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Reception Centers in Salt Lake City with Romantic Red roses

Recently the newlywed Anderson couple had their classy and stylish reception at the Ivy House, one of Western Gardens wedding reception centers in Salt Lake City.

Since the Ivy House is paired with Western Garden Centers, many of us employees have a particular love for plants, which extends to our observation of some of the floral arrangements that come through the reception center.  I would like to personally compliment the Anderson couple on their taste in florals.

One can never go wrong with a classy and romantic red rose.  The red rose has been a symbol of romance and deep love since the ancient greeks.  Perhaps the rose holds this meaning because of how long the blooms of a rose last into the fall. Or perhaps it is how the beautiful color of love is held so delicately above the thorns and hardship beneath, symbolizing that even through hardship and trial, love can prevail and bloom.  The red red rose is truly a metaphorical embodiment of the saying “Love Conquers All”.  What a glorious declaration for a reception!

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We absolutely loved how the Anderson couple chose a classic color arrangement (black, white, and red) and gave it a fun modern feel.  The red, which usually tends to overwhelm this color arrangement, was used in such moderation that it created a glorious and stunning punch to the feel of the reception center.  Plus, by displaying the red purely through roses and petals the effect held the complexity of the roses symbolism, but also held the simplicity of modern design.

To the Anderson newlyweds, we wish you an eternity of deep love and time together, red roses and wonderful memories.  Thank you so much for making the Western Gardens family of reception centers in Salt Lake City part of your rose red memories.  We at Ivy House Weddings wish you all the best!

written by Katelyn Pettit

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Utah Wedding Venues Give Bride’s Choices

Choose your caterer at utah wedding venuesLexi and Connor had had their gorgeous wedding reception at one of Western Garden’s Utah wedding venues, Ivy House Weddings.  Their base linens were Ivory topped with a navy topper linen.  Atop this, the bride chose the reception center’s standard candle with their vibrant boxwood green wreath.  This set a happy yet cozy mood reflecting the couple’s zest for life.  Their guests were invited to put on fun attire and take memorable photos in the groom’s changing room where a photo booth was set up.  The groomsmen were in charge of this activity and they had a blast doing it.

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Ivy House is one of the reception centers Salt Lake City offers that has Cold Stone Creamery (Draper store) as one of their preferred caterers.  Lexi chose to use them rather than self-cater, which is allowed by Ivy House.  Along with the high quality ice-cream, the family provided several sheet cakes to serve the guests.  A family friend created the masterpiece wedding cake which was displayed in the cake nook upon the Ivy House cake pedestal which is available if the bride is bringing her own cake rather than use one of our recommended cake designers.

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Lexi and Connor hired Chelsey Rae Photography as their photographer who took beautiful photos of the couple outside before dark and of their special first dance as husband and wife in front of the romantic fireplace.  Their evening culminated with the traditional Ivy House sparkler send off and with such a big crowd of family and friends, extra sparklers were brought in.  The wedding venues Salt Lake City brings to our Utah brides are many, but few are as classic and easy to work with as Ivy House.  As you view the many happy faces of the guests, you can see that Salt Lake City wedding venues like Ivy House are happy places to be.

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Special Guests at Wedding Venues in Utah

Wedding places in Utah with Elvis showing upIt’s not every day that wedding venues in Utah can enjoy the appearance of a very special guest who comes to honor a beautiful bride and groom.  We have photos to prove the visit of Elvis to Lara and Korey on May 10, 2014.  He attended their romantic Utah wedding reception celebration at Ivy House Weddings and played a significant role in their farewell from the event.

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This couple chose to have a simple ceremony with about 25 guests followed by a small reception for the closest of family and friends.  Lara chose the stylish black and white Damask linen table toppers and runners over a hot pink base linen.  These were included in her venue rental price.  These colors set off the green boxwood wreath topped with hot pink rose petals with the classical tall silver candlestick centerpiece.  With real candlelight and the fireplace, the ambiance was romantic and intimate.  She used the Ivy House table ware package and self-catered with sandwiches and salads made by dear family and friends.  Utah weddings can be affordable when the wedding venue allows the bride to make choices like these for her celebration.

Beautiful cake by Granite Bakery at Salt Lake wedding receptions

Lara and Korey’s beautiful three-tiered cake was created by Granite bakery.  The middle tier was lined with fully opened roses.  The base tier was lined with seemingly perfect rose petals each delicately cascading over the one below it.  Again the cake was in shades of pinks and whites set upon the black and white table linens.

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Skyline Flowers created the bride’s bouquets, the boutonnieres, corsages, and simple rose petals for the tables.  With close friends taking all the photos to document this momentous occasion, the wedding party of about 150 enjoyed simple socializing and the traditional bouquet and garter toss along with the bride and groom cutting the cake.

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After a dazzling sparkler send-off, Elvis was their chauffeur driving the newlyweds away in his vintage pink cruiser!  What an enjoyable and one of the most memorable departures from Utah reception centers!

