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I'm so excited to feature this gorgeous Laia Hawaii Temple wedding today on LDS Bride Blog! It's not every day we get to see such a gorgeous LDS destination wedding. Lauren and Jordan are such a beautiful couple, and their wedding day was captured beautifully by Sugar Rush Photo & Video

Laie Hawaii Temple Wedding

I'll let Lyndi from Sugar Rush tell you all about these two...

The Engagement and First Look

"Where do I even begin. These two are some of the most warm, kind, FUNNY people you will ever meet in a lifetime, and this Hawaii wedding and the ten month - long engagement was absolute magic. Lauren wanted summery, golden, warm engagements, but when you do engagement pictures in November, that is almost impossible. But we hunted and hunted and after Lauren finished her makeup with Vivian Makeup Artist and they finished their Love Story interview with Rob,  the clouds parted in a western field off the freeway for the most summery winter engagements you've ever seen.

Flash forward seven and a half months, and it is 5:30 am in the Salt Lake airport. We are checking all TEN of our bags packed with the photo booth, flashes, cameras, and ten days' worth of swimsuits, and in bursts in a beaming, laughing, tired party of eight with at least half of them being redheads. And all is right in the world. This family is one of those families that you leave the wedding feeling like you are a part of it. They love you, snuggle you, and trust you, and we were all just so so excited to get the security line over with and arrive in Oahu six hours later. Rob and I, every single day, talk about how insanely LUCKY we are to have the job we have, with the clients we have, and this family and couple was no exception.

First, watch their adorable First Look video:


First Look Photos at the Laie Hawaii Temple

The first day we arrived in Hawaii, we braved the thunderstorms for the first look session at the Laie Temple, where they would be getting married in a day and a half. The clouds were perfect, daunting, and somehow, didn't soak us at all. The light was perfect, you could feel the buzzing excitement of Jordan getting to see his bride in her dress from LatterDayBride for the first time, and we were finally all here, ready for the party to start. His expression was priceless, they shed a few tears, and mom watched from a distance as we all teared up together as this couple looked at each other for the first time, in front of the place they would be married in for all time and eternity. Lauren's bouquet from Hawaii's amazing Heaven Scent Designs, paired with Jordan's JC Penney tailored suit and her incredible makeup done by Kayla Hooper created the perfect, high-end look for this incredible wedding. We chased the sunsets, just as Jordan and Lauren do, and found ourselves up against a palm tree at Sunset Beach, with them spinning and snuggling and laughing together as we filmed and photographed the worlds' most magical formal session ever created.

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The next evening, all the family and friends that either lived in Hawaii or traveled from the mainland gathered at the beach to barbecue, swim in the ocean, make lei's for the wedding day, and learn to hula dance with the couple as professional hula-dancing family members from Hawaii taught the whole group. Somehow, we dodged the rain again, and soaked in the perfection of it all as we shot the event in the dress-code for the night: Boardshorts and bikinis. Perfect world."

Side Note: Lauren's dress by LatterDayBride was a Casablanca Bridal customized gown! She found a strapless dress and fell in love with it, and the amazing team at LatterDayBride and Casablanca made it into a beautiful modest wedding dress!

The Temple

"The wedding day came quickly and early, and as the misty Hawaiian clouds teased us, we headed to the beach house to shoot the girls getting ready together. Jordan and Lauren have both lost their fathers, so to symbolize and remember her dad, she wore her dad's wedding ring with hers and sewed a heart cut from one of his old shirts into the inside of her wedding dress. Final touches on hair and makeup were made, to be immediately refluffed with an impromptu pillow fight, and we all packed up and headed to the temple.

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We were blessed enough to get to be in their sealing, and as they looked across at each other and at the two open chairs left intentionally open on each front row, you could feel the immense amount of love for each other and from each of their dads' presences in the room. Jordan and Lauren burst out the doors beaming, down of the stairs of the temple, through an aisle of family, friends, and thrown hibiscus flowers, and the day became a gigantic happy blur from there.

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Check out their adorable Wedding Video!


The Reception

The rest of the day was spent at Kahuku Farms filled with laughter, dance parties, #pineapplesandpriorities, and so much love. And clouds. But still, no rain. Jordan and Lauren were the most delightful newlyweds, who definitely knew how to party, and as the sun set and the stars came out, we all gathered under the gazebo to watch their first look video, shot two days before the wedding. The couple made their final exit through a tunnel formed by all their wedding guests, and drove away in their rental convertible to their happily ever after.

