Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Utah Wedding Photography - Winter Art Gallery Wedding

Taylor + James
December 3, 2012
The 15th Street Gallery

Where do you live?
We currently live in Daybreak (South Jordan) Utah. But throughout our relationship, we’ve lived in Salt Lake City, Los Angeles California and St George Utah.
She is the lead wedding planner and owner of Taylor Made Weddings and Event as well as a full time writer and he is a full time distiller and local brewery owner of Wasatch Distillery.
How the couple met:
We met on the first day of our senior and sophomore years at Granite High School and dated for a year until breaking up. It wasn’t until 5 years later that we reconnected and we’ve been together ever since.
What attracted her to him:
Originally in high school it was his bad boy attitude and then the second time it was/is his generous, loyal and loving nature.
What attracted him to her:
Her determination and drive for what she believed in and ability to always have good things in her life, the same for the second time we got together.
How he proposed: 
We actually prefer to keep that story private because it is so special and personal to us.
Bridal shower/Bachelorette party:
 I had two bachelorette parties, one with my friends where we went and had a nice dinner and just hung out and one with the girls in my family (sisters, mom and niece) where we went to dinner and then played board games as a family. Both were wonderful times with loved ones before the big day.
Bachelor party:
He had an all-day poker and barbeque party that was rounded out with the boys going and taking a hot wing challenge. Only one survived the challenge and it wasn’t the groom!


Ceremony Place: The 15th Street Gallery in Salt Lake City Utah
Date: Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Number of guests: 36
The bride's wardrobe details: Ivory Dress from the Vera Wang White Collection, an Organza Fit and Flare Gown with Bias Flange Skirt with rose gold shoes and a hand selected chunky necklace and earrings found in St George 2 years before the wedding at a shop called JK Jewelers.
The groom's wardrobe details: A custom tailored Hugo Boss suit called The James with Hugo Boss Cufflinks and Prada Shoes. 

Reception Place:
The 15th Street Gallery in Salt Lake City Utah
Wedding music: 
The ceremony music was two songs from our favorite movie, Definitely Maybe. The parents and bridal party walked to a song called April’s Story by Clint Mansell and the bride’s processional song was The Happy Ending is You by Clint Mansell. The recessional song was also The Happy Ending is You by Clint Mansell.
First Dance Song:
The first dance song was a song from our second favorite movie, Moulin Rouge and is called Come What May sung by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
The catering was provided by Culinary Crafts and featured a hot chocolate bar with Milk Chocolate and Fresh Whipped Cream and Cinnamon, served in a Irish coffee Mug. That was followed by a formal plated dinner with house made artisan breads and rolls with butter blossoms.
The first course of the meal was a delicious endive and radicchio salad with Kumquats, Pomegranate Seeds, Feta, and Red Wine and Honey Vinaigrette.
The second course followed with Utah Red Trout served with Moroccan Tomato Jam, local Free Range herb crusted Chicken breast served with Lemon Herb Compound Butter, Red gold and purple fingerling potatoes roasted with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rosemary and Dill and roasted winter vegetables such as Parsnips, Turnips, Squash, Carrots and Artichokes with Maple Ginger Glaze
The grand finale was a flaming doughnut station where the Chef poached Krispy Kreme Donuts in House-made Buttermilk Caramel Flambés and then topped the doughnut with Italian Gelato flavors of Eggnog, Pumpkin and Salted Caramel.
The cake was done by Cake-a-lious and featured a white modern stair styled design with fondant rope trim. The flavor of the cake was sour cream with raspberry lemonade filling
Colors and Theme:
The wedding colors were designed to be a monochromatic winter metallic theme with silver, gold, taupe and rose gold. Set in an art gallery, we also wanted the centerpieces to capture a natural but artistic atmosphere.
The flowers were designed by Honey of a Thousand Flowers and featured an array of floral accents. The flowers throughout the wedding décor and bouquets included Astilbe, Anemone, Hydrangea, Amaryllis and Ranunculus. The greenery for the floral arrangements included tuberose, agapanthus, maiden hair fern, sword fern, and parrot tulips. There were ceremony accent pieces, end table vases, a head and cake table centerpiece and several low and taller guest table arrangements that featured grapewood.
There were five bouts, three mother’s corsages, one bridesmaid bouquet and one bride’s bouquet. The Bouts and corsages featured simple designs in whites with an accent of greenery while the bride bouquet was full and textural with a shape that was not completely round or symmetrical and made of white flowers with some accents of greenery, wrapped in a dupioni ribbon and silver wire.
We hand-selected the favors from my favorite store, Crate & Barrel, to fit the monochromatic winter metallic theme with rose gold coloring. The favors were modern designed ornamental stars that were placed at each place setting with a card saying “Thank you. Please take this special star as a token of our gratitude and love. Our hope is that whether hung on a tree, or placed on a desk, when you see it sparkling you remember our gratitude for your part in our lives.”  When we had our grand entrance, James asked that our guests send us a photo of where they had chosen to hand or place their stars.
Décor elements:
The décor elements of the wedding featured golden vases, modern rose gold favors, silver metal table numbers, grapewood branches, white flowers, metallic ornaments, unique and modern artwork and paper designs through menus, favor cards, seating charts, a sign-in and food signage.
Unique details:
I’d like to think all of the details are unique but my favorite and the MOST “us” part of the wedding was the engagement video display at the sign-in table.
Special Touch:
One of the most special things about our wedding day was that James surprised me with a guest appearance from a dear friend and famous singer, LocLion. After our grand entrance, he introduced LocLion and then LocLion preformed a few songs for us and our guests. It was incredible that he was able to come all the way from Los Angeles to the wedding and that he sang his original song, Stay With Me, for James and I.  We hadn’t been able to see him since we’d moved from LA (where we all were roommates,) so it truly was a surprise, an honor and a special part of our wedding.

