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So many emotions…

  i stare at my reflection in a dress of satin white one last deep breath…then i exhale, and my childhood dreams take flight as i walk down the aisle towards womanhood i’ll leave daddy’s little girl behind and take my place beside the man i always dreamed i’d find and now the tears flow oh so softly, in a …

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Married on a “Wed”nesday…..

Isn’t it funny how sometimes the obvious just seems to elude us? Kelsi and Brok were married on a Wednesday, which at first may seem completely unconventional. But when you put it down in black and white, it almost seems like it is what “Wed”nesday was designed for. After all, it is smack dab in the middle of the week …

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Then there were two….

Since 1995 when we purchased the Cowley Estate on the corner of Church and Main in historic old town Layton, Utah and converted it into a reception center, we have enjoyed literally thousands of brides and grooms as they celebrate the first day of their new lives together. It is hard to imagine that a little catering business that began …

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Why White?

Sometimes we do things without really knowing quite why we do them. Point in hand, I heard the story related of a girl who after getting married loved to make a traditional pot roast on Sundays for dinner. Before putting the roast into the pot she would always trim a little bit off of each end of the roast. One …

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Inspiring Spring….

There is no contesting how much I love to see the Chantilly Mansion all wrapped up in a blanket of snow throughout the brilliant winter months in Utah, but I am always so thrilled to see the new tender leaves awaken and push their way out of the sleeping branches. In 1995 when we first planted the flowering pear trees …

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True Love is Blind!

I have made a career that revolves around people falling in love. I have had the opportunity to admire new love, puppy love, compassionate love, rekindled love, and pure enduring love. Along with the love between the bride and the groom I continually have the chance to see fathers who love and adore their daughters, and mothers who can’t help …

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Just My Type…

How predictable weddings in Utah used to be. Sometimes it seemed that the only thing that distinguished one from the other was the bride and groom themselves. Everyone so rigid in tradition, that wedding albums almost became interchangeable. A 52″ lace square topper thrown over a polyester easy care tablecloth on a few round tables, silk floral arrangements with some …

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Now is my little girl the bride

I wish there was a way of taking all of the love and happiness that this father had for his daughter and wrapping it up in beautiful boxes and giving it to every father who has the opportunity to walk his daughter down the aisle. She is his only daughter, in fact, she is his only child. I could tell …

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one, two, three…..

I wonder if there are more wedding dresses to choose from…or more bouquets? Whichever the answer, it is noteworthy that your bouquet is an investment well deserving of your careful consideration to detail. With so many options the task of choosing the perfect one could prove more difficult than choosing the perfect soul mate. (well almost!) Before scrolling through thousands …

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Traditionally Speaking

For hundreds of years wedding cakes have made their debut at ceremonies and receptions. Since its origin there has always been symbolism and superstition associated with the wedding cake. Included in the list of symbolism is the tradition of cutting the cake. The cake was originally intended to be distributed among the guests by only the bride because consuming the …

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