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“A few years ago Chris and I visited Italy and fell in love with it. I mean who wouldn’t, right? Well, while I started planning for the wedding and looking through a lot of Pinterest boards I found myself pinning a lot of Italian inspired weddings. There’s just something very romantic and elegant, yet simple and organic about Italian inspired weddings. So we agreed to incorporate some Italian inspirations to our wedding, such as: Italian themed invitation suite, Rosemary salt party favors with “Grazie” tags (which means “Thank you” in Italian), lots of Italian Ruscus used in floral arrangements, and the hotel courtyard where we had the reception felt like we were somewhere in Rome.
I’m so lucky to have several talented family members that helped me with the DIY aspects of our wedding. One of my very talented sister-in-laws did all the calligraphy and made all the signs. Another sister-in-law did my hair and makeup. My mother-in-law added sleeves to my beautiful Pronovias dress. My husband Chris is an artist and painted all the insides of the envelopes with an Italian landscape. My parents helped me make the party favors. I made the menus. It was so fun having family help.

Our wedding was a dream come true. I loved everything about it. The only thing I would’ve done differently and the advice I would give a bride is to hire a wedding planner, it possible. Even though I would’ve still probably been very involved in all the details and decision-making (because that’s my personality), it would’ve been nice to have somebody that could help me keep track of everything and coordinate with the vendors as well as keep me more at ease the day of the wedding knowing that someone is in charge of overseeing everything. “

We wanted our guests to have a memorable experience, so we did some of the traditional things but also mixed in some things that were a little more unique and fun. For example, I chose to have both my mom and dad walk me down the isle, I felt like it was more special that way. Instead of doing wedding vows, I wanted to do something that was romantic and symbolic of our new journey as husband and wife, so I surprised Chris with a dove release right after we said our “I dos”. Doves symbolize love, peace, happiness, and prosperity. For entertainment, we had a String Quintet playing all the way through the First Dance, after which we had fun singing karaoke and dancing to dance video games. Chris is in a band called All Hope Contained where he is the lead singer. His fellow band member, Robbie, was the Best Man, and my sister-in-law Heidi was the Maid of Honor.


Photographer: Isabel Johansen

Floral Design: Amber Reverie

Wedding Dress: Mary’s Bridal / Pronovias

Bridesmaids Dresses: Vow to be Chic

Hair & Makeup: Heidi Kristine Johansen

Calligraphy: Sonja Natalia

Suit: Hugo Boss

Groomsmen Attire: Menguin

Venue: Grand America Hotel

Italian Inspired SLC Wedding

May 30, 2018