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Utah Barn Wedding

I have been to some really wonderful weddings this year, but this one has to be my favorite!! What a beautiful and unique wedding! Ok, I'm biased- this is my daughter's wedding! We had the greatest wedding professionals to help us pull this off! I could write a whole blog on each of these great companies - well as a matter of fact I think I will... soon! I learned a ton going through this process as the mother of the bride. So I'll tell you all the inside scoop from a mothers point of view!  I need to say that Natalie is a peacemaker, so there wasn't too much drama. Dang! But since I am in the industry I had some great ideas, I thought... but ultimately I let Natalie make the final decisions as to what she wanted for HER wedding. I was not going to be accused of being a Momzilla!

I have to explain, my love struck daughter decided to have a 9 week engagement! What were they thinking?! I won't get into that...  Natalie had been dating Trent for 20 months (yes she was counting). She was ecstatic to have found "The man of her dreams!"

There was so much to do and keep track of. I needed budgets, checklists and timelines and I had a hard time keeping all of this straight. I'm the type of person who likes to write everything down to help me remember. The sticky notes were starting to drive me crazy, so I created my own system. This organizer is now available to you as the Pink Wedding Planner

In the process of planning the wedding, the first thing I asked Natalie was to make a list of her top three priorities. Her number one priority without even thinking was her dress, second priority--her dress, third--her dress. Obviously she wanted the perfect dress, so we went to The Perfect Dress. Everyone at the store was awesome to work with and the final outcome was Natalie had the dress of her dreams! It was a Maggie Sottero Wedding dress that she chose- the Ambrosia. 

Like most girls Natalie had spent years planning her wedding long before she was engaged. She wanted a BARN WEDDING at her grandma's barn- as you can see this is no ordinary barn. She had the theme of limes and lemons which went along with the color scheme- yellow and green. Now we had the dress, the venue, the theme-- this was all starting to come together nicely. Time to get the invitations ordered! Mike Bailey helped Natalie design a fun invitation...

Natalie decided to have the family dinner and the reception the day before the wedding. This made it so fun to divide it up into two days! We looked at BrideAccess.com weather to see what the temperature was going to be on the April 21 and 22. It turned out to be cool, but beautiful. For the family dinner we had Goodwood BBQ- Natalie's favorite. She wanted cake and ice cream to feed her guests so we called Leatherby's and ordered 6 ice cream flavors and they do all the rest! Natalie chose Wedding Cakes by Dawna to make her wedding cake. I absolutely loved Natalie's Wedding cake! Diamond Rental brought everything from tables, chairs and linens to the barn and picked it all up the next day. Easy! Busath Photography was amazing with Miyo Strong behind the camera. I wasn't going to let Natalie make the same mistake I did and not hire a videographer. We let her choose the videographer and she loved Chris McClain's style- fun! My other strong suggestion was to have an old fashioned car. Of course we called Sam at Something Vintage Something Blue and he brought Dazee to the barn and Princess to the ceremony- everyone loved it!  The entertainment was the photobooth from All Occasions Photobooth. That was so fun! It was a beautiful Utah Wedding in Pleasant Grove and downtown Salt Lake City.

Here are the pics of how it turned out...

                        

I learned a lot helping coordinate my own daugthers wedding. It ended up being Natalie's wedding she wanted and it was perfectly wonderful! 

Bridal Attire: The Perfect Dress  Cake: Wedding Cakes by Dawna   Catering: Leatherby's   Decorations & Rentals: Diamond Rental   Invitations: Mike Bailey Printing   Photography: Busath Photographers    Transportation: Something Vintage Something Blue   Videography: Chris McClain Production                        

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Wedding Transportation- The Ride of Your Life

Something Vintage Something Blue

Vintage cars are a fantastic idea for bridal pictures, the get away car or to travel in for the entire wedding day! Sam at Something Vintage Something Blue has just the car for you. You will remember the day you had the best ride in town! Which color and feel goes with your wedding style?

The thing I wanted most when my daughter got married was a vintage car - she chose Dazee, the blue car at her reception and it was the highlight of the barn! Then the next day for the ceremony she used Princess- the white one. 

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A fun video with Sam, Alex Boye and Sara Parker - see Princess in action! 

                                        

I highly recommend you call Something Vintage Something Blue today to make a reservation. Something Vintage Something Blue

Thank you to these fabulous photographers for providing photos for this blog: Busath Photography,  Dezember Photography, Andrea Hanks Photography, Elizabeth Taylor Frandsen Photography, Jon Woodbury Photography, Magnifique Photography, and Celtic Waters Photography

 

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Don't Miss This Incredible Wedding Professional's Own Wedding

What is it like when a wedding professional gets married? COMPLETELY AMAZING!! That's what it is!!    

