This Utah wedding is chock-full of handmade details so sweet they’ll tug at your heart strings. The day was perfectly captured by photographer Jessica Janae, and sent by the gorgeous bride herself, Ashton. To celebrate her hubby’s Japanese heritage, they folded hundreds of paper cranes, which hung from a willow tree – making for the perfect ceremony backdrop.
From the bride: I always dreamed of having a simple late summer wedding. After seeing Forrest Gump when I was seven years old, I always wanted a wedding like Forrest and Jenny’s. Simple, yet beautiful. I wanted a very homemade, cozy, relaxed vibe at the wedding. We decided to fold 500 paper cranes to include my husband’s Japanese heritage in the celebration. We strung and attached them to an old curtain rod and hung them in the big willow tree we were married under. It was so special to have that symbol of love in front of us while we were saying our vows.
For the reception we laid a bunch of quilts out underneath the trees and put games out for the kids to play. I wanted a really informal wedding so I thought a sort of picnic themed reception would be perfect. We had sandwiches, sun chips, veggies and hummus, fresh fruit, and fruit tarts. We also served old fashioned coke and root beer. I wanted a lot of little cakes instead of one big cake.
For the favors we took two tulip bulbs and wrapped them in burlap and tied them with a string. I loved the fact that our guests could be reminded of our special day every spring. We did the flowers ourselves. My family and friends arranged them in old wine and whiskey bottles as the center pieces. I made my bouquet the morning of the wedding with flowers from my mom’s backyard.
Be sure to watch their video by Digital Memorys Video Productions:
Wedding party processional: “In My Life,” the Beatles
Bride’s processional: “First Day of my Life,” Bright Eyes
Recessional: “My Sweet Lord,” George Harrison
Wedding vendors (South Jordan, UT):
Venue: The McMullin House / Wedding Photographer: Jessica Janae Photography / Makeup: Melissa Petty for Bobbi Brown / Flowers: Costco; arranged by bride / Officiant: Zoe Potts / Ceremony musician: Preston Ewell / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Veil and Hair Accessory: bride’s grandmother / Shoes: Urban Outfitters / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Forever 21 / Groom’s suit: Zara / Videographer: Digital Memorys Video Productions