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Don’t miss out ~ Cake Dive & Honeymoon Giveaway ~Winter Bridal Extravaganza

We are just a little less than two weeks away from winter’s biggest bridal showcase!  The Winter Bridal Extravaganza is Saturday, January 3, 2015 at The Grand America Hotel and if you are a bride to be, you do not want to miss out on this amazing one day wedding planning adventure!

Here are several aspects of the show you DO NOT want to miss out on!

THE FIRST EVER CAKE DIVE: Six lucky brides will see their name drawn for the opportunity to take a dive into a wedding cake created by Dessert Edge Cakes for a chance to win a men’s wedding ring provided by Men’s Rings for Less!!

Don’t Miss the Chance to Win a Dream Honeymoon from Getaway Today

4 Night, 5 Day Accommodations at Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites

Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites is ideally located on Shelter Island, San Diego’s own Hawaiian Isle. This tropical resort-style San Diego hotel, framed by the San Dieog Bay, offers breathtaking views of the hotel’s private marina and downtown San Diego. Our tranquil setting is just minutes from the airport and San Diego’s famous attractions, making Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites is the perfect choice for your visit to America’s Finest City.

PLUS: 2 Adult San Diego Zoo Tickets & 2 Adult SeaWorld Tickets

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Here are just a few more things you don’t want to miss out on:

The first 150 Brides win a 2 night get away

Bridal Fashion Show

Wedding ideas & inspirations

See the latest styles & wedding trends

Awesome Prizes

Amazing food samples

Get beauty tips from incredible professionals

Meet unique vendors for your special day that you won’t find any where else

Plan your honeymoon

Meet & Hire wedding professionals all at one location to plan your wedding

Don’t miss out on the wedding event of the season!!

Click HERE to Pre-Register

Photo Courtesy of Terra Cooper Photography

Photo Courtesy of Terra Cooper Photography

Photo Courtesy of Terra Cooper Photography

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Exciting New Event at The Grand America Bridal Show Sweetens the Day

A gorgeous venue, amazing wedding professionals, exciting giveaways, fashion shows, food, a one stop wedding shopping experience – The Winter Bridal Extravaganza is certain to be an amazing show, but here is the frosting on the cake:

The Bridal Extravaganza introduces the 1st ever Cake Dive at our upcoming Grand America bridal show! Six lucky brides will see their name drawn for the opportunity to take a dive into a wedding cake created by Dessert Edge Cakes for a chance to win a men’s wedding ring provided by Men’s Rings for Less!!

You can’t use your hands, but this sweet reward is worth a sticky face, knees, and hair to win some sweet icing for your groom’s hand! So get ready to dive in at the inaugural Bridal Extravaganza Cake Dive and let us sweeten your day!

Don’t miss the show!  It is just 2 weeks away!
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Register here

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Winter Wedding Color Trends

There isn’t any snow on the ground in my neck of the woods…yet, but temperatures are down, Christmas festivities are all around, and Christmas Day is right around the corner.  The colors of the season are popping up everywhere – reds, greens, silver, and gold and in Winter weddings too! There is a reason that certain colors and color combinations are popular at this time of year. They just work. They fit with the Winter months, the magic of the season. Winter after winter, their popularity doesn’t seem to fade. So even thought the first official day of Winter is still a couple of days away, today we are going to talk about some “hot” Winter wedding color trends, but also some unexpected Winter color alternatives.

1) Shades of red: Red has been a staple of Winter wedding color palettes for a long time.  This year though think beyond red to the many other shades such as burgundy, maroon, and apple . Think contrasts: cherry red with white or black with gold. Contrast a bright cherry red with white to add so much definition to your decor and flowers with the pop in color!

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2) Shades of Green: There are so many beautiful shades of green. Emerald is an ever popular wedding color that truly looks elegant and regal.  Don’t forget about the other fun shades at this time as well.  You can pair green with shades of red, with black, gold, or even blue as pictured below.  And I am totally digging the look of the bridesmaid dresses in the pale/ almost olive green skirts and tops in the third picture below!  All the greens of the season seem to ebb together and complement each other and the season in beautiful ways.

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3) Want a very dreamy winter wedding color palette?  Try white, silver, and Icy Blue. These colors are a symbol of the cold of winter, but give your wedding an elegant, sparkly shine.  How fun to incorporate ice, snow, snowflakes, diamond, and crystals accentuated with candlelight into your wedding decor.

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4) Black and Gold:  Another beautiful wintery match made in heaven.  It gives you the perfect amount of contrast with lots of glitz and glamour.  Really gold paired with any color at this season gives your wedding the extra sparkle and light a wedding at this time of year cans and should capture!

