Blushing Bride

Real Wedding: Mikelle and Judson

On bended knee, on the top of a picturesque bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, on the same Thanksgiving eve that Mikelle’s own parents became engaged years before, Judson asked Mikelle for her hand in marriage.

“It was the most beautiful, peaceful place I’ve ever been,” recalls the bride. Mikelle didn’t hesitate to say yes.

The planning of their wedding, on the other hand, wasn’t as spontaneous. “We believe quality is greater than quantity,” explains the bride who admits it took a bit more work to say yes to vendors who understood their appreciation of understatement. “Things like the photo booth, candy-filled jars or the carnival theme just never appealed to us.”

Instead, Mikelle meticulously pursued their dream of a classic, romantic wedding with a nod to antiquity. “Judson and I often joke that were born in the wrong era,” admits the bride. “So I definitely had a vision for this event and I was sticking to it.”

All of her careful planning paid off on May 12, 2011, when the couple married at the Latter-Day Saints Temple in Bountiful, Utah, followed by a dinner at the refined McCune Mansion in Salt Lake City with 180 guests. The venue, with a rich history reflected in its décor and architecture, was exactly what Mikelle had envisioned. “What I loved about it was that it felt like we were having everyone over to our house for a dinner party. It was so fun to be able to greet people outside, go in for dinner and upstairs for dessert.”

Besides the décor, the choice of flowers, from Judson’s boutonniere to the reception’s centerpieces, played a huge part in setting the scene. Loosely arranged peonies, ranunculus and garden roses helped to instill the romantic feel. “I wanted everything soft and a little disheveled, not symmetrical,” Mikelle said.

She and Judson also displayed an array of photos in various antique frames to represent their deeply heartfelt ties to their family histories. A cousin of the bride, who is an artist, sketched vignettes from the event as the evening unfolded. The wedding’s food, with a choice of chicken paillard or grilled steak followed by a wedding cake of marbled vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon, also resonated as a menu one could find in another era.

Even Mikelle’s specially chosen wedding gown looked backwards for inspiration. The bride chose a silk taffeta Anne Barge gown and she helped to design a more modest bodice for the top. Rather than white, this gown was a light shade of pink. At first blush, this may seem to be a departure from Mikelle and Judson’s promise to themselves to keep their wedding classic. But once again, this choice only underscored the bride’s appreciation of the past: prior to the Victorian era, pink was an especially popular wedding dress hue—especially in May, the month Mikelle and Judson said “I do.”


--Erinn Bucklan

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