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What an adventure so far!
Our second week has been a lot of fun – minus Michael was gone for work… again. But he shows up at the end of this video, so check it out! This week we’ve set a lot of appointments, gotten more organized with our calendaring and planning, prepared for engagement pictures, and more.
The video below just highlights some of the things we’ve done this week, but below you’ll find a convenient bullet-point overview of everything we’ve done so far (including things from our first week). Some of our viewers have requested we do this and we thought it was a great idea. Thanks for the feedback!
Week Overviews (these are just what Michael and I are personally using – there may be other great options out there. If you know of some, we’d love to hear! )
- Tell your family and friends you’re engaged
- Take time to soak in the fact that YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!!
- Set date with Temple for our marriage – January 10, 2014!!
- Talk to EVERYONE you know that has ever planned a wedding, knows anyone in the wedding business and/or whom is in the wedding business themselves. You’ll find some great pointers and maybe even some deals!
- Ask for help from family and friends to search for things you know you need (ex: mom called dress shops)
- Look for checklists online that can help you in your wedding planning process
- Set budget
- Create Google docs to share with each other to compile budget, vendor, music info
- Picked out colors – Orange and Mint Green
- Found photographer for engagement pictures
- Found a friend to design invitations and print them
- Have a Pinterest party every day to find things for the big day! (lunch breaks work great for this)
- Set appointment with wedding event coordinator at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building
- Booked Sharon/Manchester room at Joseph Smith Memorial Building for reception
- Start considering menu options
- Set appointment with Flowers Squared
- Set appointments with dress shops
- Tell family the colors to wear at the reception so they can start looking for their clothes
- Use any spare time to research and plan (lunch breaks are a HUGE time for this)
- Create Google address list compiler form from Google.com/weddings
- Use checklist from Weddingwire.com to make sure you’re on track with getting everything done in time
- Keep track of budget and vendors on our shared Google docs
- Put appointments and to-dos in your personal calendar. Using a digital calendar of some sort is nice because you’ll get notification reminders of when you need to start doing things. But really, any calendar is a MUST. You’ll never stay organized with out it.
- Solidify date, time, place with engagement photographer
- Pick out clothes for engagement pictures
We’re taking our engagement pictures tomorrow and I’m also going dress shopping, so check in with us on WEEK 3 to see how that goes!
FYI on invitations: We’ve heard from several people to send out invitations 3 weeks before your wedding, so we have to prepare for this by making sure pictures, printing, and stuffing the envelopes all happen within a reasonable amount of time to make this happen. This is how we’ve created our time table for picture taking.
I just got engaged to my best friend and I am way beyond excited!!
My name is Jessica Hunt and I’ve worked as the administrative/marketing assistant for Temple Square Hospitality for just over 3 years. The president of our corporation set me up on a blind date a year and a half ago with this cute, funny boy named Mike Doxey, and now he is my fiance!
We want to take you along for the ride as we plan our wedding at Temple Square in just 10 weeks!! The big day is January 10th and we have A LOT to do! We’re going to record all of our fun, crazy, stressful, exciting preparations and post them to this blog each week as a reference for those planning their own weddings at Temple Square, and/or for those who just want to see what this whole story is about.
Here at Temple Square Hospitality, we feel this story will be entertaining to follow and a nice insider into how Temple Square Hospitality can make your dream wedding come true. I’ve seen many couples get married and have their celebrations here in our venues, The Joseph Smith Memorial Building and the Lion House, but I’ve never experienced it myself. I don’t fully know how the entire process works, but we’re about to find out. So we invite you to join us on this adventure!
Temple Square Hospitality provides the following services that Michael and I will be using: Joseph Smith Memorial Building Catering, Floral Department – Flowers Squared, Event Coordinators and of course, the actual venue: The Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
Check out the video below to see what we’ve been up to for our first week as an engaged couple. And don’t forget to read below how he proposed!
Michael is kind of a big sweetheart. He probably won’t like me professing that to the world, but… he’s out of town right now so there is nothing he can do about it. And plus, it’s true.
About a month ago we decided we wanted to get married. Yay! Of course I immediately told my mom and sister because I was so excited I couldn’t contain myself. Michael and I decided we’d wait to tell everyone else until we actually had a ring and made it official.
We went to the ring shop where he used to work and we told the owner what kind of ring we were thinking of purchasing. It was a pretty unique concept, but he said he could make anything we wanted. So then we just waited. and waited. and waited. and waited. It was SOOOO hard to not tell anyone we were getting married during this time, but we knew we wanted to wait for the ring.
Looking back now, I’m so glad we had a few weeks to just let things soak in. I decided I wasn’t going to take time to plan the wedding too much until we got the ring. Of course we talked a lot about getting married and what we both wanted, but we didn’t feel pressured to make decisions; it was just so nice to let it all soak in. I mean, this is probably the biggest decision in anyone’s life so it’s nice to just take time to think about things – what we want, what we’ll do, how we’ll handle certain situations, etc…
After about 3 weeks I was getting a little antsy to get things started. Michael would tease me all the time about that, but he totally felt the same way. Though we were grateful for the “soak-it-all-in” stage, we both felt that stage was well spent, so let’s get the show on the road! But we tried to be patient. We still had to wait for the ring.
On Saturday, October 26th, it was a gorgeous fall day. My sister had asked if I could bring mom over to her house to tend the kids. Sure. Nothing out of the ordinary. Michael was coming over around that same time so I asked if he’d be cool coming with me to drop her off. He was game for that.
