One word I would use to describe this wedding would be a PARTY! From dancing down the isle, to having each guest dance to the buffet line, and ending the night with even more... DANCING.
But in addition to the liveliness of this wedding, the heartfelt and genuine love Gabriel and Leah have was palpable. Not only their intense love for each other, but their families as well - some of whom traveled thousands of miles to show their support. A truly touching moment was the first look of Leah's mom and dad (1:07). Needless to say, I was a teary mess. Grateful for opportunities to capture these unrepeatable moments and turn them into a forever keepsakes!!
Location: Sleepy Ridge Golf Course
Music: Artlist IO / "I do" by Willie Paul & Alaine
Canon 5D Mark iv
50 mm 1.2
DJ Mavic Pro 4k drone
Sennheiser / h1 zoombox audio
Then things got weird ;)
Now cue the REAL bride
Immediately following the Temple Sealing, the bridal party / guests went over to the Utah State Capital building where they were entertained by a talented young quartet and witness to a heartfelt ring ceremony and reception.
Horseshoe Bend Sunset Bridals
Kelly and Tiffany have a flare for "EPIC" so I was not surprised when they agreed to my idea of doing a sunset bridal shoot on the cliffs of Horseshoe Bend! Barefoot and windblown, this was both dreamy and epic in every way! With a long hike in, we were running out of sunlight quick but somehow we were able to pull it off, probably because they both have to be some of the most photogenic people i've ever worked with!! Of course, this was just part 1 of the many MANY more epic moments to come!
Sunrise Ceremony at Lone Rock Beach
Kelly and Tiffany originally planned on a sunset wedding on Lone Rock Beach, however after being there a few days playing and celebrating prior to their big day, they saw how the wind would typically pick up in the evening, and for fear of it ruining everything, they made a last minute switch on their wedding eve's night to do the ceremony the next morning at 6:30 am! With a 10 pm call to their bishop and a 4:30 am wake up call to the entire wedding party to get all the details put together (Which I especially LOVED seeing the groom and his handsaw at the crack of dawn creating the gorgeous birch arbor he would soon wed his bride under!), it was an "all hands on deck" kind of morning. And somehow they were able to pull it off for truly the most beautiful and heartfelt ceremony I have ever been apart of. Tearful vows said as the waves lapped upon the shore, Mixing sands as they officially blended their family, and promises made to not just each other but to their kids who surrounded them. It was a tearful celebration with smiles all around!
The After Party
Immediately following the ceremony, we loaded up in a couple Mastercrafts and found ourselves in a private cove. The perfect place for a champagne toast! So many kind words shared among close family and friends. Then, of course, Cliff jumping follwed! Even the bride and groom took a hand in hand jump in together. Other moments captured during this two day event was sunrise yoga led by Tiffany (bride) and the wedding dinner on the Eve of their wedding day at The Point restaurant in Antelope Point.
Reception - Sunset dinner and Dancing
Following the Wedding day's events - the party made it back to shore for a Mexican FEAST at sunset - Then the party really began with cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss, and of course lots and lots of DANCING on a DIY wood plank dance floor complete with string lights and a boombox for the most impressive beach dance party ever! See what I mean, Kelly and Tiffany have a flare for EPIC!
These wintery wonderland bridals are what every photographers dreams are made of! Lauren and Ryan were so awesome, her with her winter boots and him with nothing but his slick dress shoes and handwarmers in each hand endured 17 degree temps for a wanderlust filled Saturday afternoon in December. I love brides who are as adventurous as me!!
This had to be one of my favorite bridal sessions ever. This location was one that I was saving for the PERFECT couple and I think I nailed it in deciding to have Ethan & Whitney here. Although it wasn't easy climbing up the slippery loose slate rock (especially in those heels!!) they were such troopers! And boy was it worth the climb because those views are unbelievable! We also got the drone flying to get some awesome Ariel video during this shoot (behind the scenes pics below) and even though my husband enjoyed flying it a little too close to my head a couple of times he about sliced off his nipple running the drone into into himself... (payback) but hey... its all about the shot #amiright So stoked for this pair to start their lives together on August 14!! So beyond obsessed with them already!!
Although nothing seemed to go right even minutes right up until the shoot, the moment Brennen saw Hanna for the first time in her gorgeous dress, those feelings immediately vanished. Couldn't be more humbled to have captured their special day, and the start of their lives together!
When the cute girl you used to babysit grows up, its like entering the twilight zone when she announces she's getting married! WHAT?! But within the first 2 minutes of meeting Ethan, I knew he was just perfect for her. And by the end, if anything was in the twilight zone, it was this ridiculously amazing location #amiright ????? So happy for these two and what their future children might look like :)
In the short time I got to know these two, I immediately adored them! Seriously, there is not a more fun loving pair such as the new Mr. and Mrs. Shields! Silly yet charming, giggly yet gorgeous, it truly was an honor to capture this special day for them!