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

A few moments into Natalie and Tyler’s engagement session, I found myself covered in a swarm of red fire ants. These two immediately ran over to my side and brushed them all away until they were all gone. If that’s not an indication of how kind and caring these two are then I don’t know what is, but all I can say is that I’ve genuinely loved being around them. They are such happy people who are open for anything as long as they’re together. 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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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!

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

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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, Utahbridals

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