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Monday, December 5th, 2011
BEFORE THE WEDDING
Merek – Part-time Teller at America First Credit Union/Student studying Finance at University of Utah.
Krisina – Private Banking Operations Analyst for Goldman Sachs.
How the couple met: We met while both working for JP Morgan Chase Bank. Merek was transferred to the same branch Krisina worked at to obtain more hours. Merek always thought Krisina was very cute but didn’t feel their relationship would go anywhere and didn’t want to try at first. After a few months of working together and Krisina pursuing Merek, he gave in. They started dating and it didn’t take long to realize Krisina was the one.
How he proposed: Merek had gotten the ring in the middle of Dec. 2009 and was trying to decide how to propose. He thought of doing it on New Years Eve but was still unsure how to ask. New Years Day came around and just before he was going to ask, they got a call from some close friends with the new they just got engaged themselves that day. He decided not to ask on the same night so the idea was ruined for him. He reasoned New Years Day would be just as nice. Throughout the day, he tried to wait for the perfect moment. However, as he was getting close to propose, a friend came over and ruined his chance. Finally, he decided the next morning would be a nice time to propose as they would be together. Merek woke up early and made a nice breakfast. He brought it to bed and surprised Krisina by breakfast in bed. They talked as they ate breakfast. Merek mentioned how much they had changed for the better and how much he loved Krisina. He than said there is one last thing they need to change, pulled out the ring, and proposed. Finally!
Bridal shower/Bachelorette party:
Bridal Shower – There were two bridal showers. The first one was held at a close friend’s house near Krisina’s parent’s home. It was very lovely and the theme was Kitchen Needs. They played numerous games and Krisina got to talk all to some long lost family friends.
The next bridal shower was held at Krisina’s parent’s home. This one was themed Honeymoon/Travel to go along with their planned honeymoon trip to Los Cabos. This was held for close friends and family. It ended up being a fairly small party but they played a fun game where Krisina had to answer questions about Merek; if she answered incorrectly, she had to put bubble gum in her mouth. Luckily she didn’t answer too many incorrectly!
Bachelorette Party – A small gaggle of girls all dressed up in cowboy boots and jeans enjoyed a lovely dinner at The Melting Pot. Afterwards, they enjoyed relaxing after dinner drinks at a martini bar in downtown SLC. They ended the night at a honky-tonk bar on the way home.
The bachelor party was with a group of Merek’s groomsmen along with another close friend and was held in Wendover. We drove there from Salt Lake early Friday and started off the day with some Blackjack. There was plenty of drinking, gambling, and cigars to make anyone happy. They than hit up the Craps table to roll the dice. Although no one really came back with any money, they had a blast gambling.
The ceremony was held at the Johnson Mill in Midway, Utah. It was an outdoor ceremony held down in an area called the Grove in which there was an arch made of tree branches and the area was nicely shaded by overhanging trees.
Date: June 11, 2011
The bride wore: A beautiful ivory dress made simply of taffeta and an ivory veil trimmed with curly edges.
The groom wore: A tux rental from the Men’s Warehouse. It was a 2 button black tux with an regular ivory shirt along with an ivory vest.
The reception was also held outside at the Johnson Mill but was held up in a different area near a lake above where the Grove is. There was also the beautiful building which is a bed and breakfast, a watermill, a gazebo on the lake, and lovely natural surroundings.
The bride and groom choose to use their own music by hooking up an Ipod. They had created numerous playlists for the reception which included a mellow song list while people were eating along with a more upbeat list for dancing later in the evening.
Right Next To You by Elizabeth & the Catapults.
The food was based on a BBQ setting. During cocktail hour just after the ceremony there were hors d'oeuvre which were grilled chicken quesadillas along with a salsa bar. Once the reception started, there was a BBQ buffet of hotdogs and hamburgers along with all the toppings. We also had flavored water which had cucumber and lemon in. The drinks included two signature drinks for the bride and groom. His was a Cuba Libre and hers was a Cape Cod which both had limes to throw in a bit of green for our colors. There was also a selection of beer inlcuding Merek’s favorite, Blue Moon, along with Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon as wine selections.
