Elegant Wedding at the Utah State Capitol


written by Val Rasmussen | photos by Jacque Lynn Erickson


The Couple

photos by Jacque Lynn Erickson


Chelsea Hildt and David A.J. Robinson

“We were in nearby halls during our freshman year, and our roommates were friends,”  David explains. “I remember laughing with Chelsea when I first saw her dorm room door plastered with hilarious memes.”

A week or so later, the couple took a spontaneous weekend road trip to California, driving all Friday night, playing in Laguna Beach on Saturday, then driving home on Sunday.

“We have been on a non-stop adventure since,” David says.

The Wedding

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After getting engaged on a Provo hillside on a chilly April night, the duo set their sights on an outdoor wedding during the heat of the summer.

“David grew up in the neighborhood right above the Capitol and, after looking at one of the sunsets from the granite patios of the beautiful Capitol, we decided that it would be the perfect spot,” says Chelsea.

The Mood

photos by Jacque Lynn Erickson

The summer evening oozed classic style. Floral arches greeted guests, dark wooden chairs lined  tables, formal programs announced events and fresh garlands ran down table centers. Mauve, muted pink, gray and powder blue provided small pops of color against the Capitol’s marble terrace.

“One of my very favorite elements of the design was the marble name cards,” says wedding planner Rachael Affleck of Rachael Ellen Events, referring to the Capitol building’s stone. “It was classic and timeless yet had a fresh, modern garden-party feel. The gold calligraphy tied in all of the other gold details. Not only did the marble place cards serve as name cards, but they were also small favors for the guests to take home at the end of the night.”

The Menu

photos by Jacque Lynn Erickson

“We had a hard time deciding on our wedding meal,” Chelsea admits.

They debated street gyros, a corn-dog truck or Greek food, but ultimately decided that finger foods served at a seated dinner didn’t provide the ambiance they envisioned. They decided instead on starters comprised of caprese poppers, sliced steak bruschetta and crab and shrimp cakes. The formal dinner offered classic chopped salad, campanelle carbonara (penne tossed with garlic, wood-grilled chicken, bacon, Parmesan and Romano cheeses, spinach and Alfredo sauce) and gorgonzola-crusted beef. Guests enjoyed a choice of Italian wedding cake or carrot cake for dessert.

The Tunes

photos by Jacque Lynn Erickson

The “Changing Lanes” band played classic wedding tunes on the Capitol’s terrace. The newlyweds danced to Ella Fitzgerald’s “Dream a Little Dream.”

Most Memorable Moment

photos by Jacque Lynn Erickson

“Even though it was a monumental and beautiful day for both of us and was preceded by a lot of planning and attention-to-detail,” Chelsea says, “I look back and think about how peaceful the day was and how, as soon as the day started, I remember thinking that no detail mattered aside from our actual ceremony.” 


Photography Jacque Lynn, SLC

Planning/Design Rachael Ellen Events, SLC

Flowers Rachael Ellen Events, SLC

Video Nathan Pickett, Layton

Cake Flour & Flourish, Lindon

Linens La Tavola 

Catering Brio, Murray

Calligraphy Lustr, SLC

Signage/Invitations Refine Studio, Logan

HMUA Tia Celise, Logan

Dress Alta Moda Bridal, SLC

Band Changing Lanes, SLC

Getaway Car Something Vintage Something Blue, Orem

Lighting Moonlight Utah, Orem

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