Congratulations Leigh Gutting-Lucas our October Bride of the Month!

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October 2014: Leigh Gutting-Lucas!

We’re excited to have Leigh for our October Bride of the Month. Leigh is such a fun spirited gal and we loved working with her. Her unique invitation was one that we had never really done before. Being able to bring her ideas to life and see the final product of her invitations is always a thrill.

The Interview:

Bekka: Leigh I have to admit we love how your invitations turned out. I felt the invitation told a story of how your big day would play out. Tell me about the process you went through in dreaming up your invitation. Where did you get your inspiration from and how did you decide on what your invitations would look like?
Leigh: My friend Cami had suggested to make it a book. I love to read and felt it would be a great way of expressing who I am. Hamilton is my biggest supporter when it comes to books and reading, we have a bunch of books!

Bekka: What is your favorite part of your invitations?
Leigh: The tree was my favorite, how it branched out and wrapped around the entire invitation really tied it all together.

Bekka: Was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Leigh: The overall idea of it was appealing. I felt it really represented the both of us and how we’re kind of unusual. Guest also loved the map, because our venue was in such a remote place.

Bekka: Brides usually take the theme or a look from their invitation and incorporate it into the decor of the wedding venue. Did any part of your invitation help to create the look and feel at your venue?
Leigh: Having Michelle was so handy because that isn’t my strength and she was really able to pull all of it together. Our rings were custom made and I showed Michelle and she came up with the woodland theme, then built on that to the last detail.

Bekka: When setting the tone for your event do you feel your invitations achieve that?
Leigh: Absolutely, I had some family members think it was a western theme, and with my invitation I think it helped to represent the more enchanted fairytale. “Not disneyland princes or western rustic.”

Bekka: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Leigh: Get out and look more. I wish I would have used the pinterest board that Ruth suggested, I think it would have saved me some time and revisions.

Bekka: You had Michelle Leo Events help you in all the event planning and design. It’s no secret that we absolutely love Michelle, so tell us about your experience working with such a talented Event Planner!
Leigh: It was fantastic I don’t know what I would have done without her. My sister got one when she was married out of state and it was so helpful. So for Michelle to come a long and encapsulate it and help me find great vendors was priceless. Especially Heather Nan, when she showed me her photography I was blown away and knew that is who I wanted to capture all my moments. I’ve had friends that I recommended getting a wedding planner because they are so worth it. They didn’t and when it came closer to their wedding day they were wishing they had someone to relieve some of the stress and worry.

Bekka: Looking back on your wedding day and all the beautiful memories that came from it, was there one moment that stood out more and if so what?
Leigh: The bad thing that happened, not too bad but, our wedding was at Red Cliffs Ranch so it is quite a drive. Hours before our wedding there was a semi truck on fire causing major delays for our guest to get to the wedding on time. We ended up starting our ceremony late because we were trying to wait on guests to arrive. Some of the guest didn’t even make it. You plan for back up plans like rain, wardrobe mishaps, or hair/makeup but not semi truck fires! So the funny thing that happened was one of the groomsmen got the music going to “Hava Nagila” and the next thing we knew everyone was lifting our chairs. We’re not really religious, but it was very spontaneous and fun!

Bekka: Leigh is was a pleasure working with you and I’d like to thank you for taking the time to talk with me and share the details of your wedding!

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See something above that you've absolutely got to have for your wedding? We're making it easy for you. Below is a list of Leigh's vendors:

Wedding Planner: Michelle Leo Events

Photographer: Heather Nan

Venue: Red Cliff Ranch

Catering: Brown Brothers

Cake: Cake-A-Licious

Flowers: May Flowers

Invitations:  Ann Elizabeth

Bride’s Dress: Alta Moda Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lily and Iris

Rings: Freshmans

 

 


Congratulations Brittany Kahn-Shifrin our September Bride of the Month!

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September 2014: Brittany Kahn-Shifrin!

Our September Bride of the Month is Brittany Kahn-Shifrin. We’re so excited to share her elegant destination wedding at the beautiful St. Regis Deer Valley. This month is extra special because Brittany and Adam are celebrating their one-year anniversary! We are so honored to feature them and all the talented vendors like Meredith Parsons and Pepper Nix that played such a big part in creating their perfect wedding.

 

The Interview

Bekka: Brittany, you're getting ready to celebrate your one-year anniversary. What has your first year of marriage been like?
Brittany:  It’s been great!!  Adam and I dated for almost 7 years before getting married and we already lived together, so it didn’t feel like too much changed after we got married.

Bekka: You were married at The St. Regis Deer Valley. Does this place have a special meaning to you or did you just love how gorgeous it is?
Brittany: Park City in general is a special place to me.  My family has been coming to Park City since I was little, and I have so many amazing memories there!  Adam and I loved being able to share this place with all of our wedding guests especially since most had never been to Utah before.  The St. Regis Deer Valley is so beautiful and has amazing views that I knew would be wonderful for all of our wedding photos!

Bekka: Where did you get your inspiration from and how did you decide on what your invitations would look like?
Brittany: I knew I wanted something a little more fun for our save the date.  Adam actually found something online and we shared it with Ann Elizabeth and Ruth as our inspiration, and they took it from there.
For our formal invitations I wanted something classic and simple, but I wasn’t exactly sure what that would be.  After meeting and talking with Ruth several times, she helped me come up with some amazing ideas for our invitations. We ended up going with a grey thermography print on a white and grey duplex invitation.  Ann Elizabeth and Ruth suggested adding the grey duplex backer to our invitation, which I loved!!  It added a nice touch while giving the invitations a sturdier feel.  The additional pieces all worked together so nicely, and I was so happy how they turned out. Ann Elizabeth and Ruth were great to work with!  They were so patient and provided so many great ideas to choose from.

Bekka: After your invitations were designed and mailed out did you feel they expressed to your guests the tone for your big day!
Brittany: Yes, I did.  They were simple, classic, and elegant.

