From Breanna McKendrick… Park City, Utah is known as a destination location for brides and grooms looking to get married deep in the Rocky Mountains surrounded by world class ski resorts and rich trees. But few people know that the charming farms and ranches tucked away in these resort mountains have a sturdy southern feel, even if they are so far away from the south. This styled session resembled everything patriotic, with the Groom in his Army Formals, the Bride in a blushing rose and lace wedding gown and the charming Whitewashed barn tucked into the mountains.
Austin and Michelle are married with a darling little girl. Austin is currently serving our country in the Army and gearing up for his first deployment, which means leaving Michelle and his little girl behind for a few months. The whitewashed barn of McPoulin farms gets gets dressed with a large American Flag each year which resonated with Austin’s Military uniform and patriotic theme. Michelle wore a classic blush pink tulle ballgown with ivory lace designed by Allure Bridal. Her bouquet echoed the reds of her gown and red lip in addition to the yellows of her Groom’s military stripe and details of his Army Formal uniform.
The military is a part of so many couple’s wedding day stories and can have patriotic themes tied into their wedding day portraits with class, elegance and without being too literal to a color pallet of Red, White, and Blue. This shoot is a wonderful example to classic military that echoes with a southern, elegant heart.
These lovebirds tied the knot in Provo, the town where they both grew up in and met each other, and they kept things simple and sweet with a temple ceremony followed by a backyard reception at a house just up the hill. Sounds idyllic, right? Jacquelyn Hayward did a fabulous job capturing every picturesque moment, so get ready to gush over the full gallery right here!
From Jacquelyn Hayward… Megan and Scott were married on a beautiful April morning in Provo – the town where they grew up, went to high school, and met one another. The sun was shy and drifted behind rain clouds that sprinkled softly here and there throughout the day. Megan’s dress was handmade by Scott’s grandmother. Megan’s gown of silk was fit it to her frame piece-by-piece, then adorned with beading. Their reception was held at her Aunt’s house (who is also the mother of Scott’s best friend!) just up the hill from the temple. The reception decorations were simple and understated, allowing the Spring blooms to steal the show. Gourmet pizza from a food truck was served, and harp music danced it’s tune around the backyard where friends and family gathered to support their marriage. It was such a lovely day!
From the beautiful bride…Scott and I began a friendship in high school that had something undeniably special about it. At first it was strictly friendly. No hand-holding or romance began for a long while. After high school he went away for two years to serve in Germany as a missionary. I went to school and had my own missionary experience in Argentina. All the while we kept in touch through letters. When he finally popped the question I cried, kissed him sweetly, and said, “Of course.” We wanted our wedding to be simple and beautiful. We arranged for an outdoor reception with a gorgeous view of the valley and Utah lake. It would be a white wedding, with splashes of color from the flowers and a blush fabric wall. What we wanted most for our wedding day was the focus to be placed on our union and families coming together. We still feel so uplifted and happy and supported by our loved ones.
Plain and simple, I want to be this Bride’s best friend. Trust me, you will too after reading about her journey down the aisle. For when a close friend was diagnosed with cancer, she gifted them her wedding budget with a heart full of love. Using what funds remained, she enlisted passionate artistic vendors to do what they do best, and boy did they ever. Bella Cosa by D’Arcy Benincosa captured it all here.
From the beautiful Bride… I had a wedding budget, and then a dear friend’s daughter got sick with cancer. I decided to give most of the money to her, rent out the venue, and see what I could have done with my wedding via trade. This taught me a profound experience about the people in my life.
First, the love that abounded around me as I planned my wedding wasn’t of this world, not even close. Second, the vendors… ok scratch that, passionate artists, who trusted and helped me with my vision deserve every bit of recognition and praise that I can possibly give them. If you were to ask me, statues should be erected in their honor. And Third, I want other girls out there to know that you can have the day of your dreams no matter the budget. Your wedding day can be uniquely yours by using your own two hands and a heart full of love. You don’t have to impress anyone. You can be yourself and it will be all the better.
We picked the Washington School House Hotel as the venue because we could all stay there and because it left us speechless. We had 36 guests because those 36 people were an integral part of our journeys. We had foxes on our invitations because my new last name was to be Fox and foxes are kickass. I didn’t have colors and I didn’t pick my bridesmaids dresses. I had vintage china because it reminded me of growing up in a Victorian home and I told my floral designer to have fun and to do whatever she wanted. I didn’t give my photographer a shot list and I told my hair and makeup artist to make me look like a babe. We had a plated dinner with gourmet delights from our favorite food truck and I told my DJ to create one epic party. My only instruction to everyone was to dress well, have a blast and be present with us for our wedding day. I wasn’t about micromanaging, I was about letting people do what they do best.
It doesn’t take much for a wedding to be pretty when it takes place in Utah’s the naturally beautiful Deer Valley. But when you add a backless lace dress from Katie May, romantic florals from Tinge Floral, and the artistic genius behind Kate Osborne Photography, a wedding here is sure to be breathtaking. See all the reasons why in the gallery.
From Ashley Beyer… Beth was such a great bride to work with. She works in events herself, so she knew exactly what she wanted; and she didn’t want any green spared! We focused on a variety of potted plants and ferns in eclectic vessels with a few small arrangements mixed in. For a mountain wedding it really helped bring the outdoors in.
The ethereal feel of this boudoir shoot oozes romance. Photographed in the exclusive Washington Schoolhouse Hotel by Mallory Renee Photography in film, the essence of this shoot is all about softness and grace. If you’re thinking about a boudoir shoot yourself, you’ll want to take a peak at every look here!
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From Mallory Renee Photography… This is a fine art bridal boudoir session shot at the picturesque Washington Schoolhouse Hotel in Park City, Utah. We were excited to be able to share these as the hotel is relatively exclusive when it comes to allowing photographers.
For this session, I wanted to focus on the things I feel femininity is made up of: softness, grace, elegance, curves, lace, delicate textures, natural light, etc. I especially loved the look that Flavia (HMUA) created on our model (Cortney). It’s a subtle smokey eye that leaves the main eyelid looking nude, perfect for boudoir! I also asked the florist to create a bouquet that had lots of movement and was reminiscent of spring.
To further highlight the soft vibe, this session was shot in film.