Mary Craft Wedding | Bride Access

I was privileged enough to be invited to the wedding reception of Utah's own Mary Crafts, owner of Culinary Crafts Catering. I will say it was the most amazing wedding reception I have ever been to-- beautiful surroundings, warm summer night, delicious food, mouth-watering drinks, and most of all a couple that you can tell was absolutely crazy about each other and was having the party and the time of their life! What an experience! Now you are a lucky audience because Mary herself wrote her thoughts about her wedding days - yes it was a 3 day event! She was nice enough to give me the intimate details that went into planning her own wedding and how it all turned out...Mary Craft Wedding | Bride Access

"It was an amazing experience to plan my own wedding after 27 years in the wedding industry and planning over 5000 weddings for all ages and styles of brides.  I was a little apprehensive to give love a second chance, but after finding Rick, there was no doubt he was what I needed in my life. As I said in our wedding vows, "You have seen more parts of me than anyone ever has.  From this space, we realized that neither of us are perfect, but we truly are perfect for each other".  Ten months later, our love grows deeper with each passing day.

Originally I had planned to host a small gathering at my home with hot dogs and hamburgers for a fun backyard wedding.  It wasn't long before I realized that simply was not happening...so many people  emailing and calling to say congratulations and how excited they were to attend our wedding....huh, were they even invited????  And then, those who said, "I can't wait to see what you are serving 'cause I know it will be the most amazing food ever!"   Hmmm....I guess an intimate group with hot dogs was out.

 

However, all was not lost as that is exactly how I began our 3 day celebration of love.  The rehearsal dinner was served in the backyard of my home with about 50 guests of our closest family and friends. This was the first time the two families had met, and the most important part of the day was to create a casual atmosphere where everyone was comfortable and welcomed.  I used my wedding colors of aubergine and citron, but added a touch of coral to create a more playful atmosphere that was perfect for my home setting.  We offered croquet, swimming, casual dining, and a run-through of the ceremony to complete the evening.  Guests were greeted with Utah artisan cheeses and artisan bottled beverages. And I got to have my hamburgers and hot dogs!  Add some great pulled pork, more homemade condiments that you can shake a stick at, and Lobster and Marscapone Macaroni and Cheese to take things up a notch, and voila--it's a party!  The evening ended with Ice Cream Sodas made with our house gelato and a whimsical interactive S'more bar with homemade marshmallows and ganache.

 

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After the evenings festivities, I bid farewell to Rick and was off to the Montage Hotel with my daughter (maid of honor)

to spend my last night reminiscing with her and dreaming of tomorrow.   

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Perfection is how I would describe the Montage and they attended to our every need.  The next morning, I awoke early, leaned over and touched my daughter's cheek, and slipped out of that big king bed to spend some quiet moments on the private balcony. The sun was just rising and the the setting could not have been more perfect.  I took pen in hand and wrote my wedding vows for the day.  I was amazed at how easily it flowed as I expressed my love and commitments to Rick...I was ready to start my big day.  I promised myself to live in each and every moment...not thinking of the past or worrying about the future...but each moment as if it were the only moment in time.  This thought kept me grounded for the rest of the day and loving every second.  Soon the entourage began to arrive...the make up and hair ladies, the photographer, the videographer, the vintage car driver...all gathering in our suite to share the day.  The room filled with laughter, joy, and anticipation!  It was a time I will never forget...for a moment in time, at age 57, I was Cinderella and my prince charming was waiting.  Finally my gown arrived only to discover it had fallen off the hangar and was a wrinkled mess in the bottom of the bag.  The Montage whisked my gown away to steam and press, and delivered it back in perfect condition.  This all made for a behind-time departure and 100 guests waiting for the ceremony, but I was not stressed...I mean, after all, I was the bride! I walked graciously to the awaiting vintage white Rolls Royce and enjoyed every step of the way.  I had been on the other side of things thousands of times, making sure every need of the bride was attended to, but this time it was me....and I was loving it.   

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The car drove down the long mountain lane at a magical destination called Red Cliff Ranch and I could see all the guests waiting in the arena and enjoying the classical guitar of Michael Luccarelli.  The limo pulled to the arena entrance where we waited for the procession to begin...Rick's son, then Rick, then the flower girls and ring bearer, my daughter, and then my 2 sons to escort me.  The door was opened and out I stepped... no one has ever felt more gratitude, more love, more joy than I felt at that moment when my eyes met Rick's.

Each son took an arm and together we made our way down the aisle to the waiting groom.  My boys kissed me on the cheek and gave me to Rick.  As the ceremony was set in the round, I was able to gaze around and see all the wonderful family and friends gathered for this special moment; all smiles, some tears, all love abounding.

