A Summer Rose Sachs Wedding for Teresa & Nelson

Congratulations to Teresa and Nelson! It was an honor to photograph their wedding day. I was a bit nervous – there was a 20 minute rain delay – but once the storm cleared it was beautiful light and a beautiful sunset.

This was the third time I have photographed a wedding at Rose Sachs. In fact I helped another photographer photograph a wedding at Rose Sachs that very same morning. It is located half way between Salt Lake City and Park City and it is a gorgeous location.

I am going to start off with one of my favorite photographs – I usually show these chronologically – but I am going to tell this story a little differently.

Teresa and Nelson's formal wedding photographs at Rose Sachs

Teresa and Nelson's formal wedding photographs at Rose Sachs

Getting ready photographs aren’t necessary but they help tell a story. Of course it is important for the bride and groom and the people involved to be comfortable with a photographer in the area. Often times I just wait outside and wait till people are dressed enough for some “getting ready photos.”

Getting ready for the wedding - waiting out the rain

Getting ready for the wedding - waiting out the rain

The groom wore a kilt from his family’s history and they used YouTube as a checklist for the proper way to wear a kilt.

Using YouTube so we know how to wear a kilt

Using YouTube so we know how to wear a kilt

The wedding ceremony was presided by a Buddhist priest/monk and so it is a good thing that Rose Sachs had a Buddha statue already there.

Rose Sachs had a buddha statue on hand - coincidence that the wedding ceremony was a Buddhist ceremony.

Rose Sachs had a buddha statue on hand - coincidence that the wedding ceremony was a Buddhist ceremony.

This is one of the first Buddhist wedding ceremonies that I have had the opportunity to photograph. It is really cool to witness different cultures and different religious ceremonies. That same morning I had helped photograph a Chinese wedding ceremony which included the tea and red envelopes.

Buddhist wedding ceremony

Buddhist wedding ceremony

Buddhist wedding ceremony

Buddhist wedding ceremony

Buddhist wedding ceremony

Buddhist wedding ceremony

Getting to photograph the rings as they are exchanged can be a challenge. Couples don’t always turn the hands to show the rings. And I won’t get so close to be a distraction – fortunately there was room where I could get a great shot of the rings being exchanged.

Exchanging wedding rings

Exchanging wedding rings

I have some new and improved software that I use to create the perfect black and white photograph. It gives me so much control – I can even imitate popular black and white film! I can definitely add all the drama I want! Occasionally I will photograph with actual film cameras but when it counts I am going digital because of the flexibility, creative control and quality.

You may kiss the bride. First kiss.

You may kiss the bride. First kiss.

And then time for wedding portraits! We started in front of the Rose Sachs waterfall and then moved to the area that was having some amazing clouds and sunset. The light was beautiful but also disappearing quickly.

Formal Wedding Portraits in front of the waterfall

Formal Wedding Portraits in front of the waterfall

Group photographs of the wedding party

Group photographs of the wedding party

I saw these clouds and colors and knew I needed to move people over quickly. The early storms had left way for a beautiful sunset and colors in the sky.

Formal portraits in front of the gorgeous backdrop

Formal portraits in front of the gorgeous backdrop

Taking advantage of the beautiful sunset for these photographs.

Taking advantage of the beautiful sunset for these photographs.

Here are some of the wedding details. I always go for the flowers, cake, wedding rings, decorations, food. The details are always important – you design a great wedding and the details help tell that story. And if you ever want a wedding published in the magazine you have to have amazing detail photographs. So I always shoot hoping that things look like a magazine.

The wedding cake in front of the Rose Sachs Waterfall

The wedding cake in front of the Rose Sachs Waterfall

The wedding bouquet and the waterfall

The wedding bouquet and the waterfall

I really like photographing wedding rings. I see it as a miniature version of the bride and groom and we place them in unique locations.

The wedding rings

The wedding rings

A few more wedding portraits

A few more wedding portraits

Time to party!

Time to party!

There are the traditional activities of cake cutting, the garter belt, and the tossing of the bouquet. They had the groom toss the bouquet and then the bride removed a part of the kilt setup.

Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake

Teresa removes the groom's garter

Teresa removes the groom's garter

Nelson throws the bride's bouquet

Nelson throws the bride's bouquet

This isn't the first dance - but I really like this photograph

This isn't the first dance - but I really like this photograph

Congratulations to Teresa and Nelson!

Congratulations to Teresa and Nelson!

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