The cake was a raspberry cake with buttercream and duvont as the cream as to make it delicious but not melt out in the sun. It was a very simple 3 tiered square cake which a blue and green ribbon around each cake for our colors. The cake topper was title “Infinite Love” which showed the groom holding the bride with a ring in the middle signifying infinite love.
Kelly Green for the Bride.
Cornflower Blue for the Groom.
The theme was “Perfect Pair.” We used this with numerous parts of the decorations including “perfect pair” napkins, “perfect pair” pear shaped soap wedding favors, and had green pears along with Grannysmith apples (which are green and also had the name Smith in it) as part of the centerpieces. The other part of the theme was to use natural things. The centerpieces were created by Krisina’s father and were made of wood.
The centerpieces were made up of 3 delphinium with a fern each.
The bridal bouquet was made up of blue hydrangea, blue delphinium, ivory roses dotted with white stephanotis, and white Veronica, greened with mint, rosemary, and surrounded with ferns and a hint of yellow goldenrod, wrapped with an ivory satin ribbon.
The groom’s floral was made up of a single stephanotis with 2 delphinium florets, and fern.
We used along of wood and natural elements to make up the Décor such as the vases, the fruit around the vases, and the announcement board along with all of the outdoor surroundings.
The wooden vases were extremely unique as Krisina’s father made them himself. They are very simple but have an square hourglass look to them. They looked extremely good with the flowers along with the fruit baskets surrounding them.
The announcement board was also unique with it’s wood frame Krisina’s father made. It had a sheet with the announcement details which the Bride created and had printed on special paper. This also included a tribute and pictures of Grandparents who had pasted away.
The bride created little posters which they framed that went on the bar and showed the drink options along with some cute sayings.
There was also a sign with details and instructions for our sign in quilt. People had a piece of ivory fabric and could put advice, draw a picture, write or quote, or simply sign their name for the bride to use later in making a wedding quilt made of the sign ivory squares along with blue and green squares from the wedding colors.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
Bride's answer: When Merek and I finally got a moment with each other for our first dance. It was so romantic with him holding me in his arms to a song we both treasure. Singing the words to each other and trying to talk about all the new we had staying the night apart. I will always remember the joy I felt as I realized he missed only me as I am his best friend as he is mine.
Groom's answer: Seeing Krisina for the first time in her dress was the best moment. We decided to see each other before the ceremony so that we could get pictures done early. I had to stand looking out waiting for her to come up behind me. I remember being so excited to see her and my heart was pounding since I hadn’t spent the last night with her (It is VERY rare that we spend a night apart). She came up behind me and tapped my shoulder. I couldn’t believe how beautiful she looked when I got to finally see her. Her dress was amazing and she was just glowing. I couldn’t believe how happy she looked. It was truly one of the best moments of the wedding, if not my life. I’m very happy the way we did it since it all got captured by our photographer.
A memorable moment of the honeymoon: One day they planned to visit a place called Lover’s Beach. They were told it was very romantic and beautiful on the beach there as it was a great place to snorkel. They purchased their own snorkeling sets and traveled the 20 minutes to the beach. They were so excited to finally get in the ocean and see some wildlife. As it turns out, Merek’s snorkeling gear did not keep the water out of his eyes. While Krisina swam around with her successful snorkeling gear, Merek steadily grew more and more annoyed that his gear wasn’t working. Krisina realized Merek was getting upset; she decided that since Merek couldn’t enjoy the swim, she didn’t want to either. They gave up trying to snorkel and just enjoyed the beach together.
Here are two pieces of advice to save yourself from a terrible amount of stress and confusion:
1. Do your best to have everything planned and paid for at least a week before the ceremony. It was extremely hard trying to still deal with planning and picking up stuff while also figuring out the tiny details that come up randomly. If you have everything planned, it makes it much easier to think about the little details that will come up in the last minutes of preparation.
