A Pink-and-Yellow Vintage-Inspired Wedding in Utah
Lauren and Michael
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.
Underneath It All
Wanting her "something blue" to be fun, Lauren chose a blue-hued ruffle for her underskirt.
The Bridal Bouquet
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.
A Special Touch
Lauren attached a special brooch to the antique lace and ribbon wrapped around her bouquet. It was a birthday present from her grandmother, who has given her many beautiful pieces of jewelry. The colors and softness of the piece was the perfect fit.
The Bridal Party
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.
The Bridesmaids' Bouquet
The bridesmaids carried smaller, slightly varied versions of the bridal bouquet.
Lauren's flower girl, her sister Josephine, carried a miniature version of the bridal bouquet, complete with a small cameo attached to lace and ribbon on the stems of her nosegay.
The groomsmen wore gray vests and pants from J.Crew that matched Michael's suit. Michael's nephews and Lauren's little brother wore yellow shorts and bow ties sewn by Lauren, her mother, and grandmother.
The Groom's Boutonniere
A 'Sarah Bernhardt' peony bud and double white freesia adorned Michael's lapel.
Michael requested that pina coladas be served during the social hour following the ceremony. Flags designed by Lauren's cousin were set in each glass.
Watermelon-lime beverages were also served.
The Escort Cards
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.
Small tables and chairs were mixed with sofas, armchairs, and coffee tables (found in local shops and painted cream) to create a lounge area for guests. Ruffled pillows and floral arrangements finished the look.
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.
Cameos were glued to soft rose ribbon, then wrapped around the candle votives.
The Table Numbers
Lauren's mother and grandmother embroidered the table numbers onto extra fabric from the bridesmaids' skirts. The hoops were affixed to custom stands.
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.
The Children's Table
A special table for the children was set with candy-filled vessels.
Coconut and lemon cake bites from the Sweet Tooth Fairy were packaged in boxes wrapped in satin ribbon. The delicately polka-dotted boxes sat on top of the napkin at each place setting, with a tag depicting the couple's new shared monogram.
As dancing began, waiters passed out petite cones of gelato.
Following dinner, guests enjoyed a dessert bar. Two comparable tables at each end of the tent were set up to ease traffic flow.
As a surprise for the bride, the team at Amorology hand-stitched "Love my Sweets" onto fabric to match the table numbers.
Lauren and her mother wove a large ribbon overlay for the second dessert table.
Macaron towers and pedestals of sweets were displayed alongside framed quotes and trays of Lauren's vintage jewelry.
The First Dance
The couple selected April McLean's "Head Over Heels" for their first dance.
The Joe Muscolino Band and Mitch Ross from Disc Connection provided the entertainment.
Lauren designed the cake -- a raspberry swirl, lemon, and coconut confection. She worked with Carrie's Cakes to make her sugar-flower dream a reality.
Michael and Lauren (wearing a shorter party dress made with help from her grandmother the week before the wedding) exit the festivities hand in hand to a sparkler sendoff.
The newlyweds drove off in a vintage Austin Princess from SomethingVintageSomethingBlue.
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