Bekka:  From your experience do you have any advice for brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations and were there any lesson you learned through your creative process?
Brittany: It really helps to look at sample invitations online and in the studio.  I didn’t know specifically what I wanted at first and going on Pinterest for inspiration was very helpful in communicating what I liked with Ann Elizabeth & Ruth.

Bekka: You hired the fabulous Meredith Parsons as your wedding planner, which we feel if you have the budget for… do it! How was your experience having someone to take care of all the details!
Brittany: It was great!! Having someone help out with all the small details, recommend vendors and help your vision come to life is amazing!!  She had me create a Pinterest board to pin things I liked and she added to it as well.  It resulted in more than we could have asked for!!

Bekka: Your photography really tells a story and beautifully captures every precious moment. Tell us about your amazing photographer Pepper Nix and why you chose her.
Brittany: I came across Pepper’s photos when I was first at the St. Regis touring the venue.  I immediately fell in love with her sunset photos and couldn’t wait to work with her. She has such a fun and laid-back attitude and working with her on our wedding day was amazing! She kept Adam and I relaxed and made the whole process so easy.

Bekka: How would you describe your wedding day from start to finish?
Brittany: Perfection!!  It was a wonderful day and a day that we will never forget!!  It snowed the day before our wedding, which was nerve racking since our ceremony was supposed to be outside. Luckily the day of our wedding, it warmed up and it was a beautiful bluebird day so we kept the ceremony outside!!

Bekka: Looking back was there anything you would have changed?
Brittany: I think there are small things that I would consider changing, because I am a perfectionist. However, those are things that I don’t think anyone else would have noticed.  So the best advice I could give someone else is to not sweat the small stuff, because you are probably the only one who even realized it.

Bekka: Brittany, we are just thrilled to have you as our September bride and thank you for share the details of your wedding. Congratulations on celebrating your one-year anniversary!

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See something above that you've absolutely got to have for your wedding? We're making it easy for you. Below is a list of Brittany's vendors:

Wedding Planner: Bluebird Event Destination Management Meredith Parsons

Photographer: Pepper Nix

Venue: St. Regis Deer Valley

Catering/Cake: St. Regis

Flowers: Amanda Hansen at Decoration, Inc

Invitations:  Ann Elizabeth

Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang Chicago

Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Giorgio Armani

Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August

Ceremony Music: Maywood String Quartet

Band: Party Crashers Green Light Booking

Videographer: Jared Wortley

Officiant: Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman

 


Congratulations Tara Delatorre our June Bride of the Month!

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June 2014: Tara Delatorre!

Summer is here and we are loving destination weddings especially when it’s on the beautiful island of Hawaii. We loved all the photos from the talented Clane Gessel that showcased this fabulous destination wedding. Tara’s wedding was held at the St. Regis Princeville in Kauai with the help of her wedding coordinator Ashlee Libbrect. With a tropical paradise and the right vendors you too could have a dream wedding like Tara!

The Interview

Bekka:  Tara now that your big day is all through, have you and your hubby recuperated?
Tara: I think we are still in a wedding and honeymoon high.  It was all so beautiful and lovely, and there was nothing we would change. From the wedding in Kauai to the honeymoon the Bora Bora, it was all perfection.

Bekka: Tell me about the process you went through in dreaming up your invitations. Where did you get your inspiration from, how did you decided what your invitations would look like?
Tara: Since we were having a destination wedding in Kauai, we wanted to make sure that the invitations set the stage for the event.  It had to have a tropical, yet casual fun feeling.

Bekka: Did you have a favorite part of your invitation?
Tara: I loved the Hawaiian flower and simplicity of the invitations.  There was just enough information, without being too frilly, which represents us as a couple.

Bekka: Did you incorporate any of the design from your invitations into your wedding decor or was it vice versa in your case because of the wedding location?
Tara: The invitations were coral in color, which was incorporated into some of the dresses and design. A long with some beautiful hibiscus flowers in the bouquets.

Bekka: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Tara: Yes absolutely, they set the mood for the type of wedding we wanted to have. Which lead to an excitement in our guest for the upcoming wedding.

Bekka: From your experience do you have any advice for brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations and were there any lesson you learned through your creative process?
Tara: I think the first thing would be to decide on the look and feel you want to create.  Be it for formal or causal, simple or elaborate.  We went in with some basic ideas and Ruth really helped us narrow down the look and feel we wanted to create.  She had really great advice and good suggestions, and we couldn’t have done it without her.

Bekka: We love the idea of a destination wedding! What made you both decide on this and did the location have significance to either one of you?
Tara: We knew we wanted to have a wedding somewhere on an island next to the ocean.  We visited Kauai and after seeing its beautiful landscape, we knew that was the place.

Bekka: How would you describe your experiences with all the planning and details that go into this type of wedding?
Tara: We did a lot of research on the local vendors in Kauai.  We saw the work that they did and knew we would be in good hands.  We gave them some basic ideas and then let them have the control, which turned out to be right decision.  They all did an exceptional job.

Bekka: What was your favorite part of having a destination wedding and would you recommend it to other brides?
Tara: My favorite part was the destination itself.  Nothing can compare to the nature beauty of Kauai.  I would absolutely recommend to anyone that has the opportunity to have a destination wedding to do it.

Bekka: I have to say I loved that your photographer Clane Gessel sent your pictures over to us at Ann Elizabeth. I had so much fun looking through all the gorgeous photos. Tara, you were right it was so hard to pick the final ones for bride of the month because there were so many amazing shots to choose from. Tell us more about your fabulous vendors like Clane Gessel your photographer and how it made your wedding day just that more special!
Tara: I saw Clanes work online and knew he had to do my wedding.  He had such an amazing creative eye.  In fact, all my vendors from the hotel coordinator, to the flower and décor people were fantastic.  There was nothing I would change, and would recommend all of the people that we worked with.

Bekka: Tara again we are just thrilled to have you as our June bride and thank you for taking the time to talk with us and share the details of your gorgeous destination wedding!

