Joelle & Brett- The Reception

  Before the reception, we got a couple of additional newlywed photos on the grounds around Magnolia Grove.














...and then the party got started!













Be sure and check out the full galleries for Brett and Joelle's wedding day and reception here.



Devereaux Mansion Reception

  The Devereaux Mansion has got to be one of the coolest reception locations in Salt Lake City.  It's in the very heart of downtown, right next to the Gateway Mall, and you could walk by it without hardly even noticing.  It's far enough back from South Temple that it feels set apart and private, and it is one of the most gorgeous pioneer-era homes I have ever seen.  Here are a few of my favorite detail shots from Kara and Chris' wedding reception there.





Thomas worked in a cabinet and carpentry shop for a couple years when he was in college, and he kept freaking out about all the woodwork in the mansion.  I don't know much about moldings or other things like that, but I do know it was all fabulous!  


Not much beats an awesome patio for an indoor-outdoor reception.  I thought this location had the perfect mix of space inside and outside.







The catering from Temple Square Hospitality was superb.  Truly amazing food....







Cool place, cool day, cool clients. Stay tuned for the rest of the photos from the reception.






Brittany & Scott- Summer Wedding Reception at Springville Museum of Art

  Brittany and Scott's wedding reception at the Springville Art Museum was beautiful, and full of gorgeous color and details.  There was nothing overdone or over the top; everything was wonderfully put together.






It almost never fails- every time you cut the cake, you've always got the peanut gallery supervising to make sure the job is done right.  .... And to taste that it was done right.  Right?




So, near the end of the reception we managed to sneak out for just a few minutes and take a few night shots outside on the grounds around the museum.  We had a beautiful clear night with an awesomely bright moon.



I've said it before, but if there are any brides-to-be here stalking the blog and making little notations of what to do and not to do- here's a HUGE one:


If at your reception you can include lots of lights all around different places, it will make your photos 1134% better, and your photographer 9999% happier.  Bistro lights, little twinkle lights (like we have in the background here below), lots of candles or lamps... it's doesn't really matter.  However, the addition of some nice muted lights in the background turns a good photo into a really stellar one.  It will make the difference of having a well lit (if your photographer knows what they are doing) person in front of a dark (or completely black) background, and a well lit person standing in front of a interesting background with depth and texture to it.  Light, or the lack thereof, is everything.



This next one might be my favorite.  There aren't too many people willing to just hang out in the center lane on a busy road getting their photo taken as cars go whizzing by, but something about this photo below just blows my mind.  Maybe it's the sheer attitude that these two have.  Such a cool couple!



And of course, as we were having fun taking a few awesome photos by ourselves, Brittany and Jordan's friends were having fun by themselves with Jordan's car. :D








Heidi & Steve Reception Details



So sorry for being incommunicado!  We headed out to Austin for a wedding this weekend, and the blog was shamefully neglected.  But never fear!  New and exciting posts will be shared!  First up- a few favorites from the details gallery from Heidi and Steve's wedding at Sleepy Ridge.








Gotta love the porch outside the Garden Room during the blue hour!








Sleepy Ridge Wedding Reception Details

  I love the Garden Room at the Sleepy Ridge Reception Center, it's got some amazing light and really gives an airy, elegant feel to a reception.  The details at Kandis and Greg's reception were beautiful and complemented the location perfectly.


Here are a couple favorites...




















Holli & David: Vintage and Retro Reception Details

  Just to continue gushing from last night, the details for Holli and David's reception were just so fun and so well done.  It didn't just have a lot of "cutesy vintage touches", but had lots of genuine and beautiful Americana elements.  It was around the 4th of July, after all!  And what could be more perfect to ride away in than a pristine red vintage Cadillac?



The food was absolutely amazing, but the best part?  This locomotive barbeque!




As you can see, the whole layout was very open, and just reminded me of what I picture when I think of an old-time southern barbeque or big extended family party.  I loved the setting they created for the receiving line here below.  Very artistic and full of color!!! I'm told that David himself actually painted most of these.... I wonder if he knew what he was getting into when he proposed?  Apparently he was awake at 7 am ON HIS WEDDING DAY to help set up this amazing reception.  Along with many other people, of course.  SO much work went into it, and I thought it went off perfectly.



You can get a little preview of David's reception suit here on the right...  Thomas thought it was perfect.  He is a huge fan of the "trad" or classic "prep" look (or so he tells me).  All I can say is that David looked fantastic, and I loved the lighter suit.




Despite how much I loved the vibrant colors everywhere, I really really liked Holli's bouquet (which didn't have ANY strong colors, just mostly shades of white).  It was so elegant, and I felt was a great counterpoint to everything else.






Ok, stay tuned tomorrow for some favorite photos from the rest of the reception!






Millennial Falls Wedding Details

  The interior of the reception center at Millennial Falls was outstanding.  If you are planning a wedding in Salt Lake County near Draper, you may want to check them out.  It's apparently all-inclusive, so they took care of the catering, the cake, flowers, and even did an ice sculpture for Tara and Chris.



The cake was gorgeous, and I loved the ballroom that they had it in.  Don't you look at the photo on the left and just sort of say to yourself, "wow"?






I may be a sucker for beautiful wood floors, but exquisite stone tile and gorgeous reflections aren't bad either.




I kind of want an ice sculture now.  A big one, with my face on it.  Maybe we can squeeze in Thomas there somewhere, but mostly me. :)



Chris and Tara gave out these custom decks of cards as favors, and so I had to steal a deck for a couple of photos....



However after seeing me set up the last shot, Chris and Tara's friends suggested a small substitution that might be more fitting.



Final installment of the big party and this awesome night to come.  Chris and Tara certainly knew how to get down with their bad selves on the dance floor, so we'll have some fun pictures to share with y'all.





Spring Wedding Highlights


Realized we never did a post for Amy and Jordan's wedding!  Here are a few highlights from their spring wedding at the Salt Lake Temple.





















It's the little things that matter

  More photos from the reception will follow, but the details at Alexandra and Tyrel's wedding reception were so involved and so beautiful I felt I needed to dedicate a post just for them.  The reception was at Alexandra's house in Las Vegas, and her backyard was perfect for it.


Someone must have climbed up into these trees and spent hours hanging all these little crystals.  The whole effect was breathtaking!

All the perfect touches.






I LOVED the fruit skewer bouquets! I'd never seen something like them before... beautiful, colorful, and delicious!!



With all the lights they has placed around the yard, things just got better as the sun went down!