Wedding

Abbey & Matt are getting married!

I know, I know, this is kind of ridiculous, but after spending only a few hours with them, I love everything about Abbey and Matt. It took just a few minutes to be able to tell that they just absolutely love spending time with each together, and their happiness is infectious!

Matt grew up in Twin Falls, eventually moving to NYC for work, where he met Abbey, “We were both working at a video editing company in New York City and from the minute we met, we sort of became inseparable. Going to the movies, seeing live music, laughing our butts off, having honest conversations and talking until the wee hours of the night- I think we both knew from early on that we had found our person.”

They come to Sun Valley often and love to ski, so we chose Baldy as the location for their engagement session. In the year between when a couple books us and when their wedding happens, it’s super important to us to really get to know them. Engagement sessions are part of that process, and so is just hearing about who they are in their own words. Here is what Abbey and Matt said about them as a couple, “We both love to have fun and are unabashedly affectionate! We love to ski, dog-sit for our friends, cook up meals in our apartment (we love Spa night, which is short for Spaghetti!), watch movies (lots of movies!), see live music, travel and explore places we’ve never been, visit art galleries and get our culture on, go for coffee strolls, play the NY Times crossword, and go on adventures!”

…and here’s the sweet story of how they got engaged, “It was a freezing cold Saturday morning in New York. One of those beautiful winter days where the sun is shining but you can see your breath in the air. It was the morning after Abbey had a performance with her band (she is a singer-songwriter) and we set out through the village to get some much needed bagels with lox (a staple!) and coffee. With bellies full, Matt led Abbey into Washington Square Park where he got down on one knee and asked her to marry  him.”

Given how much fun I had doing their engagement session, I can truly say that I can’t wait for their wedding this summer at Galena!

 

 

 

 

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Happy (almost!) Anniversary Lilly & Stefan!


Lilly and Stefan had the sweetest, most intimate ceremony. They went back and forth for a long time, debating the pros and cons of having a big wedding or a small one, and ultimately decided that what was most important to them was to be surrounded by their nearest and dearest family and friends as they said their vows. And so, on a beautiful snowy day, they gathered all of the most important people in their lives together, went down by the river and vowed to be together forever. Not an eye was dry (including mine!).

I was very lucky to have Lilly as my studio manager for a year and a half and in that time we became very close. It is wonderful to see her and Stefan so happy together!

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Kaitlin & Lauren’s Engagement Images

I loved the engagement session I did with Lauren and Kaitlin a few weeks ago. We had a session with big mountain views planned, but when it started snowing at the last minute, we decided to just go down by the river instead. And although I love mountains, this worked out really well. It’s a good reminder that it’s totally fine to keep things simple, to just focus on two people being together, on faces and emotions. Kaitlin and Lauren are so cute together and it’s fun to have images that capture their joy!

When I asked about their dynamic together, they said they were, ‘playfully sarcastic,” which, after spending a couple of hours with them, seems to fit them perfectly. They also describe their relationship as playful, dynamic, active, loving, outdoorsy, passionate and adventurous– they were all of these things together!

They also have the sweetest engagement story: Kaitlin set up a whole weekend on the Oregon coast. Lauren thought it was for a birthday party for her niece. Instead, Kaitlin proposed during sunset on the beach, and then surprised Lauren with her whole family traveling in from the east coast to spend the weekend with them!

 

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The rest of Kira & Guri’s Portland Wedding!

Although they knew that two ceremonies would make for a long day, Kira and Guri honored his heritage with a ceremony in a Sikh Temple in the morning (see the previous post about their wedding), but also wanted to have a more traditional American wedding ceremony in the afternoon, which reflected more of Kira’s background. The afternoon ceremony was a very personal reflection of their life as a couple. Escorted by their parents, Guri and Kira each walked down two separate aisles at the same time. Siblings served as their wedding party and nieces and nephews were the flower girls and ring bearers. They were married by their friend Aaron (a former roommate) and wrote and read their own vows.

