Park City Engagements: Jackie + Caleb

You guys, my brother is getting married on SATURDAY!!!!! I’m so excited!!! Things have been crazy busy for the three of us these passed months, but we managed to squeeze in a little engagement shoot before the big day, and I’m SO glad we did. Go figure it turned out to be one of my favorite engagement shoots to date! The light we had that day, oh my word… Plus, I had been giving Caleb a hard time, telling him that he needed practice in front of the camera because the last time I had taken pictures of him I remembered him being juuust a little stiff. WELL, he proved me wrong! I’ve got to give him credit, he did his thing in front of the camera! And so did Jackie, but I knew she would ;)

Caleb and Jackie, I love you guys so much and I can’t WAIT for Saturday!!! XO

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Celia Lutz - April 7, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Wow! They look so happy and you did an amazing job, as usual, Carissa! We are so excited to be able to share in their “Fine” day! See you soon!

A New Adventure

In just a few short months, the Uribes are going on a crazy adventure. We’ve known about it for a quite a while. Almost two years, actually. But it always seemed so far away. And suddenly, it’s on us like a newly engaged girl on Pinterest. I’ve thought about how I would announce it since the day we found out it was happening. Now that it really is time to announce it, though, I’m not sure how else to do it but just come out and say it…

WE’RE MOVING!!! We’ll be heading down to Texas, just outside of Houston, at the end of July!

I know what some of you are thinking. No, this is not an April Fool’s joke! (I’m not that clever.) I actually just realized today that it was April 1st even though I’d been planning on announcing it today for about a week now… Ha.

We’re moving there for Jake’s work, he’ll become an Air Traffic Controller at the Houston airport. Salt Lake is a level 10 and Houston is a level 12, and 12 is the highest level you can go, so needless to say I’m quite proud of him. #husbandbrag (Did I really just put a hashtag on my blog?!) Sure, he still has to train and certify when we get there, but I have total faith that he will in no time.

Part of me is very sad to be leaving family and friends and my hometown of Park City. My family moved to Park City when I was 5, so other than 4 years of college in Indiana, Utah is all I’ve ever really known. And I’ve loved being so close to my family, especially during these first months of my baby girl’s life. But another part of me is very at peace and extremely excited to be taking this jump with Jake and Natalie. We are ready for a change, excited for the challenges and fun that await us, and blessed beyond measure at this opportunity. I know this is part of God’s plan for us. (Although I’m not looking forward to the humidity. I’m growing out my bangs and I’ve thought about throwing out my straightener because ya’ll know what happens to my hair…) (Also, like how I threw that ya’ll in there?! I’m so ready.)

To all my wonderful Utah clients, I will be back often!!! Ultimately we plan on coming back to Park City at some point, so I definitely want to keep my business going here while trying to grow it in Texas. In fact, I already have Utah weddings booked in August, September, and October :) Which means if you want me to shoot your wedding, don’t worry, I will still be based out of Park City as well! And while I’m back for weddings, I will be taking a limited number of other shoots, too. So if you want a family/maternity/senior/etc. session, be sure to follow my fan page on Facebook, I will be announcing dates and times available for shoots when I’m back :) For those of you in Texas, well, I guess I should say Howdy!!! Just kidding. That was a lame joke. And for those of you anywhere else, I definitely still travel!!! I have weddings in California and Michigan this summer that I am thrilled about.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures from last week, because we went on a house hunting trip! Well really, we went to go check out the area and our goal was to narrow down a neighborhood or two that we wanted to live in… Yet somehow after 5 insanely full days of driving around and seeing houses, we had signed a contract and we are now BUILDING a house! CRAZY!!! But so exciting! I don’t know what else to say except that God is so good.

Here are Jake and Natalie on our lot!!! I’m pretty sad we don’t get to be there for a good chunk of the construction, but fortunately we have a wonderful realtor and also some good friends in the area who will be checking on it regularly and sending us pictures.

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This is our new street. I think it has a nice ring to it!

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And I can’t help but post this one of Natalie… This is how she cruises through the airport. Sitting straight up. While most babies would just lay back and enjoy the ride, she refuses. Apparently she likes people pointing and laughing and saying how cute she is ;) Silly kid.

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Happy April 1st!

Chicago New Year’s Eve Wedding: Lauren + Alex

The sun pierced through the crisp air and hit the snow below, shimmering like the ground had been covered in white glitter. It was the morning of their wedding, and they had planned one magnificent celebration…  A beautiful morning ceremony, followed by a lovely brunch reception, followed by an epic New Year’s Eve dance party. Countless hours had been poured into planning. Many hands had worked tirelessly to create elaborate, meaningful details. The dress had been chosen, the suit picked out. And finally, the day was here.

Soft flakes fell from the sky above, silently covering everything in a blanket of freshness. Inside, the celebration was well underway, and it had come together beautifully. Glasses clinked, food and laughter were shared, and gorgeous decor filled every corner of the room. Lauren looked stunning in her dress, Alex looked dapper in his suit. And it was everything a wedding should be….

But not because of all that gorgeous decor. Not because the food was abundant and delicious. Not even because Lauren and Alex looked like they had walked off the pages of a bridal magazine. No, it was because of their love. The deep, pure love they have for God and for each other that made it a wedding. Because if you stripped everything else away, all the decorations, the food, the music, the dress, the suit… If all that was left were Alex and Lauren, it wouldn’t have mattered. Because nothing that day was more beautiful than their love.

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What else can I even say about this wedding? Everything about it was pretty darn magical! From the moment Alex saw her walking down the aisle, to they way Lauren closed her eyes as they danced to the song he wrote for her, to the midnight kiss they shared to ring in the new year, and all the joy, beauty, and fun in between, this wedding was simply perfect. Al and Lo, I love you guys so much!! Thank you being extremely patient with me, for entrusting me with the task of documenting your wedding, and most importantly, for just being the wonderful people that you are. SO excited to see what God has in store for your lives!! XO

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Videography: See the video here.

Other Vendor Credits coming soon. 

Park City Engagements: Alli + Jason

Happy Wednesday everyone! Or should I say… HUMP DAYYY!!! You are all in for a real treat on this fine afternoon because today I’m blogging Alli and Jason’s engagement session. And these two? Well, they made my job very easy. Not just because they’re beautiful people, either. (Although that doesn’t hurt ;). No, it’s because they share such a happy, contagious love. Every time I clicked the shutter it was impossible not capture something lovely, because that’s just the kind of relationship they have. Plus they’re pretty great to hang out with, too :) So enjoy getting to know these two and their wintry engagement session!! Can’t WAIT for the wedding in June :)

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Jenny Potter - March 5, 2014 - 11:38 pm

Well done, Carissa! The photos nearly made me cry, they’re so beautiful. You can really tell how much they love each other. Can’t wait to see you at the wedding!

Sara B - March 6, 2014 - 6:36 am

Beautiful photos, Carissa. You always do such a great job. :) Her ring is gorgeous, too!