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mckenzie
sliver lake – salt lake city, utah bridal photographer

high mountain beauty

For McKenzie’s bridal session, we traveled to the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. As a Utah wedding photographer, this canyon is one of my favorite locations. The scenery, coupled with the vibrant colors from McKenzie’s shoes and bouquet, was perfect. The chilly canyon weather aside, this bridal session was such a blast and I had so much fun trying to get McKenzie to “play” with her wedding dress.

I have nicknames for everything. And I kept referring to McKenzie’s wedding dress as a “fluffed up marshmallow.” That’s actually codeword for “stunning piece of fabric,” though. Each bridal session is different. If not anything else, then it’s because no two brides will have the same dress. At least, I haven’t seen duplicate dresses.

McKenzie’s assistants (aka, Mom and sisters) were also the best assistants. Helping to keep hair and makeup in check is one thing, but literally getting underneath the wedding dress to make sure it stays fluffed and in place… that’s something else.

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One of McKenzie’s sister was actually hiding underneath her dress for this shot. We tried so many different options. But as fluffy as her dress was, we could not get it to stay put across the bench without slowly sliding down as soon as we stepped away.

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Her yellow sneakers stood out in the best possible way. McKenzie said she wouldn’t exactly describe herself as a girly-girl and felt much more comfortable in sneakers than she did in heels. I’m all about comfort, especially for weddings. If I could give one piece of advice to future brides, it would probably be to wear whatever makes you comfortable. Beauty shouldn’t come before comfort. Ever.

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I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs.- Wayne Miller