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Minji and Paul’s Millcreek Canyon Wedding at Log Havenwedding

It was a rainy day when Minji and Paul were married at Log Haven in Millcreek Canyon. Days like this will forever be my favorite, when the rain amplifies the lush green trees around us and the smell of damp pine is in the air. The canyon was pretty peaceful and quiet, leaving these two alone to celebrate and be close with loved ones.

They chose to have a late evening wedding followed by dinner and late night dancing. One of my favorite things about them though is how they began the evening with a first look alone together near the lake. The fact that they chose to begin together rather than spend hours on end apart says so much about them and their relationship. They were able to take their time to emotionally connect before jumping into the festivities which set such a lovely tone for the ceremony and rest of the evening. We spent a few moments here before joining loved ones across the road for the ceremony. Loved ones gave readings, family married them, and the evening was easygoing and everything a part should be.

Photography: Elisha Braithwaite & Todd West  |  Venue: Log Haven, Millcreek Canyon, Utah  |  Videography: Luke Porter Films  |  Floral: Corsage Creations and Boutonniere  |  Catering: Log Haven  |  Dj: Dj Fayze  |  Gelato: Sweetaly

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Sidney and Matt’s Fall Wedding at Millcreek Inn, Utahwedding

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!

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

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Torrie And Nick’s Intimate City Hall Wedding in San Francisco, Californiawedding

Torrie and Nick were married in San Francisco, California where they first met and shortly after fell in love. Naturally this beautiful city where their relationship began is where they chose to celebrate their wedding. We can’t thank them enough for having us along!

Their day began while cozied up in bed together during the sunrise. It set a very calm and peaceful feel to the day and a common theme of togetherness that was important to them as they got ready and went about the rest of the day. They gushed over each other while getting ready, helped one another dress and spent every moment that morning together like this. Then they drove from San Francisco to Muir Woods where they found a quiet area to read their vows. Both had pages and pages, all full of specific words of love and support.

After their vows we made our way to the San Francisco City Hall where their parents and friends joined them for their ceremony. One of our favorite things was seeing them really enjoy their date together while still having plenty of time to celebrate with close loved ones later on. Following their ceremony everyone joined them for dinner and rinks at West of Pecos in downtown, ate way too much food and had informal speeches at their parents hotel.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for having us out to celebrate with the two of you. The weekend was amazing and the love we’ve seen you share together is inspiring. You two deserve all the happiness you’ve found in one another.

xo, elisha and todd

Photography: Elisha and Todd  |  Floral: The Bud Stop  |  Vows: Muir Woods  |  Ceremony: San Francisco City Hall  |  Dinner: West of Pecos

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Jen and Juri’s Winter Wedding at High West Distillery, Utahwedding

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.

xo, Elisha

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

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Isaac and Dawn’s snowy engagement in the mountainsengagements

Snow fell heavily in Big Cottonwood Canyon with Dawn and Isaac the other day. Once we made our way through the canyon and arrived to the spot we first took a few moments to admire the weather. Snowflakes grew thicker and heavy, blanketing the mountains surrounding us in moments. They happy embraced the conditions, living in the moment with each other and helping me create some gorgeous portraits of their loving selves. They allowed me to get to know them as a couple along with treated me like a dear friend. I’m so proud of the photographs we created together that evening and can’t wait for you to scroll down and view.

Before you check them out I want to share a few quick words from the email they first sent my way.

We love how candid and honest your photos are, it was like a glimpse into an intimate moment. In short, we’ve somehow managed to find our dream photographer before, well, anything else. But perhaps it makes sense to feel connected to you, another human being, before places or things.

That last line warmed my heart. After spending these few hours with them I’m fairly certain there isn’t a superficial bone in their body. I’m constantly grateful toward those of you who choose to work with me. Your kindness and generosity goes such a long way and makes me grateful to do what I do. Alright that’s enough rambling. Scroll on down and check out this snowy goodness.

