The morning of Sidney and Matt’s wedding began in Big Cottonwood Canyon where they had a private first look together in the trees and then we took a bit of time taking portraits. They had hoped for some weather and it delivered when halfway through their first look the snow started to fall pretty heavily. I’m so glad they set aside time that morning to be together before the celebration began.
After their first look we made our way to the neighboring canyon for their wedding and celebration at Millcreek Inn. They had live music as Sidney’s dad walked her down the aisle. Her sister fixed her train and his brother brought up their rings. What stood out to me the most about these two was how important it was that they center their celebration around family. That seems to be a common theme throughout the weddings we’ve photographed this year and it’s something that always makes me so happy to see. After their wedding they cut the cake and danced, but for the rest of the night they relaxed and mingled with loved ones in a way we haven’t seen in awhile and it made for a really great evening.
We really can’t thank Matt, Sidney and their loved ones for welcoming us into their lives and letting us be so personal with them throughout the day. The amount of trust they had for our image style and everything we needed to do really made us feel like we could create the best imagery, and their wedding quickly became a favorite. Thank you so much you two!
xo, elisha & todd
Photographer: Elisha & Todd | First look: Big Cottonwood Canyon | Venue: Millcreek Inn | Floral: Rachel Osguthorpe with Jolley’s Gift and Floral | Live Musician: Kurt Bestor | Stationary: The Little Paper Co | Dress: Bhldn | Hair: Lunatic Fringe Parleys | Suit: Jcrew | Cake: Granite Bakery
A few weeks before their actual wedding day, Shay and Ryan got dressed in their wedding clothes and traveled through the canyon for their formals. They chose one of my personal favorite places of the woods in Big Cottonwood Canyon, It’s generally dark and secluded and covered in densely thick green trees. When we started we even had one gorgeous lone white flower that subtly grew next to them.
Something I loved about these two was how they opted out of doing a first look. For them personally they wanted to drive up the canyon and be together from beginning to finish through this experience. When couples make these choices because it’s what they deeply want, not what others say must happen, that makes me so happy for them. Everything should always be communicated and chosen together and the fact that these two were connected to make this decision was great. They have such a great love and I genuinely enjoyed being with them. They’re two people who I could photograph over and over and still feel inspired.
Thanks for coming up here you two and for letting me create some portraiture that quickly ended up being some of my favorite.
Photography: Elisha Braithwaite | Location: Jordan Pines in Big Cottonwood Canyon