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And now for something a little different…

5) Want something different than the typical shades of red?  How about shades of orange as a fun alternative.  Yes, orange is typically a fall color, but pair shades of orange like peach or other blush type shades of orange or even reddish orange with lots of greenery to put a twist on the traditional winter shades.

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“Earthy neutrals and greenery paired with colors like soft peach, bright poppy or burnt sienna really pop when mixed with seasonal details, shaking up the traditional muted winter shades” – From The Knot.

The classic Winter wedding colors still look as beautiful as ever, but unexpected color palettes are also very popular right now. How would you mix it up?  What colors would grace your Winter wedding?

Whatever Winter wedding colors you choose will surely look beautiful in contrast to the whiteness of snow or even popping out against the lack of color that naturally occurs outside at this time of year.

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Turkey Wedding and Honeymoon Attractions ~ Guest Blogger

Destination weddings are very popular right now. How exciting to tie the knot somewhere different, exotic, full of culture, and to begin your life together at a far away destination in a beautiful location and on a bit of an adventurous note!  Today we have a guest blogger, Rub Andrew, giving us information about having a wedding or a honeymoon in Turkey!

Turkey Wedding and Honeymoon Attractions

A whimsical wedding is a dream so dearly caressed by one and all. A fanciful honeymoon can never escape the fascinations of the newlyweds. The destination is the key to making your wedding and honeymoon more than special. Turkey is undeniably the place for all who are in a hunt for the perfect spot to bring out the nuptial passions.

Tying the special knot in Turkey:

Turkey is a location highly sought after for weddings. An amalgamation of European and Asian cultures, Turkey proudly showcases a good number of attractive features that can decor your wedding to the best extent.

Turkey, being a center of traditions, is simply an awesome choice for traditional weddings. A mehendi ceremony at the busy Hamams of Turkey can add the best festive hues to the wedding. Private ceremonies can also be held at the locations near Bosphorus.

If a wedding doused in proper mod is your need, the luxurious hotels in Turkey can flawlessly match your expectations. Organizing a wedding reception in one of those high grade Turkish hotels elevates the entire ceremony to a surpassing degree.

Nothing can beat the romantic ambiance that a seaside wedding endows. The cool blue shores of Antalya makes the wedding a memory that is worthy of being embraced for eternity.

A blend of several exciting attractions, Oludeniz is yet another immensely popular wedding location. The peaceful shores of Oludeniz make the union a complete experience.

Weddings conducted at the chic resorts of Turkey offer matchless satisfaction and delight. The Gloria Serenity Resort is one among the highly frequented wedding spots.

Honeymoon locations in Turkey:

Honeymoon days are indeed the most precious moments of married life. Turkey proves to be a great choice for your much awaited honeymoon as the place is rich with features that appeal to all sorts of couples. The beauteous landscape and the excellent climatic conditions of Turkey are all favorable factors for a splendidly romantic honeymoon.

- A place to fall in love with, your honeymoon can be made truly exotic with the lures of the city of Istanbul.

- The soothing Dance of Colors performance, conducted at the Firat Cultural Centre, is an experience that would nourish your honeymoon with the tranquil Sufi music and dance.

- With plenty of historical exhibits to see, the Hagia Sophia Museum (also called by the name Ayasofya Museum) is a treat to couples who are enthusiastic about history and culture.

- A honeymoon spent underground is, without doubt, a fabulous idea. The underground cities of Cappadocia offer you the best opportunity to have a majestic time together with your better half underground.

- For indulging in adventurous water sports with your spouse, Konakli is the best option. Though a site for adventure, it is equally a peaceful location away from the crowded cities and towns.

- Scenic grace is at its best at the Blue Lagoon beach in Oludeniz. The backdrop of the golden shores is truly perfect for all those long craved romance.

Turkey is, therefore, certainly the greatest option for a glamorous wedding and a dreamy honeymoon. If wedding is on your cards, it is the right time to grab your Turkey visas for owning really special moments with your loved one.

Ruby Andrew’s author bio

Ruby Andrew, a guest writer and blogger by profession lives in Bristol, UK. For a long time, she has had a passion for writing and she could write on any topic. Her areas of interest include travel, health, fitness, automobiles, fashion, technology and weddings. At present, she works as a guest blogger on behalf of turkey visas.

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The Winter Bridal Extravaganza ~ Just 3 Weeks Away!

