Utah Bride and Groom

The Game Changers in Utah’s Wedding Industry

Local visionaries transforming the wedding scene, locally and beyond. 

SHRED TO WED

“C’mon now, you can do anything for 30 seconds!” Christopher Olsen shouts into his mobile mic over the sounds of dance-club beats and blasting fans. If you’re looking to crush your big-day fitness goals (and max out calories on your smartwatch), meet Shred415.

Olsen and his BFF-turned-business-partner Adria Swindle knew Shred415 was a perfect fit for Salt Lake. “We both love to travel and enjoy trying new fitness studios when we travel. When we took our first Shred415 class in Chicago, we were immediately sold and knew that we needed to bring this concept to the Salt Lake fitness community,” Swindle says.

Skull crushers, anyone? Every Shred415 workout incorporates 4 intervals of 15-minute rounds (hence, the “415”) between cardio on Woodway treadmills and strength exercises on “decks” that include burpees, hammer curls, jumping squats, up-downs, mountain climbers, skaters and so on. The Millcreek space is purposely small, but packs a punch as the lights go dim and the music pumps.

“Shred415 is more than a workout. We welcome and encourage people of all fitness levels. Lights are dimmed, music is loud and our certified instructors are there to motivate and help clients achieve their individual fitness goals,” Olsen says. “We also offer childcare, towel service and many more amenities to make your workout experience enjoyable.” shred415.com

How to SHRED for the Big Day:

Shred to WEd is a program that brides and grooms can experience for the three months leading up t their wedding day. The program is $139 for each of the three months. “This is a great discount from our regular unlimited monthly membership,” Swindle explains. Brides and grooms can ‘shred’ as many times as they want before the big day.”

KINGS OF RINGS

Brighton Jones

Aaron Daly

Enso Ring co-founder Brighton Jones almost broke his ring finger during a rock-climbing excursion when a small body shift caused his metal wedding band to catch on a rock. “Fortunately, my ring broke off a piece of rock, instead of my entire finger,” Jones says.

Photo courtesy of Enso Rings

He studied various ring materials during global travels. Soon after, Brighton partnered with his childhood buddy Aaron Daly to design and sell comfortable, fashionable and affordable silicone rings, ideal for guys and gals with an active lifestyle. The concept was so exciting, that even entrepreneurial reality show “Shark Tank” gave the Lehi-based boutique their seal of approval.

Aside from being easy on the newlywed pocketbook ($25-$35 each), the rings appeal extends beyond your wedding celebration. Their Ring for a Reason offers a portion of ring proceeds to health and humanitarian programs including Global Citizen and Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC). ensorings.com

Say “I do” with a precious-metal-infused ring or customize a thank you gift for your wedding party that includes stackable rings and bracelets in your wedding hues.

THIS HONEYMOON AIN’T OVER

Photo courtesy of Albion Fit

“The heart of Albion has always been a love story. One of a boy and girl who met at work, became best friends and got married,” says Liz Findlay, who opened the Albion Fit’s flagship at City Creek Mall in 2012 with her husband and she hasn’t looked back once.

The Findlays

What began inside her family’s Guatemalan factory years ago is now an athleisure-wear giant with four brick-and-mortars (in SLC, Dallas, Scottsdale and Dallas), alongside a behemoth online presence that flaunts bubbly—and often, tan—adventure seekers.

It’s been quite the adventure for the Findlays, as well. “Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity be a part of our customers’ adventures, and yes, their love stories, too,” Findlay says of Albion’s user-generated honeymoon content appearing on social media. “It’s a privilege to be a part of so many women’s most treasured memories. It’s the best part of what we do.” albiontfit.com

COLORING OUTSIDE THE STATE LINES

Chantel Lauren and Tyler Galloway

It all began with one blue gown. In a world where white rules the roost, painting—as in hand-painting with acrylic paints—a blue gown may seem outrageous, but Chantel and Tyler Galloway nail it every time.

Photo courtesy of Chantel Lauren

Pink, grey and rainbow work, too. From their flagship location in Salt Lake’s hip 9th South District, the duo sells a perfect package. Creative genius, entrepreneurial gumption, precise craftsmanship and down-to-earth personalities come together to create an artful line of gowns, robes and jewelry.

Not all gowns are painted, but all the dresses are from-scratch silk constructs sold in 13 other cities, including stockists in Canada and the UK. “It’s cool to see what appeals to different cities. Some cities are drawn to one style and price point, while others are drawn to something completely different.” chantellauren.com

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Val Rasmussen reports on local trailblazers in design and fashion for Utah Bride & Groom, Utah Style & Design and Salt Lake magazines. Additionally, she works with marketing teams to create content about leaders impacting business, construction, technology and healthcare.

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