Monday, June 9, 2014

Ashley + Josh // NYC engagements

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”
- Tom Wolfe

This is how I always feel about New York, though I've only been a handful of times, it's so easy to fall in love and feel a part of New York's energy. It's truly one of my very favorite places on earth, so when I had the opportunity to fly out to shoot Josh and Ashley's engagements, needless to say I was thrilled. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Susan Peterson & Co. // Freshly Picked

It was such an honor photographing the lovely and wildly talented Susan Peterson and her little family at Freshly Picked Headquarters! I have been a longtime fan (and my kids have been longtime consumers) of the original FRESHLY PICKED MOCCASINS, but more than that, I have always admired Susan's enthusiasm toward women in business. I admire her incredible achievements as an entrepreneur as well as her great attitude toward being a working mother. 

“Balance does not exist, at least not in my world. I think that it is a myth, my life is not balanced, it is a series of prioritized choices that I make every day. My husband and I have worked really hard to create a home life where our children feel loved and valued. I’ve worked my butt off to try to create a workspace where ideas and accomplishments are celebrated and I’m proud of where I’ve landed in both aspects.”

Go check out a few more images and a great interview over on SWEET LITTLE PEANUT! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

McCune Mansion Inspiration Shoot - Utah Wedding Photographer

I'm so excited to be sharing this lovely shoot I had the opportunity to put together with Val from Flower  Afternoon. It was the perfect pick me up during our drab Utah winter to create this feminine, ethereal twist on a timeless beauty in classic setting. I loved being able to experiment with the dynamic indoor lighting at McCune Mansion and of course, the beautiful florals and details were a breath of fresh air. It's so much fun to take a break from the busy wedding season and focus solely on making something romantic and beautiful and shooting creatively. 

It was easy to become inspired within the walls of the historic, 100+ year old McCune Mansion in Salt Lake City. The intricately carved furniture, crown molding, and natural wood that covers every surface felt like royalty. It was easy to let your mind dream of possibilities while wandering the ballrooms, long corridors and spiraling staircases.  To honor this beautiful establishment some aspects of the decor were kept soft and feminine to provoke a classic, romantic feeling while other aspects were designed to feel new-age and fresh with a burst of bright and cheerful colors- it trully awakened the mansion. 

The floral styling compliments this stunning home with blooming branches that adorn the ballroom fireplace and for the table-scape - lush, garden-like arrangements designed in antique containers trailed by jasmine vine.  You'll see peach Juliet and Patience garden roses, ranunculus, larkspur and you can't ignore the sprightly, untamed poppies. Drooping or reaching towards the sky, they're sure to put a smile on your face.

A huge thanks to our supporting vendors for helping us execute our vision so perfectly. The Brides' Shop in Salt Lake City let us run around like kids in a candy store- Val and I not only found our dream gown, but they also provided every veil, head piece, bolero, belt and piece of jewelry that we used for the shoot. Studio Enizio killed it with the perfect high bun and such subtle but stunning makeup. Enizio is ALWAYS at the top of my list when I need hair and makeup artists! Meish Styling swooped in with the perfect boudoir piece and a much appreciated critical eye the day of the shoot. Paper goods and cake by Peter Loves Jane and Pippa Cakery were the perfect finishing touches to the pretty tablescape. And I must say, that cake tasted every bit as good as it looked! And of course, a big thank you to McCune Mansion for letting us take over the whole house for the morning. 

Photographer || Jessica Kettle
Instagram: @jesskettle

Styling || Flower Afternoon
Instagram: @flowerafter

Floral Design || Flower Afternoon
Instagram: @flowerafter

Cake || By Pippa Cakery
Instagram: tauren_ashlee

Paper Goods || By Nikkol of Peter Loves Jane
Instagram || @nikkol_plj

Boudoir Styling || Miesh Styling
Instagram: @mieshstyling

Wedding Gown & Accesories || The Brides Shop
Instagram: @thebridesshop

Venue || McCune Mansion in Salt Lake City, Utah

MUA & Hair || Enizio