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Here's a lovely share from one of our favorite blogs, Design Loves Detail. Why not try an Americana theme for your summer wedding, complete with picnic throwbacks, luscious cherries, and inviting sunflowers? Enjoy the inspiration!

Americana Inspiration

 

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Before we forget the summer, we want to share a fun inspiration shoot for the 4th of July; Americana style.

For this shoot, I really wanted to stress how quickly and inexpensively you can pull together a fun summer picnic. I put together this shoot in matter of a couple of hours (insert a little time for cherry pickin’ and eating). But what’s really great about this particular inspiration, is that each of these items can be sourced at your local craft store, grocery store and in your own backyards. Check it out!

 

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I love sunflowers for summer. They are so cheery, bright and add so much punch to an arrangement. I picked up these beauties at my local grocery store along with some blue delphinium. I already had the pot the florals were held in but you can find one at your thrift store for a $1 (I saw one just today). I also used fresh fruit as part of the decor. It’s both colorful and edible. And if that wasn’t reason enough, it’s free! BONUS!

 

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For a no hassle way to transport your yummy edibles, use these brown boxes and fill them with your food ahead of time. Each person gets there own box and they double as fun decor. I promise everyone will be loving these!

 

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For place mats, I swung by Dollar Tree and picked up some gingham cupboard  liner. Simply cut it into your desired shape and it makes for the perfect disposable place mat. They won’t slip and they look great even if they get spilled on.

 

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Our very own Rylie Sandorf recently married the man of her dreams! Here is their amazing engagement shoot. They happen to be a stunningly beautiful couple! Congrats, cute love birds!

Engagement Feature

 

 

Photography: Kristina Curtis
Location: Salt Lake Capitol

 

 

Check out this lovely article from Cheyenne Carroll from the Temple Square Weddings and Catering Department. Start your wedding planning off right with these wonderful tips!

Wedding Planning

Getting engaged is so exciting, from the proposal and the ring to sharing your good news with friends and family. The prospect of planning a wedding is something you’ve probably dreamed about your entire life, but when it comes time to do it, it can be very overwhelming. What needs to be done, and what should you start with?

 

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 Don’t worry, it’s not as daunting as it seems. Follow these five simple steps to get started and you’ll have smooth sailing all the way to the day you say “I do.”

Take a deep breath.
It might sound cliche, but you don’t want to start off this process in a panic. Enjoy the first few days after you get engaged and make the time to take it in: you really are getting married to the love of your life. Then sit down, breathe deep, and dig into your to-do list.

 

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Make a list.
Prioritizing the things that need to be done first and the things that mean the most to you is one of the best things you can do to make your process smooth. Temple Square’s wedding planning checklist can help you with this - it has every step you might need to take to get everything in place for your big day!

Create your budget.
It’s impossible to make any decisions without knowing how much you can spend. Work together with your parents and your fiance’s parents to find out how much you can spend overall, and on certain parts of your wedding. This is where your prioritized list will come into play. If you care a lot about your dress, but not so much about your food, you know where you can spend (or save) precious money.

 

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Pick your date.
This might seem like a given, but you can’t get anything set in stone until your date is finalized. If you’re looking to save money on a venue, try planning for a weekday, but if you want to make sure all your guests will make it, a weekend might work better. Talk with your fiance and both families to figure out a day that will be a win-win.

 

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Book your venue.
Some venues have rules and guidelines for food, entertainment, or setup, so you’ll want to book your venue first so you don’t run into a snag later with other vendors. Research a few different options so that if your first choice is taken, you’ll have something to fall back on that you’re just as excited about.

Once you take that leap and get started on wedding planning, everything else will follow. Above all, remember to enjoy the process. You only get to plan your wedding once! If you need ideas or don’t know where to go next, don’t forget to download our free wedding planning checklist. You won’t forget a thing with it by your side.

 

We adore this secret garden-esque wedding shoot. The lovely couple, the deep greenery and the bright pops of color make this wedding the idyllic summer setting.

 Featured Wedding

Photography: Erin Brown Photography

 

 

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