2. The biggest advice we have is that it is a very good idea to select certain people (such as parents or bridal party) and sit down with them so that you can discuss the little details and where things need to be going. We were trying to get ready and enjoy our own wedding but constantly had our family/friends asking us where things needed to be or other questions you simply shouldn’t have to deal with. During the reception we started to realize things that we made had not been put out along with many things went unnoticed because of where they were placed. Most of our guests didn’t receive a wedding favor because they were hidden. Our sign in quilt was also missed by many due to the same problem and we had nobody planned to try and direct people towards it. By having more than just yourselves prepared with that knowledge will not only help you but help them to get things set up for the big day while you can relax and enjoy everything going on.
Bride’s – Fred Meyer Jewelers.
Groom’s – Maceys
Beautiful Wedding Announcements in Salt Lake City
Merek’s mother rented a home in Midway to have the rehearsal dinner.
Bought fabric and fabric pens at local store for people to write on; will be made into a quilt.
Hair and Makeup:
Salon NV in Salt Lake City
The Men’s Warehouse
Basket of Gold
Decorations and rentals:
Tables and Chairs LLC for the tent, Basket of Gold supplied lights for the tent. Used a local person that rents out speakers.
JK’s Indulgence Catering
Midway Country Corner
The Johnson Mill
Used own Ipod
“The Perfect Pair” Scented Pear Soap from www.weddingfavorsmarket.com.
N/A, The Johnson Mill manager acted as a coordinator.
Jeff Clark, LDS Bishop. He is also a friend and neighbor of the Gould’s.
N/A. Guests were provided with complimentary valet service at the Johnson Mill.
Guests had the option of staying at the Johnson Mill during the wedding.
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
30% OFF ALL PRINTS
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I'm having a 30% off sale for the coming holiday season! Sale starts Wednesday, November 23, 2011 and ends December 2, 2011 at midnight. Get the word out to your family and friends! This is the only sale I will be having for the holiday season, so it is very important you communicate this information to anyone wanting to place print orders.
Sale is for PRINTS ONLY. Luster, Glossy, Metallic, and Canvas Prints.
Sale Starts: The Day Before Thanksgiving, Nov. 23rd
Sale Ends: Friday, December 2nd at Midnight
Monday, November 21st, 2011
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
BEFORE THE WEDDING
Occupations: Kailani is a nanny and is starting her own craft business. Mitch works in warehousing while attending Engineering Graduate School at the U.
How the couple met: They first met at a local music concert where his and her mutual friend, Chaz Prymek, was playing a show. There was very little interaction this time other than Mitch made a comment that they "had the same bikes", granted he meant they had the man and woman version of the bike, but he didn't make that very clear at first and Kailani pretty much thought he was a nerd. After that Mitch tracked Kailani down on MySpace (you know that thing that was around before Facebook was cool) and attempted to start up some communication. She wasn't very prompt with her response but eventually got back to him right before they ran into each other again at a Band of Annuals concert at Urban Lounge. This time the sparks started to fly a little more, with a little help from the beer probably, and dancing commenced. Afterwards, they rode bikes home together and he finally got her phone number. After some casual texting Kailani invited Mitch over to a BBQ where they shared our first kiss. Even though their first attempt at a "real date" after that by spending the day together and going to the Farmer's Market and Jamba Juice was a mild disaster, they gave it a shot at a second date where things went much better. Ever since they've pretty much been attached at the hip (seriously, ask their friends).
How he proposed: Before Mitch officially proposed, the couple had bought a house together in Sugarhouse. He decided he wanted to do something personal and romantic at the house with just the two of them (and a future maid of honor hiding to take pictures). The only problem was having enough time to prepare without her being home. To accomplish this he asked the parents she nannies for to make her work (on a Friday night, which she wasn't too excited about). So with the help of his parents he had the house decorated in flowers, and the entire back yard decorated in paper lanterns. He also had a custom cake made from Granite Bakery set up on a table with champagne. So when she came home and followed the flowers through the house he was waiting there in the back yard to ask her.