Many of you will be getting engaged within the next couple of weeks!  How very, very exciting!  There are more marriage proposals on or around Christmas than any other time of year, by far. Not even Valentines Day comes close.  With all those engagements comes a lot of  Brides who will eagerly want to get a jump on planning their dream wedding.  Not to mention there are already many Brides out there who are already engaged and frantically planning out the details or putting the finishing touches on their Winter or Spring wedding! Whether newly engaged bride or a soon to be married bride, you need to mark your calendar for Saturday, January 3, 2015! Utah’s #1 wedding show returns to the states most luxurious location – The Grand America.

The Grand America is Salt Lake’s only 5 diamond hotel.  So with The Grand’s over 25,000 square feet of gorgeous exhibit space and over 100 of Utah’s very best wedding professionals on hand, this show is sure to be an event you do not want to miss!

At The Winter Bridal Extravaganza:

  • The First 150 Brides who arrive will receive a complimentary two night getaway
  • Thousands of dollars in gifts and prizes will be given out to attendees throughout the day
  • Utah’s very best wedding professionals will be in one location to help you plan your dream wedding
  • A room will be set aside by the Grand America to show you what a “Wedding At The Grand” looks like
  • Fashion shows, food sampling, entertainment and so much more.


USE COUPON CODE FB3OFF for free tickets!


11:00 – 5:30

Above Photos Courtesy of Terra Cooper Photography

We hope to see you there!

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12/13/14 ~ Once in a lifetime wedding date!

Sure, to most folks today is just another Saturday in December full of shopping and holiday activities as Christmas draws near, but for many today – 12/13/14 – is the last chance they have for a sequential wedding date well, at least for another 20 years until 1/2/34! Or for another 89 years until o1/2/2103! The dates of  8/9/10, 9/10/11, 10/11/12. 11/12/13, and now 12/13/14 have historically been HUGE and very BUSY days to get married!  Today’s sequential wedding date is even more popular because it actually falls on Saturday, the most popular day of the week to get married.

“Sequential-numbered dates have driven date-specific wedding numbers up since at least the early 2000s, according to TheKnot.com wedding website. When Saturday, July 7, 2007 — 7-7-07 — rolled around, the site said 52,000 couples in the U.S. married. In 2011, the most popular wedding date was Sept. 10 — 9-10-11.”

- From this article

Couples are often drawn to unusual dates, memorable dates, or once in a lifetime occurrence type dates.  Other historically popular dates like  7/7/07, 11/11/11 etc! All these fun numbered wedding dates are both rare and orderly! So if you are getting married today – Congratulations! Hundreds of couples are joining you all over the world (especially a bunch in Vegas!)  What a very fun and extremely memorable day to call your anniversary!

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Feature Friday ~ Andrew Paul Photography

We are excited to feature another amazing photography business today on the blog!  Andrew Paul Photography does most of their work in Salt Lake, but they are destination photographers shoe have been shooting everywhere from Moab to the Oregon Coast to Disneyland!

The talented people at Andrew Paul Photography are full time photographers with significant training and the experience necessary to create spectacular images of your wedding, wherever it may be! They shoot regularly in Bend Oregon, Salt Lake City, Portland, and travel to destination weddings all over the country and are available to travel worldwide.  They have photographed over 100 weddings, and they approach each wedding with the same strategy – to create one of a kind images that each unique client will love!

Andrew Paul Photography has developed an amazing team with a very distinct and unique style.  This team approach helps them to create amazing images.  They strive to “combine a photojournalistic, story telling approach with dramatic compositions full of bright and bold colors, artistic angles, and gorgeous lighting.”

The outstanding team at Andrew Paul Photogaphy usually shoots with two experience photographers, working together throughout your day to capture every memory and wedding detail to give you a complete and cohesive story of your big day.  They want to give you photographs that you will love and will be proud of displaying for years to come.

Clients have the option of working with one photographer or two, and have access to all of their wedding day photos and a copyright release. “While you receive the digital version of these images, we feel our job isn’t complete until your story is perfectly printed and ready to share through our high quality story books.  These story books and albums are included in select wedding collections, and can be fully customized to create the perfect family heirloom.” -Andrew Paul Photography

The team at Andrew Paul Photography loves to creating fine art wedding photography, and would love to talk to you about how they can take part and share in your wedding story!

To read more about the Photographers of Andrew Paul Photography click here.

“We would love to create the perfect wedding day photography collection just for you. Each wedding we photograph is unique, and each couple we work with has a vision in mind for their wedding and our experienced team and customized wedding day packages will bring that vision to life, perfectly, every time.”- Andrew Paul Photography

Phone Number:

Oregon/Destination Weddings – 541-610-5593

Utah Weddings – 801-694-2537







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Throwback Thursday ~ Planning a Winter Wedding

Everyone can appreciate and love the magical beauty of Winter weddings!  This Throwback Thursday from December 2010 has a few tips and ideas for Winter weddings as well as many beautiful images! Enjoy!

