This green as green bouquet featuring desert succulents, spring blooming Spirea and the ever ethereal Tillandsia had the pleasure of appearing with this beautiful bride at a bridal shoot in the foothills of Salt Lake City.Read More
I first met Lindsey on an editorial shoot and I was completely blown away by her intuitive creative talent, her eye for design, texture and color and her incredible skills for organization and communication to boot. She’s a rare combination of creatively intuitive and organizationally analytical…Read More
Bringing the outdoors in has always spoken to me. But in the winter months, when a vase of garden flowers isn’t something that’s readily available here in the Rocky Mountain West, you may have to get creative to find living plants that can be foraged and used in an arrangement. Enter the winter wall hanging…Read More
As someone who has been in the wedding industry long enough to see it all, here’s my advice. Put your smart phone down and take a moment to envision the day. Not the bridesmaids dress colors, or the theme, or what the bouquet will look like or really even the actual venue. Just think about how it feels and make that feeling the compass by which you steer all other planning.Read More
We keep gift giving simple at our household with only a small handful of more meaningful gifts offered. As such, I like to take some extra attention in wrapping them in such a way as to represent the time and care I took to select them.Read More
As the leaves have departed from the giant oak hovering over my front stoop and the temperatures have dropped to freezing putting all but my most stalwart perennials to sleep for the season, I have been taking this time to reflect on abundance.
Early winter is an excellent time to sit and feel gratitude for everything we have been given; our friends, our family, the roof over our head (no matter how modest), and maybe a few of the things we own that have true meaning.Read More
From early mornings foraging by the river to an afternoon at the flower farm, every single wedding is a wild adventure culminating in a vision as unique as the people for which it was made.
Spend a day with me and watch everything that goes into making a wild wedding come to life.
I remember the first time I visited Moab. I was barely twenty years old and seated at the base of Delicate Arch. Having grown up in Alaska, the desert was new to me. This was a period of my life spent voraciously reading naturalist novels and crawling hands and knees over sandy landscapes to discover everything exceptionally fecund about what at first site might appear to be desolate.Read More
We live in a culture of scarcity. We are conditioned to believe we don't have what we need to be good enough, right now, in this moment.Read More
Any time I've been invited to take part in a wedding put on by Katie and Cody of Havenwood Weddings, I go into it knowing it's going to be quite the adventure. This elopement at Zion National Park was no exception.
We started early on the morning of Easter Sunday at a little cabin just on the edge of a vast grassland full of feeding buffalo at Zion Ponderosa Lodge. Dorah of Beauty by Dorah Jade wove spring Hellebore into Sheena's hair and we all sipped coffee and watched the sunrise.
Two pairs of hiking boots, a wedding dress and tux in their packs later, the bride and groom stoically hiked with us up the Canyon Overlook Trail at Zion National Park, sidling on narrow passages past breathtaking heights to reach the summit where Sheena ducked behind a Juniper to change quickly into wedding dress and shoes for some incredible photos by April Loyle.
Loading a wedding into the tram and sitting with pampas grass arrangements on our laps as we twisted and turned up the canyons of Zion National Park, we ended at the River Walk where the two were married in a beautiful ceremony with a small selection of friends and family nearby, river roaring and hearts full.
We ended the evening back at the lodge for a sweet dinner stunningly set by Katie with striking views of buffalo silhoetted sunset and one incredible cake by Annie's Cakes.
We all slept well back at the Zion Ponderosa Lodge after an incredibly long day, satisfied by amazing views in the wilderness and a job well done.
Photos: April Loyle
Planning & Styling: Havenwood Weddings
HMUA: Beauty by Dorah Jade
Floral: Beehive Floral Co
Catering: Zion Mountain Ranch Catering
Musician: Dave Tate Music
Linens: Fox Heron Collective
Cake: Annie's Cakes
Locations: Zion Mountain Ranch + Zion National Park
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Minimalism is an art form that I have been fascinated by for some time and in fact actively practiced in my other life as a painter and performance artist. It's long been my belief that the ability to boil down any creation to its bare essence and then leave it alone to live by it's own simple merits is what distinguishes student from master.Read More
This is my space. A little grey-blue barn behind our 1911 house, built who knows when but some of the planks are circa 1920s crates and it smells of horses and old wood.Read More
If I've learned anything from life, it's that love is complicated. And even those relationships that seem flawless from the outside, have in their inner workings a long and private history of mutual sacrifice and understanding and space to be brokenRead More
A beautiful and mysterious surgical nurse and her incredibly talented chef of a partner chose one of the most magical places in Utah to exchange vows in an intimate elopement ceremony.Read More
This summer I joined Barebones Living and Big American Story in the wilderness of northern Utah for a little instructional video on wild foraging for floral arrangements .Read More
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This little floral co was born out of loss...Read More
I began my flower journey in Horticulture. I learned genus and species of thousands of varieties of garden plants, spent my days wandering college campuses identifying trees by leaves and bark and learning the exceptional magic of starting one large living organism from a seed the size of a grain of sand...Read More
One day, out of the blue, during the first few months of having started this little floral co, I received a package from an acquaintance. I was completely shocked to find enclosed a beautiful garden set by a company called Barebones Living. I sat down for a moment and held these incredibly crafted tools, tearing up a little in gratitude over this gesture of support and love in my new journey...Read More