Bridal shower/Bachelorette party: The bridal shower was a small little gathering at the Bowman home with close friends and family. It just happened that this day was the one day out of a couple weeks with great weather. There were salads, snacks, drinks, and of course, eclaires. The decorations were very similar to the wedding using the floral cloth napkins and the vintage plates.
The bachelorette party was camping down in Green River, UT where the Bride's sister works as a river guide. Because there was such amazing weather the girls were able to go hiking in Arches and river rafting. It just so happened that one night there was also an annual desert dance party in the middle of nowhere, which really topped off the weekend.
Bachelor party: Camping up Spanish Fork Canyon where the weather wasn't nearly as pleasant as down in Green River. Each time the guys were about to go hiking it began to rain. One time there was a mad dash to get the rain fly on the tent, another was to catch the tent as it was blown down the hill. All of this made for a fun weekend of sitting around, but not many activities.
Ceremony Place: Kailani's Parents Home in Holladay
Date: June 4th 2011
The bride wore: A Pronovias all-lace gown as well as a second dress for additional fabric to put underneath the lace. This changed the color to a more yellow ivory color which enhanced the pattern of the lace and also created a sweetheart line.
The groom wore: A suit, shirt, and tie from Jos A. Bank with a custom vest made by his Grandmother.
Reception Place: Kailani's Parents Home in Holladay
Wedding music: Tony Lake Trio who performs instrumental (guitar, bass, drums) of every type of music
Menu: Because the couple is vegetarian, they wanted to serve a vegetarian menu while also pleasing all of their guests. For appetizers they had fruits and veggies, cheese ball from Harmon's with bread and crackers, and a spinach dip. For the main course they had vegetarian "meat"balls with vegetarian brown gravy and garlic mashed potatoes, served with grilled asparagus, a salad, and a roll from Stoneground Bakery. This was all accomplished through Mitch's family and family friend's, thankfully saving the couple money on catering. Water, lemonade, and a full bar were also provided. A late night snack of milk cartons and chocolate chip cookies was served later.
Cake: Granite Bakery provided the cake which had two tiers of red velvet with cream cheese filling, one tier of raspberry swirl with bavarian cream filling, and a top tier of key lime cake with cream cheese filling. The cake was a creamy yellow color with white accents and a vintage theme.
Colors: Yellows, Greens, Browns, and Ivory
Theme: The couple wanted a vintage theme while also trying to use as many second-hand and recycled items as possible.
Flowers: The flowers were put together by the Bride's mother and her friend Deborah Hall who used to own a flower shop, along with the help of many of their friends. The flowers were primarily daisies, billy balls, yellow buttons, baby's breath, cream-colored small roses, and assorted wildflowers.
Décor elements: Most elements of decoration were either bought second hand or hand made. These included wine bottles and jars and vases, vintage furniture and piano, floral pattern napkins from vintage linens, old frames and umbrellas, and vintage plates and mason jars.
Unique details: The bride found some of her other items on the online shop Etsy. Her favorites being the custom-made cake toppers by MilkTea and the vintage tea dresses for the bridesmaids made from second-hand fabrics by SohoMode. Another thing they were excited about was the ring-pillow made by the Bride, using a stitched handkerchief which belonged to the Groom's grandmother who passed away a few weeks before the wedding. There was also a custom-lamp (using the same idea as ones made by Kailani's business), it was set on the guest sign-in table to show off the engagement photos using the photos on 35mm slides as the lamp shade.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
Bride's answer: All night Mitch and I hadn't really had a chance to be alone and take it all in, and all I wanted was to dance with him under the lights and candles in the orchard. So I went and grabbed him to do just that. This may not have been a moment captured by any photographers, but it was definitely one I will always remember.
Groom's answer: My favorite moment also has to be the dance in the orchard with my new wife. When the night was winding down a little bit Kailani came and insisted we go dance out in the orchard. After a night of greeting and thanking so many people, this gave us the time to slow down just the two of us and enjoy what the night was really about.
