About a week before their wedding, I had the chance to photograph Sheerin and Austin experience their first look in the exact same place they’d soon be married. The day was pretty unforgettable with heavy rainstorms just beforehand and blue skies emerging right as we met together on the grounds. Because of the weather though we had almost the entire grounds to ourselves with hardly any onlookers or crowds. These two were able to enjoy their first look in front of the Salt Lake City Temple as privately as we could dream of which was amazing. I really enjoyed how they prioritized their time to really enjoy their first look, slow things down and create some quality portraits in their favorite spots free of any rush or stress. This free’d up time on their wedding day allowing them to be with loved ones more and experience the day without hours of portraits. If you’re considering a first look, day after session, or completely taking your wedding portraits on another date then I strongly recommend it.
One of my favorite moments during our time together happened toward the end. They wanted some candid portraits in Austin’s Cadillac so we pulled up on the hillside overlooking the Salt Lake City Temple and surrounding area, they hopped on the back and cozied up together watching the sunset. Then afterward they invited me to take a drive with them downtown before taking me to my car and riding off together. Words pretty much fail me to describe just how fun loving these two are to not only each other but everyone around them. They truly made me feel like more than just their photographer in those moments, and it’s a feeling I’ll always appreciate. They’re genuinely good people and I’m already thrilled to share their wedding here soon.
The evening I explored Antelope Island with Brooke and Keaton left me feeling very fueled for the months to come. They were so happy to run through fields of buffalo together and interact in a way that seemed so effortless between them. Halfway through the session they even watched their mom’s proposal which was a surprise to most everyone involved. I truly had the best time with them and their loved ones and can’t believe many of the creative portraits we were able to create with the light we had to work with. Thank you so, so much you two for spending so much time and sharing how you express your love together.
This last fall Liza and Aj brought me along to their wedding venue at Red Butte Gardens for their engagements around the grounds. The trees were gorgeous and the perfect shade of orange, and the rose garden was still in bloom. We had the perfect mix of fall and late summer which was just gorgeous. Mostly importantly though these two were so much fun to be around. The love they have with one another is very playful and lighthearted. They’re very kind people and their wedding is going to be such a beautiful day.
Congrats you two!
Photography: Elisha Braithwaite | Location: Red Butte Gardens
Shortly after their wedding at Louland Falls, Brenda and Zach dressed in their wedding clothes for a day after session in some of their wedding clothes. Doing so allowed them to have more time on their wedding day for family portraits and to have more time eating with loved ones. We were able to catch the beautiful sunset colors that came from the valley onto Parley’s Canyon around us, and we were able to slow things down and take significantly more portraits.
These two are an incredible couple who we’re so happy to have met. They treated us like friends and family from the beginning and were so great to be around. Thanks so much, you two!
Photography: Elisha Braithwaite | Venue: Louland Falls, Utah | Hair/Makeup: Bride | Gowns: Handmade in Vietnam
The evening we photographed Nicole’s bridals in the Albion Basin wildflowers was incredible. Not only is she stunning, especially with her cathedral veil flowing around her and she’s covered for miles in flowers. But it was nice to slow things down and have some time dedicated to creating nice portraiture of her solo.
Many couples choose to have bridals or formals taken before their wedding day for multiple reasons. Since Nicole was getting married in the densely wooded Millcreek Canyon just a couple of weeks later, she wanted to take advantage of Abion Basin while the flowers were in bloom. This took some pressure off of the wedding day so we could focus on her and her now husband, Taylor, solo. But it also gave her so much variety visually in her portraits. If this is something that’s important to you, whether you have these portraits taken with your significant other or solo, I highly recommend it. It can be such a great way to become more comfortable in front of the camera and treat yourself to some gorgeous portraiture.
I’m so glad we had the chance to come up here and spend this time together. Nicole brought her mother and maid of honor, both of which were incredible to help with her gown and be her constant cheerleaders and supports. The evening was gorgeous and I’m thrilled with how the imagery came together.
Photography: Elisha Braithwaite | Location: Albion Basin in Little Cottonwood Canyon | Gown: The Bride’s Shop
Jen and Juri and many of their loved ones traveled into Utah with loved ones all the way from San Francisco to Sweden, so they could celebrate their love in the mountains. For the large majority it was their first time visiting Utah which made for an incredible experience. All they wanted for their wedding was for everyone to have a good time creating new memories with them and because of that the entire day couldn’t have been any better. They laughed, cried, and truly showed everyone the best time.
Our favorite moments from the wedding were mostly during the ceremony. They merged their two families by pouring water from here and Sweden into a glass that they both took a drink from. The way they mixed different traditions and made a few of their own was so personal and special.
Photography: Elisha and Todd | Venue & Catering: High West Distillery | Floral: Galleria Floral Studio | Hotel: Park City Peaks Hotel | Transportation: Snow Country Limo | Day of Coordination: Diverse Diva Weddings
The sense of community and love during Peggy and John’s wedding was so strong throughout the entire day. I was amazed by the amount of loved ones who came from all over to share in their love and to support them on such an important moment of their lives. From the moment I walked into the room they were getting ready I was overwhelmed by the amount of kindness shown by everyone. They truly made us feel like a part of their family and community. We can’t thank them enough for it, it meant the world to us.
Peggy and John were married in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the heart of our downtown metropolitan area, and held one hell of a party at the Grand Hall which lasted well past midnight. Although it took everything not to share every single image that we took that day, here’s a lengthy post of our favorite moments.
xo, Elisha and Todd
Photography: Elisha and Todd | Event Planning: FUSE Weddings and Events | Hotel: The Little America Hotel | Ceremony: Holy Trinity Cathedral | Reception Venue: The Grand Hall at The Gateway | Hair/makeup: Jill Marie Makeup, Carissa Deppe | Ceremony Musicians: Flavia Cervino Wood (violinist), Michael Lucarelli (guitar) | Catering: Blended Table, Aristo’s, Theia Mercy’s Desserts | Greek Band: Oneiro | Surprise Musician: Otis Day | Dj: Mike Varanakis/DJ V | Gown: Berta | Cake: Carries Cakes
Close friends and family traveled with Marie and Chase all the way from Texas to Utah, just to celebrate on the mountainside alongside them. To put this as simply as possible, their wedding was an absolute dream. Their impeccable taste in details along with their clean aesthetic are definitely worth mentioning. More importantly thought it was their love that made the day so grand.
Among all the great moments of the day, the most profound was when Chase and Marie saw each other down the aisle. From their reactions you wouldn’t have known they saw one another hours before during their first look. The excitement that crossed both of their faces as they came closer and closer to being married was something everyone seemed to feel. It was really as if they saw one another for the first time in that moment and it couldn’t have been more special.
Seeing two people so connected and in love is a truly beautiful thing. We could go on and on but you really ought to experience their day through the images below. Marie and Chase, we truly can’t thank you enough for having us so involved in capturing your day.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Elisha and Todd | EVENT PLANNING: FUSE Weddings and Events | VENUE: Natural History Museum of Utah | MAKEUP: Lesley Lind | GOWN: Rue De Seine | FLORAL: Orchid Dynasty | CATERING/FOOD: Culinary Crafts | VIDEOGRAPHER: Chris McClain Productions | BAND/MUSICIANS: Gold Standard