Newpark Hotel Wedding: Jenny + Johnny

“I’m so excited!”

“This is awesome!”

If there are two sentences that sum up Jenny and Johnny’s day perfectly, those would be it. From the minute I arrived in the morning, Jenny could not stop telling me just how thrilled she was to be marrying Johnny. All through her hair and make up appointment, a smile never left her face. Well, it never left her face all day, really. And whenever anyone asked her how she was doing, she would simply say, “I’m so excited!!”

Johnny’s phrase, on the other hand, was “This is awesome!” Although sometimes he added a “so awesome” in there. Ya know, for variation ;) All during the First Look, he kept making note of how amazing it was that the wedding day had actually arrived. The day that they had spent so much time planning for, working toward, and looking forward to, had finally come. Exciting and awesome, indeed :)

Enjoy a few (or a lot) of my favorites from their day! (And I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to the wonderful Amy Lashelle, who assisted me during the wedding. Thanks Amy!)

After hair and make up at The Golden Door, we headed back to the hotel for Jenny to put on her lovely Augusta Jones gown.

Love this :)

Once the dress was on, we headed over to the White Barn to meet Johnny!

Not be a broken record, but…. I LOVE First Looks! So much. And I’m very glad these two decided to do it :)

They were so sweet :)

And did I mention excited? Yes, super excited, too!

SUCH a beautiful couple, no?

They just couldn’t stop smiling at each other.

After the First Look we made our way to the beautiful St. Mary’s for the ceremony.

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not doing a First Look takes away from the groom seeing his bride walk down the aisle, I think this face will answer your question ;)

Married!!

You could literally feel the joy radiating from them as they walked back down the aisle :)

We hurried to snap the family pictures after the ceremony, and then it absolutely started POURING rain. As you can see, though, it didn’t put any damper on their spirits! (And I have to add in a HUGE thank you to Amy here, because she held an umbrella for me so I could finish up the last few family shots during the downpour!)

Newpark Hotel provided a wonderful atmosphere for the wedding!

Rather than having a guest book, they had a custom snowboard made and had all their guests sign it. How great is that?!

Instead of table numbers, all of the tables were labeled with places where the bride and groom had been, and a memory to go with it!

After the first dance, a party broke loose! Thanks to the talented Joe Muscolino Band for bringing down the house!

Johnny and Jenny let me sneak them away for a few minutes to catch the beautiful light, just as the sun was setting in front of the hotel. I feel so fortunate to have clients who care about their pictures and allow me to do this :)

I’ll finish up with this shot of the glowing couple! (Pun might have been intended.)

Congratulations again you two!! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your wedding! The day was a beautiful testament of your love, I know your life together will be just as beautiful :) Xo

Juice Me

I did a juice cleanse last week.

I know what you’re thinking… Me, the carb-loving food junkie who can’t say no to french fries and salivates at the sight of sprinkles? Yes. I did a juice cleanse. Ever since I found out that my stomach HATES ME can’t handle gluten, I’ve been a lot more conscious about what I put in my body. Still, a juice cleanse? Five years ago I would have laughed in your face at the idea. Two years ago I would have been intrigued, but never acted on it. This year, though, a lot has happened that has made me really think about what’s really important… Namely, my faith, my family, and my health. I’ve been blessed with pretty good health, and I don’t want to take that for granted.

It’s not that I’ve been particularly unhealthy. Just… not as wholesome as I could be. (Ok, ok, I might have had 75 too many Peanut Butter M&M’s while I was at the lake house.) Anyhow, I decided to make a change. But I realized that if I was going to make a change, I needed to quit just telling myself that I would, and actually DO it. (I am the queen of “I’ll start that tomorrow.”)

I heard about Blue Print Cleanse from my brother Carl and his wife Summer. Summer also has a sensitive stomach, but she said this cleanse was awesome. They both did, actually. I figured it would at least help me get a start in the right direction, if nothing else. So I ordered it. And then I prepared to consume nothing but six bottles of juice each day for 3 straight days.

