How did you decide on your GLL gown and accessories?
I had seen pictures of the Inca gown on Pinterest a few years before I got engaged, and it was my dream dress. After I got engaged I knew I had to have it. It was perfect, so light with beautiful lace, and I always wanted a low back, long sleeved dress. The rest of my accessories were really simple, just some gold bracelets that have been in my family for a long time.
Describe your look in three words…
Natural, carefree, romantic.
How did he propose?
My birthday is two days after Christmas, & Ben had planned a birthday dinner in Park City, Utah. We took a sleigh ride up to the top of the mountain through the snow, and had an intimate, 5 course dinner in a viking yurt-a super cute and cozy Scandinavian decorated tent. After the appetizers, Ben suggested we go outside to look at the stars & falling snow. He said some cute words and talked about our life together, and then got down on one knee and proposed!
What was your goal for your wedding / what was the most important aspect to you?
To share our love with all of our close friends and family; enjoying the day and the location. In regards to the theme, I wanted to bring in meaningful touches. I used water colour and painted our invitations and welcome signage. My mom and aunt wrote out all of the seating place cards. Ben built the arbor himself out of cedar, I was wearing my great-grandma, grandma, & mother’s jewellery. One of Ben’s Groomsmen wrote a song about our long-distance relationship, and sang it while playing the guitar for the first time during the reception. It was so personal and beautiful -one of the best gifts I’ve received in my whole life.
The funniest moments on the day were…
My family is from Sweden, so they had come in a week prior and were staying with us. My mom was cooking breakfast in the morning for everyone, and accidentally burnt the last piece of toast left, that she was making for me. She was like, ‘Well, here is the delicious breakfast for the bride on her big day,’ I was laughing so hard I was crying. Also, in the middle of the ceremony, my 2 year old nephew (who was also the ring bearer) walked out into the centre of the aisle and lifted up his shirt so he could show everyone his belly button. He was the star of the show!
What was the most stressful part to planning?
Compromising with both families that had different ideas of how a wedding should be. Once we solved that, we had to change our venue 3 weeks before the wedding (it was originally further up in the mountains, in a remote but upscale cabin) There was too much snow, so we very fortunately able to have it in my sister-in-law’s parent’s backyard. They have a beautiful home in Northern Utah. Figuring out the details last minute, communicating to the guests, changing travel plans, and having to rent everything (dance floor, drink-ware, linens, portable restrooms, decorations, lighting, DJ, chairs, etc.) was stressful. Thankfully family and friends were a huge help.
Any top beauty/health/fitness or wedding preparation advice that you can share…
I got my hair highlighted 3 weeks before the ceremony, to give it extra time to repair and look natural. Ben and I live close to lots of pretty trails, so we went on hikes almost every day to stay in shape and get some sun together.
A GLL woman is to you…
Unique and forever happy, because she is wearing the most comfortable gown on the best day of her life!
Any last advice or words of wisdom that you can share…
Hire a day-of-coordinator. I wasn’t able to last minute and I would have loved to have one. Make sure your guests are comfortable in any situation, it was hotter than anticipated, and I wish I had fans or sun umbrellas for the ceremony. I’m so happy I hired a high quality photographer and videographer, it was worth the money. The whole day goes by so fast, enjoy every second and try not to stress about minor details. Sharing your life with someone and starting such a huge adventure together is incredible-nothing is better than kicking it off with a great celebration.
GLL gown: Inca
The Groom wore: Luciano Barbera (Slim fit two button wool silk suit in navy blue)
Photographer: Chloe Anne Allen from The Copper Creative
Videographer: Bri Ribbons from The Copper Creative
Venue: My Sister-in-Law’s parent’s backyard
Florist: Lund Floral
Hair & Makeup: Nicolette Paige Fratto
Catering: Chef Kate Scharenbroich (Body Nourish)