Winter may be winding down here in Salt Lake City, but that doesn't mean we can't post a few more gorgeous winter weddings here on LDS Bride Blog! This winter wedding at the Salt Lake Temple comes to us from Flying Gull Photography and features the lovely couple Marissa & Andrew. These lovebirds celebrate their 1 year anniversary this month so we thought, "Hey! What an awesome anniversary present...we should feature them!" So, without further ado, here is Andrew & Marissa's cozy winter wedding at the Salt Lake Temple.
Before the wedding day, Andrew and Marissa headed up the canyon for a First Look and winter bridal session. We love the bright colors of the bouquet and her cozy fur.
The couple's photographer Heather writes,
Andrew and Marissa met at a barbeque outside of the BYU football Stadium in the fall of 2015. He was parking his motorcycle when he took his helmet off, made eye-contact with her, and shined the brightest smile she had ever seen! She was hooked from there. Of course all the girls were looking so he revved his engine a couple times (show off) but she was attempting to act aloof and play it cool. He didn’t hesitate to walk right up to her, introduce himself, and offer her a ride to Sodalicious for a drink together. How could she say no to that smile? Marissa found him to be attractive, smart, and funny; but what truly set him apart was how much love he expressed for his friends and family-particularly his younger brother. Andrew loves with such intensity and his confidence is enthralling to say the least.
His passion for life caught Marissa by surprise and his deep “Beaty” laugh swept her off her feet. Every time they would attend a group gathering or event, he would find those who were alone and include them. He would throw rocks at Marissa's window to ‘make her feel like a princess.’ He left her notes as surprises and took her to places she had never been. His small and simple acts of love and kindness took her to a beautiful place she had never been-a true and deep love. It didn’t take long until he had Marissa's heart-not to mention all of her friends’ and family’s as well.
Marissa says, "He has the manners of a gentleman and his quiet dignity helps to calm my fears and strengthen my spirit. His love gives me confidence in our ability to work as a team raising a faith-filled family and a Christ-centered home. He has asked me every day since we’ve met, 'Marissa, what can I do to make your day better?' I’m so grateful for my Beaty Boy and the love he brings to my life."
Thank you for sharing this beautiful winter wedding with us and Happy Anniversary to Andrew & Marissa!
Ok, it's happened to almost EVERY bride. You just got done with an EPIC bridal or first look session where your photographer got some AMAZING shots you are just dying over.
You take off your dress to put it back in your dress bag when suddenly....
There it is, a big ugly dirt stain on the hem of your dress. It looks like you just climbed Kilimanjaro. In your wedding dress. And THERE! Along the neckline. Lipstick. You must have not been as careful as you thought while you were getting ready! So what do you do? You hop on your phone and as fast as your fingers can type, you do a Google Search for "How to Clean a Wedding Dress." Lucky for you, you found THIS post right here!
PC: Ravenberg Photography Dress: Casablanca Customized
As a bridal shop, we have seen EVERYTHING. We have hundreds of brides trying on our dresses every week and have seen every makeup stain, sweat stain, and blood stain there is to see. So we believe we are kind of the experts on how to clean a wedding dress. First, don't panic. Second, do NOT throw your dress in the washing machine. And third, DO NOT under any circumstances use one of those bleach spot-treating pens. Trust us.
For ink and grease stains, a little bit of rubbing alcohol on a white cotton q-tip is just the ticket. Use gentle blotting motions and DO NOT rub. Rubbing will make it worse! For grease stains, before treating, first apply a small amount of chalk or baby powder to absorb most of the grease, then blow or tap off any excess powder.
One of our favorites for makeup and lipstick stains are Shout wipes. Again, BLOT, don't RUB! Treat as soon as possible after the stain occurs.
Krud Kutter is for those heavy duty jobs nothing else will handle. It removes tough, oily, greasy, grimy, and gooey problems. It will even remove latex paint! (But really, WHAT were you doing PAINTING in your wedding dress!?!)
Cut yourself shaving on your big day and didn't notice until you spot the blood on your hem? Never fear, SPIT to the rescue! Spit, you say? Yes, spit. A little spit and a dry, clean, white cotton towel will clean that mess right up! It gives a whole new meaning to "spit shine" doesn't it?
When all else fails and you are down to the wire, cover up any remaining stains with a little white chalk. Not only will it absorb grease (I know, you are a nervous eater and those potato chips in the bride's room were just calling to you), but it also disguises stubborn stains (unless, of course, your dress is black. We don't recommend white chalk for black dresses).
Ideally, if you have time and catch the stains early enough, you will take your dress to a professional dry cleaner who specializes in cleaning wedding dresses. DO NOT just take it to any old dry cleaner! This is one area where you don't want to be a budget shopper. Check out reviews online and look specifically for reviews from brides. We recommend always getting your dress dry cleaned in between your bridal session and wedding day UNLESS it is specifically not recommended by your bridal shop. Some dresses don't do as well as others, so always follow the advice of the experts!
We hope we have saved someone's day by giving you some great ideas on how to clean a wedding dress! And if your big day is coming up and you don't have the perfect dress of bridesmaid dress yet, we would love to help here at LatterDayBride, so give us a call or shop our collection online here!
We love it when something is sent to us that is different. Something a little outside the box. This beautiful lady is Chelsea, and she chose to wear her LDS temple dress for her Simi Valley bridals with Holly Castillo Photography. And we think that's pretty cool. We love the dreamy haze and autumn tones in these gorgeous bridals, and the handmade Eco Bouquet Chelsea order on Etsy is absolutely perfect for the setting AND the simple elegance of the temple dress.
From the photographer:
Is anyone else aching for SPRING?! We are! It seems like after the Holidays, winter should just be done. Like a switch you can flip off, am I right? Well, if I can't make spring come then I will just have to post a gorgeous Spring Wedding in an orchard! Skylar and Josie chose the Provo Castle & Amphitheater and adjacent apple orchard for their bridals & first look session. This session just screams CLASSIC, from Josie's Grace Kelly-esque long sleeve wedding dress to dramatic lighting and styling.
Skylar & Josie met while attending school at Southern Utah University (SUU). They were both on track scholarships and had been friends for several years before they started dating. I guess when you have seen someone at their absolute sweatiest and you still think they are hot you are meant to be together! Since Josie & Skylar would be married in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple and photography isn't allowed, they chose to do a First Look session before Josie's bridals so photographer Lindsey Black could capture the intimate moment when Skylar saw Josie for the first time in her dress. The moment was magical. The two spent 10 minutes talking, kissing, and twirling (something you just don't get if the first time he sees you in your dress is when you walk down the aisle)!
Ok, is it just me or does Josie look like Idina Menzel? Right!? But I digress. We love her simple and elegant satin long sleeve wedding dress...it reminds me of Grace Kelly. Totally classic and beautiful. And let's talk about this orchard for a minute. WOW. The canopy of trees was just screaming for a bride to frame under it's branches! The orchard is right next to a beautiful amphiteather. We love the way the rock plays on Skylar's gray suit. All in all, these two are adorable and we are so glad we could feature their fantastic spring wedding bridal shoot on LDS Bride Blog today!