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Following the ceremony, hors d'oeuvres and lavender lemonade were passing while we mingled and laughed with guests.  Soon we were seated in the barn for the formal luncheon served family style.  It was the perfect blending of elegance and familiarity.  The special children's area with "glow in the dark" glasses, candy, and kid's menu was a huge hit, and the nanny I hired allowed the parents to enjoy the day.  The luncheon food was beyond perfection. I knew each bite was prepared with love by my staff and it was their gift to me.  Family prayers, toastings, laughter, sharing... I wouldn't have changed one thing!  The valet service was a very gracious touch and they placed a hand-made parting gift in each vehicle so all our treasured guest would know of our love and appreciation for their attendance.  Mary Craft | Bride AccessMary Craft | Bride AccessMary Craft | Bride Access Mary Craft | Bride AccessMary Craft | Bride AccessMary Craft | Bride Access Mary Craft | Bride AccessMary Craft | Bride AccessMary Craft | Bride AccessMary Craft | Bride Access

 

Rick and I were off for the Montage again in our Rolls but we didn't know what was awaiting us there. The suite had been tidied and cleaned by all my "ladies in waiting" of Reihl Events.  Hundreds of candles and thousands of rose petals covered our room, bathroom, and bed.  Sparkling bubbly, cheeses, chocolate dipped strawberries....they thought of everything. The rest of the day I will leave to the imagination...!

Breakfast in bed was arranged by the Montage and it was delish!  I loved our timeline as nothing ever felt rushed. The rehearsal dinner on Thursday evening.  The wedding ceremony and luncheon on Friday were from 11:00 am-3:00pm. We were able to enjoy our morning and left the hotel around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday to head for the reception.

A stop at Enizio was requested to make sure my makeup was perfection again and then off to a private estate up Mapleton Canyon.  Here's where I had my brief "Bridezilla" moment...when I arrived I was distressed to find the book "tree" had been forgotten and guests would not be able to leave their wishes for us....then a few of the table linens were in the wrong color and place...the stress was building...!  My son took me aside and said, "Mom, they are just linens...no one cares.  Everyone is coming to celebrate with you and Rick...it's is going to be the party of the century.  Don't let this ruin it."  Wise words that I had given a million times to other brides and now they were given

to me.  Rick took my arm and walked my down a small garden path, turned me, and kissed me on the forehead.  I felt the tension leave my body and I was in the moment with him.  Suddenly, all was right with the world again.  My son was right.  It was the party of the century.  Culinary Crafts did it again; feeding 500 guests some of our most creative items all cooked on site to the awe of the guests.  Mary Craft Wedding | Bride Access

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I had a little surprise up my sleeve for Rick.  Just before our first dance, I moved to the stage and microphone to sing him a song.  I was afraid I would be too nervous but I found I only had eyes for him and it was like I was all alone in time with him. 

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Another highlight of the evening, was when I asked all of my staff (and anyone who had ever worked for Culinary Crafts) to join on the dance floor for a high energy dance to "I Will Survive"!  Yes, we will; yes, we will!

 

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As night settled on the estate, the tents were illuminated for a magical look and the glowing orbs in the lake created a mystical atmosphere no one will forget.  The final surprise came during our send-off as huge overhead fireworks lit up the night sky....glorious.  

 

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I tell every bride and groom to plan on being too busy to eat, but not to worry as Culinary Crafts will pack up a take-away bag with a tasting of all the food and 2 bottles of water.  True to form, Rick and I did not eat any of the fabulous food at our reception, but we didn't take the sampling bag the staff had prepared for us.  So, our first stop after leaving the reception? You guessed:  IHOP; complete with wedding dress, tux, and pancakes!"
 
 

     Thank you to all of the amazing people who organized such a beautiful wedding:

Photographers: Pepper Nix Photography, ZumaPhoto

Catering: CULINARY CRAFTS 

Invitations and ceremony menu: Ann Elizabeth Custom Invitations

Cake: Carrie's Cakes

Rentals: Diamond Rental, Alpine Event Services and WIldflower Linens

Plan all 3 events, design and florals for Rehearsal and Ceremony: Riehl Events 

Reception design & floral: Scenemakers

Music & Entertainment: Michael Lucarelli  and The Joe Muscolino Band 

Transportation: Something Vintage Something Blue

Bridal Gown: Alta Moda Bridal

Hair and Make-up: Enizio

Ceremony escort cards: Pink Piggy Design

Rehearsal dinner and reception signage: Pixel Whipped Studios

Ceremony Venue: Red Cliff Ranch

Hotel: Montage Deer Valley

 

This was such a fantastic wedding that BrideAccess featured it on one of our TV shows! 

                                     

 

 

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