Simple, classic and elegant – all perfectly describe this day of love and romance. With a fresh, modern take on a traditional style, this backyard bash combined outdoor florals with detailed French décor to create the perfect summer wedding.
Jared and Eden originally met in junior high. The two were friends throughout high school, but never dated until they reconnected a few years later through mutual friends. “We knew each other for almost 10 years but never dated,” Eden says. They were together for a year before Jared popped the question at the Grand America Hotel courtyard in Salt Lake City. “He had it completely covered in rose petals with candles lit. There he was in the middle of a rose circle waiting to propose. My friend had me tricked that we were going to a conference at the hotel so I was taken by surprise to see him there,” Eden recalls. The couple were engaged for four months before officially tying the knot.
When it came time to plan the reception, Jared and Eden knew they wanted an outdoor summer wedding. For their venue, they settled on a backyard in the hill of Bountiful. “We chose it because of the beautiful mountain views and large layout. It felt perfect for a summer wedding,” Eden explains. The decor highlights of the wedding were French floral accents with modern twists throughout, with the couple using French blue, white, tans and just a hint of gold in some of their décor. “We tried to incorporate as much of the blue florals into the layout as we could (linens, bridesmaids dresses, vases.) We loved the French toile print,” Eden says.
In terms of cuisine, the newlyweds decided on wood fire pizza as the main course along with soft serve ice cream for dessert. The pizza was catered by FIORE pizza and included three options — Pepperoni, Bianco, and a sweet corn and bacon pizza — along with individual Caesar salads prepared for the guests. To sweeten things up, the couple brought in soft serve ice cream machines equipped with chocolate, vanilla and twist flavors. The grand finale was a two-layer white cake with raspberry filling and white buttercream.
It takes a great wedding party to put on a party worth remembering. For Eden and Jared, it was important to be surrounded by friends and family on their big day. “I had the world’s best bridesmaids. I could not have asked for a more helpful and loving group of girls that went completely above and beyond to make my day perfect,” Eden exclaims. One particular bridesmaid, Hailey Beesley, even went so far as to design a customized cake stand for the couple. “I loved the unique cake stand she designed for me. It was a crowd favorite,” Eden recalls.
Cake: Natalie Twogood | @twogoodcakes
Linens: RSVP Party Rentals | @rsvppartyrentals
Gown: Customized and created personally by Amber Pratt at ALP Bridal | @ALPbridalsalon
Photo: Jordynn Christensen | @jordybphoto
Video: Kassidee Geurts | @kassideemariefilms
Floral: Aleesha Emery | @alittleflowerfloraldesign
All other rentals (tables, chairs, equipment, dance floor, etc.): Diamond Party and Event Rental
Pizza: FIORE Wood Fired Pizza
Cake Stand: Customized by Hailey Beesley