These two sweethearts are the perfect match! One extroverted, one a little less than extroverted but both so full of love! We planned a soft and sweet wedding at an industrial venue for 150 guests. The venue is an old steam plant with polished concrete floors, tall windows, exposed brick and a really awesome bar. We added some feminine quality to the surroundings with vintage furniture, pink and mauve florals, a ton of greenery, gold elements and dainty napkins. Their sweetheart table was placed in front of their ceremony arch which was decorated by floral hoops. So much pretty!

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

We were lucky enough to find a venue that we immediately fell in love with! (it was the first and only venue we checked out!) The building fit our theme perfectly. A refinished steam plant that had an industrial chic vibe with walls of exposed brick and beams, iconic arched windows, and seemingly endless open space we could shape into our dream wedding. We did not incorporate any specific traditions, but family is a big part of both of our lives and we made sure that that was reflected in our big day.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Our decor seemed to compliment the already stunning venue. We incorporated gold accents to tie our decor together, whether it was in center pieces, the sweetheart table, or decorative signs. We had a “mom’s day” with both of our mothers to create the floral hanging hoops backdrop for our ceremony. We also constructed similar floral arrangements for our welcome sign and card box! Jess and her mother grew up doing crafts together, and being able to ‘DIY’ important decor for the day held a lot of meaning for them both.


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

We both love greenery in our day to day lives- especially eucalyptus- so we used that as a focus to tie all of our floral pieces together. Our florist created gorgeous bridal bouquets for us both. They complimented each others perfectly with similar pieces we both love (ranunculus’, anemones, and silver dollar eucalyptus) while still making each one unique! One of our favorite parts of the floral decor was the fresh, twenty foot garlands made of multiple eucalyptus types (silver dollar, nagi, willow, and seeded) that ran the length of the two head tables. Not only did it smell aromatic, but it was a great way to make our family tables stand out. All of the floral decor had accents of our color pallet, mauve and ivory, to bring together the theme. Jess’ floral request was “all the eucalyptus”, and our florist did not disappoint!


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We included several things throughout our day to personalize our wedding and bring all of our guests together. One part that was important to both of us was having one of our good friends, Vincent Haddad, act as officiant for us. After graduating from the prestigious “online ordainment” with no prior experience, he delivered a touching and eloquent speech that encompassed our relationship and love perfectly. One unique idea that our DJ had pitched, which initially sounded cheesy, was doing a “photobomb song”. It turned out great and gave all of our guests a chance to jump up and be silly with us. We ended up with tons of hilariously memorable photos!

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

Initially, Jess was set on a non-traditional look, even suggesting a red dress. While shopping with her mother and grandmother, she found an elegant ivory gown that incorporated a floral design in the illusion top with buttons extending all the way down the train. Despite her initial plans for something very different, Jess fell in love with this dress and its’ delicate yet dramatic design.


Jamie, on the other hand, had decided on a traditional look from the beginning. Shopping is not her favorite past time, and after several bridal shops, and even unknowingly trying on Jess’s wedding gown (she said it was too plain! – and will be reminded of that forever), she went back to the first dress she tried on. The mermaid fit of the gown, with delicate sparkling accents on top of layers of lace, made for a sophisticated take on a classic wedding gown. Another small detail was our matching nude heels for the ceremony, and classic white Keds (a personal favorite of ours) for the reception!


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

The old fashioned way- online.Jamie has always joked about her retirement hobby as a birdwatcher. In this future vision, Jess is always the side-kick, terrified of birds, but supportive of her eccentric wife. Jamie only had the ring in her possession for 24 hours with plans of proposing on a hike to Angel’s Landing later that spring on a trip to Zion National Park. After a long day of work, and the ring in the back of her mind, she decided it couldn’t wait! Jess had worked a long night shift and was shaken awake with Jamie’s plans of going to a bird watching event at a local Metropark. Being the supportive, but less than thrilled partner, she agreed. On a chilly and nearly birdless day in March, with no birdwatching event actually taking place, we walked the park until we found a perfect bench to sit. After Jamie set up her camera and remote “to catch the birds in flight” she completely surprised Jess and got down on one knee. Sealing her fate as a future bird watcher.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

It was important for us both to have a private, intimate first look before the exciting activities of the day took over. It was a special moment to spend together and truly appreciate the commitment we were about to make to each other. We knew we would be surrounded by the love of our friends and family, and it was important for us to have that short time together to savor. Looking back, those moments, saved in photographs, remind us of this intimate start of our married life.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Our biggest recommendation in terms of wedding planning would be to have a wedding planner! Not only was Karen Collins of KMC Weddings and Events the backbone of the entire planning process, but we could give her scrambled, tiny details of ideas, and she would put everything into a finalized plan to fit exactly what we wanted. It was so relieving to be able to simply enjoy ourselves and our day and not have to focus or even think about the timeline or any small details. Even our mothers, who were initially hesitant to the idea of someone else being in charge, ended up loving it all! They both got to enjoy the day, celebrate with their friends and families, and not worry about a thing! In terms of advice for couples planning their wedding, never stop dating your partner. The wedding planning process is long and at times very stressful, but remember why you started in the first place. Take time away from the planning to continue dating each other and taking the time for your relationship. Over six months into our marriage, despite stressful new jobs, graduating, and contemplating major life moves, we have continued to make the time to plan special moments for each other.