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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism || What could be better than being flown across the country to shoot a fantastic couple’s vintage 20′s-era wedding in historic Newport, Rhode Island? How about it being picked up by Newport Wedding Magazine? Sa-WEET!

I’ve actually been waiting to share Shauri + James’ event with you until it was published, but now the cats out of the bag. Their wedding was truly different: from the ‘Night at the Movies’ rehearsal dinner, to the wedding day tour of Newport by trolley car, all the way to their reception at the Tennis Hall of Fame, this wedding has a lot of unique elements that really put the ‘destination’ in this destination wedding. There’s a lot to see, so strap in!

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism || So we’ve shown you the Rehearsal Dinner and the Ceremony. Today we reveal Mary Craft’s TO DIE FOR reception held at a private residence secreted away in Utah county. Yes that is somebody’s home. Must be rough. Mary would like to thank all of the vendors who made this amazing event possible: AltaMODA for Mary’s gorgeous dress, Something Vintage Something Blue for the getaway car, the Roney’s for lending their estate as a backdrop for the reception, the entire Riehl Events team for the flowers and planning, Scenemakers for the site design, all the rentals from Diamond Rentals, valet parking provided by Valet Parking Services, Carrie’s Cakes for that amazing cake, Joe Muscolino Band for providing the music, Bacchus Event Services for creating the mocktails, David Perry Films for the gorgeous reception video, Chad from Swanovation Ice Sculptures for the gorgeous ice sculptures, Ann Elizabeth Custom Invitations for the creating the invitation suite, PixelWhipped for creating the rehearsal dinner and reception food signage. Enjoy the weekend! See you next week with something new.

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism || Last week we introduced you to Mary & Rick’s three-day celebration of all that is best in food, family and fun – beginning with their low-key but still fabulous Rehearsal Dinner. Today we head up to the big leagues – The Ceremony. Held at the postcard-perfect Red Cliff Ranch, their wedding was a showcase of taste and refinement, yet remained a very personal and intimate event. Mary’s dress provided by AltaMODA; Hair and Makup by Enizio; planning and coordination by Riehl Events; vintage car service by Something Vintage Something Blue; invitations, menu and program design by Ann Elizabeth Custom Invitations and Pink Piggy Design; guitar byMichael Lucarelli; and of course the food by Culinary Crafts.

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism || Yesterday we teased you by mentioning that one of our weddings had been featured in ALL THREE of Utah’s major bridal magazines. What we didn’t tell you is that the bride for this amazing event is someone so beloved and respected within the wedding industry in Utah, that for many of us, this was the real ‘royal wedding’ of last year. I am speaking of none other than Mary Crafts, head of Utah’s premier catering company (Culinary Crafts) for 27 years running, and one serious class act. So what choice does the top caterer have when it comes to catering her own wedding? Well there really isn’t any – she simply had to set the bar to a whole ‘nuther level! Three days of celebration, family and…what am I forgetting here….oh yes – FOOD! So here is Day 1 – the Rehearsal Dinner held in Mary’s own back yard. The Rehearsal Dinner was coordinated by Jacque Riehl of Riehl Events, featured in the latest issue of Utah Valley Bride, and of course catered by Culinary Crafts. I was nothing short of honored to have been asked to document this for Mary & Rick.

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We have been fortunate to have been featured in numerous magazines and articles over the years,
but this is definitely a first.

A single wedding from last year has been featured in not one, not two, but THREE different Utah bridal magazines:
Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom, Utah Bride & Groom, and Utah Valley Bride.

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Now granted, this was a three-day event, was GRAND on a whole lot of other levels as well, so it absolutely merits all of this coverage.

So which 2011 wedding was spectacular enough to garner so much ink?
It was a three-day event, so we offer it to you in three parts:
The Rehearsal Dinner
The Ceremony
The Reception

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism || Marisa + Mickey were originally going to have their winter wedding on the ski slopes….but then they remembered – Snow is COLD! So they made a few changes and had their wedding on the beautiful island of Bermuda!

I was honored to have these Manhattan natives fly me out and it was my pleasure to spend 3 days and nights with them and their energetic family and friends on this island paradise. It was 3 days of fun and activities, but in this post I’ve sort of truncated down to one story line, so…its a pretty long post. Enjoy!

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||Last year we participated in the University of Utah’s ‘Ultimate Utah Wedding‘ competition, and thanks to all of your votes, WE WON!    Well, we’ve kinda gotten a taste for it so we’re asking for your help again this year.

- PLEASE VOTE! -

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||As I’m sure everyone is well aware, yesterday was National Unicorn Day – a magical celebration of Joy, Joyfulness & Joyousness (and Joy)! Oh rapture!

Every year at this time, we at ZumaPhoto fill our hearts with a rainbow of fruit-flavored, glittery happiness and love. This year, led by our own little Alpha-Corn, Angela, the ladies of ZumaPhoto went all out with happy-hilarious-head-horns, chirpy-cheerful-cupcakes, and perky-playful-pizza-pie!

All in all, it was a mirthful festival of all things blissful, blithe and gay! And an impressively elaborate excuse to avoid work for an hour.

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||So just HOW cool is the ZumaPhoto studio space?  Cool enough for movies, yo!

Triple threat (writer/director/actor) Jason Falasco approached us about shooting his production company’s (Trilogy Productions) short film ‘Soft Focus’ in our studios over a weekend this past December, with the ultimate goal of presenting it for funding into a full feature.  I have a bit of background in film, so I wasn’t really keen on the idea of turning the studio over to a film crew (filmmakers are all savages…SAVAGES I TELL YOU!).  But after much cajoling, flattery and plain old American bribery, we finally relented.  Jason and his team shot this behind the scenes vignette as a kind of thank you card to us.  Enjoy!

One note:  ’Soft Focus’ is about a disgruntled wedding photographer finding love and renewed passion.  While we acknowledge the similarities between life and art here, we would like to assure our clients and friends that we are definitely gruntled with our wedding photography!  So gruntled it hurts.

Thanks to Jason, Mario, Moises, Brian, Rachel and the whole crew!

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||This was run on the BrideAccess TV show an Robin was kind enough to send me a link to share. So this was at the end of the Bridal Showcase Bridal Fair in January. Zen had kept me up most of the previous night and I had been at the show for some 10 hours by this point and I was so tired that I literally had no recollection of what I had said until I saw this.  I’m just relieved that I didn’t call for the overthrow of the government or confess to any murders or anything.

Guess those secrets are still safe…..DOH!!

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