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See something above that you’ve absolutely got to have for your wedding? We’re making it easy for you. Below is a list of Tara's vendors:

Photographer – Clane Gessel

Invitations – Ann Elizabeth Design

Wedding Coordinator – Ashlee Libbrect – St. Regis Princeville

Ceremony/Reception –St. Regis Princeville

Flowers & Décor – Martin Roberts Design Kauai

DJ – Kustom Sounds Kauai

Officiant – Kelvin Ho

Brides Dress – Designer Loft in NY

Grooms Suit – Hugo Boss

Entertainment – Luau Hawaii-Wallis Punua

 

 

 

 


Congratulations Melanie Holbeck our May Bride of the Month!

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May 2014: Melanie Holbeck!

May flowers brings us our beautiful blushing bride Melanie Holbeck. Her destination dream wedding set place in the romantic Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort- Mazatlan and the amazing Alixann Loosle Photography captured all the perfect moments. Melanie's fun personality was such a delight when designing her custom wedding invitations and we're thrilled to feature her this month!

The Interview:

Bekka: How did Derek propose?
Melanie: I remember it was a Tuesday in August. We had planned to go on a hike with his sister and her boyfriend up in Millcreek Canyon but they suddenly couldn’t make it because they had gotten a “flat tire.” We were already on our way up and decided just to go on our own. While we were hiking up the mountain, he seemed really tired and winded so I kept telling him to go a hurry it up (I didn’t know he had been hiking the trail all day to scope the best spot and bring up some supplies). Finally we got to the top of the trail and he was really nervous. I was worried something was wrong and then he said he has something to tell me. He proposed right then and there with a beautiful ring and out from behind a tree he pulled out a blanket, flowers, cups and champagne to celebrate. I must have blacked out while he was proposing because I asked him why he hadn’t gotten down on his knee, he said “I did!” see the dirt on my knee? Needless to say, I was shocked and very surprised.

            After, we called our moms and families while driving down the Canyon. We were very excited to tell them, but for some odd reason I couldn’t get a hold of my mom. Derek also surprised me with reservations to my favorite Italian restaurant Cucina Tuscana. We got back home got ready and went to a lovely dinner. Once we got home, I heard a noise in the kitchen, I thought that was odd but didn’t make anything of it. Then I hear “surprise” and both of our parents, sisters and brothers were there to greet us with a champagne toast. My mom had not answered the phone earlier because she had been afraid she would ruin the surprise. It was a day filled with surprises that I will never forget.

Bekka: What made you both decide on a destination wedding?
Melanie: Derek had asked my parents for permission to marry me just a few months earlier on our family trip to our favorite vacation spot in Mazatlan, Mexico. We decided to go back there since we both loved it so much and had such a great time there. My family has also been vacationing there for over 10 years so it was definitely one of our top choices.

Bekka: Where did you get your inspiration from and how did you decide on what your invitations would look like?
Melanie: I got a lot of help from Ruth at Ann Elizabeth. I picked a couple of invitations they had previously made and took a little of each and made it my own. I loved the pockets and texture of the papers I chose. One of my wedding colors wash blush so that was the accent color in my invitations. The kaleidoscope added a nice contrast and the beige tied it all in.

Bekka:  Did you have a favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Melanie: I loved that it was completely my own custom made invitation. No one had one like it and everyone complimented me on the quality and ease of finding information.

Bekka: Some brides take inspiration from their invitations and will incorporate it into their wedding decor did you find yourself doing that?
Melanie: The blush accent I found was definitely a theme throughout my wedding.

Bekka:  Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Melanie: Yes, I wanted the invitations to look elegant and romantic, which characterized the feel of my wedding.

Bekka:  From your experience do you have any advice for brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations and were there any lesson you learned through your creative process?
Melanie: I would advise other brides to be patient through the creative process. It takes some time and several proofs so I recommend planning ahead. The representatives at Ann Elizabeth made the process very easy and fun. They really help you with every step and were great to work with. They made the whole experience stress free.

Bekka: You had what we call a “destination wedding” how would you describe your experiences with all the planning and details that go into this type of wedding?
Melanie: The nice thing about a destination wedding is that you have a wedding coordinator that plans every single detail for you.  I just made a powerpoint with the themes, colors, flowers, food, etc. that I was looking for and they took care of everything. My main focus was having to worry about getting the word out (or save the date and website) to your guests on time so that they can plan accordingly.

Bekka: What was your favorite part of having a destination wedding and would you recommend it to other brides?
Melanie: My favorite part of having a destination wedding was that I had all my friends and family in my favorite place in the whole world for a week. Never will I have all of these important people in my life at the same place at the same time in a beautiful paradise. It created memories that I will cherish forever.

Bekka: Your pictures are so beautiful and your whole wedding party was having so much fun in celebrating your big day with you. One picture we love is the jumping in the pool, how did that come about?
Melanie: After dancing the night away at the wedding reception, we decided to cool off by taking jumping in the (very cold) pool. We decided to all go in our dress attire and all together and it made for the perfect picture. It was pretty chilly afterwards, we hadn’t thought of that nor the fact that we then had to make our way back to our rooms and villas in soaking clothes. It was worth it though!

Bekka: Melanie again we are just thrilled to have you as our May bride and thank you for taking the time to talk with me and share the details of your fabulous destination wedding!

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See something above that you’ve absolutely got to have for your wedding? We’re making it easy for you. Below is a list of Melanie's vendors:

Photographer: Alixann Loosle Photography

Wedding planner:  Wendy Gomezllanos

Reception Center: Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort- Mazatlan

Bride and Groom rings: J. Brooks

Videographer:  Jeff Chipian

Flowers: Arranged by Pueblo Bonito

Catering: Arranged by Pueblo Bonito

DJ:  Arranged by Pueblo Bonito

Cake:   Panama Bakery

Bride’s dress:  Gateway Bridal

Bride’s shoes:  Vince Camuto

Bride’s jewelry:  Nadri

Hair and makeup:  Makeup By Alina Alina Coleman

Bridesmaid dresses:  Bill Levkoff

Groom’s suit:  Tommy Hilfiger

Groomsmen suits:  Tommy Hilfiger

 


Congratulations Charlotte Haws-Frey our April Bride of the Month!

