A Utah DIY Ceremony
Tell us your love story!
Richie and I met on a dating app, Grindr. On our first date we had planned to go hot tubbing at Richie’s apartment complex, but when we got there the hot tub was full. So, instead we walked to a nearby subway and ate and talked about everything. I knew after that evening that I wanted to date Richie. So much so that when I went home I wrote “Richie is my boyfriend” on a piece of paper and stuck it away for the universe. I went to Salt Lake pride with him and his friends, but shortly after I moved away to finish college. After graduating college, I received a job offer back near where Richie lived. I accepted it, and after 2 years of not seeing each other we reconnected, and started dating.
What about the proposal?
We decided early on that I was going to propose first but it was important to both of us that we were each proposed to. Richie has always wanted to own a Yurt, and I found one for rent in the mountains on AirBnb. We hopped in our cars on a secret adventure, and once we got there we started painting canvases. We didn’t show each other until our paintings were complete, and when we did mine had “will you marry me” on it and I proposed.
A couple months later Richie proposed on the bank of Quirrh Lake in Salt Lake City. We arrived to a cute table set up with all imaginable fishing gear, balloons, and dinner. As we were setting up our poles he kneeled down and proposed and we both had a great evening catching fish.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
Neither of us feel like there was a ‘know it’ moment. We both grew each day and as we learned more of each other, our love for each other grew.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We definitely knew we wanted an outdoor wedding. We kind of wanted the day to have some meaning, so we decided on the “12th” because that was also they day we started going steady. We knew we wanted it to be low budget. We also knew it was going to be a smaller wedding with mostly family.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
The food was easy because our families took care of it completely. The hardest part was probably deciding on a color/theme. After we finally picked pink and blue, it was hard to find/buy everything in the exact same shade. It was also hard to find a nice suit and especially one that fit Glen who is extra tall.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
We wish we knew that there was going to be a flash flood!
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
We would definitely suggest to always have a backup plan, and maybe even a backup plan for the backup plan. Everyone should know that something crazy will happen on your wedding day. If you know its coming, you can better accept it and just enjoy the day with your partner.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Our favorite part was seeing all the support from many friends and family members that we weren’t expecting. We were also very happy when the rain stopped just in time for our ceremony.