Park City Engagements: Liz + Charlie

He waited. Some might say he chickened out at first, but Charlie would tell you he was waiting for the right way to ask her out. After several months teasing each other lightly, they finally decided to hang out together. And of course there was still quite a bit of teasing involved. Particularly about another girl who seemed to have a crush on Charlie. Liz would coyly joke about him asking this girl out, but he would dodge the question and deny that he would ask her out. They were loving every minute of it. So much that Charlie knew he had to hang out with Liz again. But he waited.

Until 5 minutes after, that is, when he called her on the way home. Liz answered, surprised. “I thought of a reason not go out with her,” Charlie said into the phone. “I can tell her I’m going out with someone else.” Liz’s heart beat a little faster. “I can tell her I’m going out with you. Will you go on a date with me?”  Very smooth move on his part ;)

So whether the waiting was nervousness or intentional, Liz though it was something else entirely… it was perfect. So she said yes. And the rest, as they say, is history!

These two were SO much fun to photograph. Their natural chemistry together and beautiful love showed through in every picture… 

Liz and Charlie love to drink wine together (they are even going to have homemade wine at their wedding!!), so we decided to have some along for their shoot. And when Liz pulled out the homemade fabric garland… well, let’s just say I was one happy camper! (Er, photographer.)

How cute are these?!


Oh you guys. You’re both so fab!!

This light……

These next ones? Adorbs.

So perfect for each other!

I’ll end on two of my favorites.

Charlie and Liz, you two are such gems and I can’t tell you how excited I am for your wedding in September! It’s going to be a party :) Thank you for the honor of documenting your love! (And for putting up with all the bugs! Haha.) You guys are wonderful. Much love!

Kate Novak - July 9, 2012 - 2:07 pm

Ah, isn’t Liz just so beautiful? Charlie doesn’t look too shabby either! :) Can’t wait for Sept 1. <3

I Love Lamp

We went into TJ Maxx looking for couch pillows. I had no idea what I wanted, yet at the same time, I knew exactly what I wanted. I just had to see it, and then I would know. I started going through them slowly, sifting through one at a time. But then I started going faster, and faster, until Jake was left in the wake of my pillow rampage. After scouring through the entire pillow aisle, I gave up.

We moved on to see what they had for end tables, but I was discouraged. I half-heartedly nodded at the suggestions Jake made. I had all these big plans for how I wanted to decorate the house, for how I wanted the space to feel. Chic but homey. Classy but comfortable. And I wasn’t finding anything that fit my vision…

Then I saw it. The Lamp. 

I was drawn to it like love is drawn to Cupid’s arrow. It was everything I wanted my house to say, all in a lamp. I had to have it. (And fortunately, thanks to TJ Maxx’s great prices, I didn’t have to do much to convince Jake.) I even found the perfect couch pillows after we got it! Amazing the things one little lamp can do.

And in honor of my new little lamp, I’ve decided to do a little giveaway!!! One lucky person will win a $25 gift card to good ole’ TJ Maxx/Home Goods! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite decoration in your house, whether it’s a lamp, a painting, a cookie jar, a little figurine from Mexico… whatever it is :) Then I will randomly select a winner from the commenters next Wednesday! So, tell me, what’s something decorative in your house that you LOVE? Ready, go! 

jodi - July 6, 2012 - 11:03 am

only one??!! Ugh… That’s hard!

I have a 3′ x 4′ canvas in my bedroom of a photograph I took of my then two boys. Even though its only two of my three boys I still swoon over it. :)

Barb Benson - July 6, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Ok, I’ll play….I have a large painting in my bedroom that I absolutely LOVE! It is entitled “When’s Daddy Coming Home” and it is a picture of a 2 year old dressed in an adorable pink dress, with her hair up in a ponytail, little tendrils of curls on the back if her cute little neck and she is standing on her tippy toes, looking expectantly out a picture window. It looks so much like my Cynthia at that age that we had to buy it.

Barb Benson - July 6, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Love the lamp, by the way! Very good taste you have my dear!

Julie snow - July 6, 2012 - 12:37 pm

I have a large china hutch my grandfather built from scratch. It has turn edges, inlaid contrasting wood designs, and adjustable inlaid glass shelves. It is the most beaytiful piece of furniture I have ever seen and I am constantly amazed that he built it with his hands. Incredible.

