Category Archives: LDS
Cass & Devon had their first look at Tibble Fork, up American Fork Canyon right before their sealing at the Draper LDS Temple in Salt Lake County. In March, you never know what you’re going to get, but it was a beautiful day with just some left over patches of snow on the ground. It was warm, both in temperature and light! We then headed down to Castle Park in Lindon for their reception. What a fantastic venue!
I don’t even know where to start on this one. First of all, these guys planned their fabulous Salt Lake City wedding in less than two months! At first I thought “HOW?” but when I received Monica’s extremely detailed schedule I realized these two are a force to be reckoned with. The majority of the wedding day we stayed within just a few minutes of that schedule, even with surprises that are sure to come on any wedding day. A warm winter in Utah made for a February wedding without snow, and I think they were pretty happy about that. Monica wore a beautiful blush, beaded, tule ball gown. She looked like every little girls princess dream. Mark was the best in the role of her prince. They were a BLAST to hang out with and documenting their love was easy. They just shine around each other, and are not afraid to be both goofy and romantic. Their love for others also shined on their special day, even when the unexpected happened. During the reception, right in the middle of the speeches, Mark’s grandfather started chocking. Without going into great detail, it was very serious, and they spent several minutes trying to revive him. Kale of Kale Fitch Films and I immediately turned off our cameras and I remember helping Monica’s mother keep all the grandkids calm. After what seemed like forever, he finally started breathing. He even woke up and started joking and laughing. When I told Monica’s father that I would stay late or do anything that they needed, we decided to proceed with the toasts and first dance and then decide after that whether the rest of the dancing and partying would continue. I questioned whether or not to share all of this, but the reason I decided to was simple. I was COMPLETELY blown away by the response of everyone both during and after this emergency. I saw how some of the immediate family took their boy scout and girls camp training from their younger years to administer the heimlich maneuver and CPR. I saw Monica and Mark come together and support each other with their first major life issue as husband and wife. I saw all of their family and friends stay calm and pray and support each other. I saw the determination of the family and the emergency responders pay off, and I witnessed a miracle! And then after all of that, to see how everyone respectfully moved forward and brought the focus back to Monica and Mark. With the happy news that grandpa was doing okay, the festivities slowly but most assuredly were able to return. The speeches were light hearted and fun. The first dance was so sweet and energetic. And then, finally the father daughter and mother son dance to James Taylor really got the party mentality back. They were able to overcome a near tragedy turned miracle, and really dance and party the night away! I know that this couple has something special and has a fantastic community of loved ones surrounding them. I witnessed it first hand. I am so honored to have been a part of their wedding day!
Monica & Mark had their wonderful wedding in Salt Lake City in February (yep, that’s how behind I am on blogging), but not before we did their first look formal session. I have never seen Temple Square so empty as it was this Monday evening before their wedding. It was great to have it all to ourselves. Me, the GORGEOUS couple, and the ever amazing Kale Fitch Films. The emotion getting ready, their silly and fun loving nature, and that warm light on them in front of the iconic Salt Lake City temple doors! Magic! And can I just say, the last shot on this post of Monica giddy, spinning, and showing off the dress and shoes is one of my all time favorite bridal shots! 🙂 And check out their engagements!
Kristina and Styler are from Utah, but flew out to San Diego to tie the knot. Here are some of their beautiful groomals at La Jolla Cove beach. It was a beautiful December day in California!