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Real Wedding: Amanda + Andrew

 

THE COUPLE

Amanda and Andrew met at a party at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and Andrew kept returning to the same house hoping to see her again. They hit it off for the rest of their college years, and moved to Denver together after they graduated. 11 years after they met, Andrew proposed in Steamboat Springs while at dinner celebrating selling their first home. “Andy is a very private person, so it was really special for me that he proposed in public like that,” Amanda says. “It came as a total surprise, because I was really happy with our life and hadn’t pushed him on it at all.”

THE WEDDING

CRYING WALKING DOWN THE AISLE from Branson Maxwell on Vimeo.

The couple traveled to Park City for a small wedding at the Washington School House Hotel in June 2018. Amanda fell in love with the bright venue after seeing it online, and her wedding-day color scheme reflects that. “The moody colors and dark photos that are trendy right now are not our style, and not what I wanted to capture,” she says. Instead, she mirrored the natural light of the venue with soft blush florals, elegant gold bridesmaids’ gowns and ocean blue accents. “I wanted the setting to feel very romantic, and for our guests to feel love and happiness being there.”

Amanda walked down the aisle to “God Only Knows” in a clean-cut Rosa Clara gown with a dramatic low back. Her niece Izzy acted as flower girl, wearing a floral and greenery crown that matched the bridal bouquet, and watched as the couple exchanged handwritten vows in front of 50 family members and friends.

THE MOOD

“Our venue made the reception feel like a giant house party,” Amanda says. “I remember dancing and having meaningful conversations with everyone there.”

The reception was a fun and youthful celebration. Amanda and Andy are all about adventure, and their 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon (affectionately called Bertha) was a huge part of the wedding. Their engagement, formal and bridal party photos were taken with the van, and she even got her own greenery crown. VW van confetti with the couple’s initials was spread across all of the tables, and the silhouette was subtly incorporated into much of the décor. The feminine blush tones in the floral design added just enough elegance to take the reception from basement bash to the soiree of a lifetime.

THE CUISINE

The couple had a traditional wedding dinner menu, but were sure to have lots of options. “A lot of my family came all the way from Florida, and I wanted to make sure we were accommodating of everyone,” Amanda says. There were chicken, red meat and fish options, but a must have for the couple was an open bar.

“We had signature cocktails, but nothing too cheeky.” A classic margarita for Andy, and sweet tea vodka with lemonade to represent Amanda and her southern charm. The cake was a clean-cut masterpiece with one layer of chocolate ganache on chocolate cake, and another of yellow cake with berry filling.

THE TUNES

Changing Lanes learned “Steal Away” by Robbie Dupree for the couple’s first dance, and played the Beatles and Jackson 5 for the father-daughter and mother-son numbers. “Changing Lanes made the reception a blast, they were absolutely phenomenal to learn all of those songs for us,” Amanda says.

Amanda’s favorite moment of the day was cutting the cake. “It was the first time since the ceremony that everyone was in one room together,” she says. “It was so special to look around and see all of the people I love together, celebrating with me on the happiest day of my life.”

Keep scrolling on for more gorgeous shots of the bright + white celebration.

 

VENDORS

Photos and Video by Branson Maxwell

Planner: Danielle Maffucio

Gown: Rosa Clara from Emma and Grace

Tuxedo: The Black Tux

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman 

Venue: Washington School House Hotel

Rentals: Alpine Event Rentals

Floral: Lilac Floral

Hair: Vince Abram

Makeup: Anya Makeup

Bridesmaids Gowns: Weddington Way

Vows Books: Seniman Calligraphy on Etsy

Rings: Siebke Hoyt Jeweler 

Flower Girl Dress: JJs House

Custom Confetti: Creative Confetti on Etsy

Cake: Callie Mundy

Cake Topper: The Duo Studio, Etsy

Megan Bartholomew
Megan Hulse Bartholomew is the web editor for Utah Bride & Groom and Utah Style & Design magazines. She recently graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in English and Journalism, and is currently trying to catch up on 5+ years of pleasure reading.

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