Salt Lake City Greek Orthodox Baby Baptism

Recently I had the privilege of documenting something a little different than usual… A baby baptism! I was contacted by Emily because she is friends with Christine and Ricky, and had seen their wedding photos. She was planning an incredible celebration for her sweet baby girl Ana’s christening, and I was so honored that she asked me to capture the festivities!!

The ceremony was remarkably beautiful, something I’d never really seen before. I loved the tradition and sacredness of it. And the reception afterwards was breathtaking! From the florals to the plentiful sweets to the overall atmosphere of the country club, everything about the princess themed party was simply perfect. I hope you all enjoy this peek into lovely little Ana’s baptism and celebration! And thank you again, Emily, to you and your wonderful family for being so kind and welcoming!! It was such a pleasure to share this experience with you guys. And thank you for allowing me to share the photos :)

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Ceremony: Holy Trinity Cathedral Greek Orthodox Church / Reception: Salt Lake City Country Club / Florals: Catherine Wolfgramm / Cake and cupcakes: Salt Cake City / Photo Sugar Cookies: Sweet Shop Natalie / Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Hatch Family Chocolates / Caramels: Firefly Confections / French Macaroon Party Favors: Grand America La Bonne Vie / DJ: Gregory Anastasopoulos

Music Monday

Oh what? Carissa is blogging?! And a Music Monday post at that?!? I know guys, I know. I’m still here, I promise! Life has just been… Non stop, to say the least. But who’s life isn’t these days, right? I’ll spare you the woe-is-me-there-aren’t-enough-hours-in-the-day speech because we’re all there. I know you guys feel me. Plus I figured continuous blog posts about how some days feel so full yet when I look back at the end of the day I feel like I haven’t actually accomplished anything don’t make for great reading material. Ha. I will simply assure you that I’m truly working on getting my act together and jumping back on the scheduled blogging train! I have some amazing weddings and shoots to share, and I suppose a life update is due pretty soon too. So yeah. More blog posts comin’ atcha soon!

For now, how about a sweet and sappy song to start your week? Because I’m working away on some weddings right now and that always gets me feeling all lovey-dovey. #problemsofahopelessromantic (Don’t hate me for putting another hashtag on my blog…) ALSO, it’s only 99 cents on iTunes. Score for finding good songs that aren’t $1.29!! Can I get an amen? Enjoy Never Stop by Safetysuit.

And because every post is better with a picture, here’s one of my brother and new sister-in-law!! So excited to show you more from their wedding :)

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Happy Monday!

Lost For Words

Dear Jake,

Yesterday marked 4 years of marriage. Crazy that it’s been 4 years already. It doesn’t really feel like it, does it? I could go on about how you’ve loved and supported me every second of those 4 years. Or how you work so hard to provide for our family without expecting anything in return. Or how you and Natalie already share such a special bond that makes me smile so ridiculously because I can’t imagine a better father for her. I could go on about a lot of things. But sometimes, someone else says it better than I can.

“And I am lost for words
You’re more than I deserve
And when I cannot stand
You are where I land.”

-Where I Land by J.J. Heller

I love you with all my heart. Happy Anniversary Roo.

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Bridget C - June 16, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Please send me that cutest little peanut! Miss her. Happy Anniversary!!

Park City Engagements: Natasha + Simon

When it comes to being laid back and simply enjoying life, these two have it down! Natasha and Simon are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever worked with, full of nothing but laughter and love for each other. And it’s impossible not to laugh with them! I can honestly hear their laughter coming from these photos. One thing you can’t hear from these photos, though, is Simon’s British accent. And that’s kind of a shame, because it’s awesome. (Although I’m pretty sure I made a fool of myself and quite possibly offended anyone from Great Britain with my horrible attempt at it.) Also, can I talk about their hair for a second?! I told them they are my “luscious locks” couple. Their kids are going to have amazing hair. Am I right?? Yeah, I’m right. Anyhow, enjoy some of my faves of this gorgeous engagement session!! Natasha and Simon, thank you for being so relaxed and easy-going that day! I wouldn’t have changed a thing about it. And I’m so ridiculously excited for your wedding this fall!!! XO

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Memory Grove Memorial House Wedding: Lilian + Noah

Lilian stood in her bedroom. The soft morning sunlight spilled through the window as her girls helped her make the finishing touches before the big day. Ever so carefully slipping into the dress, fastening the jewelry, putting on the shoes, tying the sash. Carefully, so that everything would be perfect today.

Not that Noah would care if things were imperfect. In fact, he had proven just the opposite when they were very first getting to know each other. Lilian brought her dog Hops over to his house, and, much to Lilian’s horror, Hops proceeded to go to the bathroom in the middle of Noah’s living room floor. But Noah simply laughed and cleaned up it without blinking an eye.

It’s those imperfect moments that make life beautiful, though. Because life, and love for that matter, are rarely perfect by definition. Things are messy, like dog poo in the house. Things are tough, like being long distance to finish school. Things are stressful and exciting, like buying a house together. It’s the laughing together at the awkward moments and the sweet reunions after being apart and the total devotion to each other through it all… That’s the stuff that Lilian and Noah’s relationship is made of.

So she carefully finished getting ready that day. The day that they would pledge their love in front of family and friends. The day they would kiss and everyone would dance and toast to their love all evening. They day the became Mr. and Mrs….

And it was perfect.

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What a wonderful wedding this was! I loved the sweet and thoughtful simplicity of the entire day. Plus there were DOGS!!! Lilian is a veterinarian, and she and Noah both have a love for dogs, so they brought Hops and their newest addition Macey, plus a few other pups were hanging around as well! For a fellow dog lover like myself, I of course thought this was so so great. Lilian and Noah, thank you SO much for having me along to document your beautiful wedding!! It was an honor and I absolutely loved every moment of it. May you guys always feel the love you felt for each other on this day, and then some. XO

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