Full disclosure: this isn’t a real wedding… BUT I had to feature it anyway because I love the idea of running away to a mountain and having an adorable and completely understated elopement ceremony!
“I have always wanted to photograph a real, true elopement and have never gotten the chance!” wrote wedding photographer Brittni Willie. “I think being from Utah, most brides think they must have elaborate weddings with everyone they know (and don’t know) in attendance and I wanted to challenge that and show people how beautiful and yet simple an elopement can really be.”
“I suggested the idea to one of my previous wedding couples two days before we actually shot the elopement. We planned the whole thing in two days which I also thing really adds to authenticity I wanted to capture in the shoot. There were multiple parts of this session that I didn’t want to feel forced, or include too many vendors (if any) and spend hours of shooting to get 5 ‘perfect’ shots. We spent $80 in total. I wanted it to feel REAL.”
With a vintage black dress as the starting point, photographer Amy Cloud set out to style and shoot an alternative, yet elegant wedding inspiration session. The shoot took place on The Great Salt Lake in Utah.
“I love untraditional weddings and knew I wanted to do a shoot with a black dress”, she explained. “Once I found the dress everything else fell together. I wanted a slight dark yet romantic feel. I incorporated golds and purples to tie the theme together.”
My working title for this blog post was ‘Sparkle Motion’… because it’s the first thing that popped into my head when I started to write the feature. It stuck, because after thinking long and hard, I couldn’t imagine anything else being as apt. These glorious pictures were submitted by Utah based wedding photographer Natalie Wall.
“I had been wanting to do a moody stylized bridal session for a while”, she wrote. “While I love working with clients, it can become creatively exhausting. Anytime you have a collaboration of people with different ideas, you tend to get multiple potential outcomes. As an artist, it can be very difficult to put aside your creative preferences to please those you are working with and/or for. This shoot was, essentially, to liberate myself from just that. I wanted to create something, using challenging lighting, to create a nontraditional mood – dark and romantic, edgy and beautiful. Something I could see out from start to finish, while remaining in artistic control.”
Erik and Hayley were married on May 4th and a few days after they went to the Saltair Salt Flats in Salt Lake City, Utah with their photographer for some unforgettable wedding portraits!
“While staying true to their Utah roots, Erik and Hayley wanted a landscape that strayed from the beaten path”, photographer Emmy Lowe told me. “The rugged terrain juxtaposed perfectly with Hayley’s classic dress that screamed unique while maintaining a classic beauty”
“From Erik’s hair to Hayley’s tattoos, they both placed their own unique signature on the shoot and proved that their individual rawness could combine to create something beautiful. My inspiration for this shoot was simple. I wanted something that highlighted them. Nothing to distract the real beauty which was their love.”
Hayley’s gorgeous dress was from Haroon’s Boutique and the flowers were done by Lilac and Honey.
Patrick and Trisha eloped in Utah, just off the Alpine Loop Road, in Provo Canyon above the Sundance Resort. They had just a few family members in attendance and the bride wore a short lace dress from H&M.
“The inspiration for our wedding was just a desire for a day centered on our union”, explained Trisha. “We just wanted to celebrate our love with a few members of our family! Our decision to elope is definitely what made our wedding unique. Marrying up in the mountains with a small intimate group made it particularly special. And keeping it a secret from most of our friends and relatives made it exciting too!”
As a girl who’s more than slightly obsessed with weddings and photography, there’s pretty much nothing more thrilling to me than discovering new (to me) wedding photographer that is INCREDIBLE. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does I feel like I’ve won the wedding-blogging-lottery. And don’t even get me started on what happens when I discover a videographer with as much talent as this. Actual tears people, there were actual tears.
I saw these images and the video on Saturday afternoon. A photographer friend of mine emailed me the link and said, and I quote, “This is possibly the best wedding film and set of images I’ve ever seen… I thought you might like to see! Holy shit it’s all so beautiful.” And you know what dude, I couldn’t agree more.
Just stop what you’re doing for 4 minutes, enlarge the video to full screen view, and completely immerse yourself in this…
I quickly shared the link with a couple of photographer friends of mine and we spent the next hour messaging back and forth about our obsession with the entire thing. Who were these amazingly awesome people? Where did Whit & Colby get off being so damn bad ass, sexy and cool? Who was this photographer? Who was this videographer? How could we subtly insert ourselves into their lives?! Could I pull off an undercut?
I just knew that I had to share it on Rock n Roll Bride so I emailed the photographer, Brooke Davis, to ask if I could. I then crossed all my fingers and toes and hoped and prayed it wasn’t already promised to another wedding blog. Within an hour she emailed me back to say she’d be thrilled for me to feature it and that she thought it was perfect for my blog. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK.