If you have a deep love for Claire Pettibone wedding gowns like I do, you’re in for one heck of a treat today. Maddie and Gray celebrated their love with a soft and romantic wedding in the bride’s parents’ backyard, bringing along Pepper Nix Photography to capture every detail and nuance.

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From the bride, Maddie: We really wanted our wedding to feel subtle, soft, romantic but still have some fun glitz. I knew we wanted some kind of installation wall at the back of the tent, preferably wood, to ground the whole thing and really set the mood. We wanted rustic, but not burlap or hay… more earthy and romantic… more of an old vineyard or winery kind of rustic. I wanted wood and gold accents and lots of flowers and twinkly lights.

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Jen came up with this fantastic idea of having our wood wall have lots of little shelves to hold candles, flowers, etc. She also thought of applying gold leaf and painting our monogram on it in white. It was just magical. The shelves holding the candles and spilling flowers was just beautiful. It perfectly fit the idea I was trying to convey, which was a sort of messy mix of earthy, romantic, Great Gatsby and woodsy all at the same time. And the gold leaf just sealed the deal! Adding it to the table numbers has to be one of my favorite little touches of the whole wedding!

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I knew I wanted a subtle color palette that was romantic and soft. I wanted to let the flowers pop and really not take away from the garden. We didn’t want strong accent colors or something color to be the focal point. We wanted the whole thing to mix together into a sort of ethereal wash of twinkly lights and soft flowers, without being interrupted by intense pops of color. The colors acted as a backdrop, not the defining feature. The goal was to have them complement and recede behind some of our other decor features, like the wood wall backdrop and the gold leaf.

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Any advice you have for future couples planning their weddings now? I think the most important thing is to hire good vendors and let them do what they are good at! That way, you don’t have to worry about the details on your wedding day so you can relax and enjoy your own party!

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
First Dance: “Love on Top,” Beyonce

Wedding Location: Salt Lake City, UT / Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography / Wedding Planner and Flowers: Jen Bennett / Wedding Venue: Bride’s Parents’ Home / Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone / Wedding Shoes: Old Navy / Makeup: Kimi McAvoy / Groom’s Tuxedo: Vera Wang / Wedding Caterer: Culinary Crafts / Wedding Cake: Maha Burhani / Music: Joe Muscolino Band / Rentals: Diamond Rental / Officiant: Lu Smith / Videographer: Kale Fitch Films / Wedding Invitations: Adrienne Berry of Dingbat Press


Comments (10):

  • Claire on April 2, 2017

    Hi! How did you make the floating platforms in the pool? Where can I get that?
  • Jaime LeGate on September 9, 2015

    I am absolutely in love iwth this wooden back drop – how did you guys make that?! Was it from pallets? Pleaase please share , as I truly would like to have this a part of my big day.
  • Haley King on March 24, 2015

    I too am from Utah and would LOVE to buy this backdrop for my wedding :) please let me know if that's possible!
  • Megan on January 14, 2015

    Where is this venue?
  • liam smith on January 2, 2015

    beautiful cake and location for wedding breakfast, fantastic
  • Samantha Wood on September 17, 2014

    I love the wooden back drop - how did you guys make that?! Was it from pallets?
  • Sheri Loughton on June 2, 2014

    I love scanning online for inspirational ideas for weddings, and this wedding is definitely everything and more! Kuddos to whomever was in charge of putting this together!
  • Olivia Fischer on January 30, 2014

    Super gorgeous wedding gown. Love the lace back. The cake is beautiful!
  • kelly on January 28, 2014

    Very cute wedding. I loved looking through these images
  • Hot Chocolates - Clayton on January 28, 2014

    Their table decor is very interesting.. love this style :)


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