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CHASE & ANGELINA
SALT LAKE TEMPLE & BACKYARD RECEPTION

Photos By: Andrea Hanks Photography

 

Colorful & sweet is just what this wedding is. Creating the perfect vintage wedding isn’t easy but this couple seemed to know how to create it & making it their own as well.

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04. JUN, 2011

Photography by~Andrea Hanks Photography

If you are wanting to have a little sweet fun with your wedding this just may be the perfect wedding for your inspiration.  Angelina & Chase wanted a to have a sweet vintage wedding showcasing their love for each other & some of their favorite sweets as well.  The colors she choose were yellow, green & blue.  The colors really showcased the fun ideas with balloons & the amazing wedding cake made by Tasha from Cake-A-Licious.  Don’t forget the gorgeous personalized wedding dress created by Betsy with Modest Couture By Elizabeth.  She knows how to create the perfect new-vintage gown for any bride and I love it!!  Angelia made such a beautiful bride.  Special thanks to Andrea with Andrea Hanks Photography for sharing these images with us.  We hope this sparks a few new, fun ideas for future brides.  Congratulations Chase & Angelina.  We wish you lots of LOVE & happiness in your new life together. :)

Here are a few words from the bride herself:

 

HOW CHASE AND I MET…

Chase and I were born and raised in West Valley City, Utah. We only lived a few blocks away from each other and we both graduated from Hunter High School. His younger sister Chelsea was one of my good friends and she is the one who set us up. Their parents gave them four tickets to see a Jazz game and they both had to bring dates, so Chelsea asked me. It was a wonderful night; we ate at Rumbi, played mad libs and drank a lot of diet coke.

I was down at school in Cedar at the time and so we can thank Facebook for our relationship. We talked a lot through that website and it is funny to say that is where this all began. One weekend a few months after dating, Chase was down in Cedar visiting me for the weekend. We planned on taking a day trip to St. George and it turned into a weekend at Disneyland. Chase said to me, “you know Disneyland is only six hours away..” He knew that I loved Disney and that he would win over my heart if he took me there. And he did, there at the happiest place on earth I knew I was falling in love with Chase Helm. That love has continued to grow ever since.

HOW I CAME UP WITH THE THEME…

It started with the song “can’t help falling in love with you,” by Elvis Presley. I am in love with Elvis and music from the 50’s and 60’s, I can thank my dad for my old soul. That was my song to Chase and that would be what we danced to. Chase and I decided we wanted an old theme, as if we were getting married back then. The theme branched out a little more to a “sweet vintage” theme. Chase’s grandparents own the Condie’s Chocolates and we wanted to include that into our wedding. The wedding was planned to what Chase and I wanted by my cousin Bobbi. She had all the wonderful ideas from the colors and the big balloons to the lanterns and decorations at the Reception. She had been planning my wedding for many years and new exactly what would be perfect.

The best part about the theme was my dress and hat. I wanted a short vintage dress, and had no idea if it existed. I found Modest Couture by Elizabeth in the Utah Bridal magazine and fell in love. We made an appointment and met with Betsy at her home. The dress was the Sophia and it was the first one I tried on, it was the dress for me. To top it off I added a pill box hat, it went perfect with the theme. Then Betsy recommended me to look at a photographer who knew how to take great pictures with that theme, Andrea Hanks.

MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT THE WEDDING…

My favorite part was walking out of the Temple doors holding my husband’s hand. It was so fun to see our family and all our loved ones there to greet on our special day. My other favorite was when Chase and I danced for the first time as husband and wife, to our song. There must have been a million times that I had played that out in my head before the wedding, and then there it was in real life, it was so beautiful.

WHAT I WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY…

There are two things, I would not have cried as much and would have made more time in the day. I think that the planning and hard work leading up to the wedding was overwhelming on the day. I felt like Chase and I had worked so hard to get to where we wanted to be that day. It was crazy to think that all those people were there for us, and I was so happy they were. I only say I wish I didn’t cry as much because of my make-up, you can only touch so much up. They were all happy tears and it was a happy day.