After their second ceremony, family and friends ate delicious food, followed by desert– a mix of Indian sweets and local Portland ice cream– and then danced the night away to wedding classics with a little bit of Indian Bhangara music mixed in. The entire event was a wonderful melding of the two of them, their families and their traditions!

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Kira and Guri’s Indian Portland Wedding

When my brother-in-law Guri told us that he and his fiance were getting married and wanted help planning their wedding, I was super excited to be a part of it, and to help them figure out the nuances of putting together a multi cultural wedding.

As many of you know, I have kind of an interesting background– my American hippie parents became Sikhs (an Indian religion) before I was born and my sisters and I grew up in India. I met my Indian husband Gurmeet in boarding school in India but he and his brothers grew up in the States, so our two families have kind of a funny cross cultural thing going on. When my husband and I got married 13 years ago, it was fun (and challenging) to figure out how to represent both of cultures in a meaningful way.  We ended up doing two different wedding ceremonies in the same day– one traditional Indian Sikh wedding, and one more American ceremony.

Kira and Guri decided to do the same thing, with two different ceremonies. Guri’s fiance Kira grew up in Portland (without the whole India connection that I had) and the couple have both lived in Portland for years. They are a super cute, quirky couple and love a lot about the whole Bollywood culture (India’s version of Hollywood) and wanted to incorporate that with some of Portland’s unique culture into their wedding.  Here are some images from the first half of their wedding day, when they did their traditional Sikh ceremony.

Stay tuned for another blog post with their second ceremony and the rest of their wedding day!

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Cassie and Drew are getting married soon!

Just wanted to share some images from Cassie and Drew’s engagement session, which we did this fall. I love doing engagement shoots, because they are a great opportunity for me and the couple to just spend a little time getting to know one another before their wedding day. Cassie and Drew are such a fun, interesting and sweet couple and I can’t wait to share images from their winter wedding, which is coming up in February at the Sun Valley Clubhouse!

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Allie + John and their fun Ketchum wedding!

Allie and John’s wedding was a great end to our super busy wedding season! I love the two of them and their sweet, fun and warm personalities. Their wedding was wonderful– a beautiful ceremony, a spectacular fall day and family and friends beaming with happiness for Allie and John!

John grew up in Ketchum, went to the Community School and has a super close group of friends from the valley (I actually met him years ago when I did his high school senior portraits!) He and Allie went to Gonzaga and met on a weekend skip trip to Canada through the GU Ski and Snowboard Club. They found they had lots in common and started dating shortly after.

I often ask people about how they got engaged, because it always tells me so much about who they are as a couple. Here is Allie and John’s story,

“As a tradition every year John and his family spend the 4th of July at their cabin in Stanley. This year, John and I were fortunate to have time off work and traveled to Idaho to join in the holiday celebrations. The morning of July 3rd John asked if I would like to go on a hike to kick off the day, which sounded nice before the day got too warm, so I said sure! We hopped on our bikes and headed towards the mountain directly across from the family cabin, which they had nicknamed years ago “Crystal Mountain.” John was carrying a backpack, which I found a little odd, but I didn’t think much of it. When we got to the top of the hike it was a beautiful view- we could see the cabin, the river and the snowy Sawtooth Mountains in the distance. I was taking pictures of the view when I turned around to see John kneeling down! I was completely shocked and thrilled, and said yes right away. From his backpack john pulled out champagne and his parents’ wedding glasses for a toast to a lifetime of adventures together.”

A super sweet story for an awesome couple! Thanks Allie and John for choosing me as your photographer– it was so much fun to be a part of your wedding day! I could not have enjoyed it more!

