After looking through all these breathtaking images from Julia Wade, I’m convinced that every bride and groom needs to dedicate an entire day for a newlywed portrait session. It’s the best of both worlds: you get stunning wedding photos and can enjoy your wedding day with your guests without skipping cocktail hour for portraits. Take a peek through the gorgeous images in the gallery, and you’ll be convinced, too.
From Julia Wade… Dear friends. She’s married. My beautiful, baby sister. Jeffrey Kruger gave a TED talk in Asheville in 2011 and in it he spoke about the profound, lifelong bond siblings can have. He submits that siblings are a rich, fertile ground for lasting relationships, because truly they are the only people who walk almost your entire life with you.
Sarah, I love you and I so deeply happy that you have found the love of your life. And I am so grateful to walk this life with you as your sister and as your friend.
We created these images for her in Salt Lake City.. our home town.
From Ivy & Stone Photography…For this project, we drew from European inspiration, drawing on various hues of dreamy blue and creamy neutrals. We wanted it to feel like you walked into a beautiful old French chateau, with ivy covered walls and ornate detailing.
We used a misty blue gown from Anne Barge. The gown was absolutely amazing! We even discovered, towards the end of the shoot, that it had pockets:) The hair styling was also french inspired with intricate twists making up the back of the hair. The style was enhanced by a beautiful piece provided by Myra Callan of Twigs and Honey.
We choose a vintage engagement ring by Trumpet and Horn. It was a victorian-aged blue stone and matched perfectly with the dress.
The table-scape was amazing! Covered with blue and cream floral linen and fine china, it felt like you were whisked away to a beautiful European retreat! We choose to use a cream sette garnished with simple draping greens. We also had hand-painted Bride and Groom signs to add a personal touch.
The florals were amazing! We used fresh garden roses in hues of citrus and lavender. The bouquet was of similar design, tied together with beautiful Silk and Willow ribbon.
Plum Pretty Sugar’s bridal robe was a perfect fit to start off any girl’s wedding day! The white silk robe was the perfect touch of feminine and pretty. We paired the robe with a tulle veil from Twigs and Honey. The veil was shoulder length and has different types of textures, which creates a depth to the piece.
The invitation suite was all hand written calligraphy by Karli Noel Caligraphy. It was done in gold lettering with accents of gold leaves. The envelope was a powder blue and had vintage stamps placed on it.
Our beautiful model is Michelle Money, formerly on the bachelor. She was a perfect fit for our romantic shoot!
The team assembled for this shoot was amazing and we hope you love the images as much as we do!
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.