This windswept couple’s session is to this day one of my favorites. I was honored to document Jenna & Michael’s wedding several months before, so I know what an adventurous couple they are. Not to mention their truly palpable chemistry. We were “threatened” by 60+ mph winds for this shoot, but we decided to embrace the chaos. Antelope Island offers a wide variety of incredible landscapes, with the wind creating literal waves on the lake. That’s one of the most magnificent things about Utah. There are so many environments to experience, yet they can easily feel like far away destinations.
The first half of this session felt like we were walking down a rocky beach in Northern California or Oregon. Next I felt transported to the rolling hills of Ireland. Side note, it’s probably not the best idea to climb up the side of a mountain in a windstorm. I was literally blown over. Luckily Jenna & Michael had each other to hold onto. I love the unbridled laughter they shared together, as well as the peaceful moments. I’ll be working with these lovers again soon and, I hope, often.
Kenzie and Jake have spent the majority of their courtship long-distance. Now, they are just a few months into marriage and never need to part again! Jake is a rather talented videographer, and Kenzie will be finishing school this year. A couple after my own heart, they like staying at home together, watching movies, and ordering takeout from the local gourmet chocolate chip cookie shop.
This time of the year may be my favorite for shooting in the Utah mountains. There is still a lot of lush green landscape, but as some plants have begun to change and autumn approaches, the land is lightly brushed with earthy gold tones. Each season seems to have its own unique nuances with golden hour, late summer being a favorite. Pair those elements with beautiful, snuggly newlyweds and you have the makings of magic.
I am excited beyond words to finally share the photos from this truly incredible couple with you! Emeli & Ben had the most wonderful, intimate wedding I’ve had the honor to photograph thus far. While the couple hails from Pasadena, they chose the breathtaking and exciting city of San Francisco for their wedding. Even though they sent out their wedding invitations weeks in advance, the couple wanted to do an “engagement” session the day before on the beautiful coastline.
This was my first trip to the Bay Area, and it was mesmerizing! I fell in love with the eclectic buildings with their random paint palettes, the palm trees spread intermittently on rooftops, the rocky beaches with seals sunbathing on nearby rocks, and the oysters that melted in my mouth like butter. Of course I know I only experienced a small fraction of all that this awesome city boasts, so I’ll have to fix that with a return trip!
Not only are Emeli & Ben incredibly sweet and caring with one another, they are also adventurous and up for anything! We hiked around Land’s End and ended our all-film session at the beach near the Sutro Baths. And anytime a couple is willing to run into the ocean for some rad photos, they’re the people for me! They immediately felt like close friends, and I cannot wait to share their stunning Golden Gate Park wedding with you very soon!