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April 2014: Charlotte Haws-Frey!

This month we wanted to take a look back at one of our winter brides so cozy up for this Rustic Winter wedding. Charlotte is such sweet gal and full of charisma so naturally she was the perfect pick. Her personality shines through during our interview while her pictures capture who Charlotte truly is!

The Interview:

Bekka: Charlotte, what was the inspiration for the design of your invitation and was there one thing you had to have to make it all come to life?
Charlotte: We were married at Log Haven Restaurant on December thirtieth, and I wanted our invitations to reflect both the rustic locale as well as the winter season. The natural colors with the bright red ink and backer, as well as the pinecone details on the invitations and envelope liners, really helped me accomplish that goal. I love those little pinecones. They were my favorite part of the invitations.

Bekka: Do you feel your invitation set the tone for your wedding and how?
Charlotte: Absolutely. We wanted to throw a great party for our friends and family, and I think the scripts on the invitations are fun and inviting. We also incorporated the simple, rustic theme of our invitations into our decorations. We used pine boughs, ivory candles, and red ribbons for the table and aisle decorations, as well as pinecones, of course.

Bekka:  What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Charlotte: Don’t be afraid to edit. There are a million ways to make great invitations. You can’t pick them all. Less is more.

Bekka: Your venue was Log Haven, what made you choose that location?
Charlotte: For a rustic winter wedding, I can’t imagine a better location! It was cold and snowy outside in the woods, but we were tucked in our cozy little cabin with our favorite people. It was incredibly warm and intimate. The candles, twinkle lights, and big central fireplace lit up the all the beautiful, natural wood in the restaurant. The food was absolutely amazing, of course, and I can’t imagine a more helpful staff. My husband and I live in Portland, Oregon and the wedding planner on-site, Faith Sweeten, was a lifesaver. She kept us organized and ensured that everything went smoothly. She thought of important things that never would have crossed my mind.

Bekka: When it comes to planning a wedding it takes so many great vendors. Tell us a bit about some of the vendors you used in creating your rustic chic wedding?
Charlotte: I feel really lucky to have picked the right people! Kelly Sansom, at Gallery Photography, was our photographer. He came very highly recommended and still exceeding our expectations. The pictures speak for themselves. Debbie Achter, at Abandoned Fields, is a long-time family friend and did our flowers and decorations. She has an amazing eye for color and aesthetics. The flower girls’ crowns and the berry boutonnières were my favorite details. Valerie Muhlstein and Nichole Forsey did hair and make-up for me and my bridesmaids. They made everyone look unbelievably beautiful and added tremendously to the fun of the day. Spending the morning with my favorite people AND these talented ladies was one of the highlights of the wedding. Michael Lucarelli played the classical guitar for our processional and recessional and made time prior to the wedding to learn the accompaniment and to rehearse the song that was sung during the wedding. He is so talented. Many of our guests commented on how impressed they were by the music. Mario Bush was our DJ. That man knows how to keep a party going.  I was planning on throwing my bouquet and having a big, dramatic exit, but Joe and I could not stop dancing. We had to stay to the end of the night. We were just having too much fun to leave.

Bekka: Looking back was there anything you wished you’d done different?
Charlotte: I wish I had trusted my instincts more and worried less about what people would think about my style choices. I was frequently overwhelmed by the number of choices I had to make, but it is only for one day. It’s important to remember that and have fun.

Bekka: How would you sum up your overall experience your wedding had for you and your new hubby?
Charlotte: It was a wonderful way to start our lives together! We were both so grateful for all of the kindness and love directed our way and all the effort that was made on our behalf.  So many people contributed time, money, and talent to celebrate our union. So many people traveled from across the country to be there. At the end of the day, I really was overwhelmed with gratitude for, not only my handsome new husband, but also for all the amazing people in my life.

Bekka: Charlotte thanks for taking the time to talk with me and share all the fun details of your wedding!

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See something above that you’ve absolutely got to have for your wedding? We’re making it easy for you. Below is a list of Charlotte’s vendors:

Venue: Log Haven

Photographer: Kelly Sansom at Gallery Photography

Flowers: Abandoned Fields / Debbie Achter

Hair and Makeup: Valerie Muhlstein and Nichole Forsey

Classical Guitar: Michael Lucarelli

DJ: Mario Bush

 


Congratulations Madison Farrar-Ayoso our March Bride of the Month!

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March 2014: Madison Farrar-Ayoso!

With winter starting to fade away I welcome our March Bride of the Month Madison Farrar-Ayoso. Madi is such a fun bride, her bubbly personality and sweet spirit radiated throughout our interview. You can’t help but fall in love when looking at all the photos from her wedding! With soft tones of coral and a subtle damask design, her invitation tied all the details together beautifully!

The Interview:

Bekka: Madison, when you first started thinking about your invitation did you know what you wanted or did it just evolve over time?
Madison: I definitely did not know what I wanted at first. I was looking online for ideas but I never really had my mind set on any particular design. When I went into Ann Elizabeth and got to see all the different proofs, it really helped me envision what I wanted my own to look like.

Bekka: What is your favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Madison: My favorite part of our invitation was the whole thing! Ha-ha I really loved how everything turned out! It was so elaborately done and customized for us! People complimented me the most about the colors and layout of the invitation and how beautiful the whole invitation was.

Bekka: Most brides want their invitation to convey to guests the tone of the event. Do you feel that your invitation did just that?
Madison: Yes definitely, the colors and the style conveyed exactly the tone of our wedding.

