Mint and coral REAL WEDDING. Plus, some super snarky quotes about marriage, because that’s the mood I’m in apparently :)
“Marriage lets you annoy one special person for the rest of your life”
Maybe that’s why I love real weddings so much – because I couldn’t wait to bug my own guy for-ev-er. FOREVER. Sucker. And now I’m passionate about helping other people exasperate each other until one of them dies or eats that last piece of chocolate cake without asking. Whichever one comes first. But I’m thinking it’s usually eating the last piece of cake first, followed by a swift, merciless death. My husband would know. Just ask him about the time he ate my homemade Mac n’ Cheese leftovers :( He’s still breathing and bringing home a paycheck, but only just barely.
I loved getting to be a part of James and Keri’s special day (and Preslie – cause we mustn’t forget James’ sweet daughter!) and I can’t believe that I’ve waited this long to share it with you. Like, embarrassingly long because between their wedding and now, they’ve had a son and he is celebrating his 1st Birthday. So you know, it’s only been about three years. Oh dear. This is an entirely new level of procrastination and overall lameness.
All photos courtesy of: Tracy Hill Photography
“Being married is like having a best friend who doesn’t remember anything you say”
James and Keri met online. Keri had great legs from figure skating and an equally great sense of humor, so James knew they had to meet. And for Keri, James was totally good-looking, intelligent, and an amazing father. They dated for a little over a year before getting engaged. I love these distressed, urban engagement photos!
“The longest sentence you can form with two words is: I Do” –H.L. Mencken
Keri chose a color palette of mint and coral with accents of white and grey. I loved these gorgeous pastels and how she incorporated them throughout the wedding with beautiful details like a mint sash on her tea-length dress and stunning mint pumps.
Wedding Venue: Sleepy Ridge
The bridal bouquet is made up of pale coral roses, succulents, Queen Anne’s lace, dusty miller, and seeded eucalyptus. The texture of the succulents is such a beautiful aspect to the bouquet!
The bridesmaids are carrying the same flowers, just in a smaller scale and James and his best man have boutonnieres of coral roses and dusty miller
Our flower girl/daughter of the groom is decked out in baby’s breath flower crowns that looked so sweet with her flowing flower girl dress and mint sash!
I seriously can't get over this amazing Daddy-daughter combo!
For the ceremony, we filled vases with baby’s breath, Queen Anne ’s lace, and curly willow and lined the entire aisle with them. It was very soft and romantic! James’ daughter Preslie – our #1 flower girl today – walked down the aisle sprinkling handfuls of pale coral rose petals.
When we switched over from the ceremony to a luncheon and reception, this same aisle décor became baby’s breath centerpieces for the luncheon, banquet, and sign-in tables.
“When I said I do I didn’t mean Laundry”
Even though James “doesn’t like cake” (I don’t even know what that means), we won him over with our classic vanilla cake and from-scratch raspberry filling! This small, two-tier wedding cake is frosted in a beautiful mint-colored ombre, although looking back, I really wish I had graded the second color better. The jump from light to dark is too drastic. Too late now, but I definitely adjusted it for future ombre cakes!
“They say marriages are made in heaven, but so are lightning and thunder” –Clint Eastwood
Before we knew it is was time to toss the bouquet… (but a separate one made of larkspur and baby's breath because Keri couldn't stand the thought of chucking her beautiful bouquet to the hordes of feral children wanting to tear into it :) And yes, the picture on the right is my daughter trying to rip the bouquet out of Preslie's hands, even though Preslie caught it fair and square)...
...And head on out of there! How perfect is this bubble send off?!?! I've honestly never seen those teensy-tiny bottles of wedding bubbles work so well. Normally when my clients want to do a bubble send-off, I recommend having a bubble hurricane machine placed strategically for the photos.
My favorite part of this whole wedding was seeing how Keri and James created not just a new marriage, but a new family and shared their special day with their daughter Preslie. Keri may not be Preslie’s biological mom, but I know Preslie feel so lucky to have “her own Keri” and I loved how these two showered each other with love and affection throughout the entire wedding planning process and on the wedding day. It can’t be easy sharing your Daddy when you’ve been his only girl for so long, but Preslie made it look delightful.