Planning a Winter Wedding ~ Tips and Ideas for Winter Weddings

Photography by: Swensen Photography

Winter weddings can be so spectacular.  Here are some fun tips & ideas to help you make your winter wedding a smashing hit.

Wedding Planner~ Having a wedding planner for your winter wedding will for sure come in handy.  Not only will they be able to keep you organized but they will have the connections to get your wedding created just how you like it.

Location~ Finding the perfect winter wonderland location won’t be too difficult as there are so many fantastic spots to create the perfect atmosphere you are looking for. You may want a private, seclusive spot hidden away or you may want a convenient location for your guests.  Decide what is important when it comes to location & what it is you must have when you are trying to find the perfect spot.

Decorations~ Now that you have the perfect spot it is up to you to pick out the perfect decorations & make the venue your own.  But you don’t have to do it alone.

Food~ There are so many different fun food ideas when it comes to winter.  You can even theme up your food with the holidays if you want.  Here are a couple other fun ideas: Hot cocoa bars, Hot soup buffet, Winter cookie or dessert buffet, Pasta bar or appetizer buffet.  There are so many options for food.

Fun Ideas~ Horse drawn carriage or incredible vintage car to your arrival, exit or both. Winter wedding cloak to help keep you warm for your outside photo shoots on your big day.  (Check with your bridal shop about renting or purchasing a cloak.) Ice Castle engagement or bridal photography.

Other Wedding Vendors~Picking the perfect wedding vendors to help you create your perfect day isn’t always a piece of cake.  Before booking your wedding vendors be sure to check them out & their work so you won’t be disappointed.  Ask all the questions you need so you know you will get what you want for your perfect day.  If you need help finding the perfect vendors for you, check out our website here for some incredible wedding vendors.

All in all planning your winter wedding should be fun, exciting & personal.  When you are thinking about how you want your wedding to turn out think about what is most important to you & go from there.  When you start planning with the most important things first everything else will fall into place.  Have lots of fun & try to stay bundled up during these cold winter months.

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Winter Wedding Trends

There isn’t any snow on the ground in my neck of the woods, but temperatures are down, Christmas festivities abound, and Christmas Day is right around the corner. So even thought the first official day of Winter is still a couple of weeks away, today we are going to dive right in and begin to discuss some “hot” Winter wedding trends.

Color Trends:

Some of your typical Winter wedding colors like reds, greens, silver, white, and gold are still as popular as ever, but a trend this season is throwing in some unexpected color alternatives into your color palette.  Thing orange with a bunch of greenery, turquoise, mint, or deep purple.  All look great also with neutral colors like grey and tan.  Other great colors for winter: lighter hues of blue and silver, blushes and gold, or of course emerald or deep reds.  Stark contrast are in and really make a statement and add definition to every aspect of your wedding.

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Most of your typical wedding flowers are not in season in the winter, especially not in Utah!  But since you can’t be outside for a Winter wedding, bring the outdoors inside!  Incorporate rustic plants along with the flowers.  Holly and pine needles capture the season.  Baby’s breath takes on the appearance of snowflakes or snowcapped flowers in an arrangement.  Evergreen will never grow out of style for a Winter wedding, but you do need to decide how, where, and how much of it to include.  Think beyond it to different greens and textures: ferns, moss, succulents, etc.

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Incorporate some of the candy and sweets of the season into the decor as well with candy canes, chocolates, or marshmallows! Want something more elegant, tall tapered candles in fancy stands or candelabras are hot right now.  Also big is woodland type decor for your Winter wedding and incorporating evergreens, pinecones, and even vintage thermos containers as vases!  Kumquats and clementines are citrus winter fruits that can add a pop of color and texture to centerpieces or even bouquets.

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Simple is key for invitations this season.  Ornate calligraphy in hues of gold or silver on dark colored paper don’t need anything else to make them fancy or to stand out.  Continue the woodsy theme with paper that has a wood grain appearance.


Hot chocolate Bars!  Mmmm!  You also can do fun season themed treats like Gingerbread cookies, eggnog drinks, hot apple cider, or fun warm finger foods.  As temperatures drop, most meals or food items to be served at Winter weddings tend to be much more robust and hearty.  Don’t load your guests down too much…consider serving mini portions or classic entrees, like steak, mashed potatoes, broccoli, or asparagus.  In smaller portions, guests don’t get to weighted down, but can also try more than one dish.