Place: Rome and Greece (Athens, and the islands of Naxos and Santorini)
A memorable moment of the honeymoon: The most memorable moments were probably the moments sitting on our balcony enjoying the sunset in the Greek islands. However the most story-worthy is probably getting lost walking around Rome. We had walked who-knows how many miles that day already going around to all of the sites. Both of us were pretty exhausted and getting a little grumpy, so we decided to head back a different direction to catch the metro line we needed. Words of advice: don't trust too much in the free map provided by the hotel. There is a huge central park in Rome which wasn't exactly drawn to scale on our free map. The streets adjacent to the park also weren't exactly accurate on the map either. By the time we got out of the park we were a couple miles away from where we had thought/hoped and couldn't help but laugh at the whole ordeal. By then we decided to take our chances with the bus system and luckily it worked out.
WEDDING ADVICE: If you had asked us the day before the wedding we would have told anyone to never plan your own backyard wedding. After it was all said and done though, we couldn't be happier with how it turned out. We originally decided on a backyard wedding to give us the freedom to choose every aspect of the wedding ourselves, without having to select from a list of approved vendors. We wanted to be able to go with as many independent artists, local and on Esty.com, as well as local vendors. We just didn't anticipate how much stress this would cause to manage everything ourselves. It did give us the chance to create the wedding of our (mainly Kailani's) dreams, but this couldn't have been done without the help from so many friends and family member, to whom we are very grateful. As well as Kailani's father for putting so much work into the yard.
When you're planning a wedding just remember to always pursue what YOU want and not what other people think is best for you. But also remember everyone is just trying to help because they care. In the end always remember that this is a celebration for the two of you and to enjoy one another throughout the process.
Rings: Custom-made by "Joe the Jeweler" at 9th and 9th Jewelers. (He was fantastic to work with. He took our ideas and made them better to create rings we are thrilled with.)
Invitations: Handmade by the couple and families using custom-stamped fabric using the same vintage linens as throughout the wedding.
Rehearsal dinner: We kept it informal with pizza and salad, and beer and soda at the Bowman's residence.
Guest book: Hand-made by Kelly, a friend of the Bride's mother, hand-bound using artisan Japanese paper
Videography: Dave Brewer Photo
Bridal gown: The Perfect Dress
Alterations: Done by a woman, Pat, who was referred by the Perfect Dress.
Hair and Makeup: Landis Aveda Lifestyle Salon
Bridesmaids' dresses: Sohomode on Etsy.com
Groom’s Tux/Suit: Jos A. Bank
Flowers: Arranged by Deborah Hall, a friend of the Bride's mother, and friends and family. Purchased from Ensign Floral.
Decorations and rentals: RSVP Rentals, Hale Center Theatre, Bella Umbrellas, and Affordable Portables
Catering: Family, Family Friends, and Harmon's
Cake: Granite Bakery
Venue: The Bowman Residence
Entertainment/Music: Tony Lake Trio
Wedding favors: Photobooth by Dave Brewer & His Crew
Wedding planner: Kailani Bowman, she wouldn't trust anybody else...
Officiant: Donald Dunn
Transportation: Golf Carts from Intermountain Golf Cart
Guest lodging: The Bowman Residence
Photobooth: Dave Brewer & His Crew
Flower Girl Dress: AnastaciaGus on Etsy.com
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
Jen + Jon
May 28, 2011
BEFORE THE WEDDING
Occupations: Chemist/software developer
How the couple met: Swing dancing
How he proposed: Um... in the bathroom after I got out of the shower.
I sat on the toilet in shock when he knelt.
Bridal shower/Bachelorette party: Too shy
Bachelor party: "Strippers lack musicality. It's just depressing"
Ceremony Place: Our home
Date: May 28th, 2011
The bride wore: Maggie Sottero
The groom wore: Jones New York
Reception Place: our home
Wedding music: iPod
Wedding song: Cara Mia
Menu: Avocado roast beef salad, sou vide short ribs with carrot puree,
asparagus with prosciutto, and seafood pasta
Cake: German chocolate with marshmallow fondant, although the top tier
was rice crispy treats, due to allergies in the family.
Flowers: NONE! My bouquet was made by my mother-in-law with antique
jewelry from my grandmothers.
