This formals session, sometimes called a first look or bridals session, was the sweetest. I had met Jessica prior to this session, but not Xander. When he saw Jessica in her dress at this session, he was completely speechless. It was the cutest thing. I totally thought that he was just a typically quiet guy but Jessica kept laughing and saying “I’ve never seen him like this! He usually is really talkative!” Love does that to you, friends. And let me tell you from experience, guys become smitten little kittens when they finally see you in your wedding dress.

Also, these photos are kind of historic now. Just a couple of months later, Thanksgiving Point installed a permanent white tent in front of this location, so some of the pretty arch shots are no longer doable. So sad!

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Brady and Gracie got hitched! Easily one of my favorite couples, these two were constantly cracking the best jokes and spreading contagious laughter to everyone around them. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in March and had their reception at the beautiful Quiet Meadows Farm in Utah. See their day below:

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As a Utah wedding photographer, I love having close access to the mountains and other gorgeous locations. There’s just SO much variety in Utah for photography. I love it! These two wanted a green/forest type look. I thought I knew the perfect location—all we needed to do was take a short hike. So we all, plus Jesse’s trooper of a sister, got our all our clothes and gear in hand and embarked on this supposedly short, happy little hike. About A MILE AND A HALF LATER, with no end in sight to bare, dead trees, I decided we should go back to my usual safe location. We were all sweating and huffing and puffing like crazy when we stopped at this spot for a breather and McCall, being the genius that she is, said “This spot is pretty!” I looked around and sure enough, awesomeness. Adding these two into the picture? Breathtaking.

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As a Utah wedding photographer, one of the best things I’ve done was attend D’Arcy Benincosa’s The Path workshop in Salt Lake City. I’ve long admired D’Arcy’s work and was thrilled to be learning from her. It was just the refresher and boost I needed. I still have lots of work to do, like rereading the HUGE workbook that D’Arcy wrote for us. She asked some deep questions of us. Sometimes I feel like it’s so hard to make it as a Utah wedding photographer. There have been many statistics showing that Utah pays, on average, quite a bit less for wedding services. It can be discouraging at times. However, I also believe that there is always success to be had. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are. The right mindset and hard work have always been the keys to overcoming any odds. My biggest takeaway is that if we want to be successful, we first need to have the right attitude and mindset. We can’t just implement certain steps and expect everything to work. If we’re not in the right mindset, we won’t recognize success, even if it comes smacking us upside the head. I can’t wait to start implementing the personal and professional changes that D’Arcy inspired us to make.

The second day of the workshop was this wonderful styled shoot and I have to say—the creative team REALLY outdid themselves. I loved the muted, monochromatic color scheme and the soft, flowing textures and movement of the dresses, florals, and fabrics. Speaking of florals, they were such visually interesting pieces. There were blooms that I’d never even seen before, which is saying a lot as a Utah wedding photographer, considering all of the wonderful talent we have here! And that spoon! I’m obsessed.

 

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Vendors | Utah Wedding Photographer

Hosting Photographer: D’Arcy Benincosa

Styling: Gatherist

Florals: Sarah Winward

Dresses: Leanne Marshall

Beauty: Bella Cosa Beauty

Cake: Pippa Cakery

Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy

Rings: The Land of Salt

Ribbon: Silk & Willow

Linens: La Tavola Linens

 

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