SUBMIT WEDDING
View All Weddings in The Southwest
Sundance Wedding Film with “No Show” Officiant

What seemed like a wedding disaster – we’re talking a no-show officiant with just 30 minutes before the ceremony – turned into a beautiful metaphor for life’s unplanned moments. Dave and Emily reacted with grace and thanks to a close friend stepping in on a moment’s notice, their wedding turned out (dare I say) EVEN better. Ryan Hinman Films captured their story you don’t want to miss!

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Styles
Whimsical

From Ryan Hinman Films I filmed this wedding last fall at a great private home in Sundance Utah. It was a very personal occasion, friends and family. A small affair. 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, the officiant told the couple she couldn’t make it. Some sort of scheduling mix up. A close friend of the couple stood in to marry them and it became my favorite ceremony of last year. Really personal, heartfelt and amazing. The vows were all “on the fly”.

From The Bride… My vision for the wedding included descriptions such as “ethereal, whimsical, magical….”  I wanted everything to be “flowy.”  I wanted to be completely comfortable and for everyone else to feel the same.  Thus the bare feet, flowing and simple dress, warm weather and soft grass.  We looked up the weather on the Farmer’s Almanac and saw that it hadn’t rained in 25 years around the date of June 23. 

We did not have an actual wedding planner but several friends and family members offered their “services” to make the wedding run smoothly.  My sister’s boyfriend offered to be the “go-to guy” on the day of the event.  He heroically coordinated a very complicated and stressful job of handling the shuttle process. 

We did manage to get ready in time for the 5:00 ceremony.  At 5:30, someone brought a message from David who was asking if I knew where the officiant was.  We called the woman who seemed to have completely forgotten about the event (despite several meetings in person ahead of time, multiple emails, confirmations, pre-payment and everything!)  We had to think quickly.  Tom Murray came to mind immediately.  He had officiated for my friends Sarah and Tommy De Angelo at their wedding almost 10 years ago.  I knew he was officially “qualified,” but I also share a special bond with Tom and I knew only he could rise to such an intimidating challenge.  We nervously discussed the way the ceremony would play out. 

My biggest desire was for Tom to acknowledge both of our parents.  I assured him that we would take care of our own vows and he assured me that he would know what to do from there.  David and I had wanted to write our own vows but never got around to it as it was buried beneath the busy work of wedding planning.  We even tried to discuss our vows the night before the wedding but kept getting caught up in all of the things that needed to be accomplished on the wedding day.  

Somehow it all flowed together, exactly as it should be.  I was so happy to have a friend be the one to preside over our marriage ceremony.  It bonded the 3 of us together, even closer, forever.  And it bonded David and I to all of our friends and family who were there to witness the day.  

Later, after everything was over and we were settling down to go to sleep, I finally had a moment with my husband for the one tradition that I had really wanted to introduce into my wedding day.  I had learned about it years before on a trip to visit some artist and creator friends with my Uncle Al, on the Hopi reservation.  I had asked one of the women on First Mesa about their wedding customs.  She told me that the bride and groom rise together at dawn, wash their hair together in the same bin and then braid their hair together, pieces of the bride’s hair, braided into the hair of the groom.  It was then that the couple were symbolically joined.  I took the pieces of my long, curly hair and braided it together with David’s long curly hair.  Now we were finally married.  It was truly one of the happiest days of my life. 

Photography: David Newkirk | Videography: Ryan Hinman Films | Wedding Dress: Haroon's | Band: Daniel Day Trio | Flower Crowns: Flowers On Vine | Rentals: Diamond Rental | Venue: Private Home In Sundance, Utah

You'll love these vendors in Utah

Michelle Leo Events
View Portfolio
Layers Cake
View Portfolio
Layers Cake
View Portfolio
Michelle Leo Events
View Portfolio
Michelle Leo Events
View Portfolio
Michelle Leo Events
View Portfolio
Desert Beach Inspiration Shoot

Who says you need the crashing waves of the ocean to hold a beautiful beach party?  Not this talented group of Utah’s finest vendors.  They took a crazy cool desert setting and turned it into a beach bash for the ages, complete with lush florals from Bloomers, fab paper goods from Pink Piggy and a yummy lobster bake catered by Painted Pony.  Coordinated to perfection by Forevermore Events, it’s a toes-in-the-sand shindig you can’t miss.  See it all captured by Gideon Photography right here.

And a little behind the scenes lovely from Forevermore Media… you’re welcome. 

From Gideon Photography… People everywhere long to feel their toes in the wet sand as they walk along the beach. This lobster bake beach inspired shoot in the desert of St. George shows that anything is possible. The many talented vendors involved made this shoot something magical. From the classic VW Chop Bus, to the amazing dress from BHLDN, and the fabulous table set up filled with the bounties of the sea.

Photography: Gideon Photography | Videographer: Forevermore Media | Floral Design: Bloomers | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Pink Piggy | Catering: Painted Pony | Coordination: Forevermore Events

BHLDN is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.
DIY Floral Jewelry

Flowers are hands-down my favorite wedding detail. They’re beautiful, symbolic, smell good. Simply nothing sets my imagination off more than a perfectly sculpted bouquet or an etherial floral crown, which is why I’m straight up obsessed with this DIY shoot form the brain trust of Lizy’s Lilies, D’Arcy Benincosa, and April Benincosa. Flower earrings? Brilliant! Take a peek at the full gallery for more floral fixations.


Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Studio
Styles
Bohemian

From D’Arcy Benincosa… Florals in the hair are popular, but what if you could take that natural feel, smell, and look of flowers and create stunning, living, flowing jewelry?

From DIY earrings to simple garland necklaces, this shoot brings new ideas to using flowers for a bride.

DIY Earrings:

Step 1: Gather your ingredients. A good rule of thumb is to have a leaf or piece of greenery for the backing and then lay a bud on top of it.

2. Prepare your focal flower. The focal flower needs to stay strong throughout a day filled with pictures and a night of dancing. For a flower an leaf, wire the stem by inserting the wire straight up through until it pokes just barely into the head of the flower. Trim your wire to the length of the stem.

3. Place your florals together. Wire the end of the florals and loop them to the ear piece.

4. Trim any extra wire or stems.

Floral Design: Lizy's Lilies | Hair & Make Up: April Benincosa | Photography & Styling: D'Arcy Benincosa