I was a little worried I would be hungry during the whole thing. Surprisingly, I wasn’t. I was also a bit worried that the green juice part of it would be gross. Not surprisingly, it was. Like a plug your nose, close your eyes, and chug without breathing kind of gross. But by the end of the third day, it was worth it. Completely. I felt energized, alert, and my body was definitely happy. I just felt good.

So the point of this post? I’m not even sure, to be honest. Except maybe to say, if you’ve ever considered doing a juice cleanse, go for it! Even if you don’t do Blue Print Cleanse. (Although I highly recommend them, they make things about as easy as you could ask a juice cleanse to be.) Seriously though. If I can do it, you can. And you might even like, too.

Yeah, they even idiot-proof the bottles so that you know for sure what order to drink them in. I thoroughly enjoyed lining them up in my fridge and taking them out number by number. I also enjoyed their clean graphic design. (Not sure which one of those things makes me more of a nerd…)

Happy Tuesday :)

 

Salt Lake City Engagements: Kristin + Chris

Normally, smacking someone with a stick doesn’t lead to anything good. But Chris was working at a pizza parlor, and while cleaning one of the ovens, he yanked a stick out of it and accidentally smacked Kristin. Normally, a co-worker might not react so kindly to this. But Kristin was a good sport and laughed it off. (Although he didn’t live that one down for a while!) Normally, that kind of bizarre happening wouldn’t prompt hanging out and getting to know one another. But it did. And normally, after hanging out all summer and enjoying each other’s company, a couple will stay together. But they didn’t…

Life came in hurry and swept them different ways. Yet somehow, during the next couple years, they always came back together again. Like magnets, they couldn’t stay apart. And now, 8 years later, they’re not just stuck like magnets. I’d say they’re stuck more like glue. Super glue, at that.

So even though life brought its fair share of ups and downs, through it all, they always found a way back to each other. Which makes their relationship, and their love, anything but normal. On the contrary, it’s extraordinary.

We started out at Liberty Park in Salt Lake, and I was a big fan of Kristin’s yellow dress! 

UH-dorable.

Love this.

After a quick change, we headed out to the Great Salt Lake to use up the last bit of light.

My word, Kristin… you are SO beautiful.

At the very end they pulled out some champagne. These are by far some of my favorites!

SO cute.

Work it!!

Lurrrve these :)

Chris and Kristin, thanks for SUCH a fun evening!! Can’t wait for your wedding! Xoxo

Sarah Knight - July 23, 2012 - 10:28 am

I LOVE love love these!

Kristin - July 23, 2012 - 2:51 pm

what a great time!!

Ana - July 23, 2012 - 2:58 pm

I know where she gets her good looks from…

Jordan - July 23, 2012 - 3:14 pm

you guys looks great

Andrea - July 23, 2012 - 3:23 pm

These pics are gorg!!

Michelle Tarter - July 23, 2012 - 3:44 pm

Kristin, I love them, gorgeous as always!

Melissa Ramirez - July 23, 2012 - 3:49 pm

Amazing!!!
Absolutely love the pictures!!

Christian - July 23, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Awesome pics, nice work on ring dude!

Sarah - July 23, 2012 - 4:00 pm

These pictures are amazing!!! You two look great! Kristen you are stunning!!!

Sarah Balkany - July 23, 2012 - 4:07 pm

Someone should have warned me that looking at these was sure to make me cry! Gorgeous pictures suitable for my gorgeous friends!!! Wow…I need a tissue.

Jules - July 23, 2012 - 4:09 pm

First engagement photos that made me smile instead of gag at the cheesyness. These two are adorable, and genuinely in love!

Omar - July 23, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Congrats guys! You look great!

Elizabeth - July 23, 2012 - 4:19 pm

Ohhhh the pizza place!!! Love u guys, u look amazing :)

Lizzy Kemp - July 23, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Love this couple do very much!!! The photos are fun, stylish and charming–a perfect mirror of these two!!!! These two were ALWAYS meant to be together!! Waaaayyyy back;).

Kari - July 23, 2012 - 4:35 pm

You both look amazing and so happy! Great photography and great subjects!!!