The most important change is one that I will tell every soon to be bride I know from now on, is that I wish that we would have had more time in that one day. Maybe had a ceremony time for earlier in the morning so we could have had more time to take pictures at the Temple. We were very rushed that day and it was hard to get everything in that I wanted. My best friend Caitlin told me to stop and look around at what was going on and to take it all in, she told me that it would go by so fast. Man was she right, and it was the fastest day of my life.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH ANDREA…

Having a good photographer was on the top of my list of things I had to have at my wedding. When Betsy recommended Andrea she just had so many good things to say about her, so of course we had to look her up as soon as we got home from the dress appointment. I knew Andrea was the one when I saw a photo from a previous wedding she had done, in this picture there were the two wedding rings with diet coke cans and ice, and I fell in love.

Chase and I met with Andrea for lunch to talk about what we were looking for and how we wanted our wedding. She started the lunch by getting to know us, asking how we met and how we came up with the ideas for our wedding, she told us about herself as well. She really wanted to focus on the fact that she liked to develop a relationship with the bride and groom and how it would show through the pictures. And that is exactly what happened, Chase and I really connected with her.

A man that Andrea had worked with before had these beautiful old cars and that is what we wanted to shoot our engagements with. I wanted to have a photographer who I trusted and valued their ideas. Andrea came up with all the locations and ideas and they were perfect for me. It was such a fun day; it went from super hot to pouring rain. And we shot with the same kind of car that Elvis had used in one of his movies; Andrea knew that was a must. Chase and I had never really taken pictures like this together, and so it was a very new experience for us. She captured things in those pictures that Chase and I felt and that couldn’t be described in words. We knew that she was exactly what we wanted.

The day I took my bridals I brought my mom with me, who was a lot of fun to be around and I think she helped Andrea out too. We just followed her in our car and she took us to several locations. They were random places that by just looking at them seemed so ordinary, but they turned out so well and I thought they went with the theme so well. My mom and I got to know Andrea and the life she had lived very well; it was a great day out with the girls.

The wedding day was the craziest day of my life and Andrea was there to help me through it. I felt like I didn’t have to worry about her at all, I knew that the pictures of my special day were in the right hands. She caught things in my wedding that I didn’t even know where there, and it is so nice to look back at them now. She knew exactly what Chase and I wanted and we had so much fun with her. I was sad to say goodbye to her that night, knowing that was it.

VENDORS
CAKE: Tasha at Cake-A-Licious.
FOOD: Spoon Me, Cupcakes by Cake-A-Licious, soda and Condie’s Chocolate.
WEDDING DRESS: The Sophia Dress by Modest Couture by Elizabeth.
TUXES: Ritz Tuxedos
MAID OF HONOR DRESS: Made by Debbi (an Aunt to Jordan the Maid of Honor)
PHOTOGRAPHER: Andrea Hanks
MAKE-UP: Done by Bride using MAC Cosmetics
HAIR: Niki Hancuff from Style Setter and pill box hat by Modest Couture by Elizabeth
CEREMONY: Salt Lake Temple
LUNCHEON: Joseph Smith Memorial Building
RECEPTION: The residence of Terry and Jackie Rushton

To see more images from this wedding be sure to check out their Featured Wedding Page on our site HERE!

 

The Engagement Session
The Bridal SessionThe Ceremony
The Luncheon
The Reception

HOW CHASE AND I MET…

Chase and I were born and raised in West Valley City, Utah. We only lived a few blocks away from each other and we both graduated from Hunter High School. His younger sister Chelsea was one of my good friends and she is the one who set us up. Their parents gave them four tickets to see a Jazz game and they both had to bring dates, so Chelsea asked me. It was a wonderful night; we ate at Rumbi, played mad libs and drank a lot of diet coke.

I was down at school in Cedar at the time and so we can thank Facebook for our relationship. We talked a lot through that website and it is funny to say that is where this all began. One weekend a few months after dating, Chase was down in Cedar visiting me for the weekend. We planned on taking a day trip to St. George and it turned into a weekend at Disneyland. Chase said to me, “you know Disneyland is only six hours away..” He knew that I loved Disney and that he would win over my heart if he took me there. And he did, there at the happiest place on earth I knew I was falling in love with Chase Helm. That love has continued to grow ever since.

