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Wedding Reception at the Hotel Monaco in SLC

by dav.d

Often, as a wedding photographer, I am brought in to photograph just the wedding reception. Before gay marriage was legal in Utah, often couples would marry out of state and then return to have a wedding reception with friends and family here in Utah.

In the case of Frank and Preston, the couple had married during the brief 2 week period of time that gay marriage was legal and before the stay was issued, halting all marriage licenses. Well, they wanted to have a party to celebrate!

Wedding invitation for Preston & Frank

Wedding invitation for Preston & Frank

The wedding was a package from the Hotel Monaco and it was actually a prize during a silent auction at the Hotel Monaco’s Red Party. I even volunteered my wedding photography skills to add some value to the wedding package. The package itself included overnight stays for a number of guests, cake, food, DJ, invitations, and more. All you would need for a wedding and reception.

Hair stylist

Hair stylist

So these are the photos of the day of their wedding reception. I photographed the grooms as they got ready for the reception and then photographed the party itself including a cake cutting that included the traditional smashing of the cake.

The Hotel Monaco provided champagne to the room. If you haven’t had the chance to stay there for a night you are missing out. It is an excellent place to stay even for a staycation.

Champagne in the Hotel room

Champagne in the Hotel room

Hotel Monaco's Moose

Hotel Monaco’s Moose

These are the groom’s matching patent leather shoots. Their suits, belts, and shoes all matched. The men’s ties were different colors. The colors were matched to the wedding reception’s purple and blue… inspired by the peacock feather.

Patent Leather Shoes

Patent Leather Shoes

Toast with the groomsmen

Toast with the groomsmen

Groom gets ready

Groom gets ready

Grooms read the card on a wedding gift

Grooms read the card on a wedding gift

Tying the tie

Tying the tie

Now that gay marriage is legal in Utah… I would encourage that you get married and have your reception all in one place! And I would love to photograph your special day… including engagement photos, bridals, groomals, formals, or whatever fits your style. The fun thing about gay marriage is the chance to buck normal and do something unique.

Grooms fix each other's tie

Grooms fix each other’s tie

Groom puts on shoes

Groom puts on shoes

Grooms' belts and ties

Grooms’ belts and ties

Grooms receive the wedding gift

Grooms receive the wedding gift

Wedding cake at the Hotel Monaco

Wedding cake at the Hotel Monaco

Preston & Frank celebrate their marriage

Preston & Frank celebrate their marriage

Wedding Rings On Purple

Wedding Rings On Purple

Custom wedding napkins

Custom wedding napkins

Making cocktails

Making cocktails

Grooms cut wedding cake

Grooms cut wedding cake

Grooms share wedding cake

Grooms share wedding cake

Grooms toast the wedding reception

Grooms toast the wedding reception

Grooms smash the wedding cake in each other's faces

Grooms smash the wedding cake in each other’s faces

Grooms kiss after cutting the wedding cake

Grooms kiss after cutting the wedding cake

Guest book was a plate

Guest book was a plate

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