Congrats Keri, James, and Preslie (and now baby Jamen - I'll just hang my head in shame that this took so long)
Throwback to Justin + Kendal
I’ll be honest. I’m writing this because for the first time in a ridiculously long time, I am dressed in an amazing outfit that I feel really great in and even though it’s after midnight, I can’t bring myself to take it off. Long story short, the life of a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom on a tight budget doesn’t lend itself to an amazing wardrobe, but after losing 24 pounds this summer (woot!) and having to attend my husband’s ‘business dress’ Christmas party this evening, there may or may not have been an emergency run to Maurices and a few prayers whispered to whatever fashion Gods are listening to this pear-shaped fashion nightmare that is me. So, instead of taking off my fabulous outfit, I’m channeling my newfound confidence and energy (cause don’t we all feel better in a great outfit?) into a blog post! Seriously though, this has to be documented. My hair, make-up, and clothing all look good…at the same time. But, I digress. Back to weddings.
Even though Autumn isn’t technically over, (and this is a “discussion” I’ve had to have with my kids several times because apparently their teachers told them it’s now winter and so winter no longer starts on December 21st or whatever day it is around that time) the chilly air and the snow flurries and the desperate need for hot chocolate are sending me back to this perfect rustic-glam winter wedding
Our real bride, Kendal, and her fiancée Justin got married up Ogden Canyon at the ATK Conference Center. Think real log and timber trusses with a ginormous stone hearth and fireplace, all swathed in evergreens and pinecones and blinged out in gold. It’s one of those great combinations that just works. Their wedding pictures are cozy and snuggly, but also stylish and romantic. The flowers were rustic and just a touch on the woodsy wild side, but also fragrant and classy. I love everything from the faux-fur wraps, to the dress, to the fire roaring in the fireplace, but I always land back on the flowers.
Kendal and I used this Glitzy Rustic Glam Winter Wedding featured on The Knot as a foundation for our inspiration and then personalized it from there.
We mixed delicate white and pale pink roses and green hypericum berry with cotton, pinecones, and an assortment of evergreens to create that juxtaposition (such a good word :) of rustic sophistication. And then we adding a shot of evergreens sprayed with gold to bring in the glam. All these lovelies are wrapped up in a European hand-tied bouquet with an added cascade shape, which makes my heart go pitter-patter. It’s my favorite way to create a bouquet. You have the stability of a focal point, but the movement and freedom of a cascade.
We also added in some preserved wooded branches and grasses and I love the lines they create out of the center of the bouquet. Plus, the bring to mind the skeletal branches of a wintry forest. The book worm in me is totally seeing "two ways diverged in a wood" here.
And let's all take a second and pause to love on the rustic, cotton groom’s boutonniere against the Groom’s tweed suit jacket!
We've got the cotton and hypericum berries mixed with a variety of evergreens and a little jute accent, all wrapped up with a glitzy gold ribbon. Also, I greatly admire that tie :) A man in a suit ladies. I think it's why we all get married...gotta see our guys in a good-lookin' suit.
Justin and Kendal’s wedding was dreamy down to every last detail. Even the ring has such a sweet, love-inspired story. Justin proposed to Kendal with the ring that his grandfather had had made up for his grandmother. Now that his grandfather has passed away, it’s so sweet to see that beauty live on and that just melts my heart!
I'm so glad I got to work on this wedding with Kendal and Justin!
Bre + Jake = True Love :)
The big day finally came and if you loved Bre and Jake’s formals from last week, then this post is for you! Their wedding is here on the blog and it was such an amazing event!
Bre and Jake were married on a gorgeous late winter/early spring day in the Salt Lake Temple and you can just feel the happiness and love in these pictures (which, by the way, all photo cred for these gorgeous images goes to Ashley Hawkes with Hawkeye Photography. The thing I love about her work is that her images are so full of artistry, but she still captures individual personality…you’ll see what I’m talking about as you scroll down :)
They spent their day surrounded by loving family and friends. The entire atmosphere was a great combination of love, romance, and celebration. Absolutely dreamy. *Sigh* I'm not even going to pretend I'm not a hopeless romantic.