Kristen - July 23, 2012 - 5:20 pm

amozballs!

Manuel - July 23, 2012 - 5:41 pm

great pictures guys

Heather - July 23, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Beautiful couple! Love love love!

Chris - July 23, 2012 - 7:07 pm

Kristin looks phenomemal…

Mikey Cicero - July 23, 2012 - 8:13 pm

Great pics, can’t wait to see the wedding pics down the line!

Rachel - July 23, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Hottest couple on your blog!

Allison - July 23, 2012 - 11:10 pm

The pictures are amazing! You guys look so happy! :)

diana fernandez - July 24, 2012 - 3:44 am

truly a love story…like no other…

two amazing lives enlaced by love to make the world a better place…forever after has begun.

love you guys.. Christy and D:)

Maria DELEGAL - July 24, 2012 - 4:34 am

You guys look great!

Ando - July 24, 2012 - 7:55 am

Wowee wow wow. Everytime I look at these I get so excited to see more of you two sharing your life together! You need to put this photographer on your payroll! Love you two!

Allison - July 24, 2012 - 8:47 am

So pretty…

Manny - July 24, 2012 - 9:09 am

cant wait for the weddine!

Mike - July 24, 2012 - 9:12 am

Great pics!!!

Liz - July 24, 2012 - 9:14 am

Wonderful pictures for a wonderful couple

Emily - July 24, 2012 - 9:17 am

I wish I would have done something like this! they look great

Angela - July 24, 2012 - 9:30 am

Incredible beauties…

Erika - July 24, 2012 - 9:37 am

picture perfect!

Kirsti - July 24, 2012 - 10:01 am

Love them!

Esther - July 24, 2012 - 10:26 am

Nice choice in bottles :)

Ema - July 24, 2012 - 10:43 am

Timeless…

Alex - July 24, 2012 - 10:47 am

I cant wait for the wedding! its going to be great

maureen adelman - July 24, 2012 - 11:34 am

Great pics, Kristin. Muy romantico.

Padrino - July 24, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Estan Soplado

Carolina - July 24, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Beautiful!!! Congrats, Kristin!! You’ll be a gorgeous bride! :)

Lily - July 24, 2012 - 5:27 pm

This is so exciting!

Dave - July 24, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Unvelievable!

Joey - July 24, 2012 - 5:31 pm

So happy for you guys!

Eli - July 24, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Great pics. Congrats!

Marissa - July 24, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Love the pics! Can’t wait for a wonderful wedding with a beautiful bride.

Debra Volpe - July 24, 2012 - 6:53 pm

Delicious!

Chief and Mami - July 24, 2012 - 8:55 pm

The pictures are gorgeous!!! You both look so natural having the time of your life. We love you xoxoxo

April - July 25, 2012 - 3:28 am

So beautiful

Lauren - July 25, 2012 - 10:20 pm

OMG! OMG! OMG!

Pete - July 25, 2012 - 10:22 pm

DAAAALLLLEEE! looks awesome

Vivian - July 25, 2012 - 10:30 pm

Just stunning!

Nicole - July 25, 2012 - 10:37 pm

uhhhh dorable is right! what incredible shots:)

Sandy - July 26, 2012 - 1:23 pm

There had better be more of that champagne when I get up there…

Myrna alfonso - July 26, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Kristin the pictures are beautiful! I can’t wait to see you as a bride! I love you your madri

Yesenia - July 29, 2012 - 9:17 am

Congrats my sister best wishes muah

Samantha - July 30, 2012 - 8:41 am

<3 <3 <3!!!! You guys are the definition of true love!!!!

Ricky - July 30, 2012 - 8:42 am

I love your photos Kritter!

Jessica - July 30, 2012 - 8:45 am

You guys really got some captured moments! Awesome pics!

Laura - July 30, 2012 - 8:47 am

Gorg!!

Lauren Alfonso - August 1, 2012 - 7:36 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!! My favorite was the black and white one under “love this”! cant wait to go up for the wedding!! Love you guys!!

