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Glen Title_key Richie

Real Wedding
gallery Oct 16 2017
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A Utah DIY Ceremony

Tell us your love story!

Richie and I met on a dating app, Grindr. On our first date we had planned to go hot tubbing at Richie’s apartment complex, but when we got there the hot tub was full. So, instead we walked to a nearby subway and ate and talked about everything. I knew after that evening that I wanted to date Richie. So much so that when I went home I wrote “Richie is my boyfriend” on a piece of paper and stuck it away for the universe. I went to Salt Lake pride with him and his friends, but shortly after I moved away to finish college. After graduating college, I received a job offer back near where Richie lived. I accepted it, and after 2 years of not seeing each other we reconnected, and started dating.

What about the proposal?

We decided early on that I was going to propose first but it was important to both of us that we were each proposed to. Richie has always wanted to own a Yurt, and I found one for rent in the mountains on AirBnb. We hopped in our cars on a secret adventure, and once we got there we started painting canvases. We didn’t show each other until our paintings were complete, and when we did mine had “will you marry me” on it and I proposed.

A couple months later Richie proposed on the bank of Quirrh Lake in Salt Lake City. We arrived to a cute table set up with all imaginable fishing gear, balloons, and dinner. As we were setting up our poles he kneeled down and proposed and we both had a great evening catching fish.

When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?

Neither of us feel like there was a ‘know it’ moment. We both grew each day and as we learned more of each other, our love for each other grew.

Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?

We definitely knew we wanted an outdoor wedding. We kind of wanted the day to have some meaning, so we decided on the “12th” because that was also they day we started going steady. We knew we wanted it to be low budget. We also knew it was going to be a smaller wedding with mostly family.

What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?

The food was easy because our families took care of it completely. The hardest part was probably deciding on a color/theme. After we finally picked pink and blue, it was hard to find/buy everything in the exact same shade. It was also hard to find a nice suit and especially one that fit Glen who is extra tall.

Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?

We wish we knew that there was going to be a flash flood!

Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?

We would definitely suggest to always have a backup plan, and maybe even a backup plan for the backup plan. Everyone should know that something crazy will happen on your wedding day. If you know its coming, you can better accept it and just enjoy the day with your partner.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

Our favorite part was seeing all the support from many friends and family members that we weren’t expecting. We were also very happy when the rain stopped just in time for our ceremony. 

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Story & Gold Weddings

Hi, I’m Jen Brister and I cry at every wedding I photograph. 

It didn’t start out that way - I was second shooting, assisting and such at very big fancy weddings at very big fancy venues in a very, very small state (Hi Rhode Island!) and while it was fun and I geeked out at the occasional celebrity guest (blame the small town midwestern roots), I definitely did not openly weep while on the job.  

But fast forward a few years, I’m in New York, and I’ve moved on to shooting my own weddings, attracting my own clients, creating my own business, you know - just knocking the whole adulting thing out of the park (sorta) - and I can’t deny that at every elopement, every celebration, every wedding - at one point, I slightly embarrass myself and fake clean my glasses and rub something out of my eye. What spurred this transition - from it being work (not crying) to it being a purpose (crying), for me, came down to connection - a particular moment, in fact, when I photographed two women getting married right in the heart of a state’s capitol that days before, started legally recognizing same sex marriages.  

Being a queer photographer - this is when it made sense to me.  I saw my own story reflected in front of me and  even more so, recognized the value of my own perspective when documenting the intimate stories unfolding around me.  

When I meet with potential clients, usually through delightfully awkward phone calls in which I will constantly speak at the same time you speak, I tell them that my biggest advice is to hire a photographer you like as a person. Beyond their work, you need to like them - you spend a lot of time with your photographer that day. But it’s more than that - it’s about this connection - about finding someone that will cultivate the energy needed to create a space of authenticity, intimacy, honesty.   

I’m lucky (like count my stars lucky) to have this connection with all of my clients — this diverse, unique, brave, beautiful group of people that have somehow found me and allowed me in to some of their most incredible moments. They are why I love what I do! 

A huge thanks to H&H Weddings + Kate for allowing me to ramble AND for creating an online space that inspires me every. single. day.

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A Thought For Thursday
gallery Oct 12 2017
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"There's a quiet storm

And it never felt like this before

There's a quiet storm

That is you

There's a quiet storm

And it never felt this hot before

Giving me something that's taboo"

-Sade

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Carina Title_key Erica

Styled Shoot
gallery Oct 11 2017
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A Splash of Citrus

I think we can all agree that this shoot is the bees knees. The styling is on point and showcases one of my all time favorite trends...feminine suiting!

"The inspiration for this shoot came Summer in LA. A splash of citrus and greenery in an artsy and hip location breathe life into this idea. Wearable florals by The Tangled Vine and a romper provided a soft and relaxed vibe. Citrus tones and the use of oranges, lemons, and limes brought a summery and bright feel. Claire wore a simple and casual romper by Theia Bridal from Mon Amie Bridal Salon. This casual look was so fitting for our bright and lush alter which was sprinkled with lilies and dream catchers.

Macy sported a one button shawl lapel women’s tuxedo with a straight leg jogger pant from Friar Tux Midnight Blue Label. Kats Floral Creations and Melody Events did an amazing job styling our table, which featured a cascade of greenery with pops of citrus tones flowing over geometric ceramic vases provided by Baker Party Rentals. Lifting your florals in a suspended arrangement gives a new and unique aesthetic to any understated floral design!

The vintage wine room was complimented by antique candelabras, and accents of blue added complexity to the table with Turquoise Milk Vases by Provenance Rentals and beautiful blue and white flowered China by Baker Party Rentals.

For an extra layer of color and texture, tinted goblets in gold and pick added to the place setting.

Our marbled cake by Nicole Bakes Cakes was adorned by vintage tea couples and fruit peel flowers that add a bright summer touch. To bring the whole look together, a vintage floral invitation suite was designed using pops of citrus tones by The Paper Mint Press."    

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