HOW I CAME UP WITH THE THEME…

It started with the song “can’t help falling in love with you,” by Elvis Presley. I am in love with Elvis and music from the 50’s and 60’s, I can thank my dad for my old soul. That was my song to Chase and that would be what we danced to. Chase and I decided we wanted an old theme, as if we were getting married back then. The theme branched out a little more to a “sweet vintage” theme. Chase’s grandparents own the Condie’s Chocolates and we wanted to include that into our wedding. The wedding was planned to what Chase and I wanted by my cousin Bobbi. She had all the wonderful ideas from the colors and the big balloons to the lanterns and decorations at the Reception. She had been planning my wedding for many years and new exactly what would be perfect.

The best part about the theme was my dress and hat. I wanted a short vintage dress, and had no idea if it existed. I found Modest Couture by Elizabeth in the Utah Bridal magazine and fell in love. We made an appointment and met with Betsy at her home. The dress was the Sophia and it was the first one I tried on, it was the dress for me. To top it off I added a pill box hat, it went perfect with the theme. Then Betsy recommended me to look at a photographer who knew how to take great pictures with that theme, Andrea Hanks.

MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT THE WEDDING…

My favorite part was walking out of the Temple doors holding my husband’s hand. It was so fun to see our family and all our loved ones there to greet on our special day. My other favorite was when Chase and I danced for the first time as husband and wife, to our song. There must have been a million times that I had played that out in my head before the wedding, and then there it was in real life, it was so beautiful.

WHAT I WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY…

There are two things, I would not have cried as much and would have made more time in the day. I think that the planning and hard work leading up to the wedding was overwhelming on the day. I felt like Chase and I had worked so hard to get to where we wanted to be that day. It was crazy to think that all those people were there for us, and I was so happy they were. I only say I wish I didn’t cry as much because of my make-up, you can only touch so much up. They were all happy tears and it was a happy day.

The most important change is one that I will tell every soon to be bride I know from now on, is that I wish that we would have had more time in that one day. Maybe had a ceremony time for earlier in the morning so we could have had more time to take pictures at the Temple. We were very rushed that day and it was hard to get everything in that I wanted. My best friend Caitlin told me to stop and look around at what was going on and to take it all in, she told me that it would go by so fast. Man was she right, and it was the fastest day of my life.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH ANDREA…

Having a good photographer was on the top of my list of things I had to have at my wedding. When Betsy recommended Andrea she just had so many good things to say about her, so of course we had to look her up as soon as we got home from the dress appointment. I knew Andrea was the one when I saw a photo from a previous wedding she had done, in this picture there were the two wedding rings with diet coke cans and ice, and I fell in love.

Chase and I met with Andrea for lunch to talk about what we were looking for and how we wanted our wedding. She started the lunch by getting to know us, asking how we met and how we came up with the ideas for our wedding, she told us about herself as well. She really wanted to focus on the fact that she liked to develop a relationship with the bride and groom and how it would show through the pictures. And that is exactly what happened, Chase and I really connected with her.

A man that Andrea had worked with before had these beautiful old cars and that is what we wanted to shoot our engagements with. I wanted to have a photographer who I trusted and valued their ideas. Andrea came up with all the locations and ideas and they were perfect for me. It was such a fun day; it went from super hot to pouring rain. And we shot with the same kind of car that Elvis had used in one of his movies; Andrea knew that was a must. Chase and I had never really taken pictures like this together, and so it was a very new experience for us. She captured things in those pictures that Chase and I felt and that couldn’t be described in words. We knew that she was exactly what we wanted.

The day I took my bridals I brought my mom with me, who was a lot of fun to be around and I think she helped Andrea out too. We just followed her in our car and she took us to several locations. They were random places that by just looking at them seemed so ordinary, but they turned out so well and I thought they went with the theme so well. My mom and I got to know Andrea and the life she had lived very well; it was a great day out with the girls.

The wedding day was the craziest day of my life and Andrea was there to help me through it. I felt like I didn’t have to worry about her at all, I knew that the pictures of my special day were in the right hands. She caught things in my wedding that I didn’t even know where there, and it is so nice to look back at them now. She knew exactly what Chase and I wanted and we had so much fun with her. I was sad to say goodbye to her that night, knowing that was it.

