Lauren and Michael met at college in fall 2008. What started as a casual conversation led to Michael requesting Lauren's phone number. About a week later, they went on their first date, and exactly 21 months later, on June 12, 2010, the couple wed. Lauren and Michael married in the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah -- chosen for its architecture and history.
Lauren, who has a degree in clothing construction, loves sewing and vintage jewelry, so they couple used a soft palette of pinks and yellows to mix these elements together while maintaining a romantic and classic aesthetic.
Lauren's cousins Sara and Annie, who own the paper company Save the Date Co., designed and executed the letterpressed suite. Working closely together, they incorporated soft yellow, green, and gray into a floral design. Satin ribbon tied in a knot was the finishing touch on the square pocket-style invitation.
Lauren took photos of dresses she liked to dressmaker Penelope Perkins and discussed the design of her gown and the elements she wanted to incorporate. They used lace (from bedspreads!) from Santa Fe, New Mexico's Anne Lawrence Collection to create Lauren's dream dress.
Lauren personalized her shoes by adding two rhinestone brooches from Mood Designer Fabrics for a bit of sparkle.
Michael wore a J.Crew suit.
Lauren worked with Jen Bennett of Solamente Celebrations (formerly of Scenemakers) to evoke a lush English garden feeling of peonies and roses. Luckily, the June wedding date fell during prime peony season, so creamy white, blush pink, coral, and yellow blooms were worked into the decor of the day.
Lauren's bouquet included peonies, 'Juliet' and 'Patience' garden roses, 'Femma' and 'Creme de la Creme' roses, spray roses, freesia, sweet peas, and ranunculus. All of the flowers were ordered from Mayesh Wholesale in Los Angeles.
The bridesmaids' skirts were another project for Lauren, her mother, and grandmother. Together, over a couple of days, the three sewed silk taffeta skirts: dusty rose for Lauren's friends and soft peach for her sisters. The attendants paired them with light gray blouses from Express.
A wall of satin ribbons made by the bride and groom was the perfect backdrop for the escort-card trays. Wedding coordinator Heather Balliet of Amorology filled each with vintage jewelry from Lauren's collection and placed them atop custom fabric-and-lace-covered boxes to add dimension to the table.
Crystal cake pedestals elevated the floral arrangements that dotted the beverage station during the reception. Lemon- and-cucumber-infused water, strawberry lemonade, and lime-and-mint-infused water were set out for guests to drink as refreshment from the warm summer heat.
A stunning tent was set up at the American Fork Amphitheater. The wall behind the head table was made up of an assortment of antique mirrors and silhouettes and photos of the couple. Lauren's grandfather surprised the couple with a painting of the lighthouse in front of which Michael had proposed.
Linens in soft rose and buttercream hues graced the tables, some of which also had pretty lace overlays. Each table was meant to be different, with a mixture of linens, centerpiece vessels, and chargers. Lauren worked with her cousin to design the paper elements, using soft pinstripes to echo the palette.
A huge iron chandelier hung in the center of the tent, draped with hundreds of blooms, pearl strings, and glass candle cups. Crystal chandeliers hung on either side of the centerpiece and completed the decor for the tent's fabric-draped ceiling.
A variety of complementary vessels housed floral arrangements on each table. Lauren and her mother purchased tall mercury-glass jars for several tables. Silver candelabras and inverted vintage lampshades atop old-fashioned ice cream sundae cups topped others. Silver mint-julep cups with garden roses, stock, and freesia surrounded the focal-point pieces.
To create a look of antique elegance with a charming garden feel, floral designer Jen Bennett, formerly of Scenemakers, started with a base of antique green hydrangea, cream stock, and pale pink hydrangea. Show-stopping peonies in coral, yellow, creamy white, pink, and blush took the spotlight together with garden roses in peach and ivory. 'Trust,' 'Femma,' 'Vendella,' and 'Creme de la Creme' roses filled her color palette of buttery yellow, soft pinks, peach, and ivory. 'Ilse,' pink 'Majolica,' pale yellow and cream 'Sensation' spray roses, apricot and pale yellow French tulips, double white freesia, pink ranunculus, pale-pink sweet peas, tuberoses, hanging amaranthus, and scabiosa provided texture and the soft, loosely constructed, garden feel. Gardenias floated in footed bowls on the head table. And large, filigreed silver-and-pearl pins were put on some arrangements to add to the antique feel.
Dinner was catered by Culinary Crafts, and consisted of a salad with Gorgonzola cheese, Asian pears, candied walnuts, and a caramelized-onion-balsamic vinaigrette; macadamia-crusted halibut with coconut curry sauce and papaya chutney; pan-seared filet of beef tenderloin with wild mushroom chasseur sauce; roasted-garlic mashed potatoes; and green-bean bundles tied with chive ribbons.
Photography: Nicole Hill Gerulat
Wedding Planner: Amorology
Catering: Culinary Crafts
Hair & Makeup: Michael and Kim Kapinos of Roxy CarMichaels Salon, 801-355-5878
Dress Maker: Penelope Perkins, 801- 582-5010
Groom's Wedding Band: Wilson Diamonds
DJ: Disc Connection, 801-295-6767
Floral and Event Design: Solamente Celebrations in conjunction with Scenemakers