Francesca and Toby’s Oxford Riverside Wedding with a Third Generation Wedding Dress by Captured by Katrina
We head across to Oxford today for this soft, romantic and laid back spring wedding...
Today I am taking you to Utah for the beautiful wedding of Emily and Beau. They chose a summer evening Wedding to take full advantage of their venues beautiful light and so Emily could carry out her wish of having lots of lit candles come evening time. This she did and their greenhouse reception venue looked absolutely stunning. They chose bright purples, red and pink for their flowers which popped perfectly against the white linen in the greenhouse. Emily looked stunning in a vintage inspired dress, which reflected her love of vintage clothing perfectly. All together a beautiful day, perfectly captured by Pepper Nix Photography.
Emily and Beau were married in October in Utah. ‘We are going to be celebrating our marriage at La Caille in Sandy, UT. It is a beautiful restaurant and vineyard nestled between mountains southeast of Salt Lake City. We looked at a variety of venues and a lot had their charms but most of them just didn’t seem like “us.” As much as we love the mountains, we are not exactly outdoorsy people and we don’t ski so ranches and ski lodges just didn’t seem quite right. We visited La Caille at night so it was hard to get a very good impression of how it would look in the summer, but as soon as we walked into the Grand Pavilion we knew it was the place. We both were captivated. It was quaint yet sophisticated and surrounded by so much natural beauty’
How they met
We are both professional ballet dancers, we met at Ballet West where we currently work.
On Tuesday, October 1st, Beau and I flew to Chicago with all our friends at Ballet West to perform at the Chicago Auditorium Theater. Beau had told me before we left Salt Lake City to pack a nice outfit because he wanted to take me out on a date while we were there. He told me that we had a reservation at a restaurant so we needed to get ready quickly, and while I was unpacking my suitcase he sent me a text asking me to pack an overnight bag because I wasn’t going to be staying at the hotel that night. Suddenly I got very nervous! I thought all the planning must mean something important, and since we’d been together for about five happy years I had a feeling that a proposal was part of Beau’s plan! My mind started racing and my heart started pounding and I hoped that I would make it through the night without having a heart attack from all the excitement!? We ended up going to the Everest Restaurant that overlooked the city, it was quite the dining experience. After dinner, we went back to our hotel that Beau had arranged for us so I could change my shoes before we took a stroll. I was wondering if he was changing his mind and thinking this wasn’t the time and place for a proposal…or maybe I was wrong all along! Eventually we stood directly in front of the stage that was all lit up in purples and reds with no one around, just the sounds of the city and the cool evening breeze, and Beau said a few words before kneeling in front of me. I was so happy my head was spinning.
I really love vintage style clothes with a modern twist. I am lucky that I get to dress up in all sorts of beautiful costumes for my job! In everyday life, I love clothes that nod to 1920s-1940s fashion. I did think about my husband and what his response to the dress would be as I was shopping. Fortunately, his favourite outfits that I wear always involve a pencil skirt and heels, so I figured if I went with my usual taste he would be happy.
I really wanted to look like me on my wedding day and as soon as I put on the dress that I ultimately chose, I knew that it fit me and my style. I wanted to look sophisticated, sexy in an understated way, and romantic. I also really wanted to look like a bride! I tried on a lot of beautiful dresses that could have worked, but I thought, “If this was a different colour, I could wear it to a gala.” I wanted a dress that was undeniably bridal.
Theme or Colour Scheme
I really wanted a romantic evening wedding with a lot of vintage flair. Fortunately, La Caille is so beautiful we did not have to do much to make it perfect. I wanted the reception pavilion to be full of candles so when it got dark later in the evening, it would be a very romantic greenhouse.
Purples, pinks, and reds. I told the florist that I wanted the flowers to be saturated with color. I like bold colors rather than pastels. Since our attire colors were black, white, and nude I wanted the flowers to bring a pop of color to the occasion
Roquefort salad, mushroom ravioli, assorted desserts
We wanted the cake to be a little modern so we decided to do three separate cakes of different sizes rather than one tiered cake. Jordan made three different flavours and they were the best cakes I have ever eaten. One was almond cake with a toffee buttercream, one was gluten free chocolate with buttercream filling, and the third was strawberry with buttercream frosting. From the outside they looked the same since they all had the same delicious frosting and Jordan used extra flowers from the florist to decorate the tops.
I really wanted to do a photo display of the two of us through the years. Our parents sent us as many photos as they could find and then with the help of some friends I attached them to old windows that I found at thrift shops in Salt Lake. It was fairly easy to do and really fun
Personal or Handmade Touches
My grandmother gave me her mother’s handkerchief and boy, did it come in handy during the ceremony with all the waterworks! My dress was new, my engagement ring has sapphires on either. Our ceremony was very personalised and was definitely our favorite part of the day. We honored our parents at the beginning of the ceremony and seeing their proud and happy faces was definitely a highlight of the day. Beau and I shared words that we wrote to each other before taking our vows, and our sisters blessed the union after we exchanged rings. It was also wonderful having my uncle standing beside us as our officiant.
Seeing Beau’s face for the first time as I walked down the aisle. The morning of the wedding I went down to the hotel pool area because I thought some of my friends and family members were hanging out there. Well, it turned out everyone had left already. I decided to sit outside alone for a while and just face the mountains looming nearby. We stayed at the Hyatt Cottonwood so the mountains were very close. I thought about what I was about to do, how happy I was about it, and how this day was going to change my life. I didn’t think about the planning at all. I just took about 30 minutes to be calm and by myself before all the madness began :) I am so happy I did that!
I wrote a letter to Beau the night before the wedding and asked Corinna to give it to him before the ceremony. I know it was really special to him.
Advice to other couples
There is so much going on, so many people around, take a moment for yourself just to reflect on the reason for the day and the love you share with your future spouse.
The entire day was completely surreal. I loved every moment of it. It was amazing feeling so loved and supported by so many people too