I feel like I am jumpstarting the next episode after leaving you all hanging with a “To be continued.” After their EPIC bridals up Big Cottonwood Canyon, I couldn’t wait to see what Kathryn and Eric’s actual wedding day would look like. I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed, but I seriously could not anticipate the magic that would unfold. As I mentioned before, I have known Kathryn and photographed her and her family for several years now, so I already knew that Kathryn was my type of bride. But from the moment I walked into her grandparent’s home where she was getting ready that morning, I knew that Kathryn possessed a kind of inner peace and happiness that kept her poised while still irresistibly giddy and joyful. My favorite moment from this morning was one Eric arrived, and they stood before each other, helping one another with their final touches. Because they had already had their “First Look” session, they didn’t have to worry about staying away from each other until the ceremony, or keeping anything a surprise. It was the most tender, sacred moment of the day for me, as they stood quietly in front of the window, eager to soon marry one another.
I’ve never seen a happier little brother than Kathryn’s that day. He is the baby boy after 4 girls, and he has been waiting for Kathryn and Eric to be married longer than they themselves have! He gave Kathryn the biggest leaping hug after she walked out of the temple, and then as we walked to the back of the temple for family portraits, he came skipping up to Eric and grabbed his hand. *Click* Another favorite moment of mine, saved for generations to come.
Because Kathryn and Eric had chosen to be married inside the Mount Timpanogas LDS temple, I was not able to photograph their ceremony, and some family and friends were also unable to attend. Because of this, the newlyweds decided to have a more public ring ceremony in her grandparent’s backyard. I was completely overwhelmed with the love that flourished inside that little white tent that day. Not only did both of their parents stand up and give beautiful speeches in tribute to each of them, but Kathryn and Eric performed a love song for their family, which was an absolute treat. For the second time that day, Kathryn exclaimed to her friends and family with a wide smile and glittering eyes, “We’re just SO happy!!”
Afterwards, the reception was opened up to many more of their friends and extended family, and I loved their choice in food and details: a simple outdoor set-up, with a fun taco stand, and choose-your-flavor milkshakes and lemonade bar! I was blown away (and SO full)! Emily, Kathryn’s sister, made the gorgeous and elegant cake, and it was just as delicious as it was beautiful. The whole night was flawless, from beginning to end. I love that Kathryn and Eric have such a legacy to pass down to their children, and now they have these photos to add to the glory of it all!