Real Weddings: Life is Sweet at Salt Lake City LDS Temple

Shae O’Brien & Sam Orchard – 6.3.16


Shae and Sam met at a karaoke night their freshman year at Utah State University. They dated for a few months before Sam left on an LDS mission. Shae, too, went on a mission, but the couple reunited “right where we left off,” Shae says. Sam sealed the deal when he proposed to Shae at her Big Cottonwood family cabin.


“My whole life, I’ve dreamed of having a summer wedding and getting married in the Salt Lake City Temple,” Shae says. Sam’s uncle performed the LDS Temple sealing in June.


Shae’s family hosted the reception at their home. “I [also] wished for a fairy tale wedding,” Shae continues. “Having it in my childhood backyard just made it that much more special.” Wedding colors included cream, navy, pink and orange.


Sam opts for meats, but Shae prefers salads. Menu items included a mix of their favorites like tri-tip sandwiches and salads, mixed berry salads, macaroni and cheese and sweet-potato fries—deep fried on the spot for guests. But the dessert table stole the show. “My Grandpa Lee, who passed away a few years ago, owned Lee’s Donuts in Ogden,” Shae explains. “We used his big shop sign and displayed a photo of him when he was younger making donuts.” They served maple bars, donut holes, sprinkle donuts, whoopie pies, soft-serve ice cream, watermelon sours, gum balls and a three-tiered cake featuring layers of poppy seed, coconut, and red velvet and chocolate.


“Before dancing, the DJ introduced the wedding party,” Shae recalls. “Each groomsmen walked in with a bridesmaid, then did a fun dance move. Then, hearing the DJ announce us as Mr. and Mrs. Sam Orchard made the day so real.”

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Photography: Mikki Platt, SLC

Ceremony site: Salt Lake LDS Temple

Reception site: Private residence

Flowers: St. Thomas Floral, SLC

Rentals: Alpine Event Rentals, Provo

Linen rentals: La Tavola, Napa, California

Catering: Cubby’s, SLC

Desert: Daylight Donuts, Murray; Cakes de Fleur, SLC

Ice cream machine: Yummy Soft Serve, SLC

Rings: J. Brooks Jewelers, SLC

Gown: The Perfect Dress, Holladay

Alterations: Cheryl Fennel, 801-918-1628

Suits: Bespoke Custom Clothing, SLC

Bridesmaids’ gowns: Katie Waltman, SLC

Invitations: Maria Hackett,

Lighting: Moon Light Holiday Lighting, Orem

Videography: Jenny Flynn, SLC

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