Old Mill Golf Course Engagements: Jessica + Gavin

Jessica would probably tell you it was his charm. Gavin would probably tell you it was her swimsuit smile.  He saw Jessica across the pool at a friend’s BBQ and knew he had to talk to the stunning blonde. So he walked right up to her and did just that.

Did sparks fly? Maybe. Or maybe it was more like fireworks. An instantaneous explosion that, quite simply, doesn’t happen every day. But then again, Jessica and Gavin aren’t your everyday couple. Their love is so sweet it makes a red velvet cupcake look salty. And that, my friends, is saying something. They’ll be tying the knot this September with lovely backyard wedding, complete with a pool. Quite fitting, if you ask me ;)

See what I mean? SO dang sweet together!! 

Gavin told me how proposed with a golf ball and his grandmother’s ring, AND THEN I MELTED.

Love.

Oh you guys… I might be in love with your love!

Seriously Jessica?! Model status right here!

Gavin, you do alright yourself ;)

Ice cream is never a bad decision, if you ask me.

Some favorites right here. They rocked the brick wall!

I’ll end on this little number. 

Happy Weekend :)

Jessica Clark - July 21, 2012 - 10:58 am

I am absolutely in love with these pictures! I was so worried and didn’t need to be at all! You are amazing! Thank you!

Alisha Scow - July 21, 2012 - 11:02 am

These are some of the best engagement photos that I have seen! I love them all! Great job!!!

Erin - July 21, 2012 - 11:15 am

These are amazing! The pictures resemble them perfectly :) so happy for these two. I love you Gav and Jess!!!

Gabe - July 21, 2012 - 11:16 am

I love the pictures! They are ADORABLE! I am so happy for you two! I love you both very much!

Gayle Turner-Eckert - July 21, 2012 - 1:57 pm

Beautiful, fun, charming….what more can I say but that I LOVE THEM!

sierra - July 21, 2012 - 3:28 pm

cutest most amazing couple. love love love them!

Felicitti Encke - July 25, 2012 - 11:43 pm

Oh my gosh! These are amazing! September 8th!! I cannot wait! I love these pictures! Jess. My beautiful cousin :)

Wedding Wednesday: Finding the Dress That Sings to You

My grandma told me to find the dress that sings to me. That was one piece of advice that always stuck with me. And when I found my dress, it did sing to me. I just didn’t recognize it at first… Because even though dress shopping is super fun, it can also be very overwhelming! I was so worried about making the wrong decision, I doubted myself. After a very long and drawn out dress shopping extravaganza, though, I finally realized it was singing to me. Loudly, too! So, first and foremost, listen for the dress that sings to you :)

That being said, there are definitely a few things I wish I would have known when I started looking! Here are a few do’s and don’ts that, in my humble opinion, can help you have a wonderful experience and find the perfect dress for you:

