Real Wedding: Never Too Late to Celebrate

Lauren and Ethan
Walker Farms, June 19th
Photography by Madison Larsen


After officially tying the knot in June of 2020, Lauren and Ethan decided to delay their reception until their family and friends could gather safely again. “At first, we were deeply devastated because I knew the wedding of my dreams was not going to happen,” Lauren recalls. “But the situation forced a shift in perspective that changed my life, and I realized that all that was left was all that mattered.” The couple spent an entire year happily married until they finally hosted a ring ceremony and reception that can best be described as: “One epic party.”

Colorful wedding
Colorful wedding
Colorful wedding
Colorful wedding


The couple chose Walker Farms as the venue for their summertime celebration, its rustic pavilions and plein air patios offering the perfect backdrop for their special day. Fully embracing the barnyard charm and organic simplicity of the venue, each space was adorned with bohemian doily banners, colorful wildflower arrangements and gold accents. “I knew that I wanted to do something naturally whimsical, unique and full of color.” Lauren says. ” Almost like something out of a fairytale that played off the vintage feel of the venue.”

Colorful wedding
Colorful wedding
Colorful wedding


As Lauren searched for a wedding palette that suited her and Ethan’s love story, she gravitated to the bright hues and cheerful tones. To introduce a splash of pigment, Lauren turned to fresh blooms and eclectic glassware placed throughout the dining room. “Wildflowers have a sort of effortless beauty that I knew would be an effective way to incorporate bright colors in a way that wasn’t tacky,” she explains. “My advice to brides is ‘don’t be afraid of color!’ There are so many ways to incorporate your favorite colors into your wedding day, and you can pull inspiration from your everyday life.”

Colorful wedding
Colorful wedding


Early in the planning process, Lauren knew a must-have at their nuptial bash would be a dessert bar. “I have a major sweet tooth, so I made sure the dessert bar included different flavors of cake, strawberry shortcake, mini cheesecakes and peanut butter chocolate tarts,” she says. Tulie Bakery made their sweet and simple lemon wedding cake with white vanilla frosting, and live florals from Bushel and a Peck made decorative accessories. To celebrate her Mexican heritage, Lauren planned the dinner menu around delectable Mexican street food items like Elote, enchiladas, rice, beans and a salad.

Colorful wedding
Colorful wedding


Photography: Madison Larsen
Venue: Walker Farms
Floral: Bushel and a Peck Floral Design
Cake: Tulie Bakery
Dress: J. Noelle Design
Suit: Bespoke Custom Suits
Bride Accessories: BHLDN
Food: Shelley Moore and family friends
Dj: Rob Ferre

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Avrey is the Associate Editor for Utah Bride & Groom Magazine, and the Digital Editor for our affiliate magazine Utah Style & Design. She enjoys documenting unique love stories, offering fashion inspiration and indulging her affinity for alliteration.