Sun, sand and love.
Anissa and Christopher promised each other forever on the gorgeous red sand beach of Sand Hollow State park. Even though the evening started out a bit rocky, it end with the most gorgeous light and two people finally wed.
When we arrived at the designated beach a half hour before the wedding, it was still filled with beach-goers. Trucks, boats, trailers, and people filled the entire reserved beach and panic started to set in. After asking and asking and calling the park rangers, and asking some more, people finally were on their way out! We started getting things out and ready for the ceremony when a truck and trailer got stuck in the sand right where the ceremony was to take place. The owner decided to leave his trailer and drove off, so we worked around it to set everything up. It was stressful, but at least we could work around it. Something always tends to go wrong during a wedding, and I'm glad it was this and not something horrible!
Once everything was set up, the sun was perfectly placed in the sky and we had the most amazing warm light that was so beautiful and perfect. Anissa was such a stunning bride, with a gorgeous floral crown made by @bybloomers and she got her dress at Dillards! It was so perfect for this beach wedding and I loved that she was bare foot. It was the most perfect detail that completed her perfect look. The look in Christopher's eyes as she walked down the isle to be his wife was so precious. I love watching grooms, their eyes really do show just how much they love their brides. The ceremony was simply perfect. They promised each other forever and became husband and wife. Normally my favorite part is where they kiss for the first time as husband and wife, but this time around my favorite was the "best man speech".
After the ceremony before they walked back up the isle together, Anissa's brother got up to give a speech. He started by saying that he wasn't good at speeches so he was going to read something off his phone. As he started reading, Anissa immediately recognized what was going on and tears came to her eyes. As a surprise her sister who is serving an LDS mission in the Philippines wrote a letter to be read at the wedding since she wouldn't be able to be there as her maid of honor. The letter was so touching and had everyone (including me) in tears. It seriously was the most beautiful surprise and by far the most precious moment I've been able to capture as a photographer.
Anissa and Christopher have the most fun and relaxed families and after the family portraits we had a little time to do some formals of just the two newly weds. We had the most stunning light and everything was just so perfect! It was a beautiful way to end such a special day.
Congrats Anissa and Christopher! Here's to forever!