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?
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 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
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.
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