Romantic Spring Wedding at Draper Temple Utah Wedding Photographer

We’re coming up on the anniversary of this beautiful and fun couple, so I thought it was timely to finally blog their wedding day! The details from this wedding were so perfect! The whole wedding was designed and planned by my talented friend Forevermore Events, and the floral creations are by the amazing Bloomers Flowers. I’ll never get over how fresh and springy this wedding feels. It was a beautiful day at the LDS Draper Temple (my first time shooting here and I gotta say, I would love to go back!) The florals and blossoms were all out in full force on this lovely April day. We had a wonderful time taking their wedding party and bridal portraits on the temple grounds. Ashley and Devin opted for a bridal session on a separate day so we were able to take those portraits at the Utah State Capitol Building in Salt Lake. The wedding dinner and reception was held at Copper Creek Event Center and it was a blast! Forevermore Events and Bloomers did incredible work decorating the venue and I’m in love with all of the floral details in this one.

Venue: Draper LDS Temple and Copper Creek Event Center

Design and Coordination: Forevermore Events

Floral: Bloomers

Catering: Marvellous Catering

Cake: The Pink Icing

Rentals: St. George Party Rentals

DJ: Festival Sounds

Classic and Modern Spring Wedding St. George Wedding Photographer

I photographed McCall and Aaron’s wedding at the St. George LDS Temple in early March a few years ago. It was such a beautiful wedding! I’ve been updating my blog lately and realized that I hadn’t shared this one with you yet so here you go! I loved the classic and modern feel of their wedding day. I absolutely loved McCall’s sleek and modern two-piece wedding dress by Illume Gowns. She was such a gorgeous bride! The bride and groom were married in the LDS Temple and held their reception luncheon at the Cliffside Restaurant overlooking downtown St. George. It was a sweet and intimate wedding celebration. They chose just to have an intimate gathering with wedding toasts so they could just relax and visit with their family and friends. I was thrilled that we were able to get the last of the spring blooms at the temple for their portraits as well.

Boho Rustic Wedding at Holmstead Ranch in Utah

I was pretty excited to get to photograph a wedding at the beautiful Holmstead Ranch in the mountains of Southern Utah. It was a beautiful venue for a fall wedding! The venue has cabins all surrounding a beautiful little lake, so the wedding party stayed there for the weekend. Kelcie and Ryan were an awesome couple to work with. Joey and I both photographed their wedding together, which always results in some of my favorite work! It was important to the bride and groom that they have photos of each of them getting ready with their friends, so Joey went with the groom and I went with the bride. Kelcie also told me during our consults that it was really important to them to capture the moment when they first see each other. They opted out of the first look because they wanted that special moment as Kelcie walked down the aisle. I’m so glad they hired a second photographer because the look on Ryan’s face is priceless and so sweet! After the ceremony we hopped in some golf carts and took photos in a lovely alfalfa field and then they joined the wedding guests for an awesome dance party! Overall, this wedding was a dream to photograph. Thanks for having us, friends! I will always dream about that amazing lemon bundt cake.

Mountain Bike Babe Southern Utah Senior Portraits

Camryn is a high school senior this year and she will be graduating in May so we met up for a fun senior portrait session in a place where she spends a lot of time. She is an avid mountain biker, part of the high school mountain bike team in Southern Utah, so we thought it would be fun to include some photos of her riding her bike on her favorite trail. We packed into the Jeep and adventured out to desert for these lovely photos! The desert is so green and beautiful right now so I was pretty happy about that. Senior portrait sessions are always so fun. I love the idea of incorporating something you love to do in the photos, whether it’s a sport you play, an activity you enjoy, or just at a location that you feel suits your personality. Congrats to Camryn on graduating high school in just a few weeks!

Winter Elopement in Zion National Park

 

I’m always thrilled when I get to photograph couples in Zion National Park. I’ve been doing photoshoots and weddings in the park for about 7 years of my professional career and elopements are quickly becoming some of my favorite shoots there. Musetta and Jurg contacted me about photographing their elopement in Zion National Park on Christmas Eve. That’s not normally a date I would schedule a wedding, but they had the coolest story and Musetta and I really connected over the phone so I said yes! They are both from South Africa and knew they wanted to get married in Zion because it was such a special place to them. The story of how they met is pretty cool too. They went to school together when they were young teenagers but didn’t keep in touch as they grew up and went their separate ways. Years later, their paths crossed again when Musetta was living in the states and Jurg was in South Africa. A year and half later and lots of traveling back and forth, here they are exchanging vows on a cliff in Zion!

We trekked up Canyon Overlook Trail for their bridal photos on Christmas Eve, and waved to the tourists who shared well wishes and exclamations of wonder as the bride hiked around in her wedding dress. Turns out this is one of my favorite things about weddings in national parks- it’s so fun to see how delighted other people are for the bride and groom. It’s a wonderful way to feel connected as humans. We spent some time after the ceremony taking portraits at various locations in the park until the sun set. It was a beautiful evening. Congratulations to the bride and groom!

