Desert Hillside Bridal Photos {Celeste & Tyler}

Celeste and Tyler's bridal session had me falling in love with Boise's landscapes- something I thought was impossible when we first moved to the area. I'm an Oregonian through and through, and after four years in eastern Idaho, I was desperately missing the evergreens of the Pacific Northwest. As opportunities opened up to us in Boise that we couldn't pass up, we made the move as I tried to keep an open mind. It didn't take long to find out that Boise is nothing like eastern Idaho (and nowhere near as cold), and it quickly felt like home! Now, after two years in Boise, we've found our way out to the Portland area, but I'll always have a soft spot for that high desert town that is friendly beyond belief. I'll never understand the "City of Trees" designation... but I'll let that one slide. We're lucky to have family in Eagle, so we will be able to visit often!  

 Bride and Groom portraits on hillside at sunset with sagebrush.

Celeste and Tyler opted to take their bridal photos two weeks before their wedding at the Boise Temple so they could minimize the chaos of the day. This allowed us to shoot during golden hour, wherever they wanted- the foothills never disappoint! We had this spot all to ourselves until we were joined by a herd of deer who silently watched us from the hillside. 

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 Intimate sunset bridal photos with Oregon wedding photographer.
 Young bride with lace wedding dress is twirled by her groom during bridal photography session.
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This session was so relaxed, and I loved how much these two were able to just enjoy each other's company in excited anticipation for their wedding day. I have no doubts that Celeste and Tyler, truly best friends, will always stay so sweet to one another. 

 Natural light fine art wedding photographer takes bridal photos in Portland, Oregon
 Bride and groom embrace during bridal session with Oregon photographer McKenna Rachelle Photography.

First Look Bridal Session {Lauren & Thomas}

The first time a groom sees his future wife in her wedding dress is a beautiful moment full of love and emotion, whether it's seeing her turn and start walking down the aisle, or sharing a private moment together for a first look before their ceremony. 

For the bride and groom who opt to forego tradition, a first look allows couples to share a quiet, intimate moment with each other to talk, embrace, and take a few moments for themselves before all eyes are on them as they say "I do."  From a photography standpoint, we are then able to do formal couples photos as well as bridal party photos prior to the ceremony so then the new Mr. and Mrs. are free to enjoy their reception and party with their guests! 

Ultimately, the choice to do a first look or not is up to the bride and groom- whatever will bring them the most happiness on their day is the best decision! For Lauren and Thomas, they knew they wanted to take their bridal photos before their wedding, so it made sense to do a first look before the start of their session. I loved witnessing that look of pure love on Thomas' face as he turned around and saw his sweet Lauren!

 First look bridal session photography in Boise park.
 First look bridal session photography in Boise park.

Lauren and Thomas met in middle school, and each had a big crush on the other. When Thomas was 16, his family moved out of state, so the two went their separate ways and never expected to see each other again. 

High school graduation came and went, as did two years in Africa for Thomas and a college degree for Lauren. One (fateful?) day, a Facebook notification popped up, letting Lauren know that it was Thomas' birthday. On a whim, she wrote him a message on his wall, wishing him a happy birthday. He happened to respond, and the rest is history! The timing was perfect- she had accepted an internship in Utah, where he was living at the time.  The power of social media to reconnect old friends and help them find their happily ever after!

 Bride and Groom under arbor with vines
 Bridal Photos with Portland, Oregon wedding photographer, McKenna Rachelle Photography
 Wedding photos at Kathryn Albertson park in Boise
 Bridal portraits taken with groom during sunset at Kathryn Albertson Park in Boise, Idaho
 Wedding dress details and bridal bouquet for bridal session with Portland, Oregon photographer

See that little white beaded heart on the back of Lauren's wedding dress? Her mom took beads from her own wedding dress and sewed this tiny heart onto the back of her daughter's dress. Such a beautiful interpretation of a bride's "something old!" 

Salt Lake City Temple Wedding Photography {Ashley & Trever}

I cannot express how much I loved being a part of this wedding! I've known Ashley for a while now, and she's always been a great friend, and so helpful when it came to modeling for any photography projects I had while I was in school. I even remember when she first met Trever, and she told me how different he was- in the best way possible! So of course I was thrilled when she asked me to photograph her wedding in Salt Lake! As a photographer, I love getting to know new couples and their sweet families, and this wedding was no exception- the day was full of love and pure happiness on everyone's part. Definitely worth the trip from Boise, where we are finally settling in (we may have squeezed in an IKEA trip while we were there too, who wouldn't?). Congratulations again to Ashley and Trever- your day was absolutely beautiful!

Boise Photographer McKenna Rachelle Photography Photographs Salt Lake City Wedding
Boise Photographer McKenna Rachelle Photography Photographs Salt Lake City Wedding
Boise Photographer McKenna Rachelle Photography Photographs Salt Lake City Wedding
Boise Photographer McKenna Rachelle Photography Photographs Salt Lake City Wedding
Boise Photographer McKenna Rachelle Photography Photographs Salt Lake City Wedding
Boise Photographer McKenna Rachelle Photography Photographs Salt Lake City Wedding
Boise Photographer McKenna Rachelle Photography Photographs Salt Lake City Temple

Rexburg Idaho Bridal Photography {Cherysh & Nicolas}

The new Mr. and Mrs! It was a bright and beautiful day for a summer wedding, and I loved spending the morning with these two for their bridal session, and the afternoon for family pictures!

Idaho Wedding Photography {Rachel & Daniel}

Another summer wedding, another beautiful couple- inside and out! These two are as sweet as can be... I seriously get to work with the best!

Mount Timpanogos Utah Wedding Photography {Bryce & MaKenna}

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Olson! I am so lucky to have such an awesome family, and so happy I was able to photograph their wedding day :)

Idaho Bridal Photography {Erin & Matt}

These two waited to get their bridals done until the Spring, and I'm so glad that they did! I highly recommend considering scheduling bridal sessions a day before (or after) all the craziness of your wedding day! Cuts down on unnecessary stress, and lets us shoot during the most beautiful hours of the day :)

{Christa & Derek} Idaho Bridal and Wedding Photography

The day finally came for this sweet sweet couple! It seems like yesterday we spent a cold afternoon in the snow for their engagement session! Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs!

{Styled Bridal Shoot} Idaho Wedding Photography

I am so excited to finally be able to share some images from a styled bridal session I put together last month :) A huge thank you to everyone who helped put it all together and made my vision come to life! And of course lots of hugs for my gorgeous model and amazing friend Roxy- we had a blast! If you're interested in a bridal session of your own, let's talk! Here are some extra details about this session:

Dress: Rental from The Glass Slipper in Rexburg, Idaho (designer unknown)

Menu design: Lindsey Barney

Floral and other decor: DIY

Venue: Woodman Ballroom

(for instructions of how to make your own wax paper backdrop like the ones seen in these photos, visit http://www.stylemepretty.com/2013/09/27/diy-wax-paper-backdrop/)

{Jordan & Janel} Utah & Idaho Wedding Photography

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. who got married in the Logan temple! I am so grateful to get to work with such sweet people, and for their confidence in me to capture their day.