Our Wedding in the Utah Mountains


    Part of me can’t believe it’s already been a year since this snowy, unforgettable day in the mountains. But mostly I can’t believe it’s ONLY been a year since we said “I do.”

    Our wedding day was intimate and adventurous, and perfectly us. Experiencing all the emotions of a wedding day as a bride—sneaking a glance at my sisters beaming up at you during the ceremony, tearing up as my college roommate happy cries how long she’s wanted this for me, seeing my parents embrace my new husband’s family as their own—it’s more than a human can possibly contain in their heart without exploding. And believe me, I thought I was going to explode in a brilliant burst of laughter and joy all day. (just try to find a photo of me without a giant smile on my face!!)

    Weddings are a beautiful thing because not only do you get to feel the love you and your partner have for each other, but you also get surrounded by all the love of everyone in your life. I almost couldn’t handle all the love I felt, and if I wasn’t so stupid happy I definitely would’ve been crying all day in sheer emotional overload.

    I’m so grateful to our photographer, Nicole Aston, for being such an amazing photographer but also a solid resource when things when awry! We had a surprise snowstorm blow down our ceremony arch and I was worried there would be too much snow on the ground by the time our ceremony started. Nicole was a big help and suggested a bunch of other locations that were lower and less exposed. We ended up going with the original location sans-decorations. It wasn’t what I had originally envisioned, but I think the weather was the most beautiful backdrop we could’ve asked for!

    Ayaz and I are both so grateful to have these beautiful photos to remember the happiest day of our lives. A year later, I hardly remember the things that went wrong on our wedding day. But I’ll never forget the joy in my heart, the people who love me, and how it felt to hold my husband’s hand for the first time.

    For weeks and months after our wedding, Ayaz kept saying, “Can we get married again??” I couldn’t have said it better myself. I’ve never had a happier, more fun and love-soaked day in my life, and I wish we could experience it over and over again.

    Thank you Nicole for the beautiful photos, thank you Ayaz for being the best partner I could’ve ever dreamed of, and a HUGE thank you to all our loved ones who put up with our snowy wedding ceremony, and continue to love and support us!

    Ceremony Location: The Church of Dirt at Empire Pass

    Photographer: Nicole Aston
    Hair & Makeup: Maria Hannifin
    Florist: My sister!
    Dress: Ellen’s Couture

    Experiencing a wedding as a bride and not a photographer reignited my passion for capturing these precious memories for couples and everyone they love. I love all the beautiful photos Nicole took of us, but I value the not-so-perfect, candid photos of our loved ones SO MUCH. Those are so important to have, which is why I always get plenty of candids at every wedding I photograph!

    You may not remember what flavor your wedding cake was 50 years down the road, but you’ll always have your wedding photos to remind you of all the love that surrounds the two of you.

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    September 20, 2020