This last weekend I had the priveledge of shooting an amazing wedding at the Ogden Nature Center.  The outdoor wedding was absolutely beautiful, and we had an amazing time being a part of their very special wedding day.

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The bride wore a beautiful set of pearls and a white feathered hair piece.

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The groomsmen all had custom matching hip flasks.  The grooms had the names of all his groomsmen.

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The rings

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Calming the pre-wedding nerves.

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Who doesn’t enjoy a candy bar?

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The wedding party

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We had some amazing light after the ceremony for photos.

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Too Cool!

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The fight for the bouquet.

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The village people reunion?  The groomsmen dancing to YMCA

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The happy couple enjoying a slow dance.

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Everyone had a great time on the dance floor.

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Saturday we had an absolute blast shooting a bridal session at Ogden Utah’s  Beuses pond.  Jessica was absolutely beautiful in her wedding dress.  She was so excited to finally have the dress after alterations were completed, and just in time too, the wedding is NEXT SATURDAY.  I stayed up until 2 am to get her photos done for her so we would have time to make prints for the reception.  Oh well, when you love what you do, it is actually more enjoyable than sleeping, and that is exactly how I feel about photography.  Here are my favorites from the shoot, I hope you enjoy them.Blog 1 Jessicas Bridal Session

 

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We finally made it to that time of year, our family vacation.  Usually we spend our time at the beach, and Disneyland, and just soaking up the whole California lifestyle.  But this year was a little different.  Wyatt went to Cali in June with his moms side of the family, so we decided to have Carries folks come up our way a bit and meet them somewhere in the middle.  We decided on Bryce Canyon and Zions National Parks.  (I am not sure whose idea it was to vacation in the desert in July, but we would make the best of it.

We arrived in Bryce and decided to go catch the local rodeo after supper.  Now for those of you who don’t know, I began my professional photography career 14 years ago shooting rodeos.  I would get right down in the dirt in the arena and shoot the riders as they competed.  It was a lot of fun, but difficult as well.  There was a lot of time away in run down motel rooms, long days in dusty arenas, and getting knocked around a couple of times by 2000 lbs bulls.   I gave it up years ago because even the wildest wedding with the craziest bridezilla was nowhere near as hard on my body as shooting rodeos.

So we were going to a rodeo.  Now this is not your regular PRCA sanctioned event.  This was a local thing they do just for the tourists, not the greatest rodeo, but for the portion of my family who didn’t grow up going to rodeos, it would be fun.  I decided to take along the camera, and see if I still got the knack for shooting rodeos.  I think the turned out pretty good.  Hope you enjoy.

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Craig and Paulette

July 20, 2012

I had the opportunity to photograph a really fun couple recently. Craig and Paulette had an amazing wedding and reception at the beautiful Chantilly Mansion in Layton Utah. The best part of all was I got to shoot this wedding with my main second shooter, my son Wyatt. He has shot several weddings with me now and is an amazingly talented photographer (especially for a 10 year old!)
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The beautiful bride on the grand staircase.

 

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This is one of my favorite images shot by Wyatt.  Paulette is leaving the brides room and about to head down the grand staircase to her waiting husband.

 

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Craig had a difficult time getting through his vows.

 

 

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The Bridal part from the balcony above.

 

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The kiss.  There was a horrible window light coming from above making the photos tough, but just as the kissed, they came together right into this beautiful light, and created this great shot.

 

 

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Thank you gifts

 

 

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Oh yummy.  They had an amazing spread.  The Chantilly mansion really goes all out!

 

 

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All kinds of goodies

 

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Their cake.

 

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First Dance as a couple.

 

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They were both so happy.

 

 

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The Chantilly mansion was an amazing venue, and the wedding turned out fabulous.  Their staff is top notch and the place is beautiful.  I cannot wait to shoot another wedding here.

 

 

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The best part of all was getting to shoot with my son Wyatt.  He has an amazing eye for great photos, and is so much fun to shoot along side him.

 

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I absolutely LOVE California, not a day goes by that I don’t miss living there. That said, I would not trade a single day spent with my son here in Utah for all the palm trees, sun, sand, warm weather and Miguels Jr. Garbage Burritos that Cali has to offer. So I was more than happy to travel back to shoot a wonderful wedding in San Bernardino. The best part was the couple were so much fun to hang with, and made the day an absolute joy. I have to give special thanks to my associate photographer Michele Menier. She shot the couples engagement photos for me and shot the wedding with me. She did an amazing job, and I am so blessed to have her help. You can check her out at http://www.smoochphotog.com/Smooch_Photog/Home.html

The wedding couldn’t have been more beautiful, Rachel was a stunning, beautiful bride, and Dan was the perfect handsome and slightly nervous groom. They made an absolutely wonderful couple and are a perfect match for each other. They are both peace officers, and met through their work. The reception after was filled with their family and friends (most of whom are also either peace officers or military) and if you have ever had the opportunity to party with a bunch of cops, it can be a VERY good time.

Congratulations to Dan and Rachel, and I hope you both have a happy life together. Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us, and allowing us to preserve your memories of your special for you.

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