Photography: Elisha Braithwaite  |  Location: Jordan Pines Campground, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

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The Baker family in their Oakland, California homefamily

Over the course of a year my dear friends experienced marriage along with the arrival of their little one. They’ve had me out to their home in Oakland to document every step of the way and honestly it’s been such an amazing experience of growth for me. Being around their family has influenced me to try living in the moment, loving unconditionally and to cherish every single moment with my loved ones more than I have. Their love was wildly strong when they were married a year ago and I honestly didn’t think it could get any better before Olivia arrived. They are completely rocking this crazy life together and are the luckiest parents in the world. So here’s a little glimpse of how they are together on a daily basis. We started in their home like last time and eventually wandered into San Francisco where we found some steep streets and lush gardens.

Photography: Elisha Braithwaite  |  Locations: Oakland & San Francisco, California   |  See their San Francisco City Hall wedding and their Sutro Baths maternity portraits.

Karen and Ed’s Engagement in Albion Basinengagements

The evening I joined Karen and Ed for engagements around Alta was simply breathtaking. We barely caught the end of wildflower season so crowds were mostly gone and the mountainside was ours. Being able to roam the landscape more freely made the whole experience feel even more special for these two than it already was. They were together alone without distractions and it couldn’t have been a better night.

We began near a stream where we found a patch of surviving wildflowers and lush greens which seemed to thrive in the shadows. Karen and Ed’s version of casual was a neutral colored button up shirt and floral dress which caught the light and wind in all the right ways which I loved. After a few calm moments here we journeyed up the mountainside where they changed in to their formal outfit for big open views of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Wind blew smoke from neighboring fires into the canyon which gave us the neatest haze till the sun set over the mountains. We photographed for a little over a couple hours yet I still wish we had more time because these two were incredibly romantic and wonderful to be around.

Karen and Ed – I can’t thank you enough for coming up here and trekking through the mountainside with me! You guys are such a kind and beautiful couple and I couldn’t be happier for you.

Photography: Elisha Braithwaite  |  Location: Albion Basin, Alta Ski Resort, Utah

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Jenny and Dave’s couple portraits in Albion Basincouple

I first met Jenny years ago when she kindly modeled for a bridal inspiration shoot I put together. She was wonderful to photograph then so you can imagine how happy I was for the chance to connect with her and her husband Dave years later. They’ve been married a few years now and were looking for a natural documentation of themselves. Nothing too over the top or dramatic. Just simple portraiture of them in the present. They brought a very natural and calm vibe to the evening and I completely forgot this was their first time being professionally photographed together. These portraits have easily become some of my favorite this year.

Whether you’re engaged, growing your family, have a major life event or not, it’s always a great time for portraits with the one you love.

Photography: Elisha Braithwaite  |  Location: Albion Basin, Alta Resort, Utah

 

Natalie and Tyler’s Engagement in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utahengagements

A few moments into Natalie and Tyler’s engagement session I found myself completely covered in a swarm of red fire ants. They immediately ran over to brush them away until they were all gone. If that’s not an indication of how kind and caring they are then I don’t know what is, but all I can say is that I genuinely enjoy being around them both. They were loving and close, they were happy and smiley. They were together and in love and it shined through so strongly as I spent these short hours with them.

We went up Big Cottonwood Canyon around the Jordan Pines Campground area to a few of my favorite spots. They kept things easy with one beautiful outfit that perfectly matched their personal style and the mountains surrounding them. If anyone is looking for engagement inspiration then I highly suggest taking some from these two.

Photography: Elisha Braithwaite  |  Location: Jordan Pines Campground, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

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Liza and Aj’s Garden Wedding at Red Butte Gardenswedding

The morning of Liza and Aj’s wedding was spent at the Salt Lake City Lds Temple where they were sealed together in their church with close loved ones. Since they chose to be married on a Thursday, the temple grounds were fairly empty and they were able to enjoy themselves without the rush that commonly comes with a weekend wedding here. After they came out of the temple we took some quick family photos with extended family who attended the sealing, then took our time around the grounds for portraits.

After their sealing at the temple we headed to Red Butte Gardens where they had their ceremony with even more loved ones. The gardens had just barely turned green and they were the only wedding under the wisteria this year, which was gorgeous. Multiple friends and family gave speeches during the ceremony and afterward contributed to watering a beautiful rose bush that Liza and Aj would take home to care for. Their day was beautiful and full of so much emotion. We were so happy to see their cute selves together and married.