VENDORS
CAKE: Tasha at Cake-A-Licious.
FOOD: Spoon Me, Cupcakes by Cake-A-Licious, soda and Condie’s Chocolate.
WEDDING DRESS: The Sophia Dress by Modest Couture by Elizabeth.
TUXES: Ritz Tuxedos
MAID OF HONOR DRESS: Made by Debbi (an aunt to Jordan the Maid of Honor)
PHOTOGRAPHER: Andrea Hanks
MAKE-UP: Done by Bride using MAC Cosmetics
HAIR: Niki Hancuff from Style Setter and pill box hat by Modest Couture by Elizabeth
CEREMONY: Salt Lake Temple
LUNCHEON: Joseph Smith Memorial Building
RECEPTION: The residence of Terry and Jackie Rushton

Last spring I shot two a brother and a sister’s wedding within 2 months of each other and the weddings were featured on The Bride and Groom.com. Check out the post online here.

We have two fun Spring weddings that we want to share with you.  The first one is Nick & Brooke & the second one is Abbie & Kylen.  Abbie & Nick are siblings so we thought it would be a fun post to share these two featured weddings in one blog.  Both weddings were simply fantastic & we wanted to share all the fun details with you.  Special thanks to Andrea Hanks Photography for sharing these images with us.  We hope these two wedding inspire you to create your own wedding masterpiece.

Photography by~Andrea Hanks Photography

Nick & Brooke

Brooke wanted to have  peacock/vintage theme, which started from her engagements to her wedding day.  Nick & Brooke’s wedding colors were red, gold & turquoise  & everything turned out fabulous.  Be sure to check out all the amazing details that were included in everything from the fun engagement session to the wedding luncheon & wedding.  What a fantastic day.

Brooke and Nick’s Wedding


To see more images from Brooke & Nick’s Wedding, go to their featured wedding page here.

Wedding Vendors for Brooke & Nick’s Wedding:

Cake – Bowman’s Market Bakery
Food – Pennie Whipple (mom)
Wedding Dress – David’s Bridal w/ alternations by Pennie Whipple
Tuxes – Stuft Shirt Tuxedo Emporium
Flower Girl Dresses – Stewarts
Photographer –Andrea Hanks
Hair – Cultures Salon
Ceremony – Bountiful Temple
Luncheon –The Canterbury Place
Reception – Tuscan Ridge courtyard in South Ogden

Abbie & Kylen

Abbie & Kylen focused their wedding around their love of singing & playing the guitar. Nick & Abbie (siblings) have a fun family tradition  that when they get married they write a song for their spouse & sing it at the luncheon, but at Abbie’s wedding she wasn’t the only one who performed a song.  Kylen did too.  How sweet is that?   We think you will find this Spring Wedding a lot of fun & inspiring as well.

To see more images from Abbie & Kylen’s wedding check out their featured wedding page here.

Wedding Vendors for Abbie & Kylen’s Wedding:

Wedding Dress- David’s Bridal

Ceremony-Salt Lake Temple

Luncheon- Joseph Smith Memorial

Reception- The Victorian

Photography- Andrea Hanks

Photo by~Andrea Hanks Photography

Written by~Brynn Whitchurch with W Weddings

We are a few months into 2011 already but now is a great time to talk about wedding trends. Weddings are so personal and individual but it never hurts to get ideas from what others are doing.  Just because you follow a wedding trend does not mean you have to lose yourself. Take these trends and use them as elements in your wedding; then make sure you add your own personal touches as well.

Photo by~Swensen Photography

Vintage Car~Something Vintage Something Blue

The first trend of 2011 is ‘vintage touches.’  What’s old is new again and brides are incorporating this trend into their own wardrobe with vintage-style wedding dresses, red lips, finger waves in the hair, etc. One idea is to even re-use your mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress. You can rework the dress to fit your own style but what a sweet idea to be able to wear something so personal to your family. We are also seeing a lot of vintage touches in the photography at weddings. This can be done with old photo booths, setting up wedding photos of your different family members, or the style of your photography can be very vintage. If that is the look you are going for make sure you talk to your photographer and let them know what you have in mind.

