Gardner Wedding – Las Vegas Temple Wedding

I met this beautiful bride three years ago when her cousin (one of my class of 2013 senior models) told me she would be a great fit for my team. And she was! Little did I know that between these two cousins, I would end up photographing not only their senior portraits, but become their family photographer, capturing their cousins as well for senior portraits, engagements, bridal portraits, and now my third wedding for this wonderful family. So getting to photograph Keely and Jonathon’s wedding made my heart full!

About Keely and Jonathon- firstly, if you haven’t noticed…they’re pretty much a model couple. Like, really great looking couple here! They are both crazy ambitious people who work hard so they can take time off to travel and appreciate God’s great world. I have no doubt that they will be each others greatest supporter, cheerleader, and confidant. I love that they somehow manage to have this wonderful balance of old and new about them. While their wedding was pretty modern from the rings to the decor, they also have this edge of old-fashioned, rat-pack spunk about them that is mystifying. Maybe it’s the way Jonathon holds out his hand to help Keely around, or the way he leans in for the dramatic dip, or perhaps it’s that they both look like they could step out of an old black and white film at any moment. I’m not sure it’s even intentional, but they have that air of classiness about them for sure!

We started with a first look and bridal session just a couple days before their wedding. It was wicked hot (August in the desert ya’ll) but they managed it beautifully and it didn’t deter them at all from showing their love and affection for each other. On Saturday, August 12th, they got married for Time and All Eternity in the Las Vegas LDS Temple, surrounded by close family and friends. After their Temple ceremony, they headed out to a beautiful Country Club where they took part in a ring ceremony, exchanging letters of love, and being serenaded by the talents of their friends. It was a lovely tribute to their new union before the dinner and dancing started up. There were also some pretty awesome toasts made by Jonathan’s brother and Keely’s dad, that had the room laughing and crying at the same time. The night was filled with hugs, laughter, and lots of love, and I’m so grateful I got to be a part of it all.

Keely & Jonathon, I wish you eternal happiness together. May you always have a passion for the world, and for each other. *hugs* Rey

Florals: The Front Porch Flowers

Second Shooters: Rachel Garcia (Brilliant Imagery) & Monica Dominquez (MD Photography)

Venues- Wedding: Las Vegas LDS Temple; Reception: Anthem Country Club

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Rose Wedding / St George Utah Photographer

Meet the new Mr & Mrs Rose! These two lovely people were high school sweethearts and now they are husband and wife! They were sealed for Time and All Eternity in the St George Utah Temple, followed by a ring ceremony and reception in their home town church hall. They both have a super fun family, and the day was filled with lots of jokes and laughs. Kierra looked stunning in her Grandmother’s vintage wedding dress. It’s now been worn by three generations, her grandmother, her mother, and her, and it was so special to see her grandma beaming when she saw her in it. And when Garrett saw her for the first time, he couldn’t stop smiling too! After their “first look”, they exchanged love letters before going inside the Temple for their sealing ceremony.

A few hours later, we met back up for their ring ceremony that was performed by Garrett’s Uncle Nathan, and both their families formed a choir to sing a beautiful rendition of “The Rose”. During the reception their parents told stories of their childhood and reminisced of special moments. Kierra’s mom told a really special story about how the whole time she was pregnant with Kierra, she was supposed to be named “Kierra Rose”. But when she was born, her husband had talked her into “Kierra Danielle”. Many family and friends had made and bought rose themed baby items, and so her mom nick-named her KD Rose. The nickname eventually wore off, but after all these years it would seem she was always really meant to be Kierra Rose! Such a cool story right?!

After their guests dined on some delicious Mexican cuisine, they cut cake and danced the night away. They were sent off with a rose petal farewell, but not before their sneaky brothers and sisters decorated the heck out of their car! They drove off in true newly-wed fashion, with tin cans clanging behind them. Of all the fun moments throughout the day, nothing quite tops the simplicity of the two of them just looking at each other and soaking each other in. Those are the moments you really know what the day is all about.