We pulled up to my sisters house and 3 of her 4 kids came running out to greet us. I love those little munchkins! The oldest is 8, then the next is 6, the third 3 and the fourth just turned 1. They did their usual excited yells, “Grandma, Jessie, Michael!”. Then they did their more recent usual greetings, “Did Michael propose yet?”. ha ha…I was so used to this question that I didn’t think anything of it. I just explained he couldn’t propose yet because we didn’t have the ring. Then the 8 year-old, Megan, said, “Well, I think he should propose today.” I just laughed.
We got in the house and Megan said the same thing, “I think he should propose today. Right now.” The other kids were saying similar things. Michael asked the 3 year-old, Haley, “Well, what do you think, Haley?”. My ears perked up. Why was he egging them on? Wait a minute…Haley says, “Yeah!”. My heart leaped. Michael put Haley down and said, “OK”. I couldn’t believe it! He then pulled a box from his back pocket and knelt on one knee and said, “Jessie, will you marry me?”. I was so shocked he had the ring! Oh my goodness! The first thing out of my mouth was, “Michael Doxey!!” I was so surprised. “Yes! Of course!”, I exclaimed. I was so happy! We gave each other a huge hug and kiss. My family was all around taking pictures and making those happy “awe” noises in the background. Wow! What a surprise! He did good – real good. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I think he’s a keeper.
Photographed by Elizabeth Taylor Frandsen – etfphotography.com
This stunning couple had their reception in The Joseph Smith Memorial Building Empire Room, a wedding luncheon in The Garden Restaurant and Gorgeous pictures through out Temple Square. Absolutely breath taking.
Kara and Chris had a fairytale wedding reception at The Devereaux Mansion this year. As the first mansion built in Utah, the Devereaux holds a rich history and timeless memories, making it the perfect location for celebrating the biggest day of your life. Take a look at how Kara and Chris made their fairytale a reality…
All photographs by Whitney Lewis – http://whitneylewisphotography.com/
Another beautiful wedding at The Lion House Gardens! This couple had a gorgeous foliage arch, accenting the wonderful gardens around the entire vicinity. Great idea, perfect setting!
View their love story below!
“Josiah and I met through a friend of ours at the climbing gym. We went climbing several times in a group then just by ourselves which ended up turning into a date. Josiah and I had this great rapport and were in near constant communication from the time we started dating. He proposed on Memorial day at the place we first kissed. He was studying for the bar during most of our engagement but despite that was very helpful in planning our wedding.
Once we decided on the Salt Lake temple, I knew I wanted to have our dinner at the Lion House. I’d been to a friend’s wedding luncheon years before at the Lion House and loved it. It didn’t hurt that it was my mother-in-law’s favorite restaurant either. We also had a lovely ring ceremony outdoors prior to our dinner upstairs. The whole style of the Lion House is elegant, understated Victorian and the room was very lovely. As always, the food was fabulous. I’m a huge fan of the rolls! It was great to be able to relax and just enjoy the moment with loved ones.”
There has been a huge fall wedding trend. Something about this colorful season and the crispness in the air makes this a truly captivating, fun time for a wedding.
One thing to realize is that fall wedding trends and designs are very different from traditional summer weddings. Take centerpieces for example. In the summer, the classic glass vase may be the perfect container for your centerpiece. However, that isn’t necessarily the case during the fall. Unique containers such as copper pots, silver trophy cups, urns, pots and wooded containers are popular.
If you do decide to use a glass vase, enhance the fall feeling by adding a touch of the field to it: wheat berries, millet, or even corn for the base.
Fall bouquets are also a little different than the summer and springtime picks. Many brides decide to stick with the fall color scheme containing orange, plum, brick, and red. These bouquets can be more structured than the loosely tied English garden medley often chosen for summer bouquets. Rather than leaving the stems exposed, wrapping them with fabric, sashes, or ribbons is a popular choice. The same goes for the groomsmen boutonnieres.
Some fun fall wedding favors
Garden weddings have a way of creating a fairytale…
Nothing compares to the fresh, cozy feeling of a backyard…but when you add beautiful linens, gorgeous floral arrangements, and of course, great food and company, you’ve got yourself something special. That backyard turns into a majestic garden party where fond memories will be created and never forgotten.
Here at The Lion House, we love creating these enchanting “fairytale” weddings. Throughout the summer and into the first part of Fall, we host garden receptions, wedding luncheons, wedding dinners and civil ceremonies.
With gorgeous mature trees, beautiful flower beds and plenty of space, you and your guests will delight in the charming ambiance of this wonderful setting.
Our event coordinators love helping every bride design the perfect look for their garden event. And yes, we do offer a back-up indoor location in The Lion House in case of inclement weather. This way all of your bases are covered.
Also, our full-service floral department can take care of all your floral needs, from personal flowers to centerpieces.
Call for an appointment and/or more information today!
The Lion House Event Coordinators: 801.539.3250 Click here to visit The Lion House Garden’s website
63 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
Shorter trains and veils are popular as are pretty boleros and shawls, for cold weather wraps of faux-fur, velvet and heavy satin. Pearls, rhinestones and crystals remain at the top jewelry choice. Crystal brooches are also a popular accent on the dress, in the hair or on the bouquet handle.
All images are from LatterDay Bride