Tayler ♥ Josh
Tayler ♥ Josh
Photography: Terra Cooper Photography
Event Design and Planning: Utah Events by Design
Sealed: Logan, UT LDS Temple
Wedding Invitations: Freshly Minted Invitations
Wedding Catering: Culinary Concepts Catering
Flowers: Sego Floral Design
Wedding Venue: Riter Mansion
Wedding Band: The Ken Foster Trio; Get-Away Carriage: Burch & Sons Horse Drawn Carriages; Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Hannah Goodrich Hair and Makeup Artistry; Wedding Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals
Thoughts from the Award Winner Wedding Designer, Michelle Cousins
(I was so thrilled when Terra told me you were interested in featuring Josh and Tayler’s “You’ve Got Mail” themed wedding that I planned and designed. I would love for this to be featured on your web site. What an honor!)
Josh and Tayler were so much fun to work with! They provided me with so much material for creative design when it came to their wedding. I always love to infuse personal details into the events I design so that they are reflective of my clients’ personalities and styles. It’s what made the entire event look and feel just like them rather than some cookie-cutter wedding off of Pinterest.
Josh and Tayler have a unique story- most of the time they spent dating was via long distance. Tayler grew up in Canada and Josh is from Oregon. They met at BYU but during summers, were apart. Josh was also gone for two years serving an LDS mission. The couple became very accustomed to sending snail mail as a way to stay deeply connected to one another while miles apart. Therefore, “mail” became the underlying theme in this wedding design.
The sign in table consisted of a vintage mailbox stuffed with customized postcards with pictures of places Josh and Tayler have lived and or visited. On the back of the postcards, guests were invited to answer fun questions about Josh and Tayler, offer wedding advice, and provide tips for a successful marriage. These postcards were then inserted into an over-sized photo album and served as the couple’s sign in book.
The escort card table turned out darling! It included a sign that said “You’ve got mail” and each guest was invited to find their personal, mini mailbox complete with a miniature postcard inside that directed guests to their assigned table. The mail theme was even carried throughout the center pieces on the table as mason jars with citrus and spring flowers surrounded three varying shapes of mailboxes. The mailboxes contained custom-designed plaid envelopes that matched the custom plaid design on the wedding invitation to tie everything together.
Josh and Tayler love plaid so this was another element we incorporated into the wedding design. Their colors were bright, citrus color of orange and lemon and a soft touch of sage green. Tayler wanted plaid linens but finding such a plaid in these colors presented too much of a challenge. Therefore, bright ribbon in orange and yellow was used to create a plaid pattern overlay that was placed on sage linens.
The bridesmaids wore handmade dresses and carried handmade, plaid fabric floral bouquets. I can’t believe how crafty Tayler’s mother is. She personally made each one of these flower bouquets and I about died when I saw them. They were true perfection and a complete reflection of Josh and Tayler’s wedding design. Plaid and all.
The couple wed at the Logan temple in the morning so following the ceremony, a yummy breakfast brunch was served by Culinary Concepts. Everything from the traditional bacon and eggs to mouth-watering cinnamon rolls and sticky buns were served. Smoothies in mason jars adorned with fresh cut lemons and limes and a cute striped straw also made for a fun decor element. And what breakfast is complete without the morning paper? Each table setting included a customized morning newspaper complete with articles written by the bride and groom and the wedding party that provided fun “news” about the Josh and Tayler’s relationship. Cute pictures of the couple filled the pages and a crossword puzzle customized just for Josh and Tayler kept guests entertained throughout the breakfast.
Another fun design element was the photos displayed along the carriage doors of the Riter Mansion. Tayler and Josh collected all the wedding photos of their family members which were then attached with clothes pins and twine. It was so fun for guests to admire all their family members’ weddings at the reception. This display made for a great conversation piece.
The stunning brownie ball wedding cake was a true reflection of Josh and Tayler. This couple loves to make brownies and said they spent literally every Friday night making brownies and watching movies. A regular wedding cake just didn’t seem fitting so pastry chef Grace Harvell made this stunning brownie ball cake which was a total hit with the guests!
And what fairy-tale wedding is complete without a grand exit? After the partying was over, Josh and Tayler boarded this lovely horse-drawn carriage provided by Burch and Sons. This white carriage complete with driver and exquisite horses made for the perfect ending to a beautiful day.”
In addition, here is a list of all vendors involved so proper credit may be given on the feature:
• Event Design and Planning: Utah Events by Design
• Photography: Terra Cooper Photography
• Culinary Concepts Catering
• Sego Floral Design
• RSVP Party Rentals
• The Ken Foster Trio
• The Riter Mansion
• Burch & Sons Horse Drawn Carriages
• Freshly Minted Invitations
• Hannah Goodrich Hair and Makeup Artistry
If you’d like me to help you with YOUR wedding, you are welcome to call me at 801-455-1121. We are really looking forward to creating your special day with you!
Utah Events by Design
2011 & 2012 WINNER- Utah Best of State Event Planner