Megan and Colin chose a cold Utah winter evening in January for their wedding proceedings. The snowy day turned out perfect for hosting a wedding at Cactus & Tropicals in Draper, Utah. The place was decked out in florals and greenery, of course, but the whole ambiance of the greenhouse with garden lights and fountains was so perfect. I enjoyed every bit of the day with the couple who have amazing plans laid out for their life together: he is a mechanical engineer in Detroit, she is an archaeologist in Romania (for part of the year). Megan lived for a time in England and so they incorporated a fun English tradition into their wedding of “cutting the cheese” with a cheese cake made of cheese wheels. It was such a fun addition to the couple’s roasts and toasts offered by their friends and family – who doesn’t love a little cheese with their wine and champagne? Before cutting their real cake, Collin surprised Megan with a gift of journals in which he wrote letters to her while she was overseas working. It was an amazing gift and I’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the place! Dancing, dinner, and the after-party were a hit, followed by a sparkler exit. The couple out-sparkled all of the decor and lights; it was surely an evening to remember.
Congratulations to the new Mister and Missus!
Want an adventure? Drive 40 miles in a near blizzard to meet your clients, only to not be able to make it up the (small) hill to your intended destination, missing out on the perfect winter mountain backdrop, to shoot maternity portraits in the only spot we could find…. you would never know that we photographed Megan’s maternity portraits in a cul de sac somewhere on the east side of Salt Lake City. It was a nice, probably ritzy, neighborhood that we ended up in, probably the reason we found some decent backdrops! The snow flew and we trekked in knee-deep snow to get a handful of shots. I don’t want to complain, so I won’t tell you how cold we were! And truly, when the mama-to-be you’re photographing gets dumped on by pine branches that couldn’t hold their load of snow, you have ZERO reason to complain about being wet and cold!
Megan and her husband Andrew were absolute troopers! They are over-the-moon excited to welcome their new baby girl to the world. Even though the wintry world had it out to sabotage our session together, I think we managed to have success in overcoming the odds with these fun images.
I got to know the Callaway family on the day we met in person – at their beautiful home in Sandy, Utah. Frames after frames adorned the walls, but what made this home beautiful was the four people within. Sam and Becky lovingly shared their sweet babes, darling Ella and newborn little Owen with me for a morning. Ella clearly adores her little brother, but also had some showing off to do. I loved that she warmed right up to me and the camera – her soulful dancing and passionate singing along to “Let it Go” had us all going for a few minutes! Baby Owen was an absolute angel! It is such a treasure to be able to capture a newborn in his element, with his family loving on him. Beautiful, indeed.
This is Gracie – how old would you guess she is? I’m pretty sure that high school gals (yes, I said HIGH SCHOOL!) are getting prettier and prettier and looking more mature than ever! Well, I did grow up in the 80’s and 90’s and I am fairly sure that the style then was a little, ahem, different and less mature than today. But man! Look out world, this gal is out to make some waves. She is as beautiful inside as she is outside. Gracie needed headshots for an audition and realized she didn’t have any recent ones, so we ventured outside to snag a handful of headshot pretties. An easy feat when you’ve got someone like her in front of the camera!
Jane and Braden chose to be married on a beautiful late Spring day in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. It was a rainy day, but they didn’t seem to mind – love was in the air, and apparently the rain too! Friends and family gathered together after their sealing ceremony outside of the temple for group pictures and watched as the two of them were oblivious to mostly anything and anyone as we captured a handful of wedding day portraits of just the two of them on the lush, green temple grounds.
Later that evening a reception was held in their honor at Le Jardin in Sandy, in a beautifully decorated greenhouse – the florals and greenery details were stunning! The lovebirds shared in a number of traditional wedding reception moments and made their getaway before dark. I almost hated to see them go, knowing the end of our photography journey together had come (for now!), however it was an honor to share in their special day with the two of them and their wonderful families!
She loves that he is hard-working, goofy, kind, caring and sweet.
He is amazed how she has has blessed his life with her kindness, love, and support, and looks forward to every day they get to spend together.
Only heaven knows what is in store for Jane and Braden and their future together, but I’m pretty darn sure that it is one full of all the happinesses that dreams come true are made of. Watching these two interact during their engagement shoot was such an endearing experience; I wanted to take them both home with me! We wandered good old Ogden, Utah’s historic 25th Street area and found a good handful of nooks and crannies in the rustic buildings to capture their love and sweet little nothings I caught them sharing as we moved along. We ended the session near Willard Bay in a lesser-known fishing spot and captured a beautiful sunset as the evening cooled.
Their Spring wedding will surely be a beautiful, romantic, and love-filled day!
