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!
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.