Image Courtesy of~Modest Couture by Elizabeth and photo by Andrea Hanks Photography

Remember this dress?  This was her Grandmother’s dress that she had Modest Couture By Elizabeth remake special for her. Read that story here.

Photography by: Donahue Photography

Eco-friendly weddings’ are the second trend of the year. Brides are looking to be more environmentally friendly when planning their weddings.  This could mean using LED lighting, recycled paper for your invitations and programs, old mason jars as decorations and maybe even food from local providers. Along with this trend comes another sub-trend: ‘outdoor weddings.’ If you feel confident about the weather then by all means, plan a wedding outside. There is simply no substitute for natural light and the beauty of the outdoors. Of course, it’s always a good idea to have a plan B just in case weather becomes a problem.

Photo by~ Claire Marika Photography

Our third wedding trend is ‘DIY weddings.’ Many people are still looking to save money and doing little projects on your own is a great way to stay on budget with your wedding. On top of that, it really adds personal touches to your wedding day and it allows you to incorporate your own interests or hobbies. Some of the easiest DIY yourself projects are your wedding favors, place cards, table decorations and maybe even your programs or invitations.

Photography by: Claire Marika Photography

‘Social media’ is our fourth trend of the year. With Facebook, Twitter and blogs it is extremely easy to keep your guests in the loop while planning your wedding. You can keep friends and family up to date with all your wedding details, or maybe just a few you want to share. These social media tools are also a great way to collect addresses or maybe even send an e-vite to friends and save on some postage.

Now let’s talk fashion! Gray will be taking over as the neutral IT color for 2011. You can pair gray with vibrant hues to really make the colors pop. Navy blue is also showing itself as a trend for 2011. Metallics are making a large presence in weddings; whether that means using a bright color with a metallic accent, or even using several metallic shades together. Gold, silver and champagne colors will definitely be seen a lot this year. As we all know, the focus of a wedding is on the bride. Dramatic ball gowns are making a comeback this year and we will be seeing these fairy-tale inspired styles on many different girls this year.


Photography by~Swensen Photography

About the author, Brynn Whitchurch~“I am a wedding coordinator located in Salt Lake City, UT.  I have experience planning many different kinds of events ranging from intimate gatherings to celebrations with thousands of guests. I have worked with many different vendors and I’m a firm believer weddings don’t have to cost a fortune. I will make sure you stay within your designated budget, while still making your wedding day wonderful.

I love the detail that goes into planning an event and weddings are definitely the most fun. I can help plan all aspects of your wedding, or just the areas you don’t want to deal with.

Please visit my website for more details: www.wweddings.blogspot.com

Ryan and Jessica were married at Heritage Gardens during a very cold December Day, and I am pleased to share some of the details of their wedding day with you, which were freatured on The Bride and Groom.com.  Go here to view the post on their site.

Photography by~ Andrea Hanks Photography

Ryan & Jessica were married on 12/16/2010 at Heritage Gardens. They had such fun details & colors that I wanted to share their wedding planning story with you.  Winter is almost nearing an end so be sure to check back soon for Spring weddings.

How they met~ “Ryan and I met in High School though a mutual friend. It’s actually kind of a funny story; we were going on a double date, but Ryan was not my date. The girl that was supposed to go with him ended up not being able to come so it turned into just being the three of us and by the end of the evening I knew that I wanted to see him again. We went to prom and we’ve been together ever since.”

How Jessica came up with the theme~“One of the first things Ryan taught me was how to snowboard. He was so patient, and now it is one of our favorite things to do together. I never imagined that I would get married in the winter, I always thought that it would be fall, but because of extenuating circumstances it ended up that way and now I’m so glad that it did. I absolutely loved my winter wonderland wedding.”

Jessica’s favorite part of the wedding~ “My favorite part of the wedding had to be all of the people that came to show their love and support. I never even imagined that I knew that many people, and to see friends that I hadn’t seen in years was very special.”