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This Laie temple wedding and the reception at a pineapple farm was filled with love and the brightest excitement for the future, and we were so incredibly blessed to get to be a part and document so much magic between two incredible people. We loved working with every single Utah and Hawaii vendor, and left Oahu absolutely positive that this wedding, this weather, this couple, was absolute destiny. We have the best clients!"


Suit: JC Penney
His ring: Fred Meyer
Her ring: Kunzelman Bros Jewelry Co
Venue: Kahukufarms 
Hair: Lauren Wilkins
Makeup: Kayla Hooper 
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Expressions 
Dress Alterations: Shawna Schauers

We love the beautiful love story that accompanies today's blog featuring a Joseph Smith Memorial Building wedding and Salt Lake Temple shoot. The model, or "bride" for this promotional shoot for JSMB wore the timeless Catania gown by LatterDayBride and was styled and captured by Liz at Elizabeth Taylor Frandsen Photography.

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We can't say it much better, so I'll let Liz tell the story:

"I asked Laura (my sister) & Ryan to model for this session knowing they weren't officially engaged or anything, but that it was definitely headed that way. They were actually high school sweethearts who broke up when he left for his mission. She married while he was gone and then they found each other again shortly after she divorced. During this inspiration shoot Laura whispered to Ryan that she loved him for the first time since high school. They are now happily married and grateful for the experiences and life lessons that brought them together forever."

How romantic is that!? 

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When we asked Liz about her inspiration for this shoot, she said,

"In conjunction with the giveaway, JSMB & I put together an inspiration shoot to create some beautiful eye candy for their marketing needs. LatterDayBride by Gateway Bridal provided the gorgeous gown, bridal accessories, and our groom’s attire. Cali Stott from Versa Artistry dolled up our model. And all of the incredible decor, florals, food, invitations, styling, etc. was done by the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. And let me just say that the dessert tasted even better than it looked, and it was pretty snazzy!

I’ve yet to see the movie, but I know the JSMB team had The Great Gatsby in mind for inspiration when they put this together. Their venue is perfect for this kind of lavish affair. They wanted dramatic, moody lighting. So I played around with several different lighting scenarios inside. And then the models and I returned to Temple Square later in the evening to catch some beautiful natural light outside."

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We think you will agree, Liz knocked this shoot out of the park. 

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Wow, where has the summer gone!? I have planned to feature this wedding all summer and now, all of a sudden, it is almost fall. So before autumn is upon us, I'm so excited to feature this gorgeus woodsy inspiration shoot by Amy Cloud Photography! This Lumberjack-inspired shoot also features an amazing alternative bride wearing an adorable modest kneel-length wedding dress by LatterDayBride, the Dillinger! 

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I'll let Amy tell us a little about the inspiration behind this shoot, because, well, I can't say it any better! 

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Amy says "This has been one of my favorite shoots I’ve styled ever.. hands down.  Like WAY down! I love styling wedding shoots and if for some reason photography didn’t work out for me, this would definitely be a second option I’d consider.

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My inspiration for this shoot actually started with my handsome husband and his magnificent beard.  Put him in a red flannel shirt and bam, idea made.  I love the touches of red and black plaid I used throughout this shoot while not overdoing it.  Just little touches in her shoes, bouquet ribbon, his tie, and of course the fabulous table napkins.  The fireplace was also a HUGE must when I started the design.  My husband helped me refurbish the old piece into something amazing and Rebecca with Magnolia Flower Company perfected it with the moss and placement of all the other major props I had brought along. I was in tears when I saw the finished product!

Lumberjack Wedding Inspiration Shoot by Amy Cloud Photography

All the vendors I worked with on this project were super on point with what I was going for! I love giving them a few basics on what I want as far as look and mood and then letting them run wild.  I cannot say enough about Rebecca.  Her floral creations are out of this world.  T’Ann and Ericka killed it on the makeup and hair and Barbie from Gateway Bridal and Prom always makes the best suggestions on dresses to tie the mood and feel of the shoot together.  The cake that Sara Elizabeth created was more perfect than I could have imagined and tied everything up in this beautiful chic bow.  Wood Chick’s fabulous wooden invites added the perfect little punch to give this shoot that authentic lumberjack feel. And I cannot forget Ciana and Ray.  Not even a real couple but you’d never know.  They were a match made in heaven in the fake bride and groom world!  Thank you to everyone involved and for helping make my vision come to life! I love you guys!

Modest Cocktail-Length Wedding Dress by LatterDayBride, the Dillinger

Hopefully this lumber jack wedding shoot inspires all of you to think outside of the box when planning your own day and to create something authentic and all your own."

