Congratulations Katie Crosland-Harris our November Bride of the Month!

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November 2014: Katie Crosland-Harris!

Our November Bride of the Month is Katie Crosland-Harris. Katie is such a cute girl and was amazing to work with. Her bright rose letterpress invitation suite was elegant and really reflected her personality!

The Interview

Bekka: How did Talon propose?
Katie: Talon proposed to me by blindfolding me, driving me around the Holladay area, and taking me out snowshoeing in a blizzard...still blindfolded may I add. I remember how freezing it was when he had me get out of the car, while he put my snowshoe gear on for me.  It was quite the climb at first and then very steep.  After a couple of minutes he allowed the blindfold to come off.  After my eyes adjusted to the brightness of the sun off the snow, I recognized that we were at the Waterford school, where we first met. We hiked around the campus until he sat me down with view of the soccer field, where I played all of my high school games.  After overcoming his nerves, sharing a few reasons why he loves me, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him with ring in hand.  He tried to help me up, but that wasn’t so easy with snowshoes on. So we had a great laugh and enjoyed this special moment in our journey together.

Bekka: After the initial excitement where did you start when it came to planning your wedding?
Katie: My mom and I headed to Scenemakers to meet with our wedding coordinator Allie Kesler.  We made a few rough plans with her and I shared the vision I had for the big day!

Bekka: How did you decide on what your invitation would look like and what inspired it?
Katie: This decision was a difficult one. My inspirations were the time of year and the flowers that would me in my bouquet, and my favorite color. With the help of Ann Elizabeth, I was able to create the perfect invitation.

Bekka: Did you have a favorite part of your invitation and was there any feature of your invitation that people complimented you on most?
Katie: I love the design with the rose letterpress on multiple parts of the invitation.

Bekka: Do you feel that your invitation with vibrant rose letterpress set the tone for your event?
Katie: The invitation fit perfectly for the tone of my wedding.  It was bright, fun, and very classic.

Bekka:  From your experience do you have any advice for brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitation and were there any lessons you learned through your creative process?
Katie: I would make a list of “must haves” before meeting with Ann Elizabeth.  This will help the narrowing process a lot! It is overwhelming to see all of the choices she has because she is so talented!

Bekka:  You were married and sealed in the historical Salt Lake City Temple with the reception held at the beautiful home of your parents. Tell us more about why you chose the locations and what they mean to you?
Katie: We chose to be married and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple for many reasons. Both of our families live in Salt Lake, the grounds are beautiful, and I grew up going to this temple with the desire to one day be married there someday. We chose to have the reception in my parents backyard not only because it is breath-taking, but because we wanted the party to feel like home for everyone!

Bekka: No one can choose a favorite part of their wedding day so I wont make you, however was there anything that stood out more?
Katie: Standing on the Salt Lake temple steps with my closest friends and family, with my new husband by my side was a very special moment for me.  That was a rare occasion I’ll cherish forever!

Bekka: After all the hard work of planning your dream wedding did everything go off without a hitch or were there any hang-ups?
Katie: Everything, even the weather, was perfect on the day of our wedding!

Bekka: Katie again we are just thrilled to have you as our November bride and thank you for taking the time to share the details of your gorgeous 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 Katie’s vendors:

Wedding Planner: Scenemakers

Catering: Culinary Crafts

Bride’s Dress: Avenia Bridal

Photographer: Mikki Platt Photography

Venue: Crosland Home

Cake: Layers Cake

Invitations:  Ann Elizabeth

Rental: Diamond Rental

Videographer: Ryan Hinman Films

 


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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Shifs last roll // Wedding film // St. Regis // 2013 from Jared Wortley on Vimeo.

 

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 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 Bree Woolstenhulme-Wilkins our January Bride of the Month!

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January 2014: Bree Woolstenhulme-Wilkins!

Lets bring in the New Year with a whole lot of glitz and glam with this month's bride of the month Bree Woolstenhulme-Wilkins!