What Jessica learned~ “Is that I never want to do this again. You always dream about planning the perfect wedding but you never dream about how much it really takes to put one together. I had three months to plan because my husband is in the army and would be home on leave soon and we didn’t know when he would have to return, so we had a small window of opportunity, and we took it. On top of full time school and full time work planning a wedding was the last thing on my mind at times. Don’t get me wrong though, I wouldn’t take back one second of the experience but I sure am glad that it’s over. The result has been better than I could have ever imagined.”


What she would do differently~
“I honestly don’t think that I would change a thing. All of the little snafus are what makes a wedding a wedding, you always remember the things that went wrong better than the things that went right and those are the ones that you end up laughing about the most later.”

Vendors
Cake-Cindy Crump
Flowers-Lori Bult
Food-Heritage Gardens
Weddings Dress-David’s Bridal
Tuxes-The Ritz
Flower Girl Dresses-Costco
Photographer-Andrea Hanks
Make-up-Lyn Shelly
Hair-Lyn Shelly
Ceremony-Heritage Gardens
Reception-Heritage Gardens

Special thanks to Andrea Hanks Photography for sharing her images with us.  Be sure to check out all the amazing details.  To see more images from this wedding be sure to check out the gallery on our Featured Weddings page HERE.

Congratulations to Ryan & Jessica.  The Bride and Groom.com wishes you lots of love & happiness in your new life together.


The Engagement Session
The Bridal Session

The Wedding LuncheonThe TempleThe Reception

As a photographer, the one thing I think that makes me LOVE my job more than anything is the way I feel after working with a couple from the first time I meet them all the way to watching them (sometimes with teary eyes) leave in the getaway car.  This couple was no exception, but enough about what I think…without further ado here is their bio on their wedding experience.

The one thing I learned……

I learned many things in planning my wedding.  One of which was that everything lies in the details.  It sure didn’t seem too difficult when planning the basic things like what food to have, who to invite, etc.  However when it came down to actually getting things done, there were so many details that we hadn’t even considered, and these details were important and time consuming.

It is so important to think of all the little details so that you aren’t scrambling around the week of, or even the day of the wedding, trying to finish things up.  So while you may be used to procrastinating in school work or other things, do not procrastinate with the detailed wedding plans…you want to be able to relax and enjoy this special day, not stress over things that aren’t complete.

How I came up with the theme…..

I have always enjoyed things that are a vintage or classic.  So, when it came to the theme of our wedding, it was pretty simple.  I was lucky enough to find my dream dress the first time I went looking.  The color was great and with just a few alterations, it was perfect.  Along with the perfect dress, I chose to incorporate beautiful peacock feathers, which are definitely classic/vintage and went perfect with my wedding colors.  We decided to keep everything else fairly simple since our family would be doing most everything for the reception.

My favorite part of the wedding……

Our favorite part of the wedding was a special few minutes we were able to spend together before the ceremony in the temple.  We just relaxed, enjoyed each others company and pondered on the importance of what was about to take place.

A few other highlights of this special day were: the photo/video shoot with Andrea Hanks and Nate Pickett (they did such a great job making us feel so important), being surrounded by people who care so much about us and support us, and, of course, dancing together at the end of the beautiful day.  Oh and I guess I shouldn’t leave out the sweet tender mercy of good weather when we needed it (it stormed right after our luncheon up until a couple hours prior to the start of our reception).

How Nick and I met……

Nick and I met at a summer activity of a student singles ward.  I had just returned from a mission to Costa Rica and one of my best friends invited me to her ward camping activity at Lava Hot Springs…….

Shortly after the campout we started dating and nine months later Nick took me to The Needles restaurant at the top of Snowbasin and proposed in front of a huge fireplace.

Our proposal story…go to http://ononekneememories.blogspot.com/ for our full proposal story.

What I would do differently……

Plan for the worst.  Some things didn’t work out how I planned and then I was scrambling at the last minute because there wasn’t enough time.  Case in point:  the dress alterations.  The seamstress hired to do the alterations didn’t pull through and I had two days until my bridal pics!!!  Luckily my amazing mother put my dress back together and it all worked out. I wish my mom would have done the alteration in the first place.  We would have saved all the stress and money we wasted.

