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Awnalisa + Paul got hitched in a truly unique setting – in the shade of Moab’s Tower Arch.

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||Sara and Micah were such a delightful couple to work with.  Though they met in China and their courtship has traveled around the world, they had their wedding here in Utah where both of their families are from.  We took their bridals a few weeks before the wedding at La Caille, the prefect setting for the antique/vintage look that Sara was looking for.  Her dress was an original Modern Trousseau, and she purchased it from the lovely ladies at Alta Moda Bridal.  Micah’s amazing suit was actually custom made in China where the couple met.  I think his suit matched her dress perfectly, and I couldn’t stop telling them how much I loved them side by side.  Sara’s Bridal bouquet was beautifully crafted by Every Blooming Thing.

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I met up with Becky & Justin at the historic McCune Mansion for their ‘groomal’ session!

For the uninitiated, a ‘groomal’ is like a bridal session where the groom comes along to participate.  Its sort of a combination of an Engagement and Bridal session.

We had a great time and they asked us to put together a little slideshow for them to show at their reception.  Now its time to share! Thank you Becky and Justin for letting me document your special day – I had a fabulous time!

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||It is with great pleasure and pride that I announce that Heidi Ann has joined us here at ZumaPhoto! Those familiar with Heidi’s previous work through Retrospect Studios already know what a singular talent she is.  And for those of you who are not yet familiar with her work – well, you’re in for a treat!

Heidi’s brings a fashion-inspired aesthetic to bridal photography – ‘Bridal Vogue’, if you will – and the results are dramatic…striking…and just flat out GORGEOUS! The addition of her unique vision and her position as a leader in the photo community broadens ZumaPhoto‘s range to even greater heights and we are absolutely thrilled to welcome her to her new home.  Read on for a few samples of her work! Continue reading

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism || CONGRATUALTIONS to Noelle & Garzhai who done tied the knot this weekend at the Grand Hall at The Gateway.

That means that I’m finally free to share Noelle’s high-concept (well….middling-concept, anyway) bridals!

We lugged ourselves, some furniture, and one 1950′s-era vacuum cleaner out to the Bonneville Salt Flats for a bit of high-key fun in the desert.

I really enjoyed this session, Noelle. Big thanks to you, your mom AND your sister for putting up with my ‘creative conceits’. %utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism || Kavitha & Fred’s AMAZING Indian wedding is in queue for Monday morning’s post, so be sure to come back for that.

To tide you over until then, here is a little teaser – their über-fun groomal session up Big Cottonwood Canyon!

Thanks K&F!

Enjoy, and see you on Monday!

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||We took Leah and Dean’s Groomal portraits at the Utah state capitol and at the Salt Lake City library. It was a gorgeous spring morning and Leah was just stunning in her bridal gown from Alta Moda. As we were shooting at the capitol, a tour bus full of Japanese tourists stopped and came in for a tour of the historic building. The moment Leah stepped into the spotlight beaming down from the rotunda, every tourist’s camera was lifted up and 50 flashes began twinkling as they all snapped some shots of the beautiful bride on the marble stairs. It was a pretty funny moment for all of us. Thanks Dean and Leah! You two are so so great!

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism || I have been so so excited to post this groomal session. Ever since I met with Christina and Roger last fall, I have been looking forward to this session. Together, we came up with some really great ideas, including fire-lit chinese paper lanterns that would be released floating into the sunset. Well the wind was so so strong that the paper didn’t survive even being opened up. I really wanted to do the lanterns so we have since had another shoot specifically for the lanterns. So check back to see those soon! %utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism ||

Even though the lanterns didn’t quite work, Roger and Christina had some other props that were so fun and striking. And they brought their fantastic four-legged friend Peanut! He was so excited to run and run and run. He was a challenge to photograph but I love what I got!

Sometimes I like to do jumping shots if the couple is into it. Roger’s family has a history of jumping family portraits, so we made sure to have fun with the whole idea.

We also spent some time near Capitol Hill and downtown Salt Lake City. I love the contrast of the city with the nothingness of the salt flats. I would have to say this Session falls within my top 5 Groomal sessions. Thank you so much Christina and Roger! I am so excited for your wedding and all of the great plans you have for the big day!

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism || I had such a lovely groomal session with Michelle and Aaron. With all of this wet weather we have had the past couple months, we were lucky to have a one day window of gorgeous weather between two big storms. At least all this moisture makes everything green and lush and healthy. La Caille was the perfect setting for Michelle and Aaron’s groomals, it was exactly what they were looking for. The two are such a handsome couple, don’t you think? Every time Michelle looked at Aaron, her whole face just lit up. I really didn’t need to give them much direction for the portraits, as long as they held onto each other, they both just glowed and were so comfortable in each other’s arms. Thanks you two! I had a blast and I am so so pleased with the photos we got. And thanks Stacy for assisting me! You are a terrific reflector holder!

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%utah wedding photographer %wedding photojournalism || So last week when I was braggin’ on the WPPI print awards I made mention of the fact that I never got around to blogging about Tori’s fabu bridal session out at Saltair on the Great Salt Lake last May.

I threatened to do a proper post about it. Now I’m makin’ good on the threat. Bub.

Please to enjoy!

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