A while back you may have seen on this blog that I wanted to give fine art boudoir a try – classy, romantic, feminine and tasteful, and I am SO glad that I did!  I had help from several amazing women who have graciously given me permission to share their images in my portfolio, the first of which you’ll see today, Sam.  Prepare to fall into her amazing eyes and get swept away in her dazzling smile!  And I loved meeting these talented local vendors as well – we’ll be working together a lot in the future, I guarantee it, their work is fantastic and they are just joys to work with.

Hair & Makeup Artist: Briana’s Addiction
Vine Backdrop & Florals: Amber Reverie Floral & Event Design

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I can’t give you just one word for this shoot, it surpassed all of our expectations from beginning to end.  I’m so honored to have this shoot grace the lovely Magnolia Rouge today, just a dream come true!

One night I was lying in bed, trying to shut my brain off and fall asleep when out of nowhere this shoot and its incredible details came pouring into my mind; I couldn’t write fast enough as the ideas kept flowing.  I brought this shoot to my friend Claire and one of my favorite designers, Martha, and over the months and months this shoot came together.

It wouldn’t have been even remotely possible or as incredible without even one of our amazing vendors and models.  Usually I list the vendors at the bottom of the post, but I want you to remember their names as you look through these photos and see the magic that was created; this is probably the most talented group of people I’ve ever met in this industry, truly the dream team.

Event Styling & Direction: Martha Hatfield Designs
Models: Eve Keener &  Jared Fadel
Hair & Makeup: Flavia, Versa Artistry
Dress: Gateway Bridal
Cake: Pippa Cakery
Paper Suite: Annie Mertlich
Food & Desserts: Cassidy Budge
Floral Arrangements: Studio Stems
Ring: Fadel’s Fine Jewelry
Photography: Yours truly and Claire Marika Photography

 

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This family session was incredibly fun, laid-back and care free.  Danielle was the winner of my photo session giveaway, wahoo!

Danielle and her adorable family live in Salt Lake City, so she really wanted me to capture the essence of their everyday life as a family, riding the TRAX, walking around the city streets, and getting pizza at their favorite spot, Pier 49 Pizza.  They literally just let me shadow them for 90 minutes while they had a family outing, which was perfect because their authenticity and loving personalities were evident in each photo.

And if this family wasn’t cool enough, Danielle is a photographer and Aaron is a comedian, and those are their only jobs!  They’re both making a living doing what they absolutely love, and they’re darn good at it.  Check out Aaron at Stand Up Comedy in SLC for some laughs, and you can see Danielle’s photography here; she’s very good, she has a gritty and alternative style with rich tones and fresh views.  And she’s pretty darn amazing just to hang out with, so if you like her work give her a call because she’s just awesome.

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It’s pretty obvious that these two are head over heels in love with each other and with their adorable son.  And I just need to compliment Danielle, she has such a gorgeous smile, and frankly the best skin of anyone I’ve ever shot (I’m so jealous).  Thank you for first of all entering the giveaway contest, and second of all for being such a joy to work with.  I loved every minute of it!

The wonderfully talented Camilla Binks was in search of an assistant for this wedding, and I jumped at the chance to work with her.  I told her I would do it about a week before the date.  The wedding was on Saturday, and on Wednesday night I came down with the worst cold of my life (we’re talking a 3 boxes of tissues, constant cough syrup and sounding-like-a-choking-walrus kind of cold).  I was just about to call her and cancel, however sad I was to do so, when I started to feel better on Friday afternoon, hallelujah!  But then I had to go and ruin it.  I had a family shoot scheduled for Friday evening, a portrait session scheduled for Saturday morning, and then the 9 hours of wedding coverage Saturday afternoon and evening.  I pushed myself instead of babying it, and the cold came back late Friday night with a fierce vengeance.  So I went to the wedding with my camera bag stuffed with tissues and cough drops, praying that I wouldn’t pass out on this sweet couple’s big day.  Camilla was a dear and made sure I had water and medication the whole day.  Be sure to check out her amazing photos from the big day, she’s such a talented photographer!

Enough about me, let’s talk about one of the most amazing couples: Brooke and Brian.  Coming into their wedding day never having met them before, I had to learn on the job their story and their personalities.  Brooke is incredibly gorgeous.  I would say that it’s a wonder she didn’t get married until now, but I have a very strong testimony of God’s timing for His children; throughout the wedding toasts and words of wisdom from family and friends, everyone knew that Heavenly Father had been saving Brooke and Brian for each other.  My favorite thing about this wedding was that although there was real money spent on it, from the reception to the cake to the flowers and so on, no one forgot or failed to gratefully mention the root of their blessings and happiness: Heavenly Father.

B&B were married, and sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City temple, then went on to the incredible La Caille for their reception and dance party.  Brooke is an incredible dancer, just wait until you see the sassy sequined number she changed into so she didn’t pop a seam in her stunning wedding gown; she wasn’t about to sacrifice a chance to party.  Moves were busted by all in attendance.

I need to give a shout out to the awesome groomsman who compassionately took over my responsibility of calling out the next shots as Camilla took family pictures at the reception, my poor voice was just darling by that point!

Let me interrupt, I need to mention the cake.  Never mind how beautiful it is, and that those amazing swirls are white chocolate that took over 2 days to handcraft, this cake was the best cake I have had in my entire life.  You know how Marshall felt about Claudia and Stuart’s wedding cake?  (If you don’t understand that reference I might cry, but then I would vehemently refer you to Season 1, Episode 12 of How I Met Your Mother.)  I literally called the bakery to find out what kind of cake it was (champagne-flavored; try it!) so I can order it the next time I need a cake.  If you’re looking for a wedding cake to ruin you for all other cakes, try Carrie’s Cakes.  And I love that they also had a groom’s cake featuring Brian’s interests, it’s such a fun and personal touch!  Alright, you may continue.

It was an absolutely wonderful and beautiful day.  I wish these two the best of luck on this adventure they’ve begun together, they’re off to an amazing start!

Venue: La Caille
Gown: Justin Alexander from Bridal Expressions
Florals: Blooms and Co.
Cake: Carrie’s Cakes

  • What a gorgeous wedding!!! Amazing job capturing these. I felt like I was there!ReplyCancel

    • Well that’s really great since I was only second shooting, especially at the reception where most of my photos were taken one-handed while holding the softbox up for Camilla. Thank you so much, Lori!!ReplyCancel

  • These are gorgeous!! And lucky you got to shoot at the la caille!! These seriously belong in a magazine!ReplyCancel

  • kristen

    I love La Caille, but everything about this wedding was just too perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Uh. LOVE!!! Your reception photos are gorgeous. Teach me your ways. You did an amazing job. I love the colors. And that bride is stunning!ReplyCancel

    • Isn’t she just gorgeous?!

      And that’s such a compliment coming from you Kylee, thank you, I’d rather ask you to teach me your ways! It was super helpful that the videographer had several video lights set up, it has me seriously considering purchasing them for myself instead of more flash equipment. =)ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful wedding photography! Love the ones of the bride and groom by the fountain!ReplyCancel

  • these are so beautiful! What a sweet couple and I know they must be thrilled with these images. Such lovely scenery.ReplyCancel

  • Just Stunning images! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • gorgeous couple, and La Caille weddings are always amazingReplyCancel

  • Everything about this wedding in La Caille is so perfect, the colors the cake, the decor. You captured every detail beautifully!ReplyCancel

I’m so pleased today to have this beautiful couple’s fall engagement session at Silver Lake featured this week on We’re Official!  Be sure to visit their site or the original post here for the full gallery.

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