EMALEE + KURT // SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH WEDDING
This wedding will for sure go down in history as my top five favorite weddings I've ever shot. I have had so many favorites over the year, but this one really is at the very top of my list. It's so fun to shoot out of state and discover new territory. I've always been a huge fan of Utah as I've snowboarded there over the years, but nothing quite tops shooting a wedding there.
It was such an honor to shoot one of my very closest friends, Emalee and her now-husband Kurt's wedding in June. I relive it often and can't get over how absolutely beautiful and epic everything came to be. They planned their wedding in two months and you'd never know you could do such an amazing job in such a short amount of time. We flew in a day prior to scope out shooting areas for the following two days to come, ensuring we would really capture the beauty of the beautiful state with this awesome couple.
When you see Emalee and Kurt together it makes sense. I have been friends with Emalee since I was fifteen years old, but this was my first time meeting Kurt and seeing them together as a couple. They really compliment each other in the best ways possible and seeing how much Kurt really loves Emalee, made it easy for me to approve of him for my beautiful friend!
On the day of the wedding, their ceremony took place in the mountains just outside of Salt Lake City in a very private area in the middle of the woods. I mean, when you scroll you'll see just how amazing it was! It was everything Emalee had envisioned and it was neat to see their vision come to life. Following the ceremony, the reception took place at their close friends home and it was the most ideal setting for an easy going, intimate gathering. The whole day went perfectly, but what REALLY made the whole trip and wedding experience was waking up at 3:00AM to shoot sunrise photos with them at the Bonneville Salt Flats, a casual two hour drive outside of Salt Lake. We all really didn't get any sleep that night and rallied hard to make these photos a reality. It was worth every second of sleep lost and I know we can all confidently say that! I can't explain how absolutely magical the flats are and how picturesque such a minimalistic backdrop can be. If you ever get the opportunity to see Utah's beauty, be sure to stop by!
Emee and Kurt, thank you so much for having me a part of your day and letting me document the love you share. I'm so grateful to be a part of your lives and can't wait for my next visit! Your support and love means the world. Thank you for the memorable and epic trip!
In Emalee's words...
"...It has been absolutely incredible watching her grow and create this beautiful business. She has stood by my side through many different stages in my life and I am forever grateful for her loyalty and love. I have known for a very long time that one of the only things I wanted for my wedding was to have Ashley there. I've said it over a hundred times but Ashley helped make my wedding day everything I had dreamed of and more. She constantly keeps a smile on her face, she is so easy to work with (especially when you have a big family), and she helps to make the day full of fun and laughter. Ashley, we are so grateful for you and so grateful that you were there with us on our wedding day. Love you bunches and bunches."