See their Cactus & Tropical first look here

Photography: Elisha & Todd  |  Planner: Marae Event Management  |  Florist: Mayflowers Utah  |  Dress: The Perfect Dress Bridal  |  Temple: Salt Lake City Lds Temple  |  Venue: Red Butte Gardens  |  Catering: Lux Catering & Events  |  Hair/Makeup: Denise Christensen

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Torrie and Nick’s Maternity Portraits at Sutro Baths, San Franciscofamily

Last month we traveled to San Francisco, California to photograph our dear friends Torrie and Nick just a few weeks before their newborn baby arrives. I was only able to spend an evening with them and I came away from it feeling deeply inspired by the love they already have for their daughter. Pretty similarly to how their wedding day began, the first part of our time together was spent with them cuddled up together but this time in their Oakland home. They let me in on their thoughts of becoming new parents and spoke of their hopes and dreams of the kind of people they want to be for their daughter. They were excited and hopeful and these feelings were strongly felt by being near them.

After spending some time in their home they dressed up and ventured to the beach surrounding Sutro Baths in San Francisco, California. The weather was beautiful and the beach was less crowded than I’ve ever been able to experience it. Lucky for me they were up for crossing rocks to venture onto the beach and hike up through the trees to catch the prettiest evening light that shined off the water and through them.

Torrie and Nick – I truly can’t thank you enough for all the opportunities you’ve given Todd and I to be part of your lives. Being able to photograph your wedding celebration all the way to this moment of your little girl coming into this world has been an honor. We’ve learned to adore you both and the way you’ve inspired us with your love for each other and your family. Thank you so much my friends.

xo, elisha.

Photography: Elisha Braithwaite  |  Location: Sutro Baths, San Francisco, California  |  Dress: Free People  |  See their San Francisco City Hall wedding here

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Carla and Landon’s Intimate Wedding in Cancun, Mexicoelopement

An overwhelming sense of love and friendship comes over me when I think of Carla and Landon, especially after the time we spent with them in Cancun. This was both Todd and I’s first time in Mexico and my first time anywhere tropical. We were in town for a little less than 1.5 beautiful days and every single moment was amazing. If any of you are considering travel for your wedding/honeymoon, view on and grab some inspiration from these two.

The morning of their wedding Carla and Landon met us outside of their resort for sunrise engagements on the beach. Being from the west coats we aren’t used to seeing the sunrise on the ocean and it was such a neat thing to watch as we photographed. Shortly after taking these sunrise portraits they encouraged us to put down our cameras, grab some breakfast and snag a coupe of swimsuits from the gift shop for a day at the pool with them. This right here is what speaks volumes about the type of people Carla and Landon are. Here we are in Cancun with a million different ideas and potential photographs racing through our minds, yet they just wanted us to relax and enjoy ourselves with them. And in all honesty this was fairly difficult for us to do because we truly wanted candid portraits of them cuddled up on their beach chair or sipping fruity drinks. It was definitely a different experience for us and one we’ll never forget.

After relaxing poolside we went back to our rooms to freshen up before the ceremony. Carla and Landon helped one another get ready in their gorgeous glass room that overlooked the water. Then Landon made his way down to the beach where Carla would soon join his side. The ceremony was symbolic and beautiful. They laughed and cried together and even shared toasts and cake. The evening ended with them by one another’s side on the sandy beach just as it began.

Photography: Elisha Braithwaite and Todd West  |  Location: Secrets The Vine, Cancun, Mexico

 

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Liza and Aj’s First Look at Cactus and Tropicalsfirst look

In the weeks before their wedding, Liza and Aj had a first look together at Cactus and Tropicals in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since they would soon be married in Red Butte Gardens Arboretum, the greenhouse was very fitting for a similar vibe that still offered quite a bit of variety. We started with a first look near the colorful potted plants until their family brought their dogs for some quick family portraits of the four of them. Their dogs had darling floral collars made by the talented Mayflowers Floral Design (something I highly recommend if your pups are in the wedding) and they did so well by their side. It’s becoming a common trend for couples to bring their dogs to their weddings and portrait sessions and it’s something we’ve really grown to love. They’re part of your family too, why not bring all your loved ones to celebrate with you?

See their Red Butte Garden wedding here

Photography: Elisha Braithwaite  |  Location: Cactus & Tropicals, Salt Lake City, Utah  |  Florist: Mayflowers Floral Design  |  Hair/Makeup: Denise with DC Makeup

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