We are excited to feature Bree along with the fact that she planned, organized, and even made her own dress for her fabulous wedding. Bree loves fashion and talks about how she is pursuing a career in wedding planning; so taking on the task of planning her own wedding really showed just how talent she is!

 

The Interview

Bekka: Bree when you came to Ann Elizabeth did you know the style of invitation you wanted?
Bree: I knew I wanted mint green paper and gold foil. I had seen something on Pinterest with that color scheme and I thought it was perfect. I am a planner and I love weddings so I had many ideas and print outs of what I wanted. Ann Elizabeth helped me put everything together perfectly. It was such a stress-free process.

Bekka:  What is your favorite part of your invitation?
Bree: All of it! To this day I wouldn’t change a thing. I LOVE the fonts and the colors. Obviously the gold foil is absolutely stunning. I also loved the envelopes – I know that may sound weird, but the font was SO beautiful.

Bekka:  Was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Bree: My invitations were classy but unique and many people said it was their favorite invitation they’d seen. I wanted to add even more of my personal flare to the invitations so I cut strands of navy chiffon (my other wedding color) and tied bows around the invitation and photo. It took a very long time and thankfully I had a lot of help, but it was well worth it in the end.

Bekka:  Did you incorporate any elements from your invitation into the decor of your wedding?
Bree: I had most of my wedding planned well before I was actually engaged. My husband and I had dated since 2005 when we were sophomores in high school, so it was a long time coming. Since wedding planning is a career path I am extremely interested in, the decorations and theme of my wedding was picked out cohesively with my invitation design. My main wedding color was gold with mint green and navy accents. I chose a metallic paper to add a little shimmer (I am a sparkle girl, if you couldn’t tell by my dress) so that, matched with the gold foil, worked magically. I used the same mint cardstock in all of the signs I made.

Bekka: Do you feel that your invitations set the tone for your event?
Bree: They definitely did!! I feel that when people saw our invitation it not only looked like my husband and my personality but it 100% matched the tone of our wedding. They knew by our invitation that our wedding would be classy and elegant with a touch of sparkle and creativity.

Bekka:  What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Bree: It is so extremely easy now to be inspired thanks to Pinterest. I remember years ago when I would clip from bridal magazines and tape them into inspiration journals or save thousands of images on my computer… thankfully those days are gone. There are so many wonderful wedding blogs and inspiration shoots. I created a whole Pinterest account just for my wedding and would re-pin anything and everything I liked. Soon you will start to see a theme in your pins and once you do, the time has come to schedule an appointment with Ann Elizabeth. They will help you design a perfect invitation based on the aspects you most love! Plus, you don’t have to know exactly what you want right away. The font and writing is all picked out through online proofs so you can take your time (if you have it).

Bekka: We love how unique your dress is. How was it making your own wedding gown?
Bree: Designing wedding dresses and formal wear is my passion, which is why I decided to peruse an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology after I graduated high school. Ever since I can remember I had been sketching and accumulating ideas for my wedding. I took the semester off of school to design and make my wedding gown. I started on the bottom half of my gown first because that design was pretty solidified in my head. After countless hours of hand-sewing organza and chiffon flowers with hundreds of beads the skirt part was complete and I was in love! The top proved to be more difficult. I could not pick one idea to stick with. There were so many elements I wanted to incorporate and when I finally designed the final bodice I knew it was the perfect match. I sewed on every bead and rhinestone while catching up on Netflix and missing my fiancé who was interning in another state at the time. After more than 250 hours of labor and over 3,000 beads the dress was complete and it was exactly what I wanted! I am so incredibly grateful for the education I received at FIT that made it possible for me to create my dream wedding gown.

Bekka: Planning a wedding can get overwhelming how did you stay organized and on top of it all?
Bree: Many many many word documents and excel spreadsheets, and my amazing mother and fiancé who were on the receiving end of my excessive emails with thorough instructions of everyone’s to-do list and what needed to get done. I made a big wedding binder with about 15 tabs of every aspect of the wedding and kept all my files there. There were a lot of printed pins and inspiration, multiple budget planning calculations, swatches of fabric, vendor phone numbers, and about one hundred to-do lists. Thanks to my support team and my nine months of wedding planning everything got finished and my wedding day was more perfect than I imagined.

