An Up Inspired Wedding: Katie + Zack

Today I have a super sweet proposal + wedding inspired by the movie UP. Katie + Zack love to have fun and enjoy spending lots of time with their family and friends. Zack proposed to Katie with the theme of the movie UP in mind, because he knew Katie finds little old men to be the cutest thing in the world and that bright festive balloons make any day happier. Their proposal was captured by Paperback Weddings and is just the sweetest!! Oh, the old man in the engagement video is Katie’s Grandpa :)

From Katie, “I guess you could say, our wedding theme sort of tumbled out of that. :) We knew we wanted to somehow tastefully include bright colored balloons to resemble our individual personalities, but also wanted the wedding to resemble us as a couple. The gentleness and playfulness of a realistic and enduring love seem to be a lasting theme throughout the movie UP along with all the cheer it expressed, and we wanted those qualities to be seen in our wedding as well; because ultimately that is how we want to be defined as a couple.” Thanks so much to We Heart Photography for the lovely photos!

colorful bouquet

wedding first look

wedding first look

wedding dance

bride and groom

bridal party socks groomsmen

up balloon wedding ceremony

colorful balloons wedding

What song did you walk down the aisle to? I walked down to a portion of the song, ‘Carl Goes Up’ from the Up Soundtrack. The processional of our parents and the bridal party each walked down to different versions of the classic “Up” jingle, starting with a softer and gentler version for the parents/grandparents, then slowly increasing in tempo with the bridal party so that once it was my turn to enter the music sounded majestic. :)

wedding entrance through doors yarn wreath

colorful balloon wedding

My most memorable part of my wedding day, was probably when I got tunnel vision as I walked down the aisle. I knew that it would make me nervous to see all of my closest friends and family starring at me on this special day, so I locked my eyes on Zack at the very end and tried not to let out one of those awkward smiles that most tend to have when they are so extremely overjoyed.

balloon up inspired wedding ceremony

balloon up inspired wedding ceremony

door at wedding croquet

We also wanted the wedding to be very much homemade and personalized, so we strayed away from most traditional wedding decorations in order to incorporate our own personal touches further (i.e. flower boxes to run the aisles instead of a runner; the use of a tea cup and saucer to hold our communion instead of just an ordinary cup; having a gourmet breakfast buffet for dinner at the reception). Overall, we really desired for the wedding to be fun and relaxing for our family and friends, as well as bring together all of our favorite things in a somewhat simple manner.

wedding guestbook fingerprint balloons up wedding

up wedding cake

balloon wedding exit

Never give up on your wedding day dreams. Speak kindly yet firmly to your vendors to get across the feel that you desire for that day…and once it arrives, do not stress about anything. Most likely something will go wrong and if you let it get to you, it could dissipate your cheer and derive your heart from what you are there to celebrate…the love and union of you and your best friend.

Thanks so much Katie + Zack and best wishes for an amazing marriage and life together!

photography: We Heart Photography // cinematography: Paperback Weddings // venue: The Hall of Letters building at University of Redlands // wedding dress: Allure Gown – Exclusive of Mon Amie Bridal // hair: Hair by Kim Ummel (family friend) // make-up: Brittany Larson (close friend and bridesmaid) // bridesmaid dress: Anne Taylor Loft // hairpieces: fabric flowers created by Terri Frenken (mother of the bride) // groom suit: Alfani Red suit and Ralph Lauren shirt // floral design: Mari Ann Joreteg // cake: Martha Greens // music: The D’Jay Company // catering: Bon Appetit

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  1. What an adorable concept!! When i first read the title, I thought ‘mm, could be a bit childish.’ But thanks for proving me wrong. It’s sweet and fun but still elegant and grown-up. I have to say though, all it’s missing is a mailbox cake with their handprints on it, that would have been adorable!!

  2. Tell me, PLEASE! Where are those adorable groomsmen socks from?!?


  3. How could this be any more amazing, could someone please tell me??? The guestbook with the guests fingerprinting the balloons is so creative!!

  4. How colourful and happy! <3 it!

  5. @Krysten Urban Outfitters :)

  6. This is amazingly sweet! And where did the guys get those fun socks?

  7. Thank you so much for putting this piece together! It was an amazing day and really did showcase the fun and loving spirit of My daughter katie and Zack. So much fun to re-live it again through your beautiful site!

  8. Awwwww this wedding is so fun and the couple looks so happy together! I love how the “Up” theme was carried through, but not overdone. So adorable!

  9. Oh my gosh their engagement video made my cry! so so so so so sweet! new favorite wedding of the year, I am comPLETELY in love with it+them+her grandpa!

  10. What a sweet wedding! It really showcases the couple’s relationship and how fun they are.

  11. I love the thumbprint idea! very unique… :)

  12. Another tear jerker! I love that Grandpa got to be a part of the proposal, how special! Beautiful!

  13. Jen, This is our favorite feature of all time!!!!! :) Thanks so much!!! We heart Katie + Zack!!!!

  14. so so very cute. love the theme!

  15. what an amazing wedding! The guestbook idea just took the whole fingerprint tree thing to another level and the balloons are such a great feature. Too cute proposal video as well!

  16. This just shows what the day was, so beautiful. I can not see it with out crying. What a way to keep the day forever. Katie and Zack, I love you both.

  17. ahhh katie, sooo cute cute cute! everything about it. i can’t believe i wasnt there! you walked down the aisle to the UP soundtrack? i think that’s my new favorite part about your wedding. such a good couple. congrats on your internet fame!

  18. Man oh man I love the boys socks! Where are they from?

  19. boys’ socks rock! :D it seems everybody is happy and of course so the couple. Love the happiness and love in all pictures!

  20. Wonderful!! I love the balloons. They are awesome. Who did you the balloons for your ceremony??

  21. OOOH this wedding is sooo beatiful! I had tears in my eyes when i saw the video!!!

  22. I just saw this and watching the proposal video brought tears to my eyes. This was probably the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen.

  23. Did you also have “up” inspired music? :)

  24. Really lovely wedding! By the way, what’s the music for the wedding proposal?

  25. My fiance and I have been interested in doing an Up themed wedding, you did a great job! How did you get the doors to stand up so that they looked presentable from behind?

  26. Great wedding photos! I really love the wedding preparation that they have made!


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