A Utah Wedding
Kenneth + Nene
As happy as I am being a western North Carolina wedding photographer, I still love my travels. And it just so happened that these two were looking for a wedding photographer….right when I just so happened to be traveling in Utah a few weeks ago! I mean, I really lucked out with this wedding. I got lucky with the timing, with the weather, with the gorgeous location, but most of all – I got lucky with Kenneth and Nene. Kenny is my sister-in-law’s brother – making him my in-law in-law? My in-in-law? Haha! I’m not sure, but I’m happy our paths have crossed.
Kenny and Nene decided to do a First Look session the morning of their wedding. As a photographer, I find sessions such as these to be incredibly sweet, memorable, and practical. It is a guaranteed way of making sure you not only get MORE portraits together, but also portraits in an epic location and with the best possible lighting. We had originally planned on meeting at Bridal Veil Falls in the Provo Canyon. However, as I started driving into the canyon, I just knew that the sun was going to peak over the mountain top. So, last minute, I texted Nene and asked her to meet me at a new location. I felt like I was taking a risk – and it paid off. These two turned around to see each other as a bride and groom for the first time ever just as the sun exploded over the valley.
After sunny and glowy photos up Sqauw Peak Road, we continued on to Bridal Veil Falls. We had to dodge sprinklers, but we made it there! Kenny mentioned that Bridal Veil had been one of his backup locations for asking Nene to marry him. Apparently it had been really cold that day, and so Nene didn’t want to hike. But it didn’t throw Kenny off course – he said he had several back up plans! He came prepared! They ended up driving into the canyon. There, Kenny pulled over and proposed among the mountains.
After such a beautiful morning together, I knew that the rest of the day was going to flow just as smoothly. I loved seeing my brother-in-law and sister-in-law as a groomsmen and bridesmaid, and the rest of Kenneth’s brothers and wives as part of the bridal party, as well. One of Kenny’s brother was not only a groomsmen, but the officiator as well! Nene’s two cousins were here maids of honor and helped her get into her wedding dress. I loved being in the room during the quiet anticipation of the day! All of Nene’s aunties and her mom were dressed up so beautifully in their African dresses. It was clear where Nene got her gorgeous looks and gracious pose from.
While the ceremony audience was small and intimate, many more guests arrived for their reception. The night consisted of dancing, cake, and celebration. It was so fun to be a photographer at a wedding where I knew and loved so many people! Similarly, it was also a joy to photograph Nene’s side of the family, and the culture, joy, and beauty they added. I’m so happy I got to capture this beautiful day and the start of Nene and Kenneth’s new life together!
Western North Carolina Wedding Photographer
Meghan Rose Photography
Meghan is a Western North Carolina Wedding Photographer serving joyful, sentimental couples who don’t mind crossing the creek, climbing the mountains, seeking the sun, and even going barefoot once in awhile. Her edits are timeless and true-to-color. Her posing is genuine while still being flattering and instructive.
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