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Significant Other

Aug, 08, 2016

July 17, 2015 // Hunter + Mitchell  

Hunter Kofford is a sentimental soul. So marrying her soul mate — high school sweetheart Mitchell Fowler — meant a wedding with the sweetest and sincerest of details. “I knew I wanted that sentimentality to be represented,” she says. “And my, oh my. I had dreamed about this day.” That dream included an intimate, close-to-home celebration. So her reception venue was the corral at the entrance of Randy’s Horse Pasture in Orem — a place she grew up taking walks and riding bikes as a kid. For vendors, she enlisted the help of her insanely talented family members — her mother and aunt, who own The Flower Affair, and her cousin, photographer Whitney Brailsford. Her custom gown, dazzling with beads and crystals, was hand-stitched to perfection. “I didn’t have many bridezilla-isms, but when it came to the dress, that’s where it came out,” she says. “But oh my heavens, my dress was marvelous.” And in true Hunter fashion, her seams were stitched with the most beautiful tribute. “I have a brother who passed away six years ago, and I wanted him to be close to me and my new husband on that day. So I had Paula, the dress wizard, cut a piece of Cooper’s shirt out and stitch it inside of my dress — close to my heart. It was my something blue. I also made a custom gold pin with Cooper’s name on it for Mitchell to wear on his lapel.” Hunter’s thoughtful planning led to a truly joyful affair. “From the time I woke up to the time I went to sleep as a Mrs., I was calm, collected and ready to marry the one I love.”

GET THE PICTURE From the grand reception entrance to the powerful petals to the cake-a-palooza, Hunter’s mash-up of gorgeous creativity created a truly one-of-a-kind celebration. “When people ask me what my colors were, I say, ‘All the colors — psychedelic!” she laughs. “But I especially loved the fall-ish colors in the middle of summer. I knew I wanted it to be different from all the weddings I had previously seen. And while my ideas of creating something organic, simple, elegant, slightly-gaudy and timeless were hard to mesh together, my mom and aunt pulled it off perfectly. It was elegance meets spunk.”

TOMS-FOOLERY “I walked into choir and saw that Mitchell was wearing the same pair of TOMs that I was. So I yelled across the room, ‘Hey! Do your Toms make your feet stink?’ He responded, ’Umm, no?’ Embarrassed (but not really), I said, ‘Oh! Well mine do!’ And that was how we met.”


Photography Whitney Brailsford, Jessica Janae Photography

Venue The Corral in Orem

Gown Paula Nelson Hart Designs

Groom’s Attire Urbana Custom

Floral The Flower Affair

Catering Fiore Pizza Truck, Marvellous Catering + BYU Creamery

Cakes Sheperds Cakes + Ellies Cakes

Rings Sierra-West for him, custom for her

Videography Jordan + Katelyn Towner of Haugen Creative

Paper Suite Karen Smith at Print Mark

Hair Shea Sheiss

Makeup Ashley Sylvester, Sly Beauty

Rentals Susan’s Party Rentals

Rehearsal Dinner Caffe Molise

Photo Printing ProDPI

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