 

Moab Elopement: Wild with Love & Crazy for Adventure

“Say the most important day of your life is quickly approaching. And you’ve got two paths ahead of you. You can do what’s expected, or do something that truly represents who you are: Wild with love and crazy for adventure. To Ariel and Andrew, their path was clear: Take off and elope! To the canyon lands of Utah.”

Ariel and Andrew had the most epic adventure elopement in Moab back in 2015 before it was even a thing. When Ariel first contacted me about photographing their wedding in Moab she mentioned that her father is a backcountry pilot and that they fly together a lot, and that she was thinking about flying one of these planes to her wedding ceremony. As you can imagine I was pretty excited (and also terrified that I would have to ride in the plane, which thankfully, I did not). Joey and I photographed this wedding together and we truly loved it! Andrew and his production team/best friends were awesome to work with and the whole two days was like a big party. We started our day bright and early and followed the Jeeps into this beautiful landing strip at the base of a canyon, right near the river. The road getting there was a bit sketchy but Joey had a blast navigating it! We were on standby while the guys scouted the location to make sure it was still safe to land after the rain that week, but all looked good and clear, so we started our pilgrimage to this epic spot.

Ariel and Andrew built their wedding around their own ideas and relationship and said adieu to any traditions that didn’t felt authentic to them. I loved this. They made a pretty amazing film about it too. Andrew owns a film production company so the whole thing was incredible. Their film made its rounds on the internet when it was first featured on Style Me Pretty. I highly recommend watching it! The reason I say that they are the ones who made adventure elopements a things, is because, well they are! I can’t say I’ve a single bride after this who has flown a plane to her own wedding, or any groom who built his own chuppa the day before the wedding by foraging sticks from the desert where they would exchange vows.

The night before the wedding, we joined Ariel and Andrew and their families to photograph their lovely rehearsal dinner at Sorrell River Ranch. We met up with the couple before the dinner for a fun portrait shoot near Fisher Tower. The Moab desert is incredible. The day after the wedding we hiked Arches National Park and I got to see Delicate Arch for the first time. It was an incredible experience.

Thanks again to this wonderful couple, their production crew, and families! You can see the feature over at Style Me Pretty here.

And watch their wedding film below!

Zion National Park Wedding Photographer

I’ve been photographing weddings and couples in Zion National Park for the past eight years, and before that, I grew up exploring the mountains and trails in Zion. I was born and raised in St. George, Utah, a lovely town in the southwest corner of the state that is within driving distance to some incredible national and state parks, including Zion. It wasn’t until I moved to Southern California for college that I realized how much I need the mountains and desert landscape in my life! The desert is my home, it’s in my heart and soul, and it’s a place that I’ll always return to.

Over the past few years, I’ve watched Zion grow in popularity for weddings, elopements, and engagements. Even family photos. It’s become one of the top destinations for weddings and elopement in the region, and I can certainly understand why! The beauty of Zion is unparalleled and there really is a magical energy to the place. I grew up surrounded by the backdrop of these red mountains and it’s not something I take for granted. I think the experience of being with couples and families as they explore Zion taking photos helps me fall a little more in love with it every time.

Here’s the different thing about me as a wedding photographer: My goal isn’t just to capture the beauty of the landscape in Zion, which of course I will do, but rather to capture you within that space. Your joy, your love, and the special thing about your relationship that makes you choose this place to be the place where you exchange vows and make that lasting commitment to one another. Think of me like the perfect combination of beautiful scenic photos of your day but also those images that capture how it felt.

In addition to basically being obsessed with this place, I have a lot of experience with the process of having your wedding in Zion National Park. I greatly respect the National Park Service and so I’m familiar with their regulations when it comes to having your wedding in the park. They actually make it pretty easy to apply and it’s only $100 for a permit. You can find out more about that process here: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/weddings-in-zion-national-park.htm

I often tell my couples that if it’s not feasible to have their ceremony in the park, I know a lot of beautiful spots outside that the park that still offer those beautiful views! And we can always go into the park for some gorgeous photos either before or after the wedding ceremony. I know some good spots for that too, especially with the crowds.

And speaking of the crowds… Zion National Park is the third busiest park in the nation and it continues to grow each season. Zion saw more than 4.5 million visitors in 2017, a 5 percent from the year before. The busiest season is June through August, although April through September can be pretty packed too. But don’t worry! I am quite used to the crowds and I know the best ways to avoid them when possible and work around them when it’s not! It’s totally worth it :)

If you want to learn more, I wrote a whole blog post in my ProTips series about planning your wedding in Zion National Park so you can check that out here!

You can also read this super helpful blog post from one of my lovely brides.

Red Rock Bridals

One of things I love most about living in Southern Utah is the beautiful location options we have here. Snow Canyon State Park is definitely one of my favorite places to shoot. I absolutely loved photographing Elissa for her bridal session over the summer. Elissa and Travis were planning their wedding in Pine Valley where they would be surrounded by mountains and greenery, so she chose the red rock desert landscape for her bridals. I love how the rocks in Snow Canyon contrast with her lace dress and cathedral veil. Elissa had so many lovely personal touches to her bridal attire: her dress was handmade by her grandmother, and her turquoise jewelry belonged to her grandmother on her other side. I loved it! If you’d like to check out the wedding day you can do so right here!