Real Wedding: Chelsea + Ben’s Sweet Wedding

I was planning to post this earlier today to celebrate my trip to Salt Lake City, but today was kind of an amazing whirlwind and I’m just getting to my computer now!  I had such a great time at WedSmith speaking about Green Wedding Shoes and wedding blogs in general. It was so great meeting all the wonderful vendors who came to the conference – thank you everyone for listening to my presentation! And thanks again to WedSmith for inviting me! Salt Lake CIty is such a great town and we enjoyed our quick, but eventful stay.

One of the presenters I was most excited to meet and here speak was Jonathan Canlas. I’m a huge fan of Jon’s photography and it was so great hearing him speak about his passion and “going beyond the obvious.” I love that he described photographing weddings as “telling a story.” That is exactly what the photographer should be doing. Telling your wedding day story in their vision. I love that Jon not only takes beautiful photos, but his family portraits and photographs of the location are so perfect – they really do tell the whole story. And I’m excited to share one of his recent weddings here on GWS:

salt lake city wedding

From Chelsea, There were many words used to describe the evening, “magical”, “whimsicle”, “dreamy” ect., to us there couldn’t be a better word than “perfect”! We wanted to create a vibe that screamed “us”. We had envisioned a wedding where our friends and family could come, gather and relax but never be bored. It seemed quaint but with lots of people.

salt lake city wedding

pink flower in hair

wedding bouquet

wedding couple holga

pink wedding cake

candy jars wedding table

The tone was definitely set by the amazing Tony Lake Trio. Our wedding band played everything from the classic Beatles hit “In My Life” to one of todays top favorites “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus, but transformed them to their own Jazzy beat to keep the mood.

wedding band holga

outdoor wedding salt lake city

We had a milkshake stand built by Ben, with “design your own shake” by Sammy’s Cafe. The “Have S’more” station was the kid’s favorite and enabled parents to mix and mingle.

wedding caterers truck

wedding dance

To end the night while dancing the all day expected rain storm began to roll in, as a miracle it chose to clear up just in time for the 3 hour reception and returned just in time to end the evening and just make it just that much more romantic. This night was bliss!

wedding exit

My brother-in-law Matt Mildenstein was the graphic designer for our invites and did all the calligraphy. My cousin Ashley Hoiland was the watercolor artist. Sister in Law Natalie Norton took our engagement pictures that we based the illustration off of. They were pretty sweet!

illustrated wedding invitations

Photography- Jonathan Canlas (all photos with the exception of the invitation)
Flowers- Wendy from The Flower Affair
Wedding Band – The Tony Lake Trio
Catering- Sammy’s Cafe Provo
Wedding Dress Maker- Melissa Blackburn
Venue- Mellor Hidden Meadows, Lehi UT
Cake- Pink Peach Cakes

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  1. I especially love the invitations. I don’t know if this will come out right, but they are the most personal while appearing terribly impersonal out of context. It’s a great concept that like reading a book, lets the viewer imagine the face that means something to them….thus making it probably THE most personal invitations I have seen. Customized to each and every recipient.

  2. Hi! I love this cute wedding – but especially that flower in her hair! I am looking for one just like it (even in the same color!), do you by chance know where she got it??


  3. Hi Jen! It was so great meeting you and Jason today at Wedsmith, and yes, your presentation was as inspiring as your blog. Let us know if you come back for Alt Summit in Jan, we’ll hook it up. Please take a walk out Washington Blvd pier for me and hoping the best for your near future plans. Thx for sharing your knowledge, very generous of you two!

  4. What a cool wedding! I love the colors, and the couple is gorgeous. A lot of beautiful people, actually. Outstanding photos. You picked another great wedding to show. Thank you!

  5. So colorful! I love that cake!

  6. Wow, what great photography. I love this couple’s style!

  7. such a darling wedding and amazing photography by that crazy cool jonathan calnas. so great hearing you yesterday – all the loveliness and style of your blog encapsulated in a single person. and thanks for leading me to the lobby.

  8. I’m in love with this wedding AND the photography!

  9. A milkshake stand!? What an awesome idea! And in my opinion, any wedding with smores is a wedding worth crashing. Seriously. I love smores. The whole thing is beautiful.

  10. It was so awesome meeting you yesterday, Jen! And I agree with you about Jonathan Canlas—I have long loved his work, but yesterday I fell in love a little more. It was cool to hear how passionate he is about photography and “telling a story.” This wedding is super sweet—I really like the unique invitations and the milkshake bar is a very cute idea. Hope we see you back in SLC soon!

  11. Love this couple in every way!! …and love Jon! a PERFECT combination. So fun to see these pictures. They are beautiful! I almost was going to be speaking at Wedsmith with you…sad I had to miss. It’s sounds like there was a great group and would have loved to hang out with you Jen!

  12. Love, love, love this wedding. Every detail is aaaamazing.

    Kisses from the WhipperChicks

  13. LOVING their invitations, AH! Adorable wedding, great details!

  14. The day was perfect! Jon really did an amazing job capturing the feeling! Its true his photography really tells a story!

  15. The cake and the details look fantastic. Very well thought out.

  16. Those invitations are definitely unique and beautifully made! And is that real film photography? Either way, gorgeous touch!

  17. Jon did a FABULOUS job on this beautiful wedding!

    It really was a total labor of love on Chelsea and Ben’s part. They did almost everything all by themselves! (Chelsea would make a GREAT planner!)

    PS. Kalea, real flower. call your local florist. :)

  18. Any idea how I can find her band, the Tony Lake Trio? I’m getting married in the Salt Lake area next year and am looking for a band like that.

  19. Wow, I actually grew up in Lehi, and I knew Mellow Hidden Meadows was there, I just didn’t know what it was for, lol. Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing!

  20. Simple yet so creative wedding invitations, I actually love the drawing of couples in front of the invitations.

  21. What a nice post this has been……very cool wedding this is…very nice photos….very colorful.what great photography. I love this couple’s style too……Amazing work……
    I like it very much…..
    Thanks for sharing…….


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