Bre and Jake chose a cream, pale pink, and burgundy color palette and seeing the whole wedding party brought it all together so neatly. We switched up some of the elements of her bouquet for the actual wedding day, so that it was a little more loose and romantic, and I’m loving the overall effect. Very soft, very feminine. Plus, this new trend of all the greens??? I’m in heaven! They’re such a great way to add movement and texture to a bouquet and I love how Bre’s flowers keep a loosely-rounded shape, but then use the greens to spill over and bring in some dimension. It definitely keeps the flowers from looking flat in the pictures.
But really, I can't get over her veil...
K maybe this is a silly thing to notice, but the thing I love most about this pic? Their lipstick shades. Yup. I'm not a lipstick wearer myself (I prefer gloss) but I can appreciate a nice lipstick color, and those lips are spot on. Totally kiss-able you guys.
And all the handsome Groomsmen :)
And then with a handful of siblings like these, I don't think any of the pictures are going to lack for fun and personality :) With six married siblings of my own, I remember LOVING their weddings and having the best time!
But for parents, it's probably a little more bitter-sweet. Such a meaningful expression of the love parents have for their children right here in this moment. We're happy to watch them grow and progress, but dang girl it's hard. I can't even imagine protecting and watching over my babies all these years and then having to stand back and turn it over to someone else. I know my husband is gonna be bawlin' like a baby if and when our little girls get married...someday...far far far into the future. Don't tell my main man that his secret is out. He's totally the crier in our relationship.
And after such a sweet ceremony it's time to party! The rest of the wedding day, complete with a luncheon and reception were hosted and catered by The Grand View Reception and Event Center in Ogden, Utah. I can't say enough good things about The Grand View! The building was beautiful and clean (random I know but that's a biggie for me. I can't stand going into venues that are gorgeous, but dusty, dirty, grimy, and cob-webby...don't even get me started about the venue that didn't shovel their walks for a winter wedding I did this last year!) and it was perfectly decorated. I loved the blend of urban, industrial, and rustic that the room took on because it can go with just about any wedding style without looking out of place. Super classy. Also, the pricing was spot on. I feel like every penny for the venue was worth it. They had spectacular bride and groom rooms for the lovely HMUA's Julie and Sadie to work their magic...and catch a bite to eat!
Aren't these girls gorgeous? I love seeing them all decked out in dresses, flowers, shoes, hair...every detail is perfect!
And these flower girls are killin' me. Because it's not a party unless someone's crying :) Check out their tiny little flower girl halos.
Bre and Jake are so lucky to have found each other!
We decked out the reception in garlands and roses. The Grand View had these amazing farmhouse tables that looked perfect with cream colored runners and garlands make of italian ruscus and seeded eucalyptus.
And then, before you know it, the day has flown by and it's time to cut the cake. We did a four-tier cake and starting from the bottom Bre and Jake chose Chocolate Nutella, Vanilla Raspberry, Lemon Cream Cheese, and a top tier of Vanilla Raspberry.
I love love the rustic frosting with a greenery wreath wrap around each tier, with the accents of roses and curly willows. It really tied together all the florals. Plus, that cake stand! My husband made me the tree ring cake stand last summer and it has been such a big hit. Here's a close up:
Is your mouth watering yet? Cause mine just started :) It's always such a great reward when the entire cake gets eaten and enjoyed. In the words of Julia Childs, "A party without cake is just a meeting." Truer words were never spoken.
I love this spread that Ashley put together. It encompasses everything that I love and do. I love weddings. I love watching people be in love. And I love making those weddings beautiful...and tasty :) Congrats Bre and Jake on your wedding day. I'm so thrilled I got to be a part of such an amazing event! Thanks for sharing it with me!
And why we DON'T call these Groomals...
