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.
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!?
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!
We think you will agree, Liz knocked this shoot out of the park.
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!
I'll let Amy tell us a little about the inspiration behind this shoot, because, well, I can't say it any better!
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.
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!
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!
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
PC: Rebecca Westover
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's a holiday weekend here in Utah, yippee! The 24th of July is Pioneer Day, the day we celebrate when the first Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Up near the canyon the pioneers entered through, there is a gorgeous park full of pioneer heritage, historical buildings, and gorgeous grounds. This is the Place Heritage Park has become a hot wedding venue for LDS brides in particular, as it is close to the Salt Lake Temple and many brides have ancestral ties that make the venue special on a more personal level. It is also gorgeous. Couples can choose from 9 unique venues at the park, and there is something for every style, size, and budget. Today we are thrilled to feature a Salt Lake Temple wedding with a reception at The Garden Place at This is the Place Heritage Park. Taylor and Ashley's summer wedding was an absolute dream and we are excited to share it with you!
It started out with a group of boys and girls going Taylor's ranch. Taylor and Ashley's cousin had a little fling going on. Ashley's cousin invited Ashley to come along even though she had a boyfriend at the time. Ashley wanted to go just because she loves horses and not so much to hook up with someone. Well, Taylor discovered that he had a huge crush on Ashley that trip and realized he couldn't like Ashley's cousin when he liked her. Months passed after that trip and Taylor and Ashley and a group of her friends went sledding. Ashley still had a boyfriend at this time and didn't think anything of Taylor. Taylor went home that night and wrote in his journal that Ashley was the type of girl he saw himself being with. Months after that Taylor asked Ashley out and they had a lot of fun together but nothing was there for Ashley. She had just sent off her missionary and wasn't ready to date anyone. Ashley left on an LDS mission and while she was on her mission Taylor's dad and Ashley's dad were put in a singles ward bishopric together. The families became best friends and the parents would always joke about an arranged marriage. Anyways, Ashley came home from her mission and went to church with her parents and Taylor was also there... It was love at 3rd sight. They went out a few days later and the rest is history!
Ashley and Taylor opted for a First Look and Bridal session before the wedding day, so they could capture all their formal shots and not stress on the wedding day! Silver Lake near Alta is divine in the summer, and the beauty of the lake was the perfect setting for these intimate formals.
Ashley's gorgeous dress is the 'Leonora' by LatterDayBride at Gateway Bridal and Prom in Salt Lake City. This is one of LatterDayBride's best-sellers, and you can see why. It is absolute feminity with it's flowing A-line and lace elbow-length sleeves.
Ashley says "Tay and I love the outdoors and playing sports together. We are both really athletic and love anything active. We love riding horses. Taylor and I love doing photography and videography together. We shot a wedding together and it was the most fun thing on this earth. We simply just love being together and whatever we are doing is just a plus! The best thing about "us" is that WE LAUGH. We are both pretty hilarious and so everything is funny.... at least to us!"
When the couple's photographer, Abbey Khyl, asked Ashley how she envisioned her wedding day, Ashley said, "PEOPLE. I am all about the people. I want it to have that fun-loving, upbeat, family & friend oriented feeling.... as well as the romantic feel for pictures of Taylor and I. Pictures of people laughing and interacting with us is always fun. I will definitely need to point out the IMPORTANT people because there are obviously some not so important people to capture. haha. Pretty much anyone who was at the temple grounds is important. I would much rather have more pictures of people than details of the table cloths... etc. (even though detail shots are awesome) RANDOM NOTE: I like close up shots. ex: If its with a best friend I'd much rather have it closer up of our faces rather than fully body shots. WE WILL DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY... seriously... my family goes hard at these receptions. haha. So we've gotta capture that.
I don't know, obviously every bride just wants it to be the perfect day and I believe it will be! PICTURES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO ME and I know you will make it look beautiful, classy, unique and FUN."
We think Abbey totally made Ashley's vision come true, don't you think?
Photographer: Abbey Kyhl
Wedding Dress: LatterDayBride by Gateway Bridal
Caterer: Culinary Crafts
DJ: Utah Jive
Videographer: Ryan Hinman
Cake: Ashley Sylvester
Wedding Planner: Candace Frioux
Hair & Makeup: Ashley Sylvester and Mckall Feulner