Jess + Phil
A few months after I was born, my family went to Lake Powell and they’ve gone every year since. At some point I decided that the man I was going to marry had to love Lake Powell just as much as I did or he wouldn’t make the cut. I still remember the first time I brought Phil to Lake Powell and after just a few minutes, I was convinced he loved it even more than I did. We knew it was the perfect place for us to get married. Phil and I met when we were both 15 and went to high school together. We were each other’s first kiss, prom dates and best friends from then on. Phil has always been someone I wanted to share my life with. We dated for three years in college before Phil popped the question on Baker Beach overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. We wanted our wedding to be intimate and special for our guests who travelled from all over the country to attend. And just as our guest list was hand crafted, so were the details of our wedding. We used my grandmother Virginia’s gold flatware set and gold candlesticks that were left to me when she passed away. We also used Phil’s grandmother Maria’s crystal glasses brought over from her native Romania. And also his grandma June’s vases. We displayed photos of loved ones who had passed on who we know were there in spirit. Phil’s ring was hand crafted by a Navajo artist which reflected the Navajo heritage of the Lake Powell area. For my going away dress, we altered my prom dress from my very first date with Phil. With the backdrop of Lake Powell, our wedding was everything we dreamed it to be: beautiful, intimate and filled with those we love most.
– Bride, Jess