Bekka: Tell us about the vendors you chose to help create your fabulous wedding!
Madison:
Wedding location and dinner: St Regis Deer Valley
St. Regis Deer Valley is not only gorgeous, Catherine Johnson, the wedding coordinator made planning my wedding so easy! She did everything, we just had to let her know what we wanted and they took care of setting up and taking down for the wedding. They were so accommodating and wanted to make sure my day was perfect and they did! They also include all the food for the wedding. Their chef prepared the most delicious food and the presentation of the food was beautiful. Our guests had the option of steak, chicken, or a vegetarian option. And of course the kalua (pig) prepared by my husband’s father. Bryce is Polynesian so it’s very traditional to include kalua at weddings.

Photographer: Jessie Alexis with Jessie Alexis Photography.
My aunt found her for me! She was such a sweetheart and we were so comfortable with her! Her work is beautiful and I love love how our photos turned out. She captured all the special moments of our perfect day!

Hair: Brittney Edwards.
I have known Brittney for a very long time! We knew each other when we both lived in Georgia. When I moved to Utah I started going to Brittany for my hair and haven’t been anywhere since! She works out of Salon K in the Riverwoods. She always makes hair look so beautiful and I am so happy she was able to do my bridesmaids and my hair!

Make-up: Jessica Powell
I met Jessica through a mutual friend, Cassidy Heriford, she started her own business called Wax That in Pleasant Grove and can cater to literally any beauty need! She is the best and I loved my make-up!

Flowers: Wendy with Flower Affair
My cousin used Wendy for her wedding last year and I absolutely loved her work. The flowers for our wedding were stunning! They ‘turned out beyond what I had imagined! She also did our candy station for guests to make a “to-go” bag in as a thank you for coming to the wedding! She not only was our florist, she decorated for us too! She was able to find miniature pineapples and put them in the arrangements and guests loved them! They were so cute!

Cake: Snow Park Bakery & Layers Cake
St. Regis referred me to this bakery and they completely customized our cake and made it exactly what we wanted! We also had Layers Cake do Bryce’s grooms cake and it was amazing! Bryce played baseball for BYU so my mom and I wanted to make his groom cake include something baseball related and Layers Cake designed his cake to include a baseball and Hawaiian theme! It was perfect!

Dress: Bridal Expressions
I found my dress at Bridal Expressions. My cousin and I were getting ready to leave the store when she said “Madi! You have to try this one on!” So I did and immediately knew it was the one!

Leis: Bryce had our leis flown in from Hawaii. His was the traditional Maile lei and mine was a ginger lei. They were so beautiful. I loved how they turned out! His family made the rest of the leis for family members to wear.  Our brother -in- law, Julian Pinney, also did the Maile leis for all the groomsmen. All the leis were so pretty!

Bekka:  What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Madison: My best advice is to be open-minded and to look online or meet with an invitation specialist to get ideas to create and personalize your wedding invitations. There are so many different designs to choose from that sometimes it can become overwhelming, but for me seeing other invitations, I was able to take what I liked from multiple invitations and create exactly what I wanted!

Bekka: How would you describe the overall experience of your wedding?
Madison: The overall experience my wedding had for my husband and I was beyond anything we could have imagined. The day went by so fast it almost seems like a blur looking back. It really was a fairytale for us. Our guests were definitely huge attributes in making our day even more special. The dancing was so fun and I loved how everyone partook in dancing. Our friends all told us they had so much fun and everything about our wedding was beautiful. The overall experience for everyone was amazing!

Bekka: Madison thanks for taking the time to talk with me and share all the fun details of your wedding!

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See something above that you’ve absolutely got to have for your wedding? We’re making it easy for you. Below is a list of Madison's vendors:

Venu: St. Regis Deer Valley

Wedding planner: Catherine Johnson

Photographer: Jessie Alexis Photography

Bridals location: Wadley Farms

Flowers: Wendy with Flower Affair

Cake: Snow Park Bakery

Grooms Cake: Layers Cake

Hair: Brittney Edwards at Salon K

Make-up: Jessica Powell at Wax That

Dress: Bridal Expressions

 

 


Congratulations Lianne Albert-Seumanu our February Bride of the Month!

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February 2014: Lianne Albert-Seumanu!

With the ground hog seeing his shadow they’re saying six more weeks of winter. So I decided we need a bride who’s wedding takes us to warmer days; Lianne’s wedding was just that! Surrounded by family and friends this Polynesian themed wedding had everything, from groomsmen wearing traditional ie faitaga and a wide variety of food including the best-shaved ice you can get in Utah.

Interview:

Bekka: Lianne did you know what style of invitation you wanted and how did it all come about?
Lianne: I had a really good idea of the style of invitation I wanted before I went in. I knew I wanted something classic and more traditional. I knew exactly what I wanted my fonts to be, and colors. I just didn't know what I wanted the rest to be like. Ruth was great though in helping me and really listening to the overall feel that I wanted. My invitations turned out perfectly. 

Bekka: What is your favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Lianne: My favorite part of the invitation was the quality and how clean and classic it looked. I loved the magnolia flowers that were carried throughout the set on the invitation and the envelope. I really feel like the high quality of the paper and the letterpress made it perfect though. When people opened their invitation, I know they were saying "Wow! That's really nice!" And that set the tone for the rest of the wedding festivities. 

Bekka: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Lianne: Yes, they set the tone for the entire event! I am a firm believer that the invitations should do just that!  

Bekka: Tell us about the vendors you chose to help create your amazing wedding!
Lianne: My gown is a custom Anne Barge purchased from Alta Moda Bridal.  The staff at Alta Moda especially Rachel was incredible! My dress was perfect! My bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses from eshakti.com (custom). I had such a wide-range of girls in my line I wanted them to be comfortable. I found this awesome website that made dresses based on measurements (regular and plus sizes) even added sleeves and length. It was PERFECT.

My photographer Amee Sorensen Photography is originally from New Orleans and works in Utah and Louisiana. To say we had an instantaneous connection would be the understatement of the year. She completely understood the "Louisiana" influence on the wedding.

My florist was Every Blooming Thing. They really brought all the details they created together for the big day especially the centerpieces for the reception. They executed my vision perfectly. It wouldn't have been as beautiful if it weren’t for them.

