Danielle, a TV news reporter, met Chase while she was reporting on a story in Gilbert, AZ. After shooting, he asked for her number. Caught off guard, Danielle wasn’t sure it would go anywhere, but the first date was a hit. After a few months of dating, Chase proposed at a jack-o-lantern contest in October of 2017. “They told me I was going to be a judge, and put a blindfold on me,” Danielle says. “I was convinced there was going to be a trick or a haunted house when I took the blindfold off!” But when she opened her eyes, she got a very different surprise: Chase on one knee, in front of carved pumpkins spelling out the big question. Danielle said yes amid cheers from their friends, and the couple travelled to Disneyland together soon after.
The couple were married the weekend of March 16, 2018 in Utah. “The biggest reason I want to share how I did things is because I am LDS, but my family is not,” Danielle says. “Traditionally, members of the LDS church get married in a temple, and have a simple reception afterward. I personally didn’t feel that was enough for my family, because we are so close.”
Danielle’s family had dreamed of throwing a big wedding for their daughter, and she didn’t want to take that dream. So, she had a two-day event. On Friday, March 16, Danielle and Chase were married in the Manti, Utah LDS temple, and had a dinner with their closest friends and family that night. On March 17, they had a traditional wedding ceremony and reception at Chase’s relatives home in Saratoga Springs. Danielle’s father was able to walk her down the aisle, and everyone the couple loved was able to be involved.
“Splitting the days made everything that much more special, and got rid of any awkwardness or hurt that may have been there,” Danielle shared. She also wore two separate gowns, both from Alta Moda, in an effort to give each day its own special memories. “It was so important to me that each day had its own memories, and I didn’t want either day to take away from the other.”
Her elegant temple ceremony gown was from the Divine Atelier collection, and her flirty blush pink ring ceremony gown was Hayley Paige.
“I don’t like things to be too flashy, so everything was very neutral,” says Danielle. The wedding had a lot of blush, cream and black, with a truly rustic feel. Danielle says that Chase is a “farm boy” at heart, so the wedding’s mood was fitting to both of their personalities. The reception was housed in the home’s tulle-clad garage, lit by romantic strings of light and full of wooden tables for guests to take their places. Guests were welcomed by hand-drawn chalk signs directing them to seats and refreshments. The gift table included a honeymoon fund for the couple’s Montana getaway, and they rode away to their rustic vacation in Chase’s truck. “I had so many friends who planned early morning flights to far away places right after their weddings, but we just wanted to relax,” Danielle says. “My family has a home in Montana, so we hopped in the truck together and drove up for a week of snowboarding and relaxing. It was so nice to just have some downtime together after the craziness of the wedding.”
WaffleLove catered Danielle and Chase’s reception in their signature truck. The company offered avocado toast waffles and grilled cheese waffles for savory-loving guests, and a variety of dessert waffles for those with a sweet tooth. The event also had a baked potato bar and a hot chocolate bar, with other small snacks and refreshments to sample while the couple finished up with photos. Their cake, by Steph’s Cake Creations, was confetti and cherry-almond flavored, and though the couple only got one bite, they say it was a hit with their guests.
The couple had a family friend, Spencer Crump of Pulsar Audio provide the music for their ceremony. Their first dance was to “Run” by George Strait, and they had a fun break in the middle grooving to “Be Humble” by Kendrick Lamar. Danielle and her father danced together to “Stuck on You” by Elvis, and Chase and his mother danced to “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion.
Temple Gown: Divine Atelier from Alta Moda
Ceremony Gown: Hayley Paige from Alta Moda
Groom’s Ring: Rustic and Main
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss, from Nordstrom
Florals: Garden Gate Floral
Cake: Steph’s Cake Creations
Hair: Karin Boyle, Krazy for Hair
Makeup: Simply Mindy K
Alterations: Haunted Head Fashions
Photos: Simply Shelby Photography
DJ: Pulsar Audio