Bekka: Bree thanks for taking the time to talk with us and share the fabulous 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 Bree's vendors:

Photography: REBEKAH WESTOVER
Event Design and Planning: Bree Wilkins {the Bride}\Custom Gown and Veil: ABREE ORIGINAL
Hair and Makeup: JANELLE AT VERSA ARTISTRY
Bridesmaids & Maid of Honor Attire: ABREE ORIGINAL and J. CREW
Groom’s custom suit and shirt: DRESS CODE
Floral Design: Bella Fleur
Ceremony Location: Manti Utah LDS Temple
Wedding Invitation: ANN ELIZABETH

 

 

 

 


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

 

 

 


Congratulations Whitney Olch Bishop our September Bride of the Month!

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This month we are featuring Whitney Olch Bishop and how she pulled off her wedding in just three short months. This is when having a wedding planner is a must! As Whitney said about her wedding planner “I got engaged in March and married in June and Meredith Parsons pulled all of the details together.” I have to agree with Whitney; Meredith Parsons did an amazing job with getting all the vendors and details to beautifully come together. Her wedding and reception were held at the luxurious St. Regis Deer Valley. Whitney describes her experience with St. Regis, as “Katherine Johnson the wedding coordinator is AWESOME!” She also loved her DJ “Michael Antonia – BEST DJ EVER! He is based in LA.” Having an expert photographer like Pepper Nix gave Whitney memories to look back on for years to come!

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Interviewer: Whitney I have to admit my favorite invitation this summer is yours! I absolutely love the design and how much it complimented the thermography. Just looking at it and the feel of the raised ink when holding it in my hands was love at first sight! Tell me about the process you went through in dreaming up your invitations. Where did you get your inspiration from and how did you decide what your invitations would look like?
Whitney: Pinterest. There are hundreds of options and ideas on Pinterest but a few that stuck out to me as inspiration piece. I also know my style and the type of wedding I was having, so I knew what my invitations needed to convey.

Interviewer: Do you feel your invitations helped you to set the tone for your wedding?
Whitney: Yes, definitely.

Interviewer: What is your favorite part of your invitations and was there any feature of your invitations that people complimented you on most?
Whitney: Hard to say, I love all of the different prints. I am also very happy with the paper I selected. I also received lots of compliments on how well done the invitations were for such a short engagement period.

Interviewer: Were there any lessons you learned through your creative process in dreaming up your invitations you’d like to share?
Whitney: Proof read and use a second set of eyes. I made a couple of mistakes on my printed pieces that my groom caught; one before it was too late and the other not, but Ann Elizabeth was able to creatively solve the issue.

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Interviewer: Did you use any elements from your invitation that were incorporated into the decor at your wedding venue?
Whitney: I wanted the palette for my invitations and all of my printed items throughout the weekend to be subtle and similar to the decor at the wedding.

Interviewer: What advice would you give to brides who are looking to gather inspiration for their wedding invitations?
Whitney: Pinterest is an excellent resource and an easy way to communicate with Ann Elizabeth (or whomever designs your invitations) on what you like and don’t like. I would also tell brides not to over think details, make a decision and move on. I was engaged in March and married in June, so I didn’t have an opportunity to pick a theme or a color scheme and carry it all of the way through; I had to make decisions quickly and not in a traditional order and everything turned out perfectly.BOTM-Whitney_Olch-Bishop_group3-20

Interviewer: How was your experience coming into the studio and working with the Ann Elizabeth team?
Whitney: I was really only in the studio once and it was only for a short time, but I was able to pick my papers then and everything after that we handled via Pinterest and email.

Interviewer: Whitney it 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!

Interviewer: A fun side note about Whitney is she designed her own ring and “OC Tanner executed it!” She also had the groomsmen ties and bridesmaid dresses all uniquely different like “ the different invitations pieces.” For wedding favors they did a donation to the Park City Foundation, had a candy bar and cute cloth bags for out of town guests.

