From the photographer: Andrea and Josh are the sweetest couple. Everything about their wedding day was perfect. The weather at the Payson Temple was gorgeous and they planned every last detail of their backyard reception. Every vendor completely outdid themselves and it all came together wonderfully. It was such a fun day! I am so excited that these two get to spend eternity together!

Featured Wedding


Florals: The Rose Shop
Wedding Dress: Mary's Bridal
Wedding Cake: Granite Bakery
Photo Booth Guest Book: Funny Face Photo Booth

Unique Reception Times

Traditionally, the reception is held in the evening of the wedding day. Over the years, brides have started to catch on to the fact that this custom makes for quite a long day! More often, we’re seeing brides elect to schedule their receptions differently. Here are some creative times to hold a wedding reception.

Photo courtesy of Lindsay Black Photography.

Receptions the day before. Many brides choose to host their reception the day before! Though slightly unorthodox, this keeps the focus very temple centered the day of. After celebrating with friends and family the day before, you’re wedding day will run very smoothly and quite a bit less stressfully. Your wedding day can leisurely include your sealing followed by jetting off at your own pace for your honeymoon.

Photo courtesy of Maria Grace Photography.

Reception luncheon. Another way to uniquely create your reception is to hold a simple luncheon after the ceremony. This method works especially well if you are choosing to have a smaller, more intimate gathering for your reception.  Without a receiving line, you’re able to experience not only good conversation with all of your guests, but you can also enjoy the meal! Everyone will be able to properly greet you. Following the luncheon in the afternoon, you’ll be free to kick off your honeymoon early, especially if you’re setting off for an exotic destination.

Photo courtesy of Maria Grace Photography.

Reception brunch.  Timing for this reception works the very best for a destination wedding, but can really cater to any kind of intimate wedding gathering. You could host the reception brunch either the day of the wedding or the day after. As far as destination weddings go, this is a great way to see off your guests and provide them with a final meal before sending them home.

Photo courtesy of Maria Grace Photography.

Receptions held later. Some brides have taken up the custom of holding the wedding in a slightly more remote location with strictly close family. The larger reception for their marriage is then held in a hometown setting several days or even weeks later. Some couples prefer the private ceremony and honeymoon, followed by the larger gathering once the stresses of the wedding have diminished.


We have the perfect way to gear up for the fall season! Take a look at this stunning inspiration shoot! Shimmer dusted pumpkins, warm fall colors, and a darling beaded ball gown! Enjoy!

Fall Inspiration



Photography: Leslie Dawn Events
Wedding Gown: Arquette, Latter Day Bride

It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then, you come across the classic disaster of a botched wedding dress. Whether you purchased the gown online, sight-unseen for an unbelievably good price (those website are never legitimate by the way), or if you ran into faulty alterations, or if a dear friend offered to make your dress from scratch, this occurrence does sometimes happen. Consider the poor bride below who ordered a cheap dress from China, who was promised the dress on the left and wound up with the travesty on the right. So what do you do? How do you cope with the tragedy and move on to bigger and better things? Here are some tips we’ve put together for just such a tragic situation.

Fixes for Wedding Dresses

Take time to mourn: Take a proper amount of time to grieve and stress about the situation. My family likes to celebrate failures. When something out of our control goes horribly wrong, we make a point to go out to dinner to celebrate. It makes the hurt of the situation sting just a little less. So scream, throw things, have a good long cry session followed by ice cream and let that be the end of it. After that, you’ll be amply prepared to move forward and find a positive solution.


Photo courtesy of Logan Walker Photography.


Throw out your old concept: The old dress, the style, the feeling can just go right out the window. Finding a replica of what has just been ruined won’t happen, so it’s better to go forward with fresh eyes. That way, you’ll have more options open to you as you’re probably on a time crunch now! Also, seek with a new budget in mind. Considering what has already happened, restructure your budget to work with what you’ve lost and what you can comfortably spend going forward.


Photo courtesy of Logan Walker Photography.


Call around for in stock dresses: If you’re on a time-crunch, which likely you are at this point, you’ll need something that’s pretty much ready to go. Call around the bridal shops to find those that carry modest gowns in stock. It’s better to find something new that needs few alterations so you don’t run into another ruined gown. Many bridal shops will carry some gowns in stock and could easily provide you with a list from their website of the ones they carry frequently.


Photo courtesy of Jessie Alexis Photography.


Don’t be picky: Now is not the time to be a picky bridezilla. Now is the time to find something lovely, that fits well, and will work for you. Considering the money you’ve tragically sunk into the other gown, work now on just finding a great second option. Realistically, searching again for the dream dress and being picky will limit your options severely and you’ll only feel more stressed and panicky as a result. So take a deep breath and dive in with an open mind an an optimistic outlook.



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