Minimalist Wedding in Mallorca, Spain

So I photographed this dreamy wedding with D'Arcy Benincosa. I've been mentoring with her, and when she told me about the wedding, I jumped on the opportunity to shoot with her. My parents went on their honeymoon to Mallorca back in 1973 and I thought it would be so amazing to go where my parents started their life together.  It was surreal being there where it all began. It had me thinking about how short life really is and how previous generations are really not that far away.  It seemed like forever ago to me because it was before I was born, but while I was there, time seemed to stand still and generations came together like tight bungee cord when it's released, all scrunched together. I lay under the stars on our private balcony one still night and pondered all this. Then of course the bugs got to me and I went inside.

We got to the location of the wedding and started shooting detail shots right away. The florist (or someone) brought flowers for us to make into a bouquet for the bride. I had never made one myself, but had watched a webinar by Tinge Floral on making a flower arrangement, and between D'Arcy and I, we managed to create something we were proud to photograph. The bride was from Germany, the groom from Mallorca, and they lived in Paris, so there was a gathering of people from all over. Everyone at the wedding was so excited and happy. They had cocktails while we shot pictures, then dinner, toasts, and dancing till early in the morning. European weddings are so festive, and I love that.

VENDORS
Florists: Isabel and D'Arcy | The Rest Coming Soon

Organic Italian Inspired Wedding

From the Bride:

"Chris and I met 11 years ago. After having dated for so long, our wedding was not just a special event for us, but also for our families that had long awaited for this day to happen. My husband Chris remembers while he was waiting for me to walk down the isle how many people were emotional.

This particular day was also special because it was the only day that was available and would work during the summer for the two venues we wanted, and it so happened to be Chris's parents' anniversary day as well. I think it was almost fate because in a way we’re following in their footsteps. From the way Chris and I met which was the same way his parents met- at a party where Chris was playing the guitar and singing. And now by pure chance we get married on the same date, 40+ years later. What’s more, the wedding ring we got for Chris looks almost identical to his dad’s original wedding ring, which he had lost years ago and Chris had never seen. 

The weather and temperature couldn’t have been any more perfect for our beautiful outdoor wedding. We both love nature and being in the outdoors, so having the wedding outside was important to us (thank goodness Mother Nature decided to cooperate). That’s why we chose the Montage Resort up in the mountains of Park City, it provided a gorgeous backdrop for our ceremony. Then being outside in the courtyard of the luxurious Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City for the reception was magical. Going along with the nature/outdoor inspiration, I wanted to make sure that our floral arrangements had an organic and natural feel. Our florist did an amazing job of doing that, from the loosely shaped/arranged bouquets, the naturally draping ceremony arch, the greenery running down the center of the tables at the reception, to the Italian Ruscus sprigs adorning each table setting.

A few years ago Chris and I visited Italy and fell in love with it. I mean who wouldn't, right? Well, while I started planning for the wedding and looking through a lot of Pinterest boards I found myself pinning a lot of Italian inspired weddings. There's just something very romantic and elegant, yet simple and organic about Italian inspired weddings. So we agreed to incorporate some Italian inspirations to our wedding, such as: Italian themed invitation suite, Rosemary salt party favors with "Grazie" tags (which means "Thank you" in Italian), lots of Italian Ruscus used in floral arrangements, and the hotel courtyard where we had the reception felt like we were somewhere in Rome.

We wanted our guests to have a memorable experience, so we did some of the traditional things but also mixed in some things that were a little more unique and fun. For example, I chose to have both my mom and dad walk me down the isle, I felt like it was more special that way. Instead of doing wedding vows, I wanted to do something that was romantic and symbolic of our new journey as husband and wife, so I surprised Chris with a dove release right after we said our “I dos”. Doves symbolize love, peace, happiness, and prosperity. For entertainment, we had a String Quintet playing all the way through the First Dance, after which we had fun singing karaoke and dancing to dance video games. Chris is in a band called All Hope Contained where he is the lead singer. His fellow band member, Robbie, was the Best Man, and my sister-in-law Heidi was the Maid of Honor.

I'm so lucky to have several talented family members that helped me with the DIY aspects of our wedding. One of my very talented sister-in-laws did all the calligraphy and made all the signs. Another sister-in-law did my hair and makeup. My mother-in-law added sleeves to my beautiful Pronovias dress. My husband Chris is an artist and painted all the insides of the envelopes with an Italian landscape. My parents helped me make the party favors. I made the menus. It was so fun having family help.

Our wedding was a dream come true. I loved everything about it. The only thing I would've done differently and the advice I would give a bride is to hire a wedding planner, it possible. Even though I would've still probably been very involved in all the details and decision-making (because that's my personality), it would've been nice to have somebody that could help me keep track of everything and coordinate with the vendors as well as keep me more at ease the day of the wedding knowing that someone is in charge of overseeing everything. "

VENDOR DETAILS
Florist: Amber Reverie | Ceremony Venue: Montage Deer Valley | Reception Venue: The Grand America Hotel | Wedding dress: Pronovias from Mary's Bridal SLC | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Hair and Makeup: Heidi Kristine | Invitations: Sonja Natalia (and the groom) | Bridesmaids dresses: Monique Lhuillier and Watters at Vow To Be Chic | Catering and Wedding cake: The Grand America Hotel | Doves: White Dove Release Utah

Easter Wedding Inspiration with Norwegian Traditions

Over Easter I had this inspirational shoot published on Ruffled.com, but I'm just now getting to blogging it on my own. You can see it on Ruffled here...  

I grew up in Norway surrounded by rich traditions, breathtaking nature and minimalistic design. I wanted to do a shoot reflecting all three. With Easter and Spring here, I wanted to convey the mood of new beginnings and life so we brought in a 2 week old baby goat. In the past, a wedding in Norway would last for days, and the bride’s family would entertain and house all the guests. The bride would traditionally wear a costume called a bunad which was different depending on which which county you are from. This bunad is from the northern part of Norway and the crown belongs to the Romeriks bunad. The first bridal crown was made in the 1500s and became a symbol of purity. It is still not unheard of for a Norwegian bride to wear a bunad and bridal crown on her wedding day.

 

A sweet tradition that Norwegians still honor is the “morgengave”. Back in the day, the groom would give his new wife a gift of money the morning after the wedding night. This was form of insurance from the husband in case the wife could not have children and therefore didn’t have the right to inherit after her husband. Now, the new husband and wife exchange something like a watch, jewelry, boudoir pictures, or something meaningful.

Wedding Vendors

Photography: Isabel Johansen Photography
Floral Design: Amber Reverie
Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone
Hair and Makeup: April Benincosa
Ring: The Land of Salt
Crown: Gullsmed K.E. Sando
Goat: Burr Family Farm
Wedding Cake: Flour and Flourish Cake
Table: Restoration Hardware
Dinnerware and Flatware: Crate & Barrel
Silk Ribbons: Silk and Willow
Studio: TravisJ Studio
Calligraphy: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy

Organic elopement inspiration by a waterfall

With the rising costs of weddings and the stress that involves planning a traditional wedding, many couples are choosing to elope. Some travel to romantic destinations and enjoy the time with each other. Others choose a beautiful spot near home to tie the knot. The stillness and intimacy of an elopement style wedding allows for the bride and groom to reflect and be themselves. It also allows couples to splurge on what is most important to them. Maybe a beautiful dress, flowers, or a good photographer who will capture the raw emotion and the beautiful surroundings. Here we put together a shoot for inspiration. 

If hiking to a mountaintop or any distance, it is important to wear something you can move a little in. This romantic, boho style dress by Claire Pettibone is soft and comfortable (The bride hiked 4 miles total in it). The flowers looked gorgeous with the surroundings and the floral crown was a romantic/natural touch.

Flowers add so much to the photos. We love these arrangements by Willow Specialty Florist and how they fit so well with the surrounding nature.

Some couples choose to invite a few close family members or friends or simply send out an elopement announcement. We got these simple and elegant announcement samples from Bjørn Press.

Credits: 

Hair and makeup: Heidi Scherer
Dress: Claire Pettibone Gardenia from the Romantique collection
Groom's suit: Mens Wearhouse
Flowers: Willow Specialty Florist
Invitations: Bjørn Press