My reception turned out to be everything I dreamed it would be and I think that’s one of the happiest things a bride can say. I wanted a crisp, clean, chic, classic, white wedding and it all fell into place beautifully. I may have had the vision but it took my entire family to make it all come true. I went thrifting for days (a drudgery I had to endure) to find vases, picture frames, and little trinkets to spray paint white and gold, which were my main colors, with accents of black and soft pinks. My sister Charlotte was at the forefront of the reception planning and even gave me the tip off about my venue, Southworth Hall. It’s a modest little hole in the wall from the outside, but the inside has so much potential for glamour! It’s very illusive, I’m afraid I don’t even have a website to direct you to; they don’t have pictures or real information up yet. My three favorite things about it: 1-Brick walls. Love them. 2- It was smaller and a little more cozy. It also meant that we could fill space fast, which I appreciated. 3- It is in downtown Provo. I love Provo. It brings back wonderful memories of my childhood and I think downtown especially has a particular charm I haven’t found anywhere else in the country. Zach and I spent the first half of our dating life in Provo, we went for numerous walks downtown together. It was a sentimental location for me. I also loved that all of my wedding festivities took place in Provo. It’s a quirk of mine but I like to keep things together, like a collection. My wedding and all the celebrations that went with it are part of my Provo collection.
Peter Tidwell, my brother-in-law, also known as The Mighty Baker, was my caterer for the evening. I requested homemade oreos, sugar cookies, pretty cupcakes sprinkles with gold dust, and mini cheesecakes. And let’s not forget my beautiful white cake!! Did Pete deliver or what!? I was very pleased with the delicacies we served and I loved that we got to offer our delicious wedding cake as well. My sister Allysann was so thoughtful; she made two plates full of our refreshments and stored them away for Zach and me to take home with us. I got to sample all the goodness! I know most brides and grooms never get to eat their own food so I’m grateful she thought of us. Peter is a baking wizard and if you or anyone else needs a caterer for a wedding, he’s my #1 recommendation.
Because Peter is a caterer, and therefore has a wholesale license to floral shops, my sisters and I were able to pick out the flowers together and arrange them ourselves! I really enjoyed that part. We did the same for Allysann when she got married (13 months before me) and I was looking forward to arranging my own blooms for my reception. They may look homemade but I like their appearance all the better for that. The effect turned out dainty and sweet.
Just like all wedding receptions, the morning and afternoon of the event was spent running last minute errands and taking care of the little things. I’m so grateful for my family who all took their assigned responsibilities seriously and made sure nothing fell through the cracks. Sharon got me ready for the last time, Charlotte and Peter took care of food, Lynn, Allysann, Bryan, Danielle, and Zach all set up. They pulled out the chairs and tables, covered them, strung lights, set out pictures and flower arrangements, and made sure the music and lights were just right. This was my family’s fourth wedding. We’re getting pretty good at it.
All Photos by Heather Nan Parkinson
At 5:00 PM our guests arrived and the party started! Zach and I didn’t want to spend our whole evening standing in a line so we wandered around together and talked and laughed with all our people. Things were ideal, I couldn’t have asked for a smoother reception. I’m thankful to all who came to support the new Heckert family. Zach and I loved seeing our friends and family! We had to wrap up the merriment at 7:00 PM sharp because there was another event taking place at Southworth Hall that evening. Our remaining guests all ran outside and gave us a wonderful send off. I love those pictures. I obviously posted too many but how could I choose!? You get to see it in sequence. Maybe if I print all of them off and staple them together you can watch us leave like an animated flipbook?
Zach’s sister,Emma, and her husband, Steve, were outside doing a little wedding damage to Zach’s car while all the festivities were going on. They filled the car completely with balloons! It was a very cheerful mess!