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 Whitney's vendors:

Wedding Planner: Meredith Parsons, Bluebird Event Destination Management
Photographer: Pepper Nix
Catering and Cake: St. Regis Deer Valley
Floral Artist: Amanda Hansen, Decoration Inc.
Location: St. Regis Deer Valley
DJ: Michael Antonia  The Flashdance
Bridal Gown: Ulla Maija - Saks Fifth Avenue - Bridal Boutique Beverly Hills
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Makeup Artist: Cami Talbot
Hair: Bratis Peralta
Ring: OC Tanner
Jewelry: OC Tanner, Cartier, Vintage
Groom’s Suit: Indochino, Tie: Ferragamo
Bridesmaid dresses: Shoshanna and Erin Fetherston
Groomsmen ties: Armani, Ferragamo and Canali


Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Summer/Fall Issue!

Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Summer/Fall Issue!

We are honored to be featured in the new Salt  Lake/Park City Bride and Groom Summer/Fall 2013 magazine.

Our ad on page 12 features Tommi Ellingford-Wardle's letterpress invitation. Tommi was one of our favorite brides from 2012 and we love her invitation representing us for 2013. We we also thrilled to have Tommi's matching save the date card and envelope featured by Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom in their  "Western Union" feature on page 28. There are some gorgeous invitations featured in this section that you should really check out.

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Other big news from this issue is the reveal of  Michelle Leo Events and her exquisite new look on page 41. She was also the wedding planner and designer for Devan Guilford and Rodrigo Vidal who are featured in real weddings on page 42. Her award-winning wedding design and event planning services have won her the prestigious Best of State award three years in a row. We had a hand in producing her new business cards so we're particularly excited about her glam new look. If you haven’t seen her new business cards you should definitely pick one up from her today.

As always, Culinary Crafts 2 page ad spread is a centerpiece of the magazine and if you're not already familiar with Culinary Crafts they are a centerpiece of the Wedding industry in Utah. Check out more of their amazing work in real weddings where they are featured for catering Tauri Stevens and Dylan Tucker page 38, Devan Guilford and Rodrigo Vidal page 42 and Candice Yee and Eric Bender page 46.

Another favorite vendor of ours is Julie Hill, owner of Layers Cakes. If you are looking for a beautiful cake that is handcrafted by a talented woman you've got to make a point of meeting with Julie. Julie is incredible to work with. On several occasions we have worked with a mutual client and Julie has an incredible skill of taking the look that Ann Elizabeth has developed for the client's party and translating it to the cake in a truly inspired way.  For some of her gorgeous work check out the "Romancing the Stone" feature on page 79 where she made a three-tier fondant and rock candy cake. Layers Cake also did a fondant cake with bamboo accents for Candice Yee and Eric Bender who were also featured in real weddings on page 47.

I love Mayflowers Floral & Event Design. Their touch that brings a romantic yet refined look to any arrangement of flowers is work of art. Their flowers are featured in Devan Guilford and Rodrigo Vida real weddings on page 42. We are also proud to have featured Mayflowers this month in our Bride of the Month feature for Chandler Huntsman-Astin.

I also need to give a shout out to Rebekah Westover for her amazing photography and attention to detail that was featured in real weddings for Paige Stoner and Joshua Garcia page 50. You can see more of her work as she to was featured in our Bride of the Month for her photography for Chandler Huntsman-Astin.

 

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And finally, can we talk about the cover of this issue please!? I love the stylistic choices made for this issue's cover photo. The soft, swept away from the face hair really accents the natural beauty of the model's face. I also love the very neutral makeup and basically bare lips and nails. This romantic styling of the bride's hair and makeup couldn't be a better fit with the sleeved dress and petite bouquet. Once again a huge kudo's to the talented people who brought the cover to life.

Model: Lauri Bing / Heffner Management

Dress: Monique Lhullier from Alta Moda Bridal

Photographer: Carmen Daneshmandi

Stylist: Tessa Woolf