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Beaver Mountain Wedding // Utah Intimate Wedding // Mountain Wedding // Bethany + Kaleb

Beaver Mountain was the perfect backdrop for this wedding! It was such a pleasure to be a part of. Besides working with two people who were so easy going, quick to be friends with, and so open about connecting, it was a sweet intimate wedding I would not have wanted to miss.

Her friends made their ceremony arch which was the talk of the night. Her dress could not have fit her beautiful frame better. One of her best friends was the officiator and had everyone in tears, especially the groom Kaleb who couldn’t have been more tender and sweet about marrying Bethany. Everything was so beautiful, so laid back, and so them. Every detail. I want to let her tell you herself about her wedding experience and about the love between the two of them. She wrote the kindest thing to me when I asked her favorite part of the planning process it was the nicest words from my couple ever! : “Our favorite part was finding AMAZING photographers, having a blast taking engagement photos, seeing how gorgeous they turned out, and being stoked for the wedding pictures! (Not kissing up at all, honestly! The rest of this wedding planning has been SO stressful. Photography has been the smoothest, most fun thing!)”. I absolutely loved getting to know this couple and I hope we always stay friends!

From Bethany:
We met at our local rock climbing gym, spring 2016. Neither of us were planning on climbing that night, but both ended up there anyway. We had never met, despite growing up in the same valley. After introducing ourselves, chatting, and climbing a while, I (Bethany) casually asked him (Kaleb) to dinner. He said yes, opened the car door for me, and paid for the meal. That was the beginning of our beautiful, adventurous, joyful, and loving relationship. 3 years later, on my birthday, while hiking in a remote canyon in Moab, he surprised me with an engagement ring. I, of course, said yes. ♡

Our goal through the planning of this wedding and reception was to provide an atmosphere where everyone in attendance felt comfortable, loved, and happy. All in all, it may shave seemed unstructured to some, but that was the idea. Genuine, organic moments without the distraction of a strict agenda or unnecessary technology. The ceremony itself was "unplugged" so everyone could be truly present as part of our special moment.

The venues we choose are two of our favorite locations where we can be ourselves and detach from the business of everyday life. We wanted those attending to also feel separated from life's worries as we did.
As odd as it seems we didn’t have music for the ceremony. We wanted the moments to flow naturally, without the worry of potential technological difficulties.

Our most valuable piece of advice for making a relationship work: Listen to each other. Recognize your differences, your strengths, your weaknesses, your goals, dreams, aspirations. Notice how together, you create balance between it all.

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This sweet boy made her a paper rose, and I love that she was able to communicate with him in sign language about it. She’s so amazing!

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Location: Beaver Mountain Resort
Reception: Crumb Brothers
Cake: Lees Marketplace
Hair and Makeup: Tiffany Johnson & Hannah Wynn @hannah_lee_wynn (instagram)
Catering: Off Premise (luncheon) Crumb Brothers (reception food)
Dress: Petals and Promises
Shoes: Clarks (bride) Sperry (groom)
Jewelry: Rocky Mountain Diamond Company @rockymountaindiamond (bride) Holz Ring Shop @holz_ring_shop (groom)
Mens Attire: Canaza Creations @canazacreations

She did all the amazing decor and floral arrangements herself. Bethany is seriously talented and amazing!

Makenzie + Gage Antelope Island Engagements // Utah Engagements // Utah Wedding Photographer

What an amazing connection these two have! Every moment with them was sweet, and so easy. They moved together seamlessly and the love they feel for one another was tangible. He adores her and she is crazy about him. They were so laid back during their shoot and went with whatever I threw at them. We came away with such beautiful images. Today is their wedding day and I couldn’t be more excited to spend it with them!

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Bear Lake Family Reunion // Bear Lake // Bear Lake Photographer

I get a lot of requests for family reunion photography and I absolutely love these sessions! I love seeing a whole family come together, being able to laugh and enjoy each others company. Being from a large family (baby of 11 here :) ) I know how hard it can be to get everyone together, and how rewarding it is when it actually happens. If I can ever get my WHOLE family together and do a professional photoshoot that will be a dream come true for me. Make it happen when you can. Life is full of unexpected turns, and every moment together counts.

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Dursteler Engagements 2018 // Mountain Engagements // Utah Wedding Photographer

What a beautiful love these two have. They are so kind and gentle together, fun, funny, full of love for everyone around them. It was such a privilege to have the chance to photograph them for their engagement session and bridals. We had such a fun time together! Congratulations you two! Can’t wait to share your bridal session!

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Sally Family Bear Lake 2018

It's been full on family reunion time, and I love it!  Coming from a big family myself, I enjoy seeing big family groups together.  What you don't realize when you are young, is how limited your time with your siblings really is.  Eventually you see each other less and less.  You go on to have your own families and getting together gets harder, and before you know it, you are only seeing your siblings a couple times a year if you are lucky.  It's always hard for me to see families who don't appreciate the time they could spend together and don't show up for it, because having lost a nephew, and a dad, and seeing my brother in law dying from Stage 4 cancer...I know how fleeting this time on this Earth is.  Next time you are thinking of not going to that family reunion...think again.  That time is so important, and don't wait until it's too late!

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Family Reunion Photoshoot //Tony's Grove // Utah Family Photographer

Spring is here with Summer close to follow and it's the BEST TIME to book your Family Reunion photo shoot.  I just heard from a grand daughter of a family I shot for this past summer.  Her sweet grandma booked me, and she and I had talked a lot this past summer setting up the shoot, talking details of what was important to her, printing out some large gorgeous canvases from their shoot, and I just grew to love her so much.  She was so sweet and I remember after the photo shoot she pulled me into her arms and kissed both my cheeks.  Her grand daughter texted that she just passed away.  Not even a year after we did the photos that meant so much to her.  How this touched my heart.  This life goes so swiftly, and recording these memories for the next generation is so incredibly important!  I know they meant so much to her. Don't put it off another year... you never know what the year will bring.  Now is the time to be sure you preserve what is most important in this world...your family. 

I have had the privilege to photograph this family below for the past couple of years and I love them so much!  Every session with them has been so beautiful and such a fun time with an amazing family. 

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