  1. Do make appointments. Some dress shops require an appointment, some don’t. Either way, it is best if you call ahead and make an appointment. That way you are guaranteed to have one on one attention from a consultant and they are able to give you the best service possible! And if you are going to more than one dress shop in a day, just be sure to make the appointments far enough apart that you have plenty of time to try on dresses at each place, as well as taking travel time into account.
  2. Don’t invite everyone and their mom to come. Ok, clearly a bit of a hyperbole, but the less people you have, the better! While it might seem like a fun idea to invite your mom, and your fiance’s sister, and all your bridesmaids, and your favorite cousin, and your mom’s best friend who is a like a second mom, etc., that is a WHOLE lot of different opinions all in one room. And while it’s nice to have a second or third opinion, ultimately the decision comes down to YOU. Sometimes a group of people that large can sway your decision, even though they mean well. Simply having, for example, your mom and 2-3 of your closest girlfriends plenty of people. Invite a few people who will give honest feedback, but will also respect your decision.
  3. Do try on all different styles of dresses. Yes, even ones you would never think you’d wear to your wedding. Why? Well first of all, because it’s fun! When else do you get to try on crazy extravagant dresses!? Even if you could never see yourself walking down the aisle in a big, poofy ball gown, or a silky, sexy number,  they’re still fun to try on. Second, you might surprise yourself! I’ve known brides who had selected what they thought was THE dress, but they just tried on a few others for fun, and ended up falling in love with something they never thought they would. And they never would have known if they hadn’t tried it on! And third, if you do have an idea in your head of what you want, it could confirm that even more for you. Maybe you will dislike everything else you try on, but hey, at least you now know there was nothing else better!
  4. Don’t try on dresses over your budget. If you have a strict budget in mind, it’s not worth putting on a dress you can’t have. Honestly, it’s just teasing yourself. Chances are you’ll love it (things we want but can’t have definitely have a tendency of doing that…), and then you’ll just be wishing for that dress when you try on other dresses. It’s better to not go there!
  5. Do get an understanding of different fabrics and dress shades. Varying fabrics (lace, silk, oragnza, taffeta, chiffon, tulle, etc.) and shades of the dress (stark white, diamond white, natural white, ivory, champagne, etc.) play a big role in how the dress looks on you, and how it photographs. For instance, stark white has tendency to look almost blue, while ivory usually has yellow overtones. Tulle usually looks light and airy, while organza has a soft, organic feel. If you go into your dress shopping with a decent understanding of the fabrics and shades, it can really help your decision! Start looking at photos of dresses that you like (as if you haven’t already been doing that), and take note of how they look in the photograph. This can help you figure out what you like (and what you don’t like), so you know what to expect when you try on different dresses.
  6. Don’t be afraid to get creative. If you’ve found a dress that is almost perfect except for that one little thing…. change it! Most dresses can be altered without much trouble, and if you alter a bit or even just a little, it totally customizes it and makes it personal to you and your wedding! I loved everything about my wedding dress except that the neck and back line went straight across. So I had it altered to be a sweetheart neckline and dipped it down in the back down and viola! It was perfect. So don’t rule out a dress if there are a few little changes you would want. They can probably be done!
  7. Do think about comfort. We all know the saying “beauty is pain,” buuuuuut when it comes to your wedding day, I have to disagree! You are going to be wearing that dress ALL DAY LONG. So just consider how comfortable it is! Think about how heavy it is (if you’re getting married in the summer that can be HOT!), think about how tight it is (will you be able to dance freely, bend to hug people, get in and out of car?), think about if it itches or rubs anywhere (no one wants red marks in their photos!), think about the fit (are you going to be hiking it up all day because it doesn’t stay on well?). I’m not saying you can’t buy a dress unless it’s perfectly comfortable, just take those things into consideration when you are trying on.
  8. Don’t buy the first dress you try on. There’s something about the first time you see yourself in a wedding dress, any wedding dress, that really hits you. It’s an exciting, emotional time and can make you think somewhat irrationally. Ha. Now, I’m not saying the first dress you try on can’t be the one you end up with. But if it is the one, it will still be there after you try on other dresses! And if you’re indecisive like me, trying on lots of dresses but coming back to that one will get rid of the “what if” factor.
  9. Do sleep on it. Not everyone will agree with this, but I don’t think you should buy a dress right then and there, the day you tried it on. Even if you think for sure it’s the one, sleep on it. Wait a few days. Try on a few other dresses, even. If after all of that you’re still dreaming about it and can’t stop thinking about that one, then you REALLY know. After all, the dress is a BIG deal, not to mention investment, and in my opinion it’s not a decision that needs to be made quickly. I was THIS CLOSE to buying a dress I tried on my first day shopping. My mom even loved it. But we called me dad, and he told us we needed to sleep on it. It would still be there in the morning. So we waited, and then did a little more shopping, and I am SO GLAD we did! I look back at that dress now, and while it was still a nice dress, I know I would have regretted it.
  10. Do HAVE FUN! The most important thing is to have fun! If you’re worried about what other people want or stressing that you won’t find the right one, take a deep breath, and remember that you are getting ready to marry the man of your dreams. And he is going to love you in whatever gown you choose :)

 

Barb Benson - July 20, 2012 - 4:16 am

Great advice Carissa! Wow, so wise for one so young. :) But then, how can you ever go wrong when you start with, “My Grandma told me….”