GSS Featured Wedding :: Nikki & Joel’s Backyard Wedding :: Rebekah Westover Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! We have a special treat for you today.  We have an absoultely beautiful wedding to feature today from Rebekah of Rebekah Westover Photography. Rebekah Westover Photography is a Utah based wedding photographer.  She has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have really enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Nikki and Joel were married June 30, 2012 in Utah .  Nikki was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:


How did you and Joel meet? I love it when people ask this question. Actually, no, I love it when people ask Joel this question, because I love watching his embarrassed face as he tells them that we met in an ice skating class during our first semester of college. (He’s a manly man, I promise.) 

How long have you been together? About 4 years. We were apart for a couple of years in the middle of that, but we kept in hopeful contact, and I never stopped thinking about him, so in my book it counts.

How did Joel propose? For Valentine’s Day he surprised me with plane tickets to San Diego so we could get out of snowy Utah and spend a weekend with his family. He proposed down there at one of my absolute favorite places. 

What sold you on your wedding venue? We were married in the Bountiful, Utah LDS temple, and our reception was held in my grandparents’ backyard just a few cities away from there. Both locations are absolutely beautiful, and a simple, fun, classy backyard reception just felt like “us.” Plus, my grandma has been hinting about having my reception in her backyard since I was about, you know, 12.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one?” It took me all of three hours to find my wedding dress. I know, right? My mom and I went shopping on one random Saturday, simply to look for ideas, nothing serious. We found the dress in the second store we went to, and it was perfect. I didn’t need to keep looking. 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue?” To be honest, considering this is one of the most classic wedding traditions in the book, I didn’t really think about it too much. I’m sure we had one of each of those things, but I didn’t really plan for any of them. 

How did you choose your wedding color palette? It was a summer wedding, so I really liked the idea of using bright, summer-y colors and flowers. I found a picture of a bouquet on Pinterest that I loved, and basically just used it as a basis for a color palette for everything else. 

What song did you dance to for your first dance? “What If I Loved You?” by Joey Gian

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process? Oh, I could probably go on for pages saying little things about this or that– things to do, things to not do, things I wish I had done– but those are the things that everyone just sort of figures out, no big deal. Looking back I have to say that the one piece of advice I’m really glad I took to heart, was how much more important and exciting my marriage was going to be to me than my wedding. Don’t get me wrong, as far as I’m concerned, our wedding day was amazing, and important, and exciting…best day of my life, hands down. Everything was beautiful and perfect, and everyone who came had so much fun, which is just what we wanted. But it was a day. One day…that I spent five months planning for and, occasionally, stressing over. What’s really made that day so special has come after, because every day since then I’ve fallen more and more in love with that goofy, painfully handsome man standing next to me in all those pictures. 

What was your favorite part of your big day? The groom. :)


Venue:  Ceremony: Bountiful, Utah LDS temple      Reception: My grandparent’s house

Dress: Mary’s Bridal

Cake: Salt Cake City

Floral: L & Co. Floral

Linens: Specialty Linens

Catering: Utah Celebrations Catering

DJ/Band: Rich, Complete Music DJ

Videographer: Jesse Felter, Liquid Vision Films

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Jenny Martin

Event Planner: (Day of coordinator) Carrie Parker, White Ginger Events

Thank you so much, Rebekah, for sharing this amazing engagement session with us! Please stop by her website and her blog and show her some love! And thank you, Nikki, for taking your time to answer our questions and sharing your proposal pictures with us! We wish you and Joel a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

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GSS Featured Wedding Professional :: Heather Annette Photography :: Katie & David’s Vintage Photo Session at the Salt Lake City Temple

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s fabulous feature comes from Heather Ferguson of Heather Annette Photography, a Utah based wedding photographer.   Heather saw Madelyn and Justin’s Anniversary Session by fellow Utah wedding photographer, Andee Tate of Crave Photography on our site and wanted to get in on the fun too!  Heather has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Here’s a little bit about the session from Heather:  “This was actually a staged shoot, they were my lovely models. They got married last year around the same time in the Salt Lake temple. It snowed on their wedding day. A few weeks ago I was looking for some models to shoot at the SLC temple and they were up for it! It worked out perfectly! We shot this in 17 degree weather and freezing cold wind! You’d never guess it, they were so great. David and Katie are great friends of mine. I’ve grown up with David. They both live in Highland and are SUCH wonderful people!”

Katie and David were married on March 31, 2010.  Katie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and your David meet?  David and I met while I was in cosmetology school with his cousin. David was in our hair show, and begged his cousin to set us up. He then pursued me from June until February when I attended a Valentines Day party at his house. Sparks flew, and we were inseparable from then on!

How long have you been married?  March 31st will be our one year anniversary!!!

What has been your favorite part of being married?  Having your best friend with you and TOGETHER you work through the hard stuff.

What advice do you offer to newlyweds? Think before you speak, enjoy the little things, and pick your battles.

What one item off of your wedding registry do you love the most?   Honestly, we couldn’t pick just one! I would recommend making sure you have all the basics.

What made you choose Heather as your photographer?   We love the way she edits pictures! She has a very creative mind, and is so easy going and friendly, that it’s easy to be yourself during the shoot. She can also come up with unique locations, and set ups for your photo’s. Heather is also very good at communicating with you so it’s clear what you want as a finished project. I would recommend her to everyone! She is so talented!

Thank you so much, Heather, for sharing this amazing engagement session with us!  Please stop by her website and blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Katie, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and David a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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