Jen and Dave’s love story began in epic fashion: while jamming at a Deadmau5 concert in 2010. Over a decade later, they sealed the deal in an equally fantastic celebration, full of disco, bright color and great music.
After their first meet-cute, the couple remained friends and concert-going comrades for eight years before finally connecting romantically (coincidentally, at another Deadmau5 show, which they consider their first date). For a few months, the pair pursued a long distance relationship between SLC and St. George, but after deciding they wanted to be together forever, Dave made the move down south. Shortly after, the couple welcomed their first child, and a second two years later.
“It was always in our plans to get married,” shares Jen, “But with the pandemic and all the changes happening in the world, we wanted to wait until the timing was right.”
In February of 2023, Jen and Dave took a couple’s trip to Belize with all of their closest friends. In the most romantic Valentine’s display imaginable, Dave walked Jen to a private pier overlooking the ocean before bending to one knee, professing his love and surprising his soon-to-be-fiancee with a proposal and a ring.
In fall 2023, Dave and Jen found their perfect time, and celebrated their love in a full-fledged 70’s soiree, which they dubbed “Roachella,” honoring their newly shared last name. To introduce their theme, their invitation suite included “flyers” with stage names and artist set times, and on the big day every guest was given a “Roachella” wristband for the occasion.
“We wanted a wedding that was unique, fun and felt like a party,” Jen says. To accomplish this vision of energy and whimsy, the couple worked with event planner Details by Laura Lee to create a design incorporating disco balls, vibrant florals, and velvet textures throughout the gorgeous Twenty & Creek venue in Sandy, UT. A palette of rust orange and marigold yellow, accented by pops of magenta, brought the retro vibes in full force.
In front of a crowd of their dearest family and friends, all clad in 70’s attire, Dave and Jen said “I Do,” backed by a backdrop of tapestry florals. Their daughter was the ceremony’s flower girl, and their year-old son acted as ring bearer, assisted by the family pug.
“It was so special to have our children be apart of our wedding day, as well as my little pug who had been with me through so many ups and downs over the years.”
For the occasion, Jen wore an ivory and mocha lace gown, accessorized with a fringe veil for a boho, vintage bridal look. “I am very simple when it comes to jewelry so I chose a dainty gold necklace and matching bracelet with tiny pearls formed into daisies.” Dave went full 1970’s in a rust-orange suit and colorful bolo tie.
After the vows and a buffet dinner featuring spinach and artichoke dip, pulled pork sliders, salad and an assortment of mini desserts, DJ Sam VanCrisco kicked off a classic disco party. “We compiled a playlist of our favorite 70’s tracks, and sam weaved it all together.” The first disco track of the night was “Funky Town” by Lipps, Inc. which got everyone young and old on the dance floor.
Throughout the night, soulful covers of Beatles tracks, funk music for energized post-dinner dancing and modern remixes blared through the speakers while the newlyweds celebrated with their guests. Monster LED screens and speaker stacks by Tsunami Pro helped transform the wedding party into the iconic Studio 54. At the bar, guests enjoyed themed cocktails: a raspberry “mojo-ito” for the bride and a French ’79 in honor of the groom’s birth year.
Dave and Jen’s first dance was to “Alchemy,” by Above & Beyond, then they performed a daddy and daughter dance to “Butterfly Kisses,” by Bob Carlisle.
At the end of the party, the couple cut into a three-tiered cake in three flavors: white chocolate with raspberry cream filling, Italian cream cake with dulce de leech filling, and pumpkin cake with cream cheese filling. “They were all so delicious,” says the bride.
Wedding Planner and Florist: Details by Laura Lee, detailsbylauralee.com
Venue: Twenty & Creek, twentyandcreek.com
Photographer and Videographer: Jackie Siggard, jackiesiggardphotography.com
Caterer: Marvelous Catering, marvellouscatering.com
Bride’s Attire: Celebrate the Occasions, celebratetheoccasions.com
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse, menswearhouse.com
Stationery Suite and Signage: Etsy, etsy.com
Disco Balls: Bel Fiore Rantals, belfiorerentals.com
Neon Sign: Love at First Sign, loveatfirstsign.org
Linens: Specialty Linens, specialtylinensutah.com
Hair & Makeup: Heather Dear Artistry, @heatherdearartistry
Bridesmaid Gowns: Baltic Born, balticborn.com
Bar Service: COPA, copabarservice.com
Cake: Sweet E’s Bakery, sweetesbakes.com
DJ/Band: Sam VanCrisco, retired.
A/V Service: Tsunami Pro, @tsunami_pro
Photo Bus: Photo Booth Bus, photoboothbus.com