Reception Centers in Utah and Clever Love Story Display – 2.21.2014

Utah weddings with clever display of love stories

Wedding reception centers in Utah typically don’t have wedding celebrations quite like the one that Ivy House experienced on February 21, 2014.  This wedding reception was completely and solely about honoring the bride and the groom.  Many very clever and unique ideas were shared with their guests that must be mentioned here.

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First of all, above their beautiful cake (created by a dear friend), the couple had strung ribbons with photos and short synopsis explaining each step of their romantic beginning and the fun along the way.  Everyone that waited in line to wish them well, was entertained by not only admiring their three-tiered simple elegant cake, but also could see the fun and love Erika and Jonathan already share.

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Things You May Not Know About Him or Her

Another unique idea that I have not seen before were two 8×10 frames containing “Things You May Not Know About Him” and “Things You May Not Know About Her”.  They were fascinating to read, and I don’t even know these two lovebirds!  Again, it was all about honoring the highlighting this beautiful new union!

WM 2.21.14 5 Erika’s favorite book is “Gone With the Wind”.  On display was a copy of the classic opened up with a photo of Jona and Erika on a romantic candlelit park bench.  It could be where he proposed to her.  With their names written in the book, it was another beautiful statement highlighting this couple at one of our Utah wedding venues.

WM IH 2.21.14 13The table centerpieces consisted of red roses with blue delphiniums and white baby’s breath in simple vases.  These were arranged by the groom’s father. These sat atop a stack of books wrapped in book covers of bright red, white, and blue.  A few red rose petals were scattered across the blue tablecloths and among the several votive canoes.  It was simple and again reflected the fun spirit of this beautiful couple.

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Real Wedding at Utah Wedding Venues – April 4, 2014

wedding reception centers with Joyful ceremonyOn April 4, 2014, Ashley and Andy were the honored wedding couple at Ivy House Wedding reception center, one of Western Gardens Utah wedding venues.  What an absolute gorgeous couple and beautiful ceremony and celebration.

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Andy and Ashley chose to have their ceremony in a traditional chapel style set up.  With 125 guest witnesses, their officiator Brian Arnett gave some beautiful advice to the couple soon followed by beautiful vows and pronouncement of man and wife.

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While the newlyweds were congratulated and then enjoyed their photography session with Cody Moffat Photography, Ivy House staff made the quick change from ceremony to reception table configuration.  Ashley chose a maize yellow base linen for her tables topped with silver pin tuck toppers.  The Ivy House tall silver candlestick centerpiece added that final touch of class and style.  Wedding venues in Utah that offer stylish and chic centerpieces as part of their package, are something to consider.

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The family chose to self-cater with a beautiful collection of tasty desserts. About 400 guests enjoyed the dessert buffet of everything from chocolate mousse, lemon tarts, eclairs, dipped strawberries., and the list could go on.  Now most Utah Weddings include the newest fad of a candy bar for the youngsters. Ashley and Andy were no exception.  Lemon drops, candy necklaces, gummy bears, and lollipops made the favorite list!

wedding places in utah for a romantic ceremonyAs part of the decorations that evening, but actually as a wedding gift to the new couple, the groom’s father presented one of his original oil paintings to the couple for the beginning of their new life together.  It was on display for all to admire as a symbol of his love for his son and new daughter.

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Ashley’s cake was created by Jill Taylor with Sprinkle Belle Cakes.  It was a three-tier masterpiece.  The florist was Skyline floral and their photographer was Cody Moffat.  They had hired a D.J. named Tommy with “Complete Music”.  Wedding reception centers with tall vaulted ceilings like Ivy House create big sound that resonates beautifully and makes and atmosphere that is a lot of fun for everyone, whether you are dancing or just watching!

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Wedding Venues in Utah with Real Events – December 12, 2013

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One of our recommended cake designers – Carrie’s Cakes

We allow our families to self-cater if they choose, but Genevieve chose to utilize our highly recommended vendors for catering and cake design. Utah Celebrations catered with fresh fruit, appetizers and hot drinks for the cold wintery yet romantic day! One of our favorite cake designers created her wedding cake.  Carrie’s Cakes does beautiful and delicious work.  They are truly works of art!  Bacchus was their certified bartender for light alcohol service.  Flowers were provided by Flowerama.  Beautiful Utah wedding locations like Atrium Weddings, are reasonably priced wedding venues that allow your wedding celebration reflect your personality!

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Utah Celebrations is one of our preferred caterers!

So many guests said how much they liked the venue.  Thank you so much!  ~ Peggy, Mother of the Bride.

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Real Events at Wedding Reception Venues in Utah – February 15, 2014

utah reception centersThe mother of this bride deserves to be awarded this year’s most dedicated mother of the bride award at all wedding reception venues in utah.  Not only did support her daughter in all the stress and details of planning her daughter’s wedding, but she also dealt with the stress and time to make the wedding cake.  That in and of itself is enough to make any mother have her nerves completely frazzled and ready for a day at the spa.

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The cake is a solid four tiers of exquisite unique decoration styles on each level.  It appears to have a fifth tier made up of gorgeous coral & white roses and blue chrysanthemums.  She created a beautiful masterpiece that was the envy of any of any Utah wedding venues.

