This is a wedding that all the springtime brides are going to fall head over heels for! Trees in bloom, fields of tulips… plus lush garden floral arrangements in a sweet sherbet color palette. Says the bride, “I was inspired by the idea of having a garden party as a reception. I wanted it to be unique but not trendy. More classic and timeless.”
“My mom and I had lots of fun watching a great amount of David Tutera’s ‘My Fair Wedding’ before my special day,” says Kim, “and it was awesome when my mom surprised me with David Tutera shoes for the wedding. My grandmother, Shara, made the dress I wore in the temple and got married in, which is special because she also sewed my baby blessing dress.” Kim then changed into an Anne Barge dress for the reception.
Instead of carrying bouquets, the bride’s sisters wore crowns of flowers in their hair. Also, as a nod to the baby’s breath that grew around her childhood home, the tiny little flower was incorporated into arrangements.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? I chose the Salt Lake Temple because my parents were sealed there, but I chose the Loggia Gardens because it was in a great central location for our family, it was a unique outdoor location, and because my family lives out of town it was great knowing that Thanksgiving Point could help plan the reception and put it on for us. It took a lot of stress out of the wedding day.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My favorite moments were sitting in the celestial room with my fiancé and talking together for an hour or so before the wedding, looking around the sealing room and seeing so many people that cared about me and Cole, and hugging Cole after we got married. // Besides getting married to my best friend, I loved dancing with Cole at the reception; we had the band play a song we ugly-sing in the car to and it was fun to dance to a song that had so many good memories for us. I also loved running down the path towards our car after the reception and having all of our friends and family surrounding us and wishing us luck on our new life!!
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. We had an Italian soda bar with the vanilla and cherry flavoring because that is the closest we could get to Cole’s favorite drink (Diet Coke). // The groomsmen all wore polka dot socks because Cole has always loved wearing colorful socks. // The folk ensemble that performed at the reception is an ensemble that I play with, so it was special having all of my friends and fellow musicians perform for me. I started playing flute when I was a very little girl and my teacher from way back then made the time to drive all the way up to my wedding. // My family loves playing games so we included Mancala and a big corn hole game for everyone at the reception.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Before the wedding my mom and I watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding together. In the movie the main character’s wedding was nothing as she planned because of crazy situations and problems; but at the end of the day her and her husband were just so happy to be together none of the rest of it mattered. After the movie my mom commented on what a good message it was: It’s easy to get caught up in making the “perfect wedding” and to get stressed about money or opinions, and it’s hard to know how to make everyone happy, but at the end of the day it is simply being married that matters.
What advice do you have for other brides? The only thing that really matters on the wedding day is being married to the love of your life. It is not about the cake, or the dance, or the dresses, or the hairstyle, it’s not about whether you have a perfect complexion that day, or the weather. It is so important not to stress about the little things. It’s the marriage that makes the day perfect, not anything else. // ALSO, WEAR YOUR SHOES BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Choose a budget before you start the wedding planning so it is clear from the start where money can be spent.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Our friends trashed our car with Oreos, condoms, balloons, paint, and streamers, and it was very difficult hopping in the car after the wedding and cleaning it up. // After the wedding I couldn’t find a vase for my flowers, so we stopped by McDonald’s and put my wedding bouquet in a large cup of water we bought. Super classy. It was funny eating Big Macs in our wedding clothes too. // Most of my family is from North Dakota as well so it was special having around 30 people drive 14 hours to come to the wedding.