the wedding

  • Jun 4, 2009

Codye and Matt are such a gracious, kind and madly-in-love couple that I didn’t want their photos to look like they were the first wedding I’ve every photographed(which they are). I stressed and worried and pored over wedding photography for months in preparation. And I won’t lie; it was tough. Noonday sun that cast shadows on faces and turned the dress into a shining white blob, crowded Temple Square, wind whipping hair and clothes into into twisted knots, people running in and out of every photo… I was sweating and shaking, praying that I wouldn’t ruin every single photo (‘cause you can’t exactly do a repeat on weddings: “I didn’t get that family group shot. Can everyone fly back into town, rent tuxes and meet at the Salt Lake Temple?”)

But we did OK. And well, maybe I have a LOT of photos to show you. 😉

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I love the almost-kiss. Is it just me?
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The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is pure, classic elegance. So beautiful in color but stunning in black and white.
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coming next week… the reception!

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23 Comments

  1. Reply

    jennie w.

    June 4, 2009

    Great job Michelle! I like the JSB much better in black and white. Looks like you could be in Europe.

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    Nina

    June 4, 2009

    love the one in the alcove with the veil around them both. and the little details…hands clasped behind her back…how restful they are together.

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    Annie

    June 4, 2009

    Oh, Michelle. You did a stunning, amazing photo shoot…what a lovely gift and eye you have. They will treasure those.

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    sarah

    June 4, 2009

    you COMPLETELY rocked these pics. Great job- I’d hire ya!!

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    twoelves

    June 5, 2009

    I can’t believe that is your first wedding. Some of those shots seriously look like they should be in a magazine. Hope you guys are doing okay in Cali with your family – my thoughts and prayers are with you guys…

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    Jeanette

    June 5, 2009

    Oh my, I love them! Good job! Her dress looks fabulous, and the colors are perfect! The couple looks so happy and in love… I just love love! Good job!

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    Linkous

    June 5, 2009

    Holy cow, you are amazing!

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    Jessica

    June 5, 2009

    These are beautiful, Michelle! Like I said, I wish we could go back and you could take our photos! You definitely have an eye.
    xox.

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    Blue

    June 5, 2009

    too many to praise individually. maybe if they were numbered, but land sakes michelle…these are incredible. you could probably make any two people look like romeo and juliette. do you have some kind of pixie dust you sprinkle in the air or something? makes me want my own shoot. you could probably even make the doc and i look grand. and i can’t believe you fit in all this with everything else you have going on in your life. you’re remarkable.
    i’m sure bunch will love the minibrenda bride too. 😉

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    Christie

    June 5, 2009

    Oh, you done good, kid. I think I’d like a re-do of my wedding and you can be the photog. Only somehow you’ll have to photoshop me to look as young, thin, and gorgeous as that bride.

    Lenses used, my expert friend?

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    Ken

    June 5, 2009

    Well done Michelle! No one would ever believe this was your “first wedding”. Please send me a jpeg of them in front of the Temple with the reflecting pool. I have been collecting Temple photos and this has to be included.

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    Chelle

    June 5, 2009

    Holy moly. These are amazing. Amazing! I would like to tell you which one is my favorite, but I’ve scrolled through three times and simply cannot decide. Wow.

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    Denise

    June 5, 2009

    Michelle, these are breathtaking — well done. The one in front of the reflecting pool is one of the loveliest photographs of that scene I have ever seen. You are so gifted!

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    jess

    June 5, 2009

    ok? just ok? give yourself some credit, girl! these are gorgeous!! where were you when we got married?!? some people just have it. YOU have it michelle!

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    Sharlee

    June 5, 2009

    These are stunning, Michelle. I’m breathless.

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    Chelle

    June 5, 2009

    Can’t WAIT for the reception pictures (and not just because my kids will be in them, but kind of) That was very honest to say, don’t you think? : )

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    Linn

    June 5, 2009

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

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    martha corinna

    June 6, 2009

    These are gorgeous and so happy!

    You do have an eye and you captured them so beautifully. I love how none are stoic and contrived but just loving and happy.

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    StubbyDog

    June 7, 2009

    Beautiful.

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    wendy

    June 7, 2009

    Marvelous, Michelle. I love your style.

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    Reluctant Nomad

    June 7, 2009

    Great job dear….weddings are….how I can describe it best…Hell? Yeah, I think that’s about it. But do you know what is sick and twisted? I love shooting them. And you’re right, the BW are STUNNING.

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    Judy Hammer

    June 7, 2009

    Michelle, as the Mother of the Bride, following you around like a little puppy dog, lapping up everything you did, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for these incredible results. I truly love you ALMOST as much as my Chelle does. Now I can see why she is consistently singing your praises. And, PS, even though I wasn’t much help, I LOVED spending those days with you.

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    Sue

    June 29, 2009

    Can’t believe this was your first wedding. Gorgeous shots.

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