It feels like I’ve been waiting for FOREVER to share this with you guys! From the very first planning meeting, I knew this wedding was going to be perfect, right down to the last detail. I met Bre and Jake and could see instantly how much they loved each other. And then the planning began and I was beyond impressed with how classy, intelligent, fun, and easy to work with they were. Bonus: so was their family! Bre and Jake rounded up a team of some of the best and brightest in the wedding industry for their big day, and I think you will agree that the end results are stunning when the entire team is able to collaborate and communicate in order to pull the wedding off, instead of individual vendors doing their job, dropping it off, and being done. Bre and her mother Anne were amazing at helping all the vendors work cohesively as a team instead of individualizing each detail of the wedding and this resulted in one of the most successfully styled self-planned weddings I’ve ever seen.
So, without further ado, I’m beyond excited to share the formal shoot this week on the blog…and then next week…the full wedding! All the gorgeous images you see here were done by Ashley with Hawkeye Photography. I know any wedding where I get to work with Ashley is going to have the most beautiful images and the greatest attention to the details! Anyway, on to Breanna and Jake’s Formals. Please please please for the love of all that is holy, DO NOT call these Groomals…ugh…that word just feels awful in my mouth. And sounds weird :( Take Ashley’s example and call them Formals.
Bre and Jake got married in the Salt Lake Temple at the very tail end of winter/early spring, and we wanted her flowers to reflect that pivot point. We wanted to lighten up the heavier/darker color palettes of winter, but not go all pastel-crazy into spring, so we created a cream and white base with pale pink and burgundy accents for her cream, pink, and burgundy bridal bouquet.
White carnations, cream hypericum berries, and cream roses were the base of the bouquet, and then we brought in the pale pink with the most gorgeous pale pink ranunculus I have ever seen. These things were as big as the palm of my hand! And I love the movement created by using pale pink veronica. The veronica and curly willow added such a light, airy feel to the entire structure. You can also see the deep burgundy dahlias scattered throughout the bouquet; a little hint of that winter red without weighing the entire bouquet down.
We rounded that corner from winter into spring by lightening up the foliage as well. Out go the evergreens and in come seeded eucalyptus, gunni eucalyptus (a new favorite green of mine!), ferns, salal, and variegated ivy. Plus, some bare-branched curly willow. I wanted the greens to reflect the woods in late winter – branches are still bare and we’ve got greenery a-peekin’ out everywhere, but not so springy that we needed to incorporate blossoming branches into the arrangements.
Now, I don’t know a ton about the mechanics behind photography, but I know I LOVE how Ashley captured the chill of late winter with the hint of spring sunshine. You know, when you go outside thinking it’s going to be freezing butt cold, and then the sun hits your face and you can’t help but close your eyes and smile?!?! That’s exactly the memory these pictures evoke and Ashley’s work draws on that feeling perfectly. I just can’t get enough of some of these images! They’re the perfect blend of beauty and personality…and it doesn’t hurt that the couple is gorgeous :)
Seriously?!?! I could stare at these images all day. My heart feels full to overflowing seeing all the love, light, and beauty in these pics. Not to mention a little fun :)
And I want. those. shoes. End of story.
You guys. This picture. Right here. This is the pic that made everyone's hearts stop on Instagram and Facebook this week. Wanna know why?! Because I think this picture captures how ever bride wants to feel on her wedding day...beautiful, pure, romantic, and stunning beyond all reason. You should have seen Jake's face when he saw Bre for the first time. He looked like he had finally come home. It honestly makes me a little teary-eyed...or that could be hormones. Weddings and hormones man, they get me every time. This amazing dress and veil is from Bridal Image. I haven't ever personally worked with them or been to their store, but I think a dress like this speaks for itself.
Another great member of the team who did a ton of behind-the-scenes work to create all this bridal beauty is the lovely, talented Hair and Make-up Artist (HMUA) Sadie! A lot of people don't realize how much a great HMUA can affect the overall outcome of their images, but Sadie is amazing at bringing out a bride's natural beauty and style and I love how effortlessly Bre's hair and make-up work with the dress, the flowers, the setting...everything!
I’m totally loving the accent braid, the soft, wavy tresses, and that perfect mascara. Seriously, I’ve always said that if I’m ever filthy rich, the one luxury I’m indulging in is someone to shop for my clothes and tell me what to wear everyday, and someone to do my hair and make-up every day. I’ll do my own laundry, sweeping, cooking, and scrub my own toilets, but if someone could just make me look amazing each morning, I’d be in heaven…*sigh.
