Wheeler Farm Bridals: Jessica

Happy Monday folks! This morning I’m kicking off the week with a gorrrgeous bridal session of the beautiful Jessica!! She and Gavin got married on Saturday so I can finally share these lovelies :) I had such a great time on this session because not only is Jess an absolute gem and so fun to be around, but can we please discuss how breathtaking she looks?! Jess made this session everything I think bridals should be: soft, pretty, graceful… Enjoy some of my favorites!

Yep, you are just so gorgeous Jess!

I absolutely adored her dress… so soft and feminine. 

This one. LOVE.

One stunning bride, if I do say so myself!

The bracelet is from her grandma, and the ring is from Gavin’s grandma. Talk about some amazing heirlooms!

She wanted a few with her rockin’ sunglasses, and I was more than happy to oblige! 

Sunglasses, pockets, pretty Jess… I love this one :) 

We snagged a few more in the beautiful fading light as we headed back to the car, and they are some of my favorites!

I’ll finish with this, because Jess looks SO exquisite…

Can’t wait to share their wedding!!

Jessica Eckert - September 24, 2012 - 4:11 pm

AH!!!! I love these! I seriously can not wait for the wedding pictures!! You are amazing and i couldn’t have asked for anything more!

Friday Fun Facts

Happy Labor Day Weekend!! Anyone have fun plans? For me it’s appropriately named because I’ve got a triple wedding weekend… lots of labor! (Aaaand cue the horrible joke music. That was bad, I know.) Seriously though, I’m so excited for all my couples this weekend! It’s going to be a party. Plus that means lots of lovely wedding prettiness coming your way soon ;)

I don’t have a lot of time because, I’ll be honest, three weddings in a row takes a LOT of prep work, but I didn’t want to leave you without a little something for your weekend! This Fun Facts post is going to look a little different though… it’s all pictures. That made me laugh when I saw them. Yes, out loud. So hopefully they’ll make you laugh, too! And I do realize that half of them are Someecards, but what can I say? Those people have a pretty hilarious sense of humor… Enjoy!

Bunny ears.

Amen, brother. Amen.

If I believed in a zombie apocalypse, this is how I would prepare!

Grammar stickler.

Dream big.

It should really say chocolate cake.


NO one ever! Haha.

Best calorie burner I’ve ever seen…

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!! :)


Provo Orchard Engagements: Ann + Justin

One of the first things Ann said as we talked about her wedding was how she had never wanted engagement pictures. Too cheesy and posed. So she didn’t want them. Until she saw Shelly and Ryan’s, that is. Ann and Shelly are really good friends, and I the honor of shooting Shelly’s wedding last year. So as we sat sipping iced chai’s and talking about her wedding, Ann told me that when she saw Shelly and Ryan’s engagement pictures, she changed her mind. Ummm, can you say FLATTERED?! Seriously one of the best compliments I’ve ever received :)

I’ll be completely honest, as we first started the shoot, I was a bit nervous. I felt like I had some big expectations to fill! Only a little bit of pressure. Haha. Fortunately, though, Ann and Justin are completely in love and adorably easy to photograph, as you’ll see below! Turns out I had nothing to worry about ;) Enjoy a few of my favorites from this gorgeous couple’s engagement sesh!!

Justin started off wearing the sweater he wore when Ann first saw him. SO cute.

Unfortunately though, it was hot. Like, REEEALLY hot. Even though it doesn’t look like it. (Let’s just say I was embarrassingly sweaty. Oh, TMI??) Needless to say, Justin took the sweater off after a few minutes. Haha.

Adorable much?

Justin, you’re going to make a dapper groom!

Ann, you are so gorgeous…

Love these next ones!

Aaaand more favorites below :)

Ann and Justin, thanks for driving to meet me, waiting patiently, and putting up with the heat. Haha. But more so, thank you for entrusting me to document your love!! I had such a great time with you both, I know your wedding is going to be just as fun :) XO

Monica cook - March 28, 2015 - 10:53 pm

I’m just wondering where this I located! These are beautiful!

Carissa - March 29, 2015 - 12:34 pm

Thanks so much Monica! This is an apple orchard in Provo, Utah.

