Southern Utah Elopement - Utah Wedding Photographer

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!

 

 

Country Barn Wedding - Utah Wedding Photographer

Lexi and Jake are finally husband and wife! 

It was the most beautiful summer day for a country wedding in the little town of Bothwell, Utah. Lexi and Jake planned the most beautiful day in a few short weeks so that Lexi's grandmother who is sick could be there. There was such a special bond that was so evident between Lexi and her grandma, and I'm glad she was able to get pictures with her on this special day. 

The ceremony, complete with a gorgeous barn door backdrop, was so sweet and I am so excited that these two are married! Their bridals were fun, but their wedding was a blast! Amazing venue and amazing family and friends. After the ceremony and family photos came one of my favorite parts of the day: photographing the details. The cake, the bouquets, the decor, everything was just so beautiful and perfect. The cake was especially one of my favorites. A gorgeous cut out topper on a white cake with flowers and a special cutting knife with a ribbon that says "Today I marry the bravest". Jake is a firefighter and I'm so glad they paid tribute to the wonderful service that he provides for our community. My other favorite of the details was the bouquets. They were stunning!! And made by Jake's ever so talented sister-in-law Natalie. I loved the red and pink color scheme and the little pink buds were so unique and pretty! 

We also had time for another mini bridal session and as special request from the bride's mom, we took some photos on a teeter-totter. Adorable! Especially with the wind catching her train and veil. We also took some of my favorite portraits in front of the beautiful barn wood! Lexi and Jake are just so in love and it was an honor to photograph them. 

My all time favorite part of wedding days are the dances. I love the daddy daughter dances, and usually tear up a bit, but it's the first dance that gets me. It always reminds me of dancing with my husband for the first time as husband and wife, and I just can't help but reminisce and be so entirely happy for the new couple. 

Dancing, cake cutting, garter and bouquet tossing all leads up to the exit, and Lexi and Jake decided on a sparkler exit, and I just love them! I hope they never go out of style! 

Congrats Lexi and Jake! I'm so glad you are finally Mr. and Mrs. and hope you have the best married life ever!!

Mantua Bridals - Utah Wedding Photographer

"When you love and laugh abundantly, you live a beautiful life."

I don't know if there is a more fitting quote to describe this vibrant couple. Lexi and Jake laughed and smiled and giggled the entire session, and it was so contagious! I couldn't help but fall in love with their love, especially since their story is so near and dear to my own. Lexi and Jake met country swing dancing, where Lexi told her friend that Jake was the only one in the room she would dance with. Little did she know that her friend knew Jake and promptly walked up and introduced the two of them. Jake is a firefighter and a really good dancer and won over Lexi's heart. They were planning to elope, but Lexi's grandmother has fallen ill with cancer, and they moved up their wedding. I was so honored that they chose me to photograph their wedding, because it will be a county wedding in a barn and that makes my heart SING!! I'm a county girl at heart as well and I am so excited to be shooting her wedding!
Looking ahead at the weather before their bridals, we were worried about rain. We decided to push through and hope for the best. Well, that paid off because we had the most gorgeous light and the whole field at Box Elder Campground in Mantua. We had so much fun walking around that field getting gorgeous portraits and getting to know this adorable couple who is so in love! After finishing the session and driving away, the rain started. Just a few drops, but I'm so glad it held off so we could get these gorgeous photos. Enjoy them down below! And I cannot wait to shoot her wedding and blog about it soon!!