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

We were driving through Big Cottonwood Canyon for Sidney and Matt’s first look when rain turned to snow and we were suddenly engulfed in thick fluffy flakes. The storm calmed just long enough for them to see one another before picking right back up forcing us into my favorite grove of pines. They partially planned their wedding for October in hopes of getting some weather and it definitely delivered. I’m so happy they set aside time that morning to experience the start of their day together in weather most cross their fingers to avoid.

After some time in the mountains we all made our way to the neighboring canyon for their wedding at celebration at Millcreek Inn. Sidney’s father walked her down the aisle to live music, her sister kept an eye on her train and brother brought up the rings. They had an intimate gathering of close loved ones and what stood out was how important it was to center their celebration around family. More and more we are seeing couples keep things smaller with a unique feeling of intimacy. After their ceremony they had a relaxing dinner and a small dance party to wrap the night.

Sidney and Matt, we truly can’t thank you enough for having us along especially for every beautiful moment of the day. Thank you for the trust you gave in our image style, for allowing us to be so hands on and for rolling with every bit of weather and sticking to your plan anyway. Yours is one we’ll always remember.

x.

Photographer: Elisha Braithwaite and Todd West
First Look: Big Cottonwood Canyon
Ceremony: 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 Parley’s
Suit: J Crew
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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Brenda and Zach’s Fall Bridals at Louland Falls, Utahbridals

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!

xo, Elisha

Photography: Elisha Braithwaite  |  Venue: Louland Falls, Utah  |  Hair/Makeup: Bride  |  Gowns: Handmade in Vietnam

Rex and Katie’s Wedding at the Provo City Center Lds Templewedding

We’ve had an incredible time working with Katie, Rex and all their loved ones. From the beginning through the end they’ve expressed nothing but the utmost respect and trust toward us and that kind of appreciation really goes a long way. It really spoke volumes about the kind of people they are and we’re just so happy to have worked with them.

Katie and Rex were married in the Provo City Center Lds Temple, where they took portraits with each other and loved ones. After their temple sealing they all went to Noah’s in South Jordan for a celebration of food and dancing. Our favorite part of their wedding was just how centered around family they kept the whole day. They had lists on lists of group portraits that were important to take to help everyone feel loved and included on their day. They are truly an amazing couple!

xo, Elisha

Published in Utah Valley Bride Magazine 2018

Photography: Elisha and Todd  |  Venue(s): Provo City Center Lds Temple, Noah’s Event Venue in South Jordan  |  Floral: Jimmy’s Flowers  |  Rings: Wilson Diamonds  |  Catering: Kneaders  |  Bridal top: Alaina’s Design  |  Bridal skirt: The Perfect Dress  |  Rehearsal Dinner: Joseph Smith Memorial Building

 

 

Nicole’s Bridals in the Albion Basin, Utah Wildflowersbridals

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.

xo, Elisha

Photography: Elisha Braithwaite  |  Location: Albion Basin in Little Cottonwood Canyon  |  Gown: The Bride’s Shop

 

Rex and Katie’s First Look at Albion Basin, Utahfirst look

Before Katie and Rex’s wedding they really wanted to see one another for the first time in the mountains. So just a few weeks before the wedding these two dressed up and made their way up Little Cottonwood Canyon to the wildflowers in Albion Basin. We drove up the dirt road until we found a secluded area with white flowers and towering trees where these two walked into the field as saw one another. Their reaction couldn’t have been more loving and completely in the moment, which set such a nice tone for the rest of their portraits to follow.

I’ve genuinely had the greatest time being around them and feeling inspired by how endlessly happy their love is. They were more than happy to walk through knee deep flowers, climb boulders for higher views and run through the wildflowers well after the sun set over the mountains. Thank you so much for bringing all of yourselves to this session, being open to feel together and be in the moment. You both have this deeply beautiful love that I’ll never quite forget and quite honestly, never want to.

xo, Elisha

Published in Utah Valley Bride Magazine 2018

Photography: Elisha Braithwaite  |  Albion Basin in Little Cottonwood Canyon  |  Magazine Feature: Utah Valley Bride 2018  |  Floral: Jimmy’s Flower Shop  |  Hair/Makeup: The Bride  |  Bride’s Top: Alaina’s Design |  Gown Skirt: The Perfect Dress  |  Suit: Zara

 

 

Shay and Ryan’s Bridals in Jordan Pines Campground, Utahbridals

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.

xo, Elisha

Photography: Elisha Braithwaite  |  Location: Jordan Pines in Big Cottonwood Canyon