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The couple enjoyed a beautiful sit down dinner for about 100 guests of family and friends that was hosted by Utah Celebrations.  Their photographer was the wonderful local professional Margaret Evans.

Comments from Kate, the Maid of Honor, included “Everything was wonderful and everyone was very helpful.  The facilities are absolutely beautiful too.”   We invite you to check out wedding places in Utah like Ivy House Weddings for a stress free beautiful wedding celebration!

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Real Utah Weddings – May 9, 2014

wedding venues in salt lake city with simple beautySome Utah weddings are simple yet just as special and beautiful as those Utah reception centers that are extravagant.  That is one of the beautiful aspects about Ivy House.  A bride can dress is way up, or simply enjoy it as it is because it already has a stunning simple beauty and charm.

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Relaxed bride at slc wedding venuesThis event in May was a beautiful gathering with little fanfare but with a ton of love and happiness for this newly united couple.  Victoria and Christian celebrated their marriage with about 350 family and friends at Ivy House.  Our preferred caterers Utah Celebrations catered the event with delicious appetizers, sandwiches, and tarts. Cheers’n Swizzles was the alcohol provider and everyone sat back, relaxed and chitchatted the evening away.  Victoria chose a beautiful Royal blue base linen with an elegant black topper.  Along with our Chic mirror centerpiece with base candle, everyone was comfortable and enjoyed themselves.  Their photographer was Manuel Rascon who kindly shared photos with us and you can see that he does beautiful work. This is his second time shooting at Western Garden’s wedding reception venues in Utah.  He has been at our sister wedding venue Atrium Weddings in Sandy.

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Real Events at Wedding Venues in Utah 02-22-2014

Today Simple elegant wedding venues in UtahI’d like to share about this wedding celebration that took place in the cold of winter, but you’d never guess it.  Liz and Matt added their touch of style and personality to the classic lines of Ivy House, one of our wedding venues in Utah; thus creating a Utah wedding reception with simple elegance that reflected the love they share together.

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Liz chose beautiful pastel peaches and pinks and accented with golds, silvers, and ivory including a touch of lace.  It was elegant, warm, and inviting.  Not only was this Utah wedding reception a beautiful site, but even the sounds were elegant.  Liz and Matt invited a friend to come play the harp as background music before the dancing began with their iPod music.  The string instrument definitely added some class to the event that matched the classic charm of the style of this wedding venue.

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The tables were covered with ivory base linens and topped with gold pin tucked toppers.  Atop this was the centerpiece option of our tall Silver candlestick centerpiece to which Liz accents with color coordinated ribbons, a touch of mirrors, votive candles, and photos of her and Matt within beautiful silver frames.  Again, it was absolute simple elegance as you will see in the photos.

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We are one of the Utah reception centers that allow for self-catering and that is what Liz and Matt opted to do.  They brought in a variety of scrumptious desserts and platters of fresh fruit.  Loving neighbors kept the serving tables full for the guests.

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Simple elegance can include a lot of fun too.  They created their own photo booth with streamers in their wedding colors hanging from a garden harbor as the background and a few fun props.  These photos were glued into the guest book and signed by all their fun family and friends.

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Liz hired Natalie Gray of The Cake Market to create her exquisite cake.  It was a unique two tiered ruffly and pearled masterpiece with a beautiful rose bouquet on top.  The flowers were done by First Blossom, and her videographer was Dan Kettle with Elements in Motion.

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Cutting the wedding cakeSlice of wedding cake is goneUtah wedding venues are fortunate to have photographers like Lori Romney Photography and we were pleased to have her photograph Liz and Matt at Ivy House.  As you can tell, her work is beautiful and we hope she returns with another bride and groom to our reception
centers in Salt Lake City.

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Liz’s mother wrote:   “Wonderful venue!  It was beautiful.  All the staff was so helpful.  So glad we had it here!”

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Wedding Venues in Utah Real Event – Daytime Ceremony

Salt Lake Wedding venues with daytime eventsWedding venues in Utah like Ivy House Weddings are busy with real events like this one.  This beautiful daytime event is worth highlighting again, especially now that the bride’s photographer shared many of the photos with us.    This bride chose to have a daytime ring ceremony for special family and friends.  It was simple and stunning.  One unique set up feature was Angela set up a guest sign in table in the middle of the room just a bit in from the main entrance.  Their guests could enjoy a piece of carmel taffy and write a special note of good wishes to the new couple.

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Simple, classic, and elegant colors

Angela kept the ambiance of this Utah wedding venue in the brown classic tones with an accent of ivory with sashes on the chairs, her wedding gown, and her elegant bridal bouquet.  The groom and his men were in brown suits and the bridesmaids were also in warm taupe summer dresses with elegant white pearl necklaces.  Very classy!  I believe that after the ring ceremony, the wedding party departed for a local favorite restaurant.  What a relaxing beautiful wedding day with close family and friends!

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Angela and Chase’s photographer is Lauren Adams of LaLas Lens Photography. If you like her classic style, contact her for more information at   www.lalaslens.com or lauren@lalaslens.com This event was on June 2, 2012.

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The old world charm of Ivy House Weddings
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Flower girl and ring boy after the ceremony