Riegan and Neal Loveland
At age 14 they were crowned prince and princess at their high school homecoming court, at age 21, they were crowned king and queen of their newly founded dynasty; Mr. & Mrs Neil Loveland.
At age 14 they were crowned prince and princess at their high school homecoming court, at age 21, they were crowned king and queen of their newly founded dynasty; Mr. & Mrs Neil Loveland. If you ask Riegan, she didn’t think that first crowning was a foretelling of their future, especially since Neil moved out of state shortly afterwards, but Neil knew. “I always had her in my heart. Anytime I came back to visit, I would watch for her, ask about her, search her out.” After moving back to Idaho, a return visit home for the holidays for Riegan, resulted in an endless date for the couple. After a 10 week long engagement, Neil and Riegan were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on March 19, 2021.
The Loveland’s felt honored to be the first couple to begin their happily ever after at the Valentine Ballroom. Riegan knew she wanted somewhere that was timeless, sophisticated and draped in elegance,and the newly renovated event venue was picture perfect. “I wanted it to feel ‘Royal’ when you walked in.” With the floor to ceiling curtains, draped ceiling and crystal chandeliers, the foundation for that ambiance was started, but Riegan’s use of timeless flowers and her color combinations were key to keeping her wedding theme classic and modern yet not too absorbed in current trends. Floral: created large fresh florals on every table, alongside the overside mantle and draped the piano with toffee, cream, and white roses, bleached bunny tails, Italian rascus, and pampas grasses tied together with hints of black and gold. Beautiful wheat grasses were included in the floral arrangements and the couples new monogram, a nod to Neil’s family heritage of farming.
As guests arrived they were greeted at valet parking by Valentine’s tuxedo clad doormen. Guests then entered the ballroom, passing over a 9 foot diameter printed monogram on the floor of the couples initials, to the sounds of classical music from the baby grand piano as Valentine featured pianist, Emily Lee, worked the ivories. Midway through the evening, the tunes and mood were turned up a notch as DJ Dan with DLR Audio got the dance party started and the lighting transformed the ballroom into the hottest club in downtown Pocatello. Stuart’s Media Group provided special touches to help personalize the space such as the massive 10 foot drop banners of portraits from their wedding shoot on each side of the fireplace.
Guests dined on classic hors deourves, salads, and cookies catered by Valentine Bridal and Events. The favorite item, however, was the branded monogram dinner rolls provided as a special treat by the mother of the Groom.
The newlyweds were sent off to start their new life together in a tunnel of sparklers, lavender, rose buds and rice as they jumped into Riegan’s great grandfathers’ vintage 1969 mustang that had also carried her sisters away to their honeymoons.
When asked how they felt the night went they agreed it was nothing short of dreamy. “It was important to me that we had the opportunity to express our thanks and show gratitude to the people who have been most influential in our lives. The flow, the food, the dancing, made it all perfect.” Neil recalls. Riegan agreed, “Being the last of the 3 girls in my family to get married, I was so grateful to have the comfort and support of my sisters and mom. From them helping me get ready in the bridal suite to dancing side by side with us, it was perfect. Family is everything and I think everyone who came felt that they were an important part of our family.”
Written by: Cassia Myers