Bonneville Salt Flat Engagements: Christine + Ricky

When they met through work, Ricky noticed Christine right away. So he did the smartest thing he could think of… He befriended the best friend. (Which was really quite ingenious, if you ask me. I mean, the best friend has to approve of the boyfriend!) So he set to work. After several weeks of impressing Christine’s friend, and subsequently impressing Christine, he approached her. And told her they were going to dinner. Christine agreed, intrigued by the kind, handsome and well-dressed gentleman. They spent the night laughing and talking under the dim lights at a restaurant downtown. At that point Ricky was pretty much wrapped around her finger.

It took a little bit longer for Christine. But it happened quite suddenly one night in, of all places, a grocery store. After spending the entire day moving, Christine stood in the grocery store aisle, exhausted and stressed. On top of everything else going on, they had a party to go to in just a few short hours, but she didn’t know where any of her things were. Well, she did, just not which boxes among the many they had spent all day moving. And as she stood in the aisle lamenting, Ricky listened and then walked away. He came back a few moments later, his arms filled with shampoo and conditioner, a blow dryer, hair spray… “Is this the kind you use? Will these work ok?” Just like that, Christine realized that Ricky was taking care of her when she needed it desperately. He had just spent the day helping her move, and he was still taking care of her. But more importantly, she realized that he always would. And it was about that point that she was wrapped around his finger, too…

We started their shoot downtown Salt Lake, near the restaurant where they had their first date :)

Yes, they are THAT cute together!

Christine brought some adorable props along :) 

Rad. You guys are just a rad couple! 

Love this one!

Seriously, how sweet are they together?!

The hearts were another adorable idea of Christine’s :)

I had told them we were finished, but then I had to grab a few in this golden light as we walked back to the car!

Then we headed out to the Salt Flats. When we got there we had no idea that it would be SO windy!! Christine brought some colorful balloons along and although we almost lost them several times, we definitely had some fun :)

Oh you guys, you are one stunning couple!

Models. Both of you.

Love these next two.

This seems like a good one to end on…

Thanks for the fun adventure you two!! Despite the few hiccups lol, I had sooo much fun :) Can’t WAIT for your wedding next month! Xoxo

Adri - August 22, 2012 - 2:51 pm

They are seriously a STUNNING couple! Get job, Carissa! Love them all. :)

David Terry - August 22, 2012 - 4:09 pm

That’s a long drive from Park City! Looks like fun! :)

Thanksgiving Point Wedding Portraits: Heather + Bill

Sometimes you meet a couple that doesn’t need words to describe their love. It is evident in every smile, every look, every touch. Bill and Heather are such a couple. We met on a sweltering, sunny evening, and from the moment we started, their joy was palpable, bubbling over like a fresh poured glass of champagne. Bill loves Heather. And Heather loves Bill. It’s really as simple as that. And it’s people like these two that make me feel so blessed to be a photographer.

We began their session with a First Look. And you all know how I feel about First Looks ;)

After a few moments to themselves, we continued around the gorgeous Thanksgiving Point grounds to take more pictures! 

Love this :) 

Oh Heather, you make one elegant bride!! 

Bill couldn’t help but smile while he looked at his gorgeous wife-to-be :)

The were truly nothing but smiles and laughter. SO sweet…

Lace dressed bride, gray suited groom, and a parasol? LOVE.

Workin’ it!

I’ll finish up with three of my favorites :)

Congrats Heather and Bill! So excited for the life you guys are starting together :)

And the winners of a Yankee Candle are….. EMILY and RONI!!!!! Yes, I’m picking two because, as I mentioned on Facebook, Friday was crazy hectic and I totally ran out of time to blog. So two winners for making everyone wait over the weekend :) Congrats Emily and Roni! Email me your address and I’ll get your yummy Fall scents in the mail!!

jodi anne - August 20, 2012 - 10:49 am

These are so cute!! :) great job!

Jaclyn Hayes - August 21, 2012 - 9:53 pm

These shots of Heather and Bill are breathtaking! You’ve definitely captured the true essence of who they are and what happiness they’ll be bringing equally into their marriage! I’m in awe! You’re quite a photographer!