Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…
We actually just celebrated our seven year anniversary, so we had been together for over 6 years when we got married and we can’t decide whether or not to change our anniversary date. We live right outside of Salt Lake City, UT with our shaggy dog and two cats.
Bryer works in sales and I am an interior designer. We are complete opposites, so we balance each other out extremely well. Our officiant asked us to describe each other in five words for the ceremony and when he read off our lists, it was almost comical how each description countered or paired with the other. Bryer is extremely intelligent, rational and responsible – while I am creative, passionate and quick to act. We live a simple life where we work hard, relax hard and try our best to celebrate the little things.
Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details…
We love love love Sun Valley, so when Bryer’s aunt and uncle agreed to let us have our wedding at their home – we where completely overjoyed. I am originally from New Jersey and most of Bryer’s family lives in Utah so the wedding was a destination for almost all of the attendees. Our hope was that the wedding would be a time for our family and friends to take a weekend off to get together and enjoy all that Sun Valley has to offer. We all spent the entire weekend laughing, eating, and enjoying the outdoors.
We envisioned the wedding day as an elegant, backyard wedding with amazing food, great music and simple decor. We wanted the design to build directly off the location, so we focused on the field, their log home and flower filled yard. I spent the past year collecting votives and bread boards for the tables.
Emmily sourced the most amazing linen table clothes, marble votives, and ceramic salt dishes. I wanted the florals to feel collected, as well as a bit undone and having all the bridesmaids create the bouquets was really special. Our families worked together to build a light canopy for our dinner, my parents built the most amazing bar and everyone danced the night away next to the pond/pool. It was perfect.
Tell us about your main outfits:
My dress was one of the first dresses I tried on. I was looking for something that was simple, yet whimsical, yet elegant. I fell in love with the color first, then the beadwork, and lastly – but mostly the sheer fringe. I had a seamstress completely rework the top and add straps. It fit like a glove.
Bryer and the rest of the guys wore navy suits, white shirts and no ties. We felt like they should be in suits for the occasion, but ties definitely seemed like too much for a backyard wedding.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?
My mom made the flower girls’ dresses and she put an incredible amount of detail into them. I recently boxed them up to store them and if I have daughters, they will wear them all the time.
We took a few minutes to ourselves under the light canopy after it got dark. Some of our closest friends joined us soon after, it was a like an intimate party within a huge party and we’ll always remember that.
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?
We both think that it is important to focus on your marriage rather than your wedding. The event is so much fun and the memories are so amazing, but in the end it’s about building a life together.
Photographer: Matt & Tish | Celebrant: David Hanks | Entertainment: Nathan Hudson | Month-of-coordinator: Emmily Jones, The Gatherist | Cake: Hank & Sylvies | Hair and makeup: Nicolette Fratto | Wedding dress: Rivini | Bridal boutique: Alta Moda Bridal | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Earrings: Nordstrom | Engagement ring: Shane Co. | Groom’s suit: Top Man | Wedding rings: Consider the Wldflwrs | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Show Me Your Mumu