Real Weddings: The Sweetest September Wedding in the Salt Lake City Temple

Brynn Peterson & Jason Cook

Salt Lake City LDS Temple + Private Residence, Peoa

September 7

Photographs by Heather Nan 


Rachel Ellen Events had no problem when given the opportunity to utilize the natural beauty of Riversong Ranch, a place near and dear to the bride. With romantic minimalism in mind, the reception perfectly complimented the scenery as well as the couple.


Brynn and Jason first met in high school during her freshman year and his junior year. “We were good friends throughout high school and started dating in college,” Brynn says. Two years later, Jason proposed. “We went on an early morning hike up by Ensign Peak, which overlooks the Salt Lake Valley, where we went on our first date, to watch the sunrise. It was intimate and perfect since it was just the two of us,” Brynn recalls. Today, the newlyweds reside in Salt Lake City where Jason is in finance for a software company and Brynn is an interior designer at a local firm.


After the engagement, the duo had no problem pinpointing the location and date. “We have always wanted to get married in this temple and we knew we wanted to get married at the beginning of September,” Brynn explains. Brynn and Jason married inside the Salt Lake LDS Temple surrounded by 30 of their family members and closest friends on September 7th. After the ceremony, the couple hosted a grand reception at Riversong Ranch, Brynn’s grandparents second home in Peoa. “It is a home nestled in the mountains with a big lawn and the Weber River running right through the backyard,” Brynn says. “I grew up having the best of memories there and dreamt of having my wedding reception there one day. Once Jason and I started dating, we spent quite a bit of time up there with my family and he fell in love with it, too. Somehow, I got lucky and those childhood dreams came true.” 


With the assistance of Rachael Ellen Events, the duo unveiled minimal, yet classic decor—utilizing a color palette of lavender, rose and ivory—to compliment the natural landscape of the riverside ranch. “Everything about their design was rooted in being natural, romantic, organic and a little boho, which fit absolutely perfectly with the riverside outdoor space,” says Rachael Affleck Mayo, owner of Rachael Ellen Events. “We accented this outdoor feel by bringing greenery into the tent, keeping the garlands on the tables lush and full and using wood sonoma chairs to enhance the woodland feel.” 


Brynn and Jason share a love of pizza, gelato and charcuterie boards. With that in mind, plus knowing their Salt Lake City guests would be hungry after their long drive to Peoa, the newlyweds made a point of filling their guests with savory and sweet cuisine options. Pizzeria Limone served up four choices of pizza—the Pera, the Viola, the Margarita and the Ferrari—straight out of their mobile wood-burning pizza oven, plus two signature salads, the Tre Sorelle and the Caesar Limone. Guests enjoyed freshly-squeezed sweet-pear lemonade and classic lemonade. For dessert (aside from cake) Harmon’s gelato was a hit—chocolate, vanilla, peach and pistachio.


“Our ceremony and the dancing, by far,” Jason says. The newlyweds danced to two wedding songs—Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be in My Heart” and Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September”—for their first dance.





Photos: Heather Nan Photography | @heathernan

Planner, design, flowers: Rachael Ellen Events | @rachaelellenevents

Catering: Pizzeria Limone | @pizzerialimone

Cake: Flour & Flourish | @flourandflorish

Ceremony site: Salt Lake LDS Temple, SLC

Reception site: Private Residence, Peoa

Rentals: Diamond Rental | @diamondeventandtent

Rings: O.C. Tanner Jewelers | @octannerjewelers

Invitation design: The Louise Press, New York City | @thelouisepress 

Invitation printing: The Wedding Smith |

Gown: Alta Moda Bridal | @altamodabridal

Grooms suit: Bespoke Custom Clothing |

Groomsmens’ suits & Bridesmaids: Nordstrom | @nordstrom

Entertainment: Changing Lanes Band | @changinglanesband

Videography: David Perry Films | @davidperryfilms

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