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Wedding gown and jewelry:LatterDayBride by Gateway Bridal and Prom
Flowers: Magnolia Flower Company
Wedding Invitations: Wood Chick
Makeup: T’Ann Payne Makeup Artistry

Hair: Ericka Dowsett 
Cake: Sara Elizabeth Custom Cakes and Sweets
Styling: Amy Cloud Photography

How To Find Your Dream Wedding Dress Online

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Although there is nothing even remotely close to the experience of exploring fancy bridal boutiques

and trying on elegant and exquisitely made designer wedding gowns, it’s a good idea to have an

option of buying a wedding dress online ready.

You might feel apprehensive with the whole process of shopping online, especially a dream wedding

dress, but the truth is, it isn’t unusual to see brides-to-be going online to buy their fancy wedding

dress. The process, in fact, is a lot simpler and quicker than going to different boutiques in person! It

is, however, vital to make note of a few Do’s and Don’ts for buying a dream wedding dress online!

Below mentioned are a few pointers to keep in mind while buying a dream wedding dress online!

Read further to know more.

#1 Take Online Reviews Seriously

Reading reviews online will give you a first-hand information on a particular dress. There are plenty

of places such as Amazon, Ebay and Etsy where you can get honest reviews of a designer. These

reviews will assist you in making wise decisions in selecting your dream wedding dress online. But,

ensure that you look carefully at the negative reviews especially, and don’t let these negative reviews

fret you. While reading the reviews, consider if there is a misunderstanding or a typo error; however,

always go with the majority of the reviews to be on the safer side.

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PC: Rachel Amy Photography

#2 Give Your Designer Enough Time

One ridiculous mistake you must avoid is of ordering your dress last minute. Ensure that you give

enough time to your designer to stitch your dress well in advance in order to avoid last minute

commotion. Ideally, your wedding dress should reach you at least a month prior to your wedding.

That way, you are ensured that your dress is right with you on your wedding day.

While ordering your dress online, it is advisable to consider a lot of pertinent elements such as

shipping time, schedule of the designer, and so forth in the mind. Besides, having the dress ready

early on will leave you with an ample amount of time to select your veil and other accessories for the wedding.

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#3 An Effort To Save Money, Think Again!

If you, like many other brides-to- be, think that buying a dress online will help you save money, think

again! Most of us get married only once in a lifetime, so it better be a pristine affair. For instance, if

you fancy a designer wedding gown for your big day, but the dress is going beyond your budget,

then don’t look for a vendor who will copy the style and get it for you under your budget. Firstly, it is

morally wrong, and secondly, the design will never be exactly the same as the original piece.

Since the original dress is made by an expert, it is hard to copy an expert’s work. Besides, who

knows, you may even end up spending more money in the process of copying the original dress.

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#4 Be Very Mindful Of Your Measurements

Another vital aspect of buying a wedding dress online or any other dress for that matter is, providing

accurate measurements to the designer. Quite understandably, a few of us don’t like to measure

ourselves; however, it’s time to put an end to the discomfort, and actually be honest about our sizes.

Don’t give your measurements while you are intensely holding your breath for the tummy to suck in!

The point is, give honest measurements if you want your wedding dress to feel comfortable and

beautiful. You will need three measurements – waist, hips, and bust. Getting all these three

measurements right will ensure a seamless fit for your wedding dress.

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PC: Brooke Bakken Photography

#5 Lastly, Be Aware Of The Return Policies

Ideally the dress should fit you perfectly well. But, what if the dress that you receive doesn’t fit you

well? With the objective to remain prepared for such unpleasant scenarios, it is viable to know the

return policies in advance. Some wedding dress designers’ shops don’t have a no-return policy as

the dresses are custom made, whereas some designers have a limited return policy.

Regardless of the matter, ensure that you fully comprehend the return policies before buying the

dress online. In addition, ask as many questions as you have on your mind pertaining to your dress.

Don’t feel shy or reluctant in asking questions to designers.

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PC: Erin Brown Photography

Dress: Celestial by LatterDayBride

Picking the right wedding gown for your big day is of utmost significance, no matter where you are

getting married. It could be a beach wedding on the shores of Miami or it could be one of those usual

long island wedding venues for small weddings, your dream wedding gown bought from an

online store should do enough justice to your day and, most importantly, you!


Author Bio:  Suzan Hall is a content writer and a professional blogger and possesses a good knowledge of the long island area. Her other interests include Wedding, Event planning and Design, Decoration, Party ideas, Cuisine, etc. 

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