I used One Sweet Slice to make a 9-tiers...all cake. Simple and elegant and could not be happier with the outcome! They incorporated a southern charm pull for my bridesmaids too!

The food was Catering by Bryce. He did the majority of the food and was so easy to work with. We ended up adding 150 servings of food with him the week of the wedding because we realized we were expecting more people than originally anticipated. The food tasted AMAZING!!! I never really wanted a buffet-style reception eating, but cost wise it was the only way to go. Every Blooming Thing did great big centerpieces for the buffet tables. It was as nice as it could be, and we fed 800 plus people. FAST!
To add as a supplement to the shrimp scampi and grilled chicken Bryce did, my husband's family did three traditional Samoan dishes for the wedding; taro, palusami, and povi masima. Taro is a starchy root sort of like potatoes. Palusami is coconut milk wrapped in banana or taro leaves and usually steamed. Povi Masima is a salted beef brisket. Some friends of our family did a kids table for us to feed the younger ones. They did fresh chopped fruit with li hing mui powder (red sweet, sour, salty tasting powder), BBQ Teriyaki Chicken, and steamed rice. My uncle brought in fresh ahi tuna from Hawaii and we had an authentic Hawaiian ahi tuna pok?. It's kind of like sashimi. We served those in small cups for everyone. WHAT'S A POLYNESIAN WEDDING WITHOUT FOOD…FOOD...and MORE FOOD! Funny thing is, that's how they do it in Louisiana too.

Hokulia Shave Ice is the best authentic shave ice you can get outside of Hawaii. THE BEST!

I came across Chrisstine's Linens and Things on the Internet and rented the majority of my linens from them. They were super inexpensive and VERY accommodating! I would recommend them to anyone and everyone! They are a small company run out of their home (mother and daughter), but they ordered in the material and sewed my linens in time for the big day. It was perfect!!!

Amy at Diamond Rentals SLC location was the best! She had a solution for every "problem" that came up. The day of it started to rain and because using the outside of the venue was a must because of how many people would be there, we HAD to rent a tent. I was not a fan, but my brother and uncle went and met with Amy. Rented a tent and a chandelier for the tent. It was as perfect as it could have been.

All Star Party Rentals were the only ones with the patio umbrellas that I wanted available. “Wooden poles, tan canvas umbrella 9 ft.”

Bekka: I heard there were some problems with the men’s attire; tell me a little bit more about what happened.
Lianne: They wore grey traditional ie faitaga. We originally ordered it from Samoa, and the color was all wrong. Luckily, I knew someone that knew someone that was coming from Samoa to Utah and would make 'light grey' ones for us. What are the chances? They wore it with white on white Polynesian print shirts and sandals.

Bekka: Lianne we loved having you as our client and thank you for taking the time to talk with me and share all the fun details of your wedding!

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See something above that you’ve absolutely got to have for your wedding? We’re making it easy for you. Below is a list of Lianne's vendors:

Venue: The Garden Place at Heritage Park (This Is the Place)
Dress:  Custom Anne Barge Purchased from Alta Moda Bridal
Shoes: Jimmy Choo flats
Hair and Makeup: Alanna Clawson of Precis Professional Beauty
Photographer: Amee Sorensen Photography
Florist: Every Blooming Thing
Cake: One Sweet Slice
Catering: Catering by Bryce
Shave Ice: Hokulia Shave Ice
Photo Booth: Utahs Wedding Photobooth
Linens and Rentals: Chrisstine's Linens and Things, Diamond Rentals, All Star Party Rentals
Maid of Honor: Ann Taylor
Bridesmaids: eshakti.com
Groom Suit: Kenneth Cole  Tailored: D'antii

 

 

 


Congratulations Shannon Simpson-Meron our December Bride of the Month!

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Tis the season to wear RED which leads me to introducing our December bride of the month; Shannon Simpson-Meron! Shannon came to us with ideas that were not your typical modern bride. She wanted her wedding and invitations to reflect the kind of person her and her new hubby are and set the tone for their big day. With help from some of the finest professionals in the industry their destination wedding to the exquisite Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada would make anyone envious!  Just by looking at her gorgeous photos you can just image what a fun couple Shannon and Thomas (TJ) are.

The Interview

Bekka: What a busy year you’ve had from getting married to having a beautiful baby girl. How would you describe your life now compared to a year ago?
Shannon: I feel as though I have suddenly gotten everything I ever wanted and was afraid that I would never have: an amazing husband and the beginnings of a beautiful family. It’s busy, and messy, and completely wonderful.

Bekka: All of us at Ann Elizabeth loved your invitations and menu. Where did you get your inspiration from and how did you decide on what your invitations would look like?
Shannon: We knew that we wanted the invitations to reflect how we wanted our wedding to feel – unique, fun, and a little funky; nothing too stuffy or traditional. We wanted everyone to look at the design style and know that we were just throwing a great party in an exquisite location to spend some quality time with friends and family.

Bekka:  Did you have a favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature that people complimented you on most?
Shannon: Our invitations were so unique and unusual that most people complimented us on that as a whole.

Bekka: Some brides take inspiration from their invitations and will incorporate it into their wedding decor did you find yourself doing that?
Shannon: Yes; in fact, our runner was made with the same graphic of the heart with our initials inside it.

Bekka:  Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Shannon: Absolutely. It also gave our wedding planner and photographer an idea as to the creativity we were willing to entertain – we had very dramatic red and teal up lighting at the reception and our photographer surprised us the day before the wedding with the suggestion of bringing live birds to our photo shoot. I can’t guarantee that the little birds on our invitations/menus were his inspiration, but they certainly let him know that we were willing to entertain ideas well beyond the proverbial box, as you can see.

Bekka: You had what we call a “destination wedding” how would you describe your experiences with all the planning and details that go into this type of wedding?
Shannon: Our wedding planner, Stephanie Schmidt at Lynn Fletcher Weddings, was invaluable. I could have never done a destination wedding without someone local that knew the venue inside and out, recommended the best vendors, and got us probably the best band I have ever heard at a wedding reception. I would never try to plan a destination wedding all myself. It was hard enough with professional help!

