It’s a big blog post with wedding photographs for Teresa & Nelson’s wedding at the Rose Sachs Gardens in Parley’s Canyon. The location is a bit hidden from the road and is tricky to find if you don’t know where you are going.
I’ve known Teresa a few years. She works at the Utah AIDS Foundation and I have been a volunteer photographer for the UAF for a number of years. So when she asked me to photograph their wedding ceremony and wedding reception I was very excited. I was a second photographer for another wedding at Rose Sachs… and that was covered in rain. For this wedding we had perfect weather, woo hoo!
The wedding ceremony was Buddhist in nature. However, it was a mix of cultures and traditions. The groom wore a Scottish kilt for his family heritage. And they had to use YouTube as an instructional video for how to adorn the uniform.
It is always fun to photograph the “getting” ready scenes. We had to be cautious so the bride and groom would not see each other before the wedding. They preparation rooms and close to each other so there has to be some communication to make sure there are no accidental reveals.
I love capturing the wedding details. The more unique the wedding often the more details to photograph. From statues, flowers, decorations, and more.
For this Rose Sachs wedding we did the formal portraits after the ceremony. The sun was setting quickly and we wanted to maximize the location for the group photos and the photos of the bride and groom. Next wedding, I am insisting the groom remove his glasses. I had to do a number of eye swaps for Nelson. There are a few tricks you can do to tilt the glasses but sometimes they just need to be removed or we have to live with the glare on the glasses.
I don’t create a lot of black and white photographs. I am more a fan of color photography. Fortunately with digital I can be flexible. If you ever want black and white let me know!
The light in the sky was gorgeous and mixed with my portable lighting kit I was able to create awesome photos of the wedding party. Time of day can be very important for photography. The harsh sun can help and hinder a photo shoot or wedding. However, I know what I am doing as a wedding photograph and we know how to make you look your best with whatever the light presents.
As the wedding party switched to dinner and reception mode I was able to get some wedding details during that change and before toasts, dancing, and the bouquet toss.
We then had the traditional cake cutting and the a role reversal on the garter belt and bouquet tossing. The bride did the garter belt and the groom threw the bouquet. The rest of the evening was spent dancing outdoors.