Jessica And Stephen
December 14, 2012. we had just finished finals week for the semester, and before heading home for christmas break we wanted to spend one more day together. we headed up to park city and Stephen drove straight to the historic city park. there was a magical snow storm, Stephen got down on one knee, and it was the fastest yes i have ever said! the day was spent on a horse drawn carriage ride, a romantic dinner in deer valley, snowball fights, and dreaming of the rest of our lives together.
How much time did you have to plan from proposal to the wedding day and was it enough?
We had four and a half months, it was a great amount of time.
Were there any personal elements that you incorporated into the wedding ceremony/reception?
Our wedding was every thing we love combined into one big party! I wanted our guests to walk in and know we created every detail. We wanted it to scream Stephen and Jessica. I think we accomplished that.
The china setting at our dinner were pieces of all four of our grandmothers china, and other pieces of china that we shopped for together. They were all mismatched and unbelievably beautiful. But beyond the beauty, the china meant more than that. My grandfather bought my grandmothers china in Japan while he was stationed there during World War Two. Stephen’s family remembers eating off their grandmothers china during the holidays as children. These pieces had meaning and memories for every one in the room.
What was one idea that made the wedding uniquely yours?
Stephen and I are foodies but this was definitely the hardest part for me. While dating we went on countless breakfast and dinner dates to waffle trucks. We love drinks of all kinds. Water doesn’t qualify as a drink for us. So what better than to combine them! We had waffles and drinks prepared by the amazing Marvellous Catering. As odd of a pair those two may seem, we thought they went perfectly together. The more sugar the better!
What was one “must have” that made your wedding unforgettable?
Regardless of the DIY details of the wedding, my actual gown was handmade. Stephen’s sister Sarah of Illum Gowns is an extremely talented designer and seamstress. She sewed every stitch of my dress. We spent hours fabric shopping, sketching, trying the dress on, pinning and unpinning lace, and the finished project was even more perfect than I ever could have dreamed of.
Share a wedding budget splurge that made all the difference
During our bridal session we had a videographer film the shoot and then each of us went in secret to say our vows. We played it at our dinner and it was the first time we had heard and seen each others. Even though there were 100 people in the room, it felt like it was just the two of us. I’m so glad we did it because it refocused the day around the promises we made to each other and our new marriage and adventure together. Those five minutes were my favorite part of the day.
If you were giving advise to future brides what would it be?
Make the planning part so fun that you want to do it all over again. Don’t let your “to-do” list and hours on Pinterest take over what’s really important.
Number one priority–get a really good photographer and videographer so every moment of your perfect day is captured! We chose Gideon Photography and NP Films. They were amazing! There is nothing more fun than reliving our wedding day.
Floral – Bloomers
Coordinator – Forevermore Events
Photography – Gideon Photography
Ceremony – LDS Temple
Venue – Sand Hallow Golf Course
Caterer – Marvellous Catering
Video – NP Films
Cake Designer – Kari Wittwer
Invitation – Hey Hay Designs
Hair & Makeup – Julie Thomas Designs
Rentals – St George Party Rentals