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About the Wedding

Nora and Buddy chose to tie the knot at South Fork Lodge, located on over 70,000 acres in the magnificent Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The wedding was a rustic affair with notes of old English charm and colorful details. The bridesmaids wore varying shades of pink, whilst the groomsmen donned grey suits. The sunny day was perfect for an “I do,” and rolling hills and pastures provided a perfect backdrop. Gideon Photography captured the sweet moments and overall feel of the day perfectly!

Bakery: Cake Appeal // Caterer: Cow Camp // DJ: One Sound // Dress Designer: Betsy Couture // Event Planner: Hoopes Weddings and Events // Floral Designer: First Blossoms // Photographer:  Gideon Photography // Venue: South Fork Lodge

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Inspiration Behind the Shoot

From the Planner, Wildflower Weddings and Events

“The canyons in Utah during the summer are absolutely stunning. They are so green and alive with vegetation and wildlife. I knew I wanted to incorporate the beauty of the mountains into my shoot. I originally had this scheduled for the beginning of May, and had to reschedule because the mountains weren’t ready for us yet!

I decided to give all of my vendors creative liberty on this shoot. I created a board on Pinterest and showed this to each of my vendors. Through this, they were able to get the vibe and feel of what I wanted and then they picked what they felt would look best. I just told them I wanted natural colors and greenery.

The weather was a little scary the day of the shoot. There was lots of rain throughout the Salt Lake Valley, and while we were up in the canyon, we could see the storm clouds brewing. Fortunately, the rain stayed away for the most part. We got some wind and a few sprinkles, but the weather actually gave the pictures a nice moody vibe.

I was so happy with the way everything turned out and I know it’s because I had some incredible vendors to help me make it happen!”

Cake: AMP Cakes // Calligraphy: Sweet ‘n’ Sandy // Flatware: Diamond Rental // Florist: Fox & Fern Floral Co. // Hair & Makeup: Lindsay Lee // Models: Austin & Jenny // Photography: Nhiya Kaye Photography // Stationery: HoneyB Paper Co. // Wedding Planner: Wildflower Weddings and Events // Videographer: K Kreative Studios

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Inspiration Behind the Shoot

From Photographer, Maru Photography

“This intimate elopement shoot was inspired by the magnificent magnolia blossom. Ethereal and fleeting, the magnolia opens seemingly overnight in a burst of pale pink and cream blooms and then, just as suddenly as it came, it’s gone. Like a stolen moment. Rarely seen in wedding inspirations, we thought this gorgeous and interesting bloom would be the perfect metaphor for the elopement of two young lovers. A celebration centered entirely around the opening of a beautiful bloom—what could be more romantic?”

Beauty: Felicia Bromba // Bridal Gown: Kathryn Bass Bridal // Cake: Kick Ass Cakes // Decor: Bespoke Rentals // Florals: Our Little Flower Company // Models: Devon & Peter // Photography: Maru Photography

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 How He Asked

Mike and Sara met in the summer of 2013. Sara was a camp counselor and Mike was her guide that would be taking her group into the mountains for a three day hike. When she first saw him sitting at the lunch site she told the other counselors, “dibs on the blonde cowboy.” Little did she know, he would propose three years later on the seaside of Newport Beach right as the sun was setting. They have lived in their little cabin at 9,000 feet for two years now, and couldn’t be happier.

Photography: Moments by Melanie Photography

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About the Couple

From the Photographer, Stella Kelsie Photography

“With a twinkle in her eye that lasted the whole evening, Kalyn said she knew Brian was ‘bad news’ when she first saw him driving his truck in high school. They had no idea that that first flirty interaction they had with each other would eventually lead to Brian watching Kalyn open a special Christmas gift: a well wrapped package that contained an absolutely stunning engagement ring! They knew that they wanted their engagement session to reflect their country roots without going over the top, so we opted for the simplicity of open fields of tall grass, and a visit with a couple of curious horses. These two were nothing short of incredible in front of the camera! The electric chemistry that they share didn’t shy away at all during our time together. The evening wrapped them up in kisses, giggles, dancing, and light breezes, and ended with dramatic clouds as the sun finally set behind the mountains.”
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