Wedding Cake:

Cakes are simplified this season.  Simple, yet elegant.  Instead of tall cake tiers, smaller one-tier wedding cakes are popping u on Winter wedding dessert tables. Another fun idea is to have several smaller cakes per table allowing guest so try several different flavors. Think: buttercream-frosted cakes with additions like seasonal fruit, ferns and toasted coconut.  Metallic wedding cakes are still extremely popular.  This season though the metallic details are toned down a bit with accents like gold-frosted pinstripes or gold flakes sprinkled on a simple buttercream cake.

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Snowflake sugar cookies, homemade hot cocoa mix, etc.  Use some of the fun elements of the season to create simple, inexpensive, but super cute favors to send home with your wedding guests and to show your appreciation for all their support! Other fun ideas, which would also make great gifts for your wedding party, include mittens or gloves or even blankets. Provide the extra personal touch by engraving the wedding date or guest’s names on the blankets.


There are so many wedding dress options out there!  Your Winter wedding dress can be whatever you want.  Simple and elegant, a princess ball gown, or mix and match with separates.  Make it uniquely yours!  A lot of wedding dress designers are creating knit tops, turtlenecks or tops with a more plus fabric and pairing those with voluminous skirts.  How cute is that for Winter wonderland photo session!  Also big are cute sweaters, shrugs, and boleros.  We saw pink dresses for Fall and Summer, now we are seeing blue wedding dresses that are big for the Winter season.

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Bridesmaid Dresses:

We know lace dresses are still extremely popular, but for Winter, lace dresses are updated and accented with gold or other metallic thread.  It gives them just enough sparkle and glam for the season.  Metallic dresses in general are extremely popular as well. Crystal embellished yokes or lace details on the neckline are very popular and replace the need for necklaces.

This is just the tip of the Winter wedding idea “iceberg!”  Over the course of the next few weeks we will dive deeper into each of these areas and hopefully provide you with a plethora of  great Winter wedding trends, inspirations, and ideas!

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Utah’s # 1 Bridal Showcase at the Luxurious Grand America

The Grand America – Host of The 2014 Winter Bridal Extravaganza – Photo by Swensen Photography

Christmas is inching closer and closer.  Are you prepared?  Me neither! But it will be here before we know it and just a little over a week after that is The Winter Bridal Extravaganza!

The month of January is wedding show month in Utah and there are some good shows out there.  But no show compares to The Winter Bridal Extravaganza at The Grand America.  First of all you have The Bridal Extravaganza, Utah’s largest producer of Bridal Shows teaming up with the incredible luxury, elegance and class of The Grand America and its staff to bring you one amazing wedding showcase.

This year the show is even bigger and better than ever.  Featuring  Utah’s very best wedding professionals from all over the state you will find every kind of wedding vendor catering to budgets of all sizes and they are  ready and eager to help you make your wedding day magical.

Utah’s Best Wedding Professionals From All Over Utah Will Be On Hand

Last year thousands of dollars in gifts and prizes were given away at the show and this year it will be no different.  Many brides come looking for services to help them with their wedding and end up leaving having won so many prizes that they are able to take money allocated for one thing and apply it to something else for their wedding.  One bride at a recent show won a couple of prizes that she hadn’t planned on, giving her the opportunity to take some of the money she would have spent on those services and apply it to a honeymoon she wasn’t planning on taking.

If you have not been to The Grand America you need to do yourself a favor and come check it out.  The elegance and class is second to none and The Grand America knows how to host an event, plus they take one of their rooms and decorate it so brides can see what a wedding would look like at The Grand.

Utah’s premier caterers will be on hand providing amazing food samples, local wedding gown designers will be there to showcase the latest  fashions and styles. Photographers, videographers, wedding designers, reception centers, cake decorators, officiants, florists and so so many more professionals will be there to give you the ideas, suggestions and advice to help make sure you have the wedding you want.

Catering Samples From Some Of Utah’s Best Caterers

Aside from all the wonderful things you will see here are a few other reasons you do not want to miss Utah’s #1 wedding show.

  • Utah’s Very Best Wedding Professionals Will Be On Hand, More Than Any Other Show
  • Day of Show Deals and Specials Provided By Local Wedding Professionals That You Won’t Find Anywhere Else
  • Thousands of Dollars in Gifts and Prizes Will Be Handed Out Throughout The Day



Pre Registered Brides and Guests Get In Faster Than Those Not Pre Registered

See Samples of What Weddings At The Grand America Look Like – Photo By Swensen Photography

Thousands of Dollars in Prizes Will Be Awarded At The Show

See You There – Photo By Swensen Photography


11:00 – 5:30

Photo By Dezember Photography

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