Celebrating love never gets old. Whether you’re neck-deep in wedding planning or only just falling in love, it’s never too cheesy—or old-fashioned—to reminisce on special moments with your loved on. This wedding, one of our favorites, is a throwback to a love-filled day, courtesy of Aaron and Makenna’s sweet bond.
UBG: How did you two meet?
Makenna: Before I started fashion blogging I danced for the Utah Jazz for a couple years. It was the funnest job. I met so many incredible people. but I never would have thought I would have met my husband through it. Aaron was asked to be in a Jazz commercial filmed at arena where we were practicing that night before the game. While we were practicing, we saw the commercial being filmed and I noticed a very good looking guy looking at me. We kept catching one of us looking at the other for a few minutes before we finally walked past each other. I was hoping Aaron would say something to me when I walked by but when he didn’t I was like, well I guess I won’t be seeing him again. A few weeks later Aaron found me on Instagram and got my number where we chatted for a while until he finally asked me out. Our first date was perfectly planned out and so romantic. After that and hearing his accent, it was game over. The rest is history.
UBG: How did he propose?
Makenna: This is my favorite story we have together in the past two years that we’ve known each other. I had been working all day and wasn’t expecting to see Aaron that day but he showed up at my house and surprised me with dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. After we ate, Aaron started getting nervous and fidgety while were driving around and acted like he didn’t remember how to get back to my house. On the way to my house Aaron undid his seat belt and was acting like he was about to James Bond it out of the car and that’s when I started to get a bit nervous because he’s usually so calm and collected. When we pulled up there were candles and flower petals lining the stairs leading up to this handmade teepee/tent with bedding, pillows, sparking cider and a chandelier inside of it and a movie screen set up between two trees. I have 2 teenage sisters and thought one of them was getting asked to the homecoming dance at her high school, so I was oblivious. I kept telling Aaron we should go inside and wait of her to see it so we didn’t ruin anything, but it took him pushing me into the teepee and starting this video to realize something was going on. When Aaron started the video and sat next to me, he started to cry and shake (this never happens). The video was this amazing video Aaron had made of all of our favorite cheesy romantic video scenes. After the movie scenes finished, pictures and videos popped up on the screen with our song playing in the background and I lost it. At the end, the words “Will You Marry Me?” popped up on the screen and I was sobbing. Aaron bent down on one knee and said “Makenna, I have been waiting for you my whole life. Will you marry me?” After trying to see through my tears I said, “I can’t even see the ring. (cue ugly crying face and sobs) Of course I will marry you.” Then all my family and friends popped out of the windows and doors of my house cheering. One of my best friends who just so happened to be our photographer ran out from behind a tree and said “I got pics of the whole thing!” and hugged both me and Aaron. It was the best day. I wish I could go back and relive it.
UBG: What were the unique elements that made up your wedding?
Makenna: My main focus on our wedding was draped florals, and gold accents. Some elements that really made our wedding was the color scheme. The focus was mainly on the gold accents. For example, we had a large floral canopy draped in flowers and white chiffon that circled that dance floor but put focus on the middle of the large space at the capitol. Another big hit was the greenery and florals wrapped around the banisters and up and down the stairs. We stayed very consistent to our style and our vision. We really wanted to go for a classic Great Gatsby theme. We wanted it to be something that we would look back at in 10 years and it could still be in style. Something unique that people loved was the photo booth we had. Both Aaron and I didn’t want your typical guest book that we wouldn’t really look at so it was fun to have a Photo Booth that really captured everyone’s personality and what kind of experience they had at our reception. It’s something we still like to go back and look at.