If you know me, you know that I love learning, especially about things that I think I know a thing or two about. Because when it comes right down to it, the more knowledge I obtain the more I realize I just don’t know! Maybe it’s a little ironic, but the fact is that I love learning! And I love applying the things that I learn in growing myself as a photographer and a business owner. It all translates into a better and more meaningful experience for my clients who invest in me and keep this photography dream alive!
And so I spent a magical weekend, learning from Utah wedding industry professionals at Photo Native. It was. a. dream. I especially loved a group session with Justin Hackworth that really honed in on the importance of personal photography projects. I have some work to do! He’s a great human being (and of course photographer) and I feel lucky to have participated in his class.
Also magic…. the styled shoot that Jessica Kettle and Allison Baddley put together at Studio Forty Six. Shooting with a variety of wedding industry professionals, and not only photographers (think stylists, florists, dress makers, jewelers, cake artists, and so on), helps to keep me on top of my game as a Utah wedding photographer. I love how creativity flows as I work with a team. The ideas are endless. I’m so grateful for the chance I had to participate and create some photo magic with this insanely gorgeous modern (and a little whimsical) theme. Pops of pastel in contrast with deep maroons against a clean, crisp backdrop made for a wedding photographer’s dream play land.
Who could say no to a gorgeous bride and groom shoot at the base of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona? Not this photographer! Escaping Utah for sunny Arizona just may have fulfilled this Utah wedding photographer’s wintertime dreams! A sunny day spent with gorgeous bride Anna and dapper groom Keenan at the beautiful El Chorro resort made me and my camera very happy! Anna rocked two bridal looks in two separate wedding gowns. Keenan was probably the. most. dashing. groom I’ve worked with. It was all proof that even the desert can bloom into the most stunning wedding location in the world! I’m pretty sure that I need to shoot a wedding in Arizona again, and soon.
This photoshoot was part of a workshop I attended at Blink Conference, which by the way is one of my VERY favorite boutique conferences for photographers put on by the one and only, beautiful (in and out) Latasha Haynes of Ike & Tash based in Seattle, Washington. I found Blink on a whim and booked one of the very last spots that were offered in 2014 – man, was that a blessed decision! I love Tash’s heart so much and the many wonderful friends I have made through her and her efforts!
This Kaysville, Utah wedding reception to go down in the books in style! Photographing a military wedding is an honor I will never forget. My husband and I met the dashing groom, Ryan, who as our upstairs neighbor in some apartments we lived in for a short time. Ryan and my husband quickly bonded over a love for knives and guns. The news that Ryan had found his true love in the beautiful Alta made our hearts swell! Upon meeting Alta in preparation for their wedding photography, I knew Ryan had found quite the catch. Alta is beautiful, gracious, and so friendly – our first encounter felt as though we had been lifelong friends. Both Ryan and Alta are beautiful, in and out, and enjoyed quite the exciting wedding day. It was a HOT one for sure, especially at The Barn in Kaysville where they held their wedding reception celebration. With no air conditioning and a swamp cooler that had leaked all over, things were off to a rough start. BUT! The celebration went on and it was so fun to be a part of!
Catch a peek at Alta & Ryan’s temple portraits HERE. The entire day was so beautiful!
I loved all of the decor that came with the venue, along with the personalized details that Alta added with flowers, portraits, etc. It was such a fun, yet rustically elegant set-up. Great inspiration if you’re thinking of having a reception at a barn or even a country-themed wedding!
Alta’s wedding bouquet and flower arrangements were gorgeous! Blush has definitely been a top color choice for wedding flowers and I just loved the pops of magenta and navy that were infused into Alta’s flowers.
Ryan serves in the Marines, so it was only fitting that a huge USA flag hung as the major focal point and backdrop of the reception. It really was an awe-inspiring sight.
The bride and groom exited the reception at the end of the evening with a formal Marines Arch of Swords Wedding Ceremony. Ryan’s fellow officers comprised an honor guard and formed the arch – as the bride and groom proceeded through the arch, they were detained by two opposite swords and required to kiss before passing through to the next set of swords. It was such a great salute to the newlywed couple and I was honored to be able to witness and capture such a memorable welcome into married life!
I loved photographing this wedding reception in Kaysville at The Barn. Such a cool venue, but an even cooler couple and experience!
Every now and again, getting creative with an inspiration photoshoot is a nice change! It is such a pleasure to work creatively with other creative wedding industry vendors to create something beautiful that may even inspire brides as they plan details for their upcoming celebration! I loved this Spanish-inspired fall wedding look. Cool teal, combined with warm browns, golds, purples and pinks, made a pretty unique and a pretty fun palette to work with! Every detail from the cake to the silverware and table decor, and especially the florals and wardrobe, had me swooning. Then throw in a real live LLAMA with the couple, complete with its own florals and you’ve got magic. I’m telling you. A spanish theme and fall were made for each other. Fall weddings are my favorite. I can’t wait to shoot yours!