His: TeNo
Hers: Custom designed through Mac & Sons Jewelers.
Kortney Eggertz Custom Invitations and Design Work
Guest book:
The guest book was from Paper Source and the sign-in cards were inspired by the bride, designed by Kortney Eggertz Custom Invitations and Design Work
Photography: Opie Foto
Videography: MJ Films
Bridal Gown: Vera Wang
Shoes, Veil, Jewelry: N/A, N/A and jewelry other than rings: JK Jewelers
Hair and Makeup:Versa Artisty
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Calvin Klein
Groom’s Tux/Suit: Hugo Boss
Flowers: Honey of a Thousand Flowers
Decorations and rentals: Taylor Made Weddings and Events
Catering:Culinary Crafts
Cake: Cake-a-lious
Venue: 15th Street Gallery
Entertainment/Music: LocLion (Recording Artist) and Salt Lake Wedding DJ
Wedding favors: Crate & Barrel
Wedding planner: N/A
Officiant:Judge Baxter
Transportation: N/A or our 350 Z
Guest lodging:N/A
Wedding Registry:We had recently bought a house and had lived together 4 years previous to that so we did not register anywhere because we had all we needed.

The day in three words:

Joyous, intimate and Yippee!
What was the weather like on your wedding day?
Cold but clear
What was the most memorable moment of your wedding?
Saying “I do” to each other.
What is the best advice you can give to a couple that is planning?
Hire a planner
What was the biggest surprise about your wedding day?
When my husband announced he had a special guest for us and then surprised me with our dear friend, LocLion, who then sang for us and our guests.
What did you like the most about working with OpieFoto?
Her fun personality, her professionalism and her awesome photos!
How did you tame those wedding day nerves?
I actually didn’t really have any. I had waited almost 9 years to be married to James so I knew I had nothing to worry about.
Where did you have your honeymoon?
Seattle Washington
What was the most memorable moment of your honeymoon?
The first night of our honeymoon, James reserved a private room in Seattle’s finest restaurant, Canlis. The room only had our table with seating for two, two pieces of modern art on two of the walls, a lounging couch and the rest of the room was windows overlooking the Seattle bay and city lights. It was the best food and the most romantic setting and even after 9 courses, wine pairings and being there for hours, it still was so peaceful, beautiful and perfect.

by Opie Janzer

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