this is joy

No one expected the last day of April to dawn with 4 inches of snow, overcast skies and a freezing wind. But it hardly mattered, Jon and Leigh created their own sun.

I wasn’t the photographer for the wedding– these are just a few
that I caught standing in the row of relatives with cameras.



Leigh (my adorable niece), Becca and my brother, Kenny


I love this photo– doesn’t it tell you everything about their relationship?




this is for you, Lizzy. Don’t you love her dress?

I think Jon and Leigh may have redefined the meaning of happiness.



Do you have a favorite? They had a great photographer and will have plenty of images, but I thought I might enlarge one as a gift. Let me know your thoughts. xoxo, m
May 1, 2010



  1. Diane

    May 3, 2010

    The pictures are all great, but I like the first one and the third from the bottom the best.

  2. sarah

    May 4, 2010

    OMG- it sure looks like you were the photographer- you nailed them- not just one but ALL. I love the second one= the sun flare just adds so much. way to go girl. I need to call you and chat about cameras. Needing some advice. Hope all is well- think of you often.


  3. Martha/Marti

    May 4, 2010

    I love the last one….looks like a magazine ad! I also love the one where he is kissing her head. beautiful!

    She is a beautiful bride, and she is absolutely glowing! It has been a while since I have had such a happy bride!

  4. ashli

    May 4, 2010

    i think a collage of all of them and maybe blow up #2.
    these are gorgeous!
    weddings are your specialty…i am certain that one day you will be able to take them on!

  5. Cath

    May 4, 2010

    These are gorgeous! Mother/daughter relationship – so joyful. I owe you an email – I’m almost ready to think about adding something else to the schedule.

    As for the retreat, I signed up weeks ago. And can’t wait! Looking forward to your secrets. 🙂

  6. Erica

    May 4, 2010

    okay, i am wishing you were just standing in the crowd at my wedding. these are AMAZING! you are seriously, so very talented. i would say the last one is my very favorite. something about the color and that darling kiss! love it!

  7. Sue

    May 4, 2010

    What a beautiful couple! And I like the photo of mother and daughter best. It’s perfect.

    It’s hard to pick a favorite from among the rest. The first two are both great. And I like the first black and white one, too. And the second photo from the bottom is great, too.

    I guess I like the first black and white one best, with the second from the bottom being a close favorite, and the first one right on the heels of that.

    You are such a gifted photographer, Michelle.


  8. jendoop

    May 4, 2010

    Talk about a 100 watt smile, they both have them! gorgeous – too hard to pick a favorite.

  9. Linn

    May 4, 2010

    I tried to pick a favorite, but I couldn’t. Absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Rachelle

    May 4, 2010

    You can’t go wrong with any of them, they are all exceptional! The mother daughter one MUST be framed and then I’d chose another of bride & groom. Bottom one? Soooo hard!

  11. Christie

    May 4, 2010

    Number six is my fav. Or number seven. And number ten.


    Cute pics. Bet they’ll wish they had you for a photog. I always do.

  12. Kerri

    May 4, 2010

    I love all of them, but especially #2 and the last one.

  13. Jeanelle

    May 4, 2010

    Oh so hard to choose! I love the one where he’s kissing her head but the two sepia ones are my favorites. And I thought you were going to say that he was your nephew because he looks just like he belongs in your family!!

  14. Sara Jane

    May 4, 2010

    I love the first shot. They just look so completely happy.

    The picture of her and her mother is so beautiful as well. I think that it is an image she would look back on in years to come and it would evoke those same emotions that you so beautifully captured.

  15. ellen

    May 4, 2010

    they’re adorable!

  16. Tracy

    May 5, 2010

    My word – what is with all of the gorgeous people in Utah? Seriously.
    xoxo, t

  17. Jan Russell

    May 6, 2010

    Yes, I have a favorite. ALL OF THEM!!!

    Your neice is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

  18. k hansen

    May 6, 2010

    the 2nd from the bottom. these are ALL fabulous. the one of the bride and her mother put tears in my eyes. you captured every emotion!

  19. Claudia

    May 7, 2010

    I bet these are even better than the photographers. Stress free amazing pics! Incredible.

    Okay, so where did she get that dress?! Gorgeous.Where did they meet? And long have they been this in love? They are DARLING! And your brother and his wife look so happy. You captured so much in 12 pictures!

    I love 7 and 12, the two black and white. You amaze me girl. Simply amaze me.

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