And the conversations I SHOULD HAVE had with my husband before we got married!
I think you saw a sneaky peek of this beautiful couple on last week when it was featured on Rocky Mountain Bride! Congratulations to Ashleigh and Jeremy! They won my recent Giveaway with Ashley from Hawkeye Photography and Julie from Blushing Blonde and got to have a styled 1st Year Anniversary Shoot. The first year of marriage can be a little bit of an adjustment from a lot of angles…and I’m not just talking about finances and religious preferences. I’m talking about the BIG ONES. The super serious subjects I never ever in a million years thought to bring up, but in hindsight, would have saved us some “discussions”.
Example #1: Whether Or Not We Wrap Presents
Who knew right?!?! I just thought everyone wrapped Christmas/birthday/Mother’s Day presents and made them all pretty and that every dad went out of his way to basically professionally wrap his wife’s presents complete with gorgeous ribbon, floral picks, and special ornaments like my dad did. Our first Christmas rolled around and my husband was busy pontificating on things like, “I don’t spend money or time on something that just gets thrown away. This is stupid and means nothing to me. My mom never wrapped gifts and I ended up just fine.” Ummm, did you though?!?!
Example #2: Baby Names
Boy oh boy should we have talked about baby names. But it was something that was going to happen like 3-5 years after we got married and I thought I had time. And then I got pregnant a week after we got married. Surprise! Go figure we feel the same about vaccinations, abortion, birth control, and how many kids we wanted to have, but man we got blindsided by baby names. We come from families filled to the brim with say-able, spell-able names like Jacob, Richard, Emily, John, Lucas, Jenny, and Benjamin. But what did my husband want?!?! Zileesh. Yes. You read that right. Or maybe didn’t read that right because what is that? How do you say that? Oh. My. No. And guess when the very worst time to talk about baby names is? Oh yeah – when you’re already pregnant, hormonal, and basically a crazy wreck of the woman he was dating and married to. Fun!
Example #3: Curtains
Hahahaha yes curtains! Did you know that sometimes people who like curtains end up married to people who feel REALLY strongly about not having curtains?!?! I’m laughing my head off about it because I really had NO IDEA people felt strongly about curtains! Why have curtains when you can jimmy rig a sheet or blanket pinned to the wall over the window??? Ah the fun of adjusting to married life and having to combine such strongly-draped feelings :) So, there you go you dating and engaged couples you. You may THINK you’ve covered all the big issues. But you really haven’t. Not until you “discuss” the needs vs. wants of curtains. And if you can survive all these adjustment discussions during the entire first year of marriage, then you deserve to celebrate and I loved helping Jeremy and Ashleigh celebrate this important milestone! Happy 1st Anniversary guys and here’s to many more adjustments and discussions in the future!
Our photographer, Ashley, took Jeremy and Ashleigh out to Antelope Island in Salt Lake City, Utah and styled a darling romantic picnic setup complete with blankets, crates, tablecloth, and place settings.
I loved creating this delightfully ruffled Orange Dreamsicle cake as a nod to the tradition of eating the top tier of your wedding cake on your first anniversary. But instead of eating a dried-out slice of freezer burn, this cake was fresh and delish.
Friends don’t let friends eat year old cake. Don’t believe me? Check the recommendation for how long bread/cake/muffins lasts in the freezer. Yup 4-6 months. So that means if you save your top tier for an ENTIRE year, it’s 6 months past the life expectancy. Gross.
"But Emily? What do we do instead?!?!" Super simple guys. Serve the top tier at your wedding. Or heck, take it and eat it on your honeymoon and don’t share because you know you’re not getting a slice at the wedding. No time for that. And then have your cake artist make you a new one. A fresh one sans the freezer burn and just right for a romantic picnic for two.
Another part of our Giveaway Package was professional hair and make-up by Julie with Blushing Blonde. I love the eye shadow and lip color palette she used and how it pairs perfectly with Ashleigh's skin tones and the barren look of Antelope Island.
Julie also created a romantic half-up knotted do with Ashleigh’s gorgeous red hair. I love all these pops of red, orange, and peach against the rocks and undergrowth out on Antelope Island. But I especially love it with the flowers.
Ashleigh received a gorgeous bridal-esque bouquet to go with her photoshoot. She messaged me a picture of her dress and I was so excited to pair the oranges and creams against her lovely navy blue wrap dress, but then when I saw she was a red head it was serendipitous!
For this bouquet I used a buttery yellow stock, cream and yellow daffodils, cream and orange alstromeria, orange roses, orange ranunculus, orange freesia, and blue thistle. I also happened to catch the tail end of kumquat and forsythia branches and included those as well! I rounded it all out with gunni eucalyptus and curly willow.
I really wanted the style of the bouquet to reflect the wild, barren crags of Antelope Island, but I went with a navy, orange, and cream color palette to pull the outfits, hair, cake, and picnic setup together. Not many brides choose orange in their color palette, so I was excited to showcase such a vibrant, enthusiastic color and maybe show brides how it can be incorporated into their own wedding colors.
I really hope Jeremy and Ashleigh enjoyed their first anniversary shoot and the gorgeous work done by all the vendors. Be sure and follow me on Instagram at @emily_pearblossom for more giveaway opportunities! Heads up to my blog readers - I'll be doing another giveaway soon!
Sweet dreams of beautiful love and heavenly Orange Dreamsicle cake!
The Pear Blossom
The Pear Blossom
Meet the Designer
Emily first fell in love with flowers while studying floral design at Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2002. She did her first wedding that same summer and has been designing weddings ever since. With over 12 years of experience in the floral and wedding industries, Emily loves creating flowers that bring beautiful colors, textures, and most importantly, memories to every event.