for her rustic, storybook wedding

A carpet runner with their initials was a beautiful addition

Inside, the theme continued in an elegant setting...
with burlap and lace bows over floral swags

burlap and lace runners

and rustic/elegant centerpieces that the bride and groom helped to create
(they cut the wood centerpieces and wood-burned the disks with their initials)

I can't wait to see the photographer's professional photos of this beautiful bride and her dashing young man... but these will have to suffice for now.

Daddy/Daughter dances always make me cry....

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