Kierra & Garrett, I can’t wait to photograph your Bridal Session next! Thank you so much for letting me a part of your wedding day!

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Dani & Austin – LDS Destination Wedding

On June 24th, these two beautiful people were sealed for Time and All Eternity in the majestic Portland Oregon Temple. Everyone was buzzing with excitement and love was definitely in the air. On this day, two families really did become one. The amount of work, and love that it took to put on a wedding for two people who’s individual families live in completely different states, was something amazing to witness. Everyone came together, family, friends, and community members, to help make their day perfect, and it was.

The day started out early with everyone getting ready for the big event. Per the bride’s request, we did a little father/daughter “first look”, since her dad had not yet seen her in her dress. It was such a fun moment to capture.

Then it was time to head to the Temple. A grand, marble building that seemed to sit right in the middle of a forest, was such a magical setting to a perfect day. Family and friends gathered around the doors, eagerly awaiting the new Mr & Mrs Sork to walk out as husband and wife. You can see all the wonderfulness in action by clicking here and watching this awesome video of their day by the amazing videographer Ms Autumn Shipp.

Next it was off to the reception. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a church hall look so beautiful! White draping fabrics and twinkle lights transformed the room into something fabulous! Austin and Dani danced to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” for their first dance, and there were lots of tears during the Father/daughter and Mother/son dances. After an evening of dancing, they had the cutest sparkler sendoff to conclude their day.

Less than two weeks later, they got to do almost all of it again! They traveled back to Nevada where Dani’s family lives, and her family hosted an open house for all their family and friends that couldn’t travel to Portland for the wedding day. I was wow’d all over again by the amazing setting and decorations. All the beautiful floral arrangements were made by Dani’s mom’s business- The Front Porch Flowers, and her cake (as well as the cake from her Portland reception) was made by her super talented Aunt Kathy. Between both the reception and the open house, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so much talent in one wedding!

With the support of such a loving combined family, I know these two will share an amazing life together. I can’t wait to see all the places they go together, and all the adventures they share. Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of your Forever Day guys. I love you!

*Check out their Bridal Session here*

Portland Reception:

Hair- Tricia Tippetts

Makeup- Sage Jarrel

Flowers- The Front Porch Flowers/Charlene Udall & Sage Jarrel

Event planning & Decor – Keri Sork & Amy Morgan

Cake- Kathy Udall

Video- Autumn Shipp

Logandale Reception:

Flowers/Decor – The Front Porch Flowers

Catering- Two Gingers Catering

Cake- Kathy Udall

 

 

 

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Portland Oregon Bridal Session – Dani & Austin

So it was pretty much a dream to photograph these two in the woods of Oregon. Tall trees and wildflowers were the perfect backdrop for their first look and bridal portraits. These two make me goofy smile, a lot. Check out their amazing first look video from the talented Ms Autumn Shipp here. Next post will be their amazing wedding day at the Portland Temple!

Floral- The Front Porch Flowers – Charlene Udall / Sage Jarrel

(Click here to see their surprise proposal and engagement session.)

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Surprise Proposal – Dani & Austin

This lady is one of my faves. I seriously adore her. She has met her forever love, and I couldn’t be more happy for her! I was honored when Austin asked me to hide out undercover and capture him proposing. It was hard photographing while I was bawling, but it was an amazing moment to be a part of. Dani didn’t even realize I was taking photos until I walked up to get some ring shots! It was a perfect proposal for sure.

We took their engagements up in Lehi Utah at Thanksgiving Point, but it was still winter(ish) and cold, and windy and not green like it usually is. These guys were TROOPERS that day. On top of the not great weather, they both had head-colds to boot! But we got a handful of shots that worked before they pooped out completely. And besides, nothing is more beautiful than two people so genuinely in love!

Next up is the Bridals and Wedding Day which will be in Vancouver Washington and Portland Oregon! I can’t wait!

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