Our darling Ashlee Raubach sent us this sweet family centered wedding that took place in Salt Lake City, Utah. The bridal party’s bright pops of coral are to die for! Be sure to read more from our gorgeous bride about their story behind the day.
What made your wedding special and unique?
Perhaps the most unique aspect of our wedding was that our families have been intertwined for many years: our parents were friends, our grandparents were friends, and even our great grandparents were friends. This produced a special dynamic as the groom’s party and the bride’s party combined into one big, happening party!
What were some touches added to make it personal?
In eighth grade, some of our dearest friends built a stately French-Villa-style home on the western edge of the greater Rocky Mountains in Northern Utah surrounded by beautiful horse pastures. For years I dreamed of one day having my wedding reception there. Thanks to their generosity, perfect weather, and tasteful flowers and decorations, my dreams literally came true.
Being a professional violinist, I also decided from a young age that I would have live music at my wedding. Because many of our favorite songs are jazz classics, we chose Jay Lawrence’s band to provide a refined but relaxed atmosphere for the reception and dance.
We also chose to have a crepe bar for our guests to enjoy to go along with the “French Villa” theme (not to mention because they are delicious—bon appétit!)
What was the most memorable part of the day?
While the most memorable part of the day was undoubtedly the private wedding ceremony performed by my sweet grandpa in the Salt Lake Temple, our wedding day will forever be a cherished memory because of the special people we shared it with. The entire day was one filled with laughter and love as we were surrounded by those family and friends who mean the most to us.
Tell us how you met/proposed!
Believe or not, our mothers have been close friends since college and as a result Jon and I have known each other our entire lives. There are definitely unique advantages that come with having known your husband for so long. For starters, you each share memories that go back to your childhood, like going to Disneyland together at the age of six and having pictures of your one-day husband sandwiched between his future in-laws. Perhaps the most special of all these memories, however, was the beautiful summer’s night we spent in my aunt’s blooming backyard talking and laughing for hours. It was that night, at the ages of 15 and 17, that Jon and I connected for the first time; from that night on we were more than just childhood friends.
After 5 ½ long but special years of dating and courtship filled with hundreds of emails, dozens of hand-written letters, hours of Skyping, and many, many months spent more than 2,000 miles apart, Jon surprised me by proposing in December of 2011. He popped the question at our favorite lookout situated just above the Avenues in Salt Lake City—the very place we had gone on our first date exactly one year (to the day!) prior. It was perfect, and just six months later our lives would finally align forever on June 12, 2012.
Vendors: Photography: Ashlee Raubach // Ceremony: Salt Lake Temple // Reception Venue: Private Residence in Brigham City, Utah // Bride’s Gown and Veil: Gateway Bridal // Hair and Makeup: Jenn Keepers of Salon Bleu // Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo Junction // Wedding Bands: Rocky Mountain Diamond // Floral Design: Suzanne Thorup // Cake: Piece of Cake! // Catering: Utah Celebrations Catering // Jazz Band: Jay Lawrence and Friends // Calligraphy: Ron Tate // Event Planning, Creative Direction, Custom Pool Monogram, Invitations and Paper Goods: Martha Hatfield // Tables, Chairs and Linen Rentals: Diamond Rental and Wedding Essentials