Décor elements: well, just our house.
Unique details: Crocheted table runners, string sphere lamps, banners
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
Bride's answer: Me almost crying and him making faces at me during the
Groom's answer: Cake in her face!
Oh, it's over so fast. You hear everyone say "It's just one day," but truly, it is merely that: a day. It is a first day of many happy ones, but it is only one day. Be kind to people and don't obsess about the
details, because you won't care on the day, and your relationships mean so much more and any silly detail. Also, people don't go to these things to be be mean. Everyone is there to love you and support you, so don't be scared. And think, what do YOU remember about other weddings you've gone to? It's not the pew bows, it's how happy the couple was. make sure the wedding is merely a means to an end. It's the marriage you want anyway.
Rings: Philip & Co
Invitations: Handwritten, paper from Xpedex
Rehearsal dinner: Biaggi's. They have a great menu for people with
allergies, and have private rooms.
Guest book: We had note cards and envelopes, so our guests could
privately share marriage advice with us. The advice we got was so good,
I would recommend this to everyone!
Bridal gown: Gallery by Lynette (Blech, don't recommend)
Alterations: same as above
Hair and Makeup: Nikki DeRoest
Groom's Tux/Suit: Men's Wearhouse
Decorations and rentals: Diamond rental
Catering: Groom cooked
Cake: Bride baked
Venue: Our home
Officiant: Rev. Anita Gordon
Monday, September 5th, 2011
BEFORE THE WEDDING
Occupations: Research Assistants at the U of U
How the couple met: Church
How he proposed: We just knew. . .
Bridal shower/Bachelorette party: family and neighbors threw me a bridal shower, for the bachelorette party I went out to sushi with my favorite girls
Bachelor party: none
Ceremony Place: Salt Lake Temple
Date: May 27th
The bride wore: A champagne colored dress with a square neck and full skirt.
The groom wore: black tux with blue tie and vest.
Reception Place: The point restaurant
Wedding music: live piano
Cake: three layers, top and bottom was chocolate, the middle layer was carrot cake, grooms cake was also carrot cake.
Colors: black, white and blue.
Theme: we really didn't have a unified theme, we just chose things we like and it all came together in the end.
Flowers: White and blue hydrangea
Décor elements: the flowers, the point is so beautiful by itself (especially when the sun is setting) that you really don't need to do much else.
Unique details: there's a special story behind my ring. . .
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
Bride's answer: Saying yes!
Groom's answer: The wedding ceremony
Place: Moab utah
A memorable moment of the honeymoon: Steve says really funny things when we're rock climbing. He was climbing and I was belaying him, and he said something that had me almost in tears I was laughing so hard, at that moment I thought to myself, "holy cow! I'm married to this man!" that was the first time that it had really sunk in.
Don't sweat the small stuff. Actually, don't sweat anything at all! Things are going to go wrong, if you keep a cool head about you it'll all work out. Right before the reception the zipper on my dress broke, and then I spilled marinated chicken all down the front of it! Steve and I fixed the zipper, and some hot water and sprite took the chicken right off of it. It all turned out just fine, and we were the only people who ever knew about it. Remember that that day is about the two of you, and nothing else. Once you realize that this day is about your commitment to each other nothing can ruin it for you!
Rings: his came from the shane company, mine's a secret.
Invitations: Bethany Sell 801.897.1554
Guest book: Opie Foto
Photography: Opie Foto
Bridal gown: Gateway Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Ulysses Salon (Ashlyn is amazing!)
Bridesmaids' dresses: Forever 21
Groom’s Tux/Suit: Clarks Tuxedoes
Flowers: Catherine Wolfgram (owner) Peony Lemon 801.244.9237
Decorations and rentals: The Point took care of all of it.
Catering: The Point Restaurant
Cake: April Baird, Amy Richardson
Venue: the Point Restaurant
Entertainment/Music: A very very talented friend of ours, also a few musical numbers done by Steve's sister.
Wedding favors: REI
Wedding planner: We did all ourselves
Officiant: Sheldon Child
Friday, August 26th, 2011