Sadie was on site at the shoot to help Bre transition her hair from her more formal bridal shoot at the Salt Lake Temple, to this shoot. Sadie took Bre’s hair from the classic up-do with a veil, to a more relaxed wave with a flower crown. Love those bridal halos!
Everyone just take a sec to hold their spouse like this today. Make them feel safe, loved, and cherished. We don't do it often enough and then wonder why the magic fades. Or next time you get family pictures done, don't forget a picture with just you and your spouse. Because you two are the beginning. How it all started.
Congrats Bre and Jake!
Betsy's Wedding Day!
Congratulations to our sweet neighbor on her wedding day! Betsy is such a kind friend and neighbor and I’ve enjoyed being a part of her special day!
I think her white calla lily bridal bouquet just oozes sophistication and romance. Calla lilies will always be a timeless choice, but you can keep it up to date by adding Italian ruscus and aspidistra for a fresher, more modern feel. Love that offset folded aspidistra!
I'm also in love with this contradiction of callas vs. aster. To me, callas have a more formal approach and clean, modern lines, but aster is relaxed, wild, and happy, so there's this great juxtaposition of timeless elegance and carefree happiness. If you wanted to go with a wilder, more unstructured/foraged look, I would love to see this paired with branches of all the forsythia that is in bloom this week! I'm envisioning the clean structure and lines of the callas with untamed swoops of forsythia. It looks amazing in my head, but that is the curse of every creative...getting that vision out of our heads and making it a reality!
Stem wraps are one of those all-too-oft overlooked, un-photographed details, but I find that they're perfect for creating a cohesive feel to the look and style of a wedding. For Betsy's bouquet, french knotted silk ribbon with pearl-head pins added to the elegance and kept the color palette and feel of the wedding neatly tied together.
And last, but not least, the Groom's boutonniere, or just "Groom's Bout" to save me the trouble of having to spell boutonniere over and over and over again :)
I had one client who used to refer to her fiancee as 'the dude' (speaking of dude...have you seen the dudedoir pics floating around Facebook?!?! Soooo funny!). Ahem. Sorry. Tangent. If you ever speak with me in real life, you'll know this is something that happens frequently. A word will remind me of something else, which will remind me of a story that is too hysterical not to share, and before you know it I've been sitting in your living room laughing my head off for hours. True story right there, but maybe for another time.
Anyway! Back to the groom's bout! I like to keep mine simple because even though Instagram and Pinterest will try to convince you otherwise, most men couldn't care less about the flowers.
Sorry to tangent again, but are there really men out there who want flowers in their beards for the weddings??? Really??? If so, please please pretty please share a pic on Instagram! Tag me @emily_pear blossom and use the hashtag #beardbout so I can see it!
And I'm back :) To Review: something simple and classy because most men don't care, which brings me to the conundrum I'm currently debating in my head. I'm thinking of doing up a small bout for my Main Man for Father's Day to wear to church services, but is that more for me than him? Would he really want to wear it or would it be embarrassing? Women get corsages for Mother's Day...you can see the struggle. Or should he just lovingly accept any token of love I wish to shower on him?
For the mothers and grandmothers, you could dress these up a little more with a few extra flowers and filler and use them for corsages. Because most women care. A lot. I'm secretly hoping my husband gets me some lovely, understated floral crown for our Mother's Day church services because I've freakin' earned my crown birthing and nurturing his offspring. But there's this tricky thing that he can't read my mind, even after all. these. years. so maybe in the next life. So there's your free advice to the two guys who are going to read this whole blog post. Women love flowers. And I really, really hope Betsy loves her bouquet. No matter how long I've been doing this, there is still this twinge of anxiousness when the bride sees her bouquet for the first time. I want it to be everything she imagined + everything she didn't know she wanted. I know, shoot for the moon and get sucked into a turbo-prop on expectations there, but it's what I expect from myself and my work.
So Congrats to Betsy on this amazing day!