Thanks to a great team of vendors:

Second Photographer: Amanda Nagy | Wedding Planner: Megan Gergen of Sun Valley Company | Venue: Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and Sun Valley’s River Run Lodge |  Catering: Sun Valley Company | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Music: Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Cake: Kelly Martin (mother of the groom!)  | Makeup: Chantelle Conway | Hair: Stacy of the Sun Valley Spa |

 

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Kimberly + Phillip’s Wedding at The Homestead

Kimberly & Phillip had a beautiful wedding at The Homestead. They were married on the lawn overlooking the mountains in a ceremony officiated by their friend Max, who grew up with Phillip here in the Wood River Valley. The ceremony was personal and fun and full of laughter. After the ceremony and cocktail hour, everyone moved into the tent, where the guests gave some of the sweetest and funniest toasts I have ever heard, which led to lots of tears, and more laughter, and then both at the same time! I have know Phillip since he was in high school and was so excited to be a part of his and Kimberly’s big day!

We were lucky to get to work with a wonderful team on this wedding:

Second Photographer: Amanda Nagy | Wedding Planner: Kelly Maybo of Blue Bottle Events | Venue: The Homestead  |  Catering: Mason Family Restaurants | Flowers: Kurt McNulty | Music: Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Cake: Hank & Sylvie’s  | Makeup: Ashley Hurley of Britt Davis Beauty | Also: That’s Entertainment, Emily Baird, Minted & The Idaho Photo Bus.

 

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Katy & Brian’s Sun Valley Wedding at the Trail Creek

Katy & Brian had a gorgeous wedding on a beautiful, stormy fall day a couple of weeks ago. Although it threatened to rain during their ceremony (there were definitely a few rain drops!), the timing was just perfect– as soon as the ceremony ended, more than a few raindrops started falling– just in time for people to get into the warm, cozy tent– before it started pouring! As a photographer, I do love a stormy day– with the rich, saturated colors and dramatic sky– so I wasn’t complaining!

Katy & Brian were a joy to work with. It was so fun to see them surrounded by their closest family and friends, having a blast and really soaking it all in. Thank you so much for choosing me to document your day, you two!

A big thank you to all the vendors that put the whole thing together– I am so lucky to get to work with such wonderful people!

Second Photographer: Tessa Sheehan | Wedding Planner: Amanda Seaward of Absolute Weddings and Kat Stansberry of Sun Valley Company | Venue & Catering: Trail Creek Pavilion, Sun Valley Company | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Music: Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Syringa String Quartet| Hair: Danielle Anspach of Mane Muse | Make Up: Chantelle Conway | As well as That’s Entertainment, Willow Paperie, Shine & The Idaho Photo Bus.

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Rachel + George got married in Stanley!

I loved working with Rachel and George on their wedding in Stanley. It’s so great when a couple knows exactly what they want their wedding to be like, and then it all comes together.

I always ask people about how they met and how they got engaged, because I love to hear people’s stories. Rachel and George met on Tinder, and have a very cute story about their first date. They met in a bar, which was followed by another and lots of great conversation. When they found the Bridge Street Grill in Stanley, they thought it very appropriate to be married in a bar. Of course, a field overlooking the Salmon River wasn’t such a bad place for their ceremony!

Here’s the story of how they got engaged, “We were in Porto, Portugal over Thanksgiving.  While Rachel’s friends all predicted George would propose on the trip, 3 days in it hadn’t happened, and the thought had completely left Rachel’s mind.  The morning of the proposal, we left to walk around the city, and after touring a few 11th century churches, made our way to a bookstore (a traditional stop in every city we visit).  Unbeknownst to Rachel, George planned to propose in the bookstore.  However, the store was incredibly crowded that day, and shy George couldn’t bring himself to propose in front of 100 strangers (Rachel also gets stage-fright and is thankful he didn’t propose there too).  So we continued touring that day, and at sunset, George led the way to a monastery overlooking all of Porto.  It was there that George popped the question.  It was beautiful and perfect and words cannot describe it.  Rachel, of course, said yes.”

Rachel and George were so much fun to work with! Thanks to the great team of people who helped bring Rachel and George’s vision to life:

Second Photographer: Amanda Nagy | Wedding Planner: Ashley Dyer | Venue & Catering: Bridge Street Grill | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Music: Mike Gradian of Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Luke Carter | Pies: Volcanic Farms |

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