On Saturday, I had the opportunity to second shoot at the wedding of a beautiful couple. My friend Elisha’s little sister got married this past Saturday. Elisha is an awesome photographer (she took our family photos last year and I love them!) and, of course, photographed the wedding, but needing to be in quite a few of the photos, she asked me to come along to capture those moments. I had such a great time, not only getting the needed shots for Elisha and her sister, but also being able to capture the same shots that Elisha was taking but from a different perspective.
Kellie and Garrett got married at the beautiful Bountiful LDS Temple situated high in the foothills overlooking the valley and the Great Salt Lake. When I was loading everything to my car I worried for them and their pictures – it was pouring rain! Although I was worried about the pictures, I couldn’t help but think, “Rain means good luck on your wedding day!” or so I had heard. I think I heard this on my own July wedding day when it started to sprinkle a bit and one of my bridesmaids rattled it off in an attempt to make me feel better about it. However, after a little research, I found that in some cultures rain is indeed good luck if it occurs on your wedding day. “… Rain can represent cleansing or stronger unity in the marriage. It comes from several cultures, mainly from the Hindu with the idea that a wet knot is harder to untie. Since marriage is often referred to as tying the knot. Rain was also a symbol of fertility to agricultural societies, since rain restored and maintained the wellness of crops. Crops were peoples main source of stability and income so it was thought to guarantee a long happy marriage!” So, yay for the rain!
As soon I arrived, the rain stopped and the blue skies returned.
As we waited for Kellie and Garrett to exit the temple I was able to capture some of the adorable little guests waiting:
Then Kellie and Garret made their grand exit and were greeted by their families and close friends.
The traditional group shots on the Temple steps. The big group:
The immediate families. And, I have to say, what a gorgeous group of people! Every one of them.
Before we took Garrett’s families photo, everyone was cracking up. I glanced out from behind my camera to see Kellie’s nephew, hilarious, little, Kyler, doing who knows what?!?:
“What?” he said, “I’m making them smile.” Indeed he was… no head swaps on this next photo. Kyler, you’re hired … you can be my assistant any day
Kellie and her mom:
Kellie with her sisters… old and new:
Kellie and her brothers:
Garrett and his brothers:
And the happy couple:
So, Kellie made the bouquets and flowers. They were absolutely gorgeous and what a wonderful idea…now she can keep her flowers forever.
Congratulations you two!