Samantha - July 6, 2012 - 2:52 pm

kind a a decoration…my GIANT grey soft cuddly throw blanket. It’s the best

Emily Headings - July 6, 2012 - 3:29 pm

My favorite decoration is our Unity Cross that we used for our wedding ceremony! It has a special memory attached to it, plus adds to the room! :)

Melissa RIcks - July 6, 2012 - 4:20 pm

I have a 16 X 20 canvas picture that YOU took…right in the middle of our picture wall. I get comments all the time about how beautiful the picture is. You are the best! :-)

M.J. Moore - July 11, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Years ago, before I got married, my kid brother gave me a beautiful lion statuette- kind of like what you’d see at the gates of a big estate (only about 10″ tall). It’s still my favorite!

Music Monday

I fully realize that it’s Tuesday. But here’s the dealio… Jake and I just moved! Don’t worry, we’re still very much in Park City. It was just time to find a new house to make our home. And I am sooo loving our new little home :) However, I am NOT a huge fan of the actual moving part. I knew it wouldn’t be all that fun, but I figured it couldn’t be much worse than moving into a dorm room for college. (Naive, I know.) Apparently I forgot about the part where we would be moving into a HOUSE and not a teensy room with interchangeable bunk beds. And that my mom wasn’t going to help me put the sheets on the bed and organize my desk. (I was a helpless freshman, don’t judge.)

Yet after a weekend of packing and hauling and unpacking and cleaning and hauling some more, somehow here we are, mostly moved in. (I’m still trying to figure out which drawer I want the silverware to go in and how to arrange the living room furniture.)  All I have to say is thank goodness for my in-laws. No way we could have done it without them!

Anyhow, the point of all that was to say I was busy moving yesterday and didn’t have a chance to blog. But I didn’t want to leave you guys without a little musical number this week! Plus, it’s my blog, so I’ll do whatever I fancy ;)

This is a bit of a throwback, straight out of my high school CD collection. But I randomly heard it the other day and remembered my love for this song and the band Newsboys. It’s called “Entertaining Angels.” Enjoy!

And Happy Tuesday :)

The Youngrens Two Day Workshop

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to attend a two day workshop put on by the lovely Jeff and Erin Youngren. I’m still extremely excited about the whole thing… When I first heard about it, I had some scheduling issues and other conflicts that wouldn’t allow me to go. Not gonna lie, I was pretty bummed because I knew this workshop was going to be amazing. Then literally a few days before, things changed for the better, and I was able to attend. Let’s just say I was pretty stoked!!

So, did it live up to my expectations? Absolutely and positively YES. If you are a wedding photographer, seriously consider going to this workshop. No matter what stage you are at in your business, we can all learn how to better serve our couples. And that was only smidgen of what I took away. I don’t want to spoil anything, but seriously, you want to go to this workshop. If for nothing else, they certainly feed you well!! (Jeff even made a gluten-free breakfast casserole for me! This made for one happy Carissa.) Honestly though, it was a fantastic experience and I felt so blessed to attend. I walked away with a ton of insight, a plethora of knowledge, and (possibly best of all) wonderful new friends. Oh, and a full stomach ;)

And because every post is better with pictures, here are some of the wonderful couple who modeled for us, Brittani and Tre! Oh yes, they were fab.

And did I mention adorable? Yeah. UH-dorable.

Jeff and Erin and Amy (our lovely host!) doin’ their thang.

LOVE the right image… that is so Jeff and Erin. They are seriously wonderful people.

Oh Brittani and Tre… your love is so sweet.

This = hot.


Thanks to Brittani and Tre for giving up their morning and being awesome models for us!

Jeff and Erin, I just want to say thank you SOOO much for everything you did. You poured your hearts and your energy into the workshop, and I am so grateful for your generosity, kindness, and genuine interest in my business. I’m blessed to now call you my friends :) THANK YOU!!!!!!

amy lashelle - June 30, 2012 - 1:29 pm

gorgeous!! I love the black & white ones especially :)

Wedding Wednesday: The Importance of a Timeline

As you plan your wedding day timeline, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. When you want your ceremony to start, how early you need to begin hair and make-up, time for family photos, when dinner is going to be served, how long you want the reception to last and making sure your guests have an awesome time… You want to make it perfect, for everything to flow smoothly. Not to mention you also want fabulous photos. So how can you make sure your timeline is just right? The answer is really quite simple: work with your photographer (and planner if you have one) when you create your timeline. 

Your photographer has the same goal as you. We want you to have a lovely schedule and stellar photos. And since we have done this a few times before, we know what works, and what doesn’t! Which is why it is so important to work closely with or at least take into consideration what your photographer has to say about your timeline.