Vendors

Cake – Bowman’s Market Bakery
Food – Pennie Whipple (mom)
Wedding Dress – David’s Bridal w/ alternations by Pennie Whipple
Tuxes – Stuft Shirt Tuxedo Emporium
Flower Girl Dresses – Stewarts
Photographer – Andrea Hanks
Make-up – Bride
Hair – Cultures Salon
Ceremony – Bountiful Temple
Luncheon –The Canterbury
Reception – Tuscan Ridge courtyard in South Ogden

I am so excited to announce that I have been asked to be a PREFERRED PHOTOGRAPHER at Noah’s!  Check them out here.

One of my weddings is featured on Utah Bride Blog today. Hurray! Check it out here!

Posted on May 19, 2010 by Audrey

This wedding came to us via Andrea Hanks Photography and not only is it superbly themed, styled, and carried out …. Andrea shared it with us from beginning to end!

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{what jen learned} Weddings are best with a theme. I find it unfortunate that that most people think luau or princess when it comes to themes. There are great themes that could be as simple as your favorite foods. I know that our carnival theme was followed in everything. From the decorations to the invite it was all carnival. But I also kept in mind that I was planning a wedding not an 8 year olds birthday party. There is a way to class up almost everything. We had a lot of people who came to the wedding just to see what it was about. We had so many people say that the invitation was just so intriguing….they had to come.

{how she came up with the theme} It is all about the dress. I knew exactly how I wanted my dress. I wanted big and colorful and that is what I got. I also knew I wanted a casual atmosphere where people could come and have a good time. And, of course, I wanted unique. It all just came together from there. I love carnivals…especially pictures of vintage carnivals with the pennants and striped tents. I just started making a list and the carnival theme was born. But really, it really did revolve around the dress.

{her fav part} I have two favorites. I loved the flower girls. Their dresses just came together so great. I really played up the fact that nothing really had to match and that I had such fun little girls. I also loved the food. Although I did not even have a bite of anything I just loved the feel. So many people milled around the cotton candy and popcorn. And the hot dog cart was a huge hit!

Photography credit: Andrea Hanks Photography

cake & cupcakes: aubrey bennion

Food/catering: Brown Brothers Catering

Dresses: Riva Juarez

Flower girl dresses: shabby apple

Headbands & veil: Anne Michelle Neil

Make up & Hair: Ashlee Winegar & Chani Chapman

Reception Location: Wheeler Farm Activity Barn

Florist: Willow & Wildflowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 Responses to featured wedding {a carnival}

  1. OMGOSH check out all that candy! I love it!!!! The bride’s dress is very cool. Something you don’t see everyday. Uniquely awesome!!!!

  2. So amazing! Those detail shots are to die for! Such an awesome job! I love the whole wedding. The marry go round shots are genius!

  3. Vicki says:

    What a fun wedding!!! So many well thought out details. Love it when a couple thinks outside the box. Well done!!! Great pics and nice flowers too!

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  5. I Love Andrea!! She is the COOLEST! Love this shoot!

  6. These are AWESOME! I love the theme idea!! LOVE the detail shots! And LOVE the dress!! Great pictures, and great idea!

  7. Nobody shoots the details like Andrea. I love this wedding!

  8. ellesbelles says:

    That Jen is so overloaded with creativity… great taste!… so much fun to see the photos. Congrats to the very happy couple!

 

Justin and Joni

January 20, 2010

Untitled-2Untitled-1foodflowersdetailsdressdetails3cupscake_DSC7252_DSC7242_DSC7237_DSC7236_DSC7234_DSC7230_DSC7218_DSC7217_DSC7182_DSC7175_DSC7132_DSC7067_DSC7063 cop3y_DSC7060_DSC6948_DSC6917_DSC6843 I have always been a big fan of staying warm, and this wedding blew that out of the water. The day of Justin and Joni’s wedding was FREEZING. I am not sure how Joni survived in just her dress with wind chill and snow, it was probably one of the coldest days in December last year. Despite the cold, I had a great time 2nd shooting for Julie Parker. She is amazing and I enjoyed the entire day. Enjoy the images!