I first met Rebi when I was photographing the weddng of Raylene + Jiayu in Laie, Hawaii. She was one of Raylene’s sweet bridesmaids. When she reached out to me and asked if I could shoot her wedding in Provo, I knew I would love working with her just as much as I loved photographing Rayelene + Jiayu. Andrew and Rebi met in Hungary during his mission. He was serving in her hometown, and when she came home from BYU-Hawaii, he was there. Later, Rebi came to Utah for an internship and by then Andrew had finished his mission and was now in Utah as well. They started to hang out and quickly fell in love.
We met at the Provo City Center temple on the morning before their sealing to do a First Look session. Andrew took one deep breath before he turned around and saw his new bride for the first time, and it was the sweetest moment. Immediately their nerves dissipated and was replaced with excitement. We spent the next hour taking portraits and giving plenty of opportunities for them to cuddle up before the ceremony began. We even were able to get most of their family and bridal party portraits done BEFORE they went into the temple, which ended up being such a great idea because it was much colder after they came out and it just helped the whole rest of the day flow so much smoother! Brides, if you can manage to do some portraits before the ceremony, I really can’t recommend it enough!!
It was so fun to see Andrew speaking Hungarian with Rebi and her family. He just fits right in already! And Rebi became Andrew’s family’s first daughter and sister to his two brothers. These families complete one another! I loved witnessing this union of not only Rebi and Andrew but also the rest of their families becoming one.
For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, their marriage ceremony, known as a “sealing” within the church, takes place inside of a temple, where photographers are not allowed. So for me, the big revealing happens just minutes after the sealing is complete and they walk hand in hand out the front doors. I love seeing their wide smiles and hearing the cheers and excitement of family and friends waiting for them outside.
The reception took place at the Springville Art Museum, which was such a lovely and unique venue for these two! I loved watching people as they studied the art pieces in between conversations and refreshments.
Rebi and Andrew, your photos make me so happy and I loved being a part of your wedding day!!!