The Engagement Session
The Bridal SessionThe Ceremony
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.
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