Utah Nautical-Inspired Wedding: Dee & Angie
April 22, 2014
Angie and Dee met online in 2003. They chatted and got to know each other very well, even though one lived in Oregon and one in Utah. After meeting in person only twice, Dee moved to Utah in August 2004.
On July 4, 2005, the couple celebrated Independence Day at Angie’s family home. Dee chose the celebration to pop the question, and the rest is history!
Angie and Dee’s original venue was the city courthouse in December during the 2-week period when same-sex weddings became legal in Utah. They still wanted their dream wedding, however, and ultimately chose Aspen Landing for its decor and unique layout. The building was warm and inviting, the prices were within budget, and the venue staff was very welcoming to the lesbian couple.
The brides did everything for their wedding themselves, with the help of a friend. They collected unique nautical decor over time and made their own centerpieces. Angie made her bouquet and Dee’s boutonniere. They even made their own shell cake topper – however, their cake was involved in an accident on the way to the reception! Instead of a traditional guest book, the couple created a trunk and cards for guests to leave advice and well-wishes.
Angie and Dee plan to celebrate their one-year anniversary just being with each other, and perhaps pulling out their trunk full of advice from their guests. Their favorite memory of their day was marrying each other exactly on their 10-year anniversary. Angie adds that she loved seeing her father, a double amputee, on the dance floor all night!
When asked for advice for other couples planning their own weddings, Angie would suggest making your wedding exactly what you want it to be, and not worrying so much about what everyone else thinks. Dee would point out that this is your special day. “Don’t get so caught up with the stress of planning that you lose sight of what the day is about. Relax and enjoy the time that is focused on you and your spouse. It goes all too fast!”