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!
Zion National Park is hands down my favorite place for an engagement session. In fact, it’s probably my favorite place to photograph anything— weddings. couples, families, you name it. I’ve been coming to Zion to play and hike since I was a child, and I’ve been photographing weddings and couples there for the past 7 years. There is nothing like it! I was really excited when Shara told me she wanted to hike to this spot in Zion for their engagement photos. We picked a day in the off season to beat the crowds and I’d say it was well worth it!
I loved working with these two for their engagements and wedding day! They are truly kind and genuine humans. Their happiness and love really radiates from their photos, don’t you think? Make sure you scroll to the end to check out their rad engagement video by Madison Rhoton.
It doesn’t get much better than this lovely barn wedding in Southern Utah. Jordan and Evan held their ceremony in a beautiful straw field overlooking Kolob Canyon. The reception was held inside a gorgeous red barn that belonged to a family friend. Their wedding was focused on the things that were most important to them: family and each other! I love these two and their families. Joey and I were so happy to be part of their day. One thing that really stood out to us is the sweet and close relationship that Jordan has with both sets of her parents. As a stepmother myself, I was incredibly touched by the fact that Jordan wanted both of her moms with her while she got ready, and she did a first look and a dance with both dads. It really had an impact on us to witness such a special relationship. Also, I've never cried during the mother and son dance but this one had me in tears.
It was really important to Jordan that they have sunset portraits in this beautiful field so we made sure to set aside a good amount of time for that during the reception. It was definitely worth it!
Floral: Jocelyn’s Floral
Venue: Private Residence
Clay and Kyle had an editorial style, modern, and edgy wedding at a charming little bed and breakfast in Southern Utah. This wedding was everything. When Clay and Kyle first contacted me about photographing their wedding, I loved them right away. I felt like they had such a unique vision for their wedding photos and they completely trusted me to carry it out. There were so many fun DIY elements to this day- from the hand picked fabrics for the handmade dreamcatchers made by Kyle and his awesome mother. I loved the antique chairs that they used for their wedding dinner table. The umbrellas hanging from the air over the reception. It was so unique and fun!
After this wedding, I just wanted to photograph more same-sex weddings. It was like all of the love that is normally at a wedding was more magnified and special. Plus, these two grooms were just a blast to be around. They are truly genuine people and I fell in love with their families too! I left their wedding feeling rejuvenated and just so damn happy that I get to photograph such a special day in people’s lives. I’m so excited to share their photos with you!
I’ve been photographing this sweet family since their oldest was born. They have such a special place in my heart! I loved running around with them during their family session. It’s proof that the best stuff comes from when you just play with your kiddos and let them be themselves!
This month has me all sorts of excited for summer in the mountains- camping, hiking, mountain biking, and just adventuring around! Abby and Jacob’s session this past summer was refreshing in every sense of the world. The summer in St. George desert can get sweltering to say the least so it was amazing to be up north and breathe this cool mountain air! I loved this location and most of all, these two adorable humans. Cute as kittens, I say. Their wedding at the Salt Lake Temple was just as beautiful and sweet so I’ll be sharing that one next!
It’s a snow day in Southern Utah today, which is both beautiful and strange. So I’m staying indoors and catching up on some blog posts! This lovely Zion wedding took place over the summer. I loved every moment of it! These two are the most wonderful people and I enjoyed being part of their day so much.
Josh and Claudia held their wedding at Zion Mountain Villa in East Zion and they really wanted some time for portraits in Zion National Park. In order to make their wedding day less jam-packed and allow more time for hanging with their guests and enjoying the party, we met up the day before the wedding for a bridal session. Claudia and Josh hiked a few miles in their wedding attire and we caught the most beautiful sunset overlooking Zion. The wedding day was full of fun events, surrounding by beautiful decor put together by Forevermore Events, and the floral arrangements by Bloomers were absolutely beautiful. It was a perfect day and I felt truly honored to be part of it. You should also take some time to check out the awesome videos at the end by the videographer Last Light Pictures, and the combination video of photos and video that Josh put together himself. He’s the genius behind Applified Marketing Group so maybe check that out too :)
Planning and Design: Forevermore Events
Hair and Makeup: Tracy Sotirakis
Cake: Cupcakes by Julie
Venue: Zion Mountain Villa
DJ: Festival Sounds
Videographer: Last Light Pictures
Every time I think about Rachel and Jonathan’s destination wedding in Grand Teton National Park, it brings joy to my heart. This wedding was a highlight of 2018, not only because of the gorgeous location, but because of the beautiful souls that Joey and I got to work with. I first met Rachel and Jonathan over a year ago when they came to Zion National Park for their engagement photos. We instantly clicked, and as fortune would have it, they hired me to photograph their wedding the following year. Joey also performed the wedding ceremony (he's a licensed officiant now, guys!) so that was an extra fun bonus. Rachel and Jonathan chose to be married on a secluded hill with the Grand Tetons in the background. Before the ceremony, we met up at the Four Seasons where they were staying for a first look, and then we ventured into Grand Teton National Park for some photos. We lucked out that day because it snowed a few days leading up to their wedding day, and the mountains were in full view the morning of their wedding, dusted in snow. They had their wedding dinner at The Granary at Spring Creek Ranch. Anyway, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but this was a good one. So much joy and love and can we talk about this location?? I think a fall Jackson trip is in our future every year now.