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