Featured Bride: Mariah Charles

Total Budget: 12,000

My wedding day was perfect. Although all of the flowers and food and decorations we impeccable, what made it really special was the people. Having all of those other things were just the cherry on top! Porter and I were married on August 1st, 2015. 

We decided to hold our reception the night before so we wouldn't be so tired on our wedding day and that was probably one of the best decisions we made! We held the reception July 31st at Chantilly Mansion. It was absolutely perfect. Everyone there was so helpful and they had all the decorations except for the flowers and pictures, so it was super easy set-up and cleanup. They served sugar cookies that were the colors of our wedding and Porter's grandmother, who used to have her own chocolate company, made chocolates for all the guests. Porter's aunt did the cake and his cousin did the flowers. They both turned out better than we could've even imagined! For the music, Porter and I signed up for a free 3 month trial on Spotify and made a playlist with all the songs we wanted.

I got my wedding dress before Porter and I were even engaged because Elizabeth Cooper Design only does trunk shows every so often, so I wanted to jump on the deals and get a good priced but incredibly beautiful dress.

Our photographers were incredible! Ethan Watts (EWatts Photography) did our engagements and bridals. He is one of Porter's best friends so he gave us a very kind discount. Tyler Rye did our reception and wedding photos. He is based out of St. George, but was already going to be in the area for our wedding so didn't charge any travel costs! Both of these photographers were absolutely incredible and so much fun to work with! I would absolutely recommend them to anyone and everyone. Rocco Joseph Films did our videography. He does such fabulous work! We loved spending time with him. 

We had an early luncheon on the morning of our wedding at a local chapel and ate Chinese food. It was delicious! After that, we were married in the Salt Lake Temple at 3:40pm, which was perfect lighting for pictures. We had a sendoff from right outside the temple grounds in Salt Lake and left for our honeymoon around 5pm.



Venue: Chantilly Mansion

Photographer: EWatts Photography

Photographer: Tyler Rye Photography

Videographer: Rocco Joseph Films

Wedding Dress Designer: Elizabeth Cooper Designs


Featured Bride: Candice McDonald

All images in this post by Chad Zavala

What little girl doesn't dream about her wedding day. From the makeup, to the hair, dress, food, guests, every last detail. We spent roughly $6,000 all together. I always dreamt of having a backyard wedding. On September 4th 2015, we had our backyard wedding.

We decided on a cake buffet, we got our cakes from Smith's and Dicks. Also we did a chocolate fountain. We found small fountains at Macy's. Then we went to Windco and got fresh strawberries, and pineapple. SAMs club we got bulk gummy bears, Swedish fish, and cinnamon bears. My mother in law made small rice crispy treats, and grabbed big puff marshmallows.


We bought our flowers in bulk from a flower retail shop, borrowed vases from friends, and we made all the bouquets, boutonnières, arrangements for the tables, and mason jars that hung from the Shepard's hooks. My mom made a 3 their white cake, and placed flowers down it. We were sent off by sparklers we found online. Brides maids outfits were found at Gordmans, Macys, and Groupon. My wedding dress was from David's Bridal, they added sleeves, and increased the corset. 


Forever Memories By Design : Tables, Chairs, Linen, Shepards hooks, Bistro Lights, Christmas Lights, Isles, Backdrop, lanterns, set up and take down. Pretty much the best decision ever! I basically told her exactly how I wanted things, and she put it all together beautifully. 


Brian Trevort : Dj very reasonably priced, easy to work with, great sound quality.


A Love Story Films : Videographer, best decision of our whole wedding was getting a videographer, I absolutely adore our videos. 


Chad Zavala : photographer. Chad was very personable, and captured all of the things that I wanted.