Bekka: I loved how you went with a bold red gown. What made you choose red over the typical white wedding gown?
Shannon: I spend some time in India in college and loved the fact that the traditional wedding sari was red to represent passion and fertility in the upcoming marriage. I thought that was much more what I wanted to represent at the start of our lives together than the idea of Victorian virginity, especially since my husband and I announced our pregnancy to our respective families at the rehearsal dinner!

Bekka: Your pictures are absolutely breath taking and I have to admit some of my favorites are with the hawk and owls. Tell me about how they came to be apart your photos.
Shannon: We owe all of the credit for that idea to our photographer, Phil Crozier. We suggested that we were game for something unusual and his original idea was to have a photo session inside the wildlife taxidermy museum in Banff, but it was still closed for the winter season. So when he called us with the idea for real birds, we said, “Sure, let’s get a little crazy.”

Bekka:  From your experience do you have any advice for brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations and were there any lesson you learned through your creative process?
Shannon: Probably the only advice with respect to wedding planning I have to give is this: be flexible, trust the professionals you hire to help make vague ideas into reality, and just have fun. The pursuit of perfection is often a fruitless endeavor, and no one really cares about the minutiae – hopefully, they all just care about you and being there to share in this momentous life event.

Bekka: How would you describe your experience with Ann Elizabeth and our design and proofing process?
Shannon:  It was a great experience! Despite having many eclectic ideas and unusual requests, the design team came through with a composite that we loved and worked hard to accommodate our difficult schedules and timetable.

Bekka: Shannon again we are just thrilled to have you as our December bride and thank you for taking the time to talk with us and share the details of your fabulous wedding!

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See something above that you’ve absolutely got to have for your wedding? We’re making it easy for you. Below is a list of Shannon's vendors:

Wedding gown: Alta Moda Bridal

Brides Maids dresses: Lily and Iris

Wedding Planner: Stephanie Schmidt at Lynn Fletcher Weddings

Photographer: Phil Crozier

Venue: The Fairmont Banff Springs

Rings:  Karat Patch Jewelers

Cake: Cake Creations

 


Congratulations Rachel Brooks-Cardon our November Bride of the Month!

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November 2013: Rachel Brooks-Cardon!

Rachel is such a delight to work with and all of us at Ann Elizabeth couldn’t be happier to feature her wedding this month. She talk's about how much her mother really helped in the planning of details that made Rachel's wedding day truly timeless!

Bekka: Rachel so now that the wedding and honeymoon are over how is married life?
Rachel: Well-married life so far has just been hanging with my best friend all the time. I mean we spent basically all our time together before the wedding, but now there are constant sleepovers and a heck of a lot less stress to worry about! We really couldn’t be happier. We share the same sense of humor and I never get tired of laughing with him. He’s my everything any problems that arise just seem so much more bearable having him with me. My family has been the greatest support to us and he’s the best addition we could have ever asked for! I found my other half and I’m shocked I can look at him and know he’s mine forever. If married life continues to get better from here, I would definitely say it’s my best decision yet! I highly recommend it!

Bekka: We loved your invitation; the lace overlay gave such a soft romantic feel. Did you know what you were looking for when dreaming up your invitation?
Rachel: Well I didn’t have an exact image in my head walking in, but surely enough my mom did! She really helped me decide a timeless look that had a real “wow” factor to it. With the help we received at Ann Elizabeth I really got the invitation I always wanted. I loved the lace over our picture because it just seemed so elegant and unique. I had been receiving so many wedding invitations from friends and family prior to our wedding and I have to admit they all seemed so similar to one another. I felt our wedding invitation stood out and it’s something to really remember. I loved it and it turned out perfect.

Bekka:  What is your favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature of your invitation that people complimented you on most?
Rachel: Well the whole presentation of our invitation gave us compliment after compliment. People LOVED IT. I still get compliments on it from time to time. People also loved the single picture we put in with it. I couldn’t just pick one thing that I loved most. I really felt every decision and detail we put into it made it the perfect invitation for us.

Bekka:  Some brides take inspiration from their invitation and use it in the decor of the venue. Did you incorporate anything from your invitation?
Rachel: Oh for sure. Most of my wedding had this elegant Gatsby feel to it. I used the lace on my dress to help design my invitation and then the lace became a central theme. I used the exact same lace in my invitations as the background for all signs around the house. The table clothes we’re lacy and elegant and even my bridal book was lace. My wedding was spot on with the invitation. I really don’t think it could have been better.

Bekka:  Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Rachel: The invitation set the perfect mood. Our wedding was a semi formal event and when people received our announcement they were calling me asking me if they needed to go and rent tuxes for the event! We had a good laugh about it, but some people really did show up dressed to the nines and it was a blast.

Bekka:  What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Rachel: I would tell them to find what they love and run with it. I only started out knowing that I wanted a lace dress that was unique and timeless. Once I found the dress I knew I wanted to plan a wedding that would match the feel of my dress. From there we planned the invitations and it all started to fall into place. The best advise I received from friends and family was- it is your wedding, well, and the grooms, but it’s really YOUR wedding! Make it your own, choose what you want, and love your choices!

Bekka: Is there a lesson you learned through your creative process in dreaming up your invitations you’d like to share?
Rachel: Honestly, I really have to thank my mom for the invitation blueprint. She was the one that suggested it and I fell in love with it. We worked out the details together and made it perfect. I’m not sure if I would have thought it up all on my own. I’m so glad I had a mom that not only had great ideas, but also helped me create my perfect wedding. So the lesson learned is that having someone close to you helping plan isn’t a bad thing at all. If they want the best for you, I feel that two heads (or more) is better than one! And it makes it so much more fun.

