When it comes right down to it, a classic wedding filled with a whole lotta elegance is the kind of wedding after my own heart. A handsome tux paired with a black satin bow tie, a lace-sleeved Monique Lhuillier dress from Rhylan Lang paired with pearls, and a bouquet filled to the brim with white blooms. With Jeff Sampson Photography behind every classy moment, this gallery has won me over.
From the beautiful Bride… I moved to Utah after finishing pharmacy school to complete a post graduate residency. I never expected to meet my future husband there. We had been dating for over two years when Thomas was accepted into medical school in Kansas City. We moved together excited for the next chapter in our relationship. Shortly after moving there, Thomas got me a heart ring inscribed with our initials. Six months later, he replaced that ring with an engagement ring and that’s when the crazy wedding planning began….
There are so many options, inspirations, themes to choose from, making the wedding process very overwhelming. I can’t really articulate what specific theme we had for our wedding. I knew there were certain “must haves” that I always wanted to incorporate in our (my) wedding: Thomas in a tux, navy and champagne colors, ceremony in a church, string quartet, calligrapher addressed invitations, chiavari chairs, me in a blush veil and a fall wedding celebration. The rest of the wedding decisions fell into place by complimenting these specific elements to create a cohesive affair bringing everything together. Looking back, I would say our wedding was traditional and classic.
Our ceremony was my favorite part of the wedding. I will never forget pausing at the end of the aisle with my dad, taking in the view: Thomas standing at the other end, all the guests, the flowers hanging from the pews attached by navy blue ribbons, the wedding party all in place, and the large cross at the end of the altar. I was overwhelmed by emotion at that very moment. The tears were uncontrollable.
My wedding dress was a silk satin strapless dress made by Monique Lhuillier. I knew I wanted a wedding dress with sleeves, but that style is very rare so the best option for achieving that look was to add a bolero to my strapless dress. Using the designer’s lace, the bolero was custom made and I wore it for the ceremony and pictures. Getting married in the church, I wanted to be very traditional and wear a blush veil. We didn’t have a “first look” prior to the ceremony so as much as my dress was a surprise to Thomas, I think he was very surprised to see me with a blush veil too.
Our colors were navy and gold with magenta and beet accents featured in the flowers. I loved the combination conveyed by the bridesmaids with their navy dresses, gold shoes, and pop of magenta colored bouquets. The table linens were navy with shimmery gold urns, candles, table chargers and gold chiavari chairs; all complimented by beautiful floral centerpieces.
Our reception venue was at the Museum of Visual Materials. The building had a lot of intrinsic character with hard wood floors and exposed brick walls. Our cocktail hour and dinner were both at the museum so we wanted to keep the dining area separate from cocktail hour by hanging long white curtains so that there could be a big reveal prior to our guests being seated. There were large open window where we designed candlescapes of a mixture of various size votives wrapped with gold twine. By evening, the lighting supplied by candles and twinkle lights gave an intimate, romantic feel.
We had a lot of young guests, so we made sure to have an area for the kids with coloring books and games to keep busy during cocktail hour. A photo booth was set up for after dinner, which was a huge hit for our guests. We had debated on whether or not to have one and we were so glad we did. It was so much fun to look back at all the pictures of guests and the kiddos loved it!
During the father-daughter dance, I surprised my dad with a slide show to play including pictures of him and me during my childhood. It was a sweet moment for both of us. The end of the night wrapped up with late night snacks made to order by Randall’s food truck. We knew our guests would be hungry for something after a night of dancing so having the food truck available for chili cheese fries, burgers, and wings hit the spot!
Photography: Jeff Sampson Photography | Floral Design: Meredith & Bridget's Flower Shop | Dress: Rhylan Lang | Cake: Chef April | Catering: K Restaurant | Hair & Makeup: Lacey Mae Makeup Artist | Band: Goodroad Band | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier | Entertainment-Band: Goodroad Band | Event Design + Coordination: Envision Event Planning | Museum : Museum Of Visual Materials