For my own wedding, I created the timeline by myself and thought I was good to go. Looking back, it all worked out just fine, but there are definitely a few things I would have changed. It took me longer to get ready than I had anticipated, which cut into our First Look photos, and I hadn’t allotted time for any more photos of us the rest of the day. That might not be an issue for every bride, but getting plenty of pictures of Jake and I was a priority for me, and I didn’t give my photographer enough time to get all the photos I wanted. We also missed basically all of our cocktail hour because of family pictures. (I definitely made it a point to grab a few coconut shrimp in between families, though!) That being said, I really did have an amazing day and beautiful pictures to show for it, but if I had worked more closely with my photographer, it could have been that much better.

So, here a few things to take into account when making your timeline! Do you want a lot of photos of the two of you? Definitely consider doing a First Look!! When you do a First Look, not only can you get plenty of pictures together, but it will also give you more time  to celebrate with your guests after the ceremony! You can get the majority of them done before all your guests arrive, and then you can sneak off for just 15-20 minutes during sunset to get a few more in prime light, without the pressure of squeezing in a ton of photos in a short amount of time. I view what I do as an art, and when I don’t have the pressure of hurrying and I can really evaluate the light and location, it is so much easier to let my creativity out and make beautiful imagery. Now, don’t get me wrong, if there is a time crunch, I can make (and have made) it work! But I think any artist will agree that when we aren’t rushed we can create better work. (In case you’ve never a heard a First Look, it’s when the bride and groom see each other privately before the ceremony and then take portraits. I’ll be doing another Wedding Wednesday post soon in more detail about it and how much I LOVE when couples choose to do this!)

Another thing to think about… there is real time, and then there is “wedding time.” Wedding time is slower than real time. Meaning, everything always takes longer than you think it will! I have yet to shoot a wedding that stayed on track with the timeline in every aspect. The thing is, this is NORMAL. Which is why I always suggest having ample amounts of cushion time in your schedule! You can never give yourself too much time for photos. (Ok, maybe I shouldn’t say never… but, I have yet to see too much time. Ha.) The most common time when things fall behind is the beginning of the day, getting ready. (I am proof of this!) Giving yourself an extra thirty minutes for that portion of the day is a great thing to do. After all, if you do end up finishing early, you have that much more time to enjoy being in your dress and soaking in the moment :)

The last thing to think about is getting detail shots. I mention detail shots because it’s not something a bride normally remembers when it comes to planning on the timeline. And it’s not something you necessarily should! It’s your photographer’s job to know when to get the detail shots. But you spend so much time planning out all the pretty things you want people to see and how you are personalizing your wedding, we do need a few minutes to photograph all of it before any of your guests arrive! If you are having both the ceremony and the reception at the same venue and everything is set up, normally we can grab those shots before the ceremony starts, while you are freshening up and hiding from guests. If they are in different places, though, or if things can’t be set up early enough, ideally we love getting about 10 minutes (any longer than that is a sweet bonus!) before guests arrive at the reception site to photograph all of your stunning details. Just something to keep in mind :)

To give you an idea, here is a sample of what a great timeline can look like. Obviously your timeline is totally dependent on ceremony and reception times, different venues, time of year, etc., and this is by no means a schedule that you should feel the need to follow to a T. It’s simply an example of a timeline for summer wedding (sunset times) that I have found usually works beautifully and gives me enough time to get fabulous photos!

  • 12:30- Bride begins hair and make up
  • 2:45- Bride gets dressed and ready for First Look
  • 3:00- First Look
  • 4:00- Bridal party photos
  • 4:30- Finish photos, bride hides from guests and freshens up, photographer gets detail photos
  • 5:00- Ceremony
  • 5:30-6:30- Cocktail hour, and family photos taken immediately following ceremony
  • 6:30- Guests seated for dinner
  • 6:35- Grand entrance, blessing of food, begin dinner
  • 7:00- Toasts
  • 7:30- Sneak bride and groom away for sunset photos while guests finish dinner
  • 7:45- Cake cutting, first dance, Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance
  • 8:00- Reception and dancing
  • 10:30- Grand exit


Again, that is not to say that you need to make this your exact wedding timeline, it’s just something to refer to when thinking about how much time you need for your day.

Well, this post got entirely too long. Apparently I ramble when I talk AND when I type… Wow. But hopefully it will be helpful to some of you planning your perfect wedding day :) Happy Wednesday!