Bekka: How would you describe your wedding day; anything unexpected (good or bad) or did everything go perfectly as planned.
Rachel: We wished we would have had slightly better weather in the evening at the reception, but a little rain never hurt anybody! Everything went as planned as far as I know. I think the only thing I would have changed was the in-law drama! Oh a wedding wouldn't be a wedding without some drama, would it? All in good fun, the funniest joke I heard around the time of the wedding was “What’s the difference between In-laws and out-laws? -Out-laws are wanted!” I guess without the drama we wouldn’t have the funny stories to tell to our kids in the future! Nonetheless, it still ended up being our perfect day. It does go by fast though. It’s just such a crazy exciting day that I swear Shane and I didn’t even eat till we got to Park City that night! It might have gone by in a blur, but it sure was an unforgettable day. The friends and family that came made it such a special occasion for us and I got everything I ever wanted. I really appreciate all the help and support that we received and I loved every moment of it.

Bekka: Rachel thanks for taking the time to talk with me and share the details of your beautiful wedding!

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See something above that you’ve absolutely got to have for your wedding? We’re making it easy for you. Below is a list of Rachel's vendors:

Catering: Culinary Crafts
Cake: Layers Cake
Photography: Busath Photography
Wedding Gown: Alta Moda Bridal
Rings: S.E. Needham Jewelers
Reception: Family Ranch at River View Ranch
Flowers: Friend and Family

 

 

 


Congratulations Lea Simmons-Hedstrom our October Bride of the Month!

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2013: Lea Simmons-Hedstrom!

We’re excited to have Lea Simmons-Hedstrom as our October Bride of the Month! Lea’s down to earth personality and love for nature’s beauty really showed throughout her invitations suite and into the décor and setting of her venue. Her simple, yet elegant, design for her invitations complemented the warm colors and soft texture of the paper pairing it perfectly with Log Haven's beautiful backdrops. Lea’s amazing team of vendors like Michelle Leo Events, Jacque Lynn Photography, Sax Romney, and Layers Cake made this wedding a favorite in our book!

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Interviewer: How is married life and do you feel any different?
Lea: Married life is amazing! I feel truly blessed to have found the perfect life partner and we couldn’t be happier. We had such an amazing relationship before the wedding and nothing really feels any different…other than getting used to saying a new last name.

Interviewer: Where did you get your inspiration from when designing your invitations and did you know exactly what you wanted or did you have a bunch of ideas?
Lea: I searched many different websites including Pinterest and came across a photographers blog in California who had the most beautiful pictures of weddings in vineyards. I fell in love with one of the weddings and took a lot of ideas from that wedding. We wanted a "winery meets the mountains" style of wedding.

Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your invitations?
Lea: The TWIG!! I had seen a twig when I was searching for ideas almost a year before our wedding and I had my heart set on having the perfect twig on the invitations. I wanted something simple and elegant to bring a little of Utah and the outdoors to our invitations and Ann found the absolute perfect twig for me. I was so excited when she sent it; I called my mom right away to tell her!

Interviewer: Was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Lea: I had talked to a lot of my friends and family about them when they received them and they loved the colors and said the style seemed to fit my personality perfectly. I had a friend tell me the invitation looked exactly like me! I also had a lot of compliments on the pocket on the invitation. It seemed it was easy for everyone to keep everything together. I didn’t realize how handy that would turn out.

Interviewer: Some brides take the theme of their invitation and tie it into their wedding decor did you use anything from your invitation?
Lea: We had Ann design the invitation as well as a thank you note to tie together with ribbon on the place settings that had the same twig as the invitations. Which again I LOVED! The color and style of paper was the same. We felt the style worked perfectly at Log Haven.

Interviewer: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your wedding?
Lea: Yes, it was the perfect way to tie together elegance, simplicity and nature. Our wedding was at Log Haven which has such an elegant romantic log cabin feel.

Interviewer: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Lea: Don’t get overwhelmed by Pinterest!!! When I started looking at ideas I was so overwhelmed with all of the options. I would advise brides to maybe pick a single idea or theme and then start searching for ideas on Pinterest or in magazines that match the theme. It was also very helpful to have the initial invitation consultation with Ruth who was able to show me several examples. It’s a good place to start. Go with what fits your personality and have fun with it!

Interviewer: How would you describe your wedding day and was there anything that happened that you didn’t expect - good or bad?
Lea: I don’t even know how to express how amazing our wedding day/weekend was. We had perfect weather and all of our close family and friends were able to come from out of state to support us. The scenery at Log Haven just made it so magical. We had a waterfall, mountains, trees and beautiful flowers everywhere, what could be more romantic?! I was so stressed out that week thinking that nothing would come together as I had planned and I remember seeing the bus arrive with our guests and it hit me that everything was falling into place perfectly. I’m usually in charge of everything so letting other people take the reigns was difficult for me. We had such an amazing team that literally gave 500% and had everything set up better than I could ever have imagined. Our photographer took us in to do a look at the dining room before all of our guests came in and I broke down in tears when I saw how beautiful it was. It was my fairytale wedding for sure.

Interviewer: How was your experience with Ann Elizabeth and our proofing system?
Lea: It was such a pleasure to work with everyone at Ann Elizabeth. Ruth is an absolute doll! I don’t know what I would have done without out her. Every time I received a proof I was so excited because it just kept getting better and kept turning out exactly the way I had envisioned. I would hope that every bride could have the opportunity to find Ann Elizabeth.

Interviewer: Lea it was a pleasure working with you throughout the whole process and we are thrilled to have you as our October Bride of the Month!

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See something above that you've absolutely got to have for your wedding? We're making it easy for you. Below is a list of Lea's vendors:

Venue: Log Haven
Photographer: Jacque Lynn Photography
Wedding Planner: Michelle Leo Events
Wedding Gown: Bought at Nordstrom Designer Carmen Marc Valvo
Flowers: Sax Romney
Cake and macaroons: Layers Cake
String quartet: Green Light Booking
DJ: Rob Ferre  with  Life of the Party
Invitations and printed reception items: Ann Elizabeth