Kelly & John
How did you meet?
John and I met on our first day of dental school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. We were lab partners and friends for over 2 years before we started dating!
How did he propose?
John told me we were going camping with some friends at the Grand Canyon but instead surprised me and took me to Sedona. In the middle of our favorite hike he picked a spot where we were alone to get down on one knee.
How did you come up with the budget for your wedding, and did you stick to it?
I am the only daughter in my family and my parents have always looked forward to hosting my wedding. They decided to give us a set amount and we agreed that John and I would cover anything extra. In the end, we were over budget! I am so grateful for understanding parents and a husband who helped to make my dream wedding possible. We all agree it was 100% worth it and wouldn’t change a thing!
Were there any personal elements you incorporated into the wedding?
We decided to have a close friend perform our ceremony. He was able to share stories and insight about us as a couple that helped make the ceremony more personal. Since we met in dental school, we decided to use vintage dentistry textbook pages to make cones of dried lavender for the ceremony send-off. Also having an heirloom table was very important to me and a great way to honor the blending of both our families.
How did you decide on the theme for the wedding?
John and I really love outdoor activities and knew that we had to have an outdoor wedding with an incredible mountain background. I wanted a theme that would complement the scenery with an organic and elegant feel. There were many outdoor elements including lawn games, s’more roasting, and a make your own trail mix bar! We alluded to our love for adventure with our cake topper and “happy trails” custom stamped favor bags.
What was a “must have” for your big day?
Ever since John took me on my first trip to Zion National Park, I knew I wanted to get married there. As soon as I booked Cliffrose Lodge and Gardens, I found Laura with Forevermore Events who instantly became a “must have”. She was outstanding and soon all of her recommendations became must haves! Going way over budget was worth it to work with a team of incredibly talented vendors who made the entire wedding process unbelievable.
Share a wedding budget splurge that made a difference?
I had my heart set on a completely outdoor venue and didn’t think I would need a backup plan for the weather. Unfortunately with a few days approaching, rain was all over the forecast! Even though I was disappointed because of the huge last minute additional expense, Forevermore Events and Bloomers did an incredible job putting together the most beautiful tent with lights and hanging greenery. I can’t thank them enough for going above and beyond to make sure the tent was perfect and the day was still flawless. My guests complimented the tent all night and thought it added even more elegance and formality to the setting.
Besides tying the knot, what was your favorite wedding day moment?
Being surrounded by so much love was a surreal experience! I loved watching John and his dad walk hand-in-hand down the aisle. I loved watching John tear up as we read vows to each other and then being showered with lavender as we walked back down the aisle together. I will never forget looking out and seeing everyone we are closest to surrounding us with sparklers during our last dance of the evening.
If you could give any advice to future brides what would it be?
We had a separate bridal photo session with Gideon Photography and Red Tie Cinema which was an amazing decision. We had so much extra time to get absolutely priceless pictures inside Zion National Park, which relieved a ton of my stress on wedding day. I was able to relax and enjoy more of my reception knowing that no matter what happened with the weather on our wedding day, we already captured some unbelievable pictures! Hiring Forevermore Events was instrumental in making the entire planning process enjoyable and allowed everyone the opportunity to fully experience the day with no worries!
Planning & Design
Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens
Cupcakes by Julie
Red Tie Cinema
St George Party Rentals