Now this is a couple I found a deep connection with, yet I was unable to meet until the day of their wedding since they came from Wyoming to get married. From the beginning of the planning process though I knew that McKenna was a girl after my own heart; the inspiration photos she sent me for her various wedding details were the exact ones I had saved when planning my own wedding! And this was before Pinterest, mind you. M&C have the sweetest relationship, and the most important thing to them for their wedding day was for their guests to feel how much the couple loved and appreciated them. They also wanted to keep the day centered around their eternal marriage and the joy associated with that.
Throughout the day I was amazed and humbled, watching them greet and thank their guests with heartfelt love. A few things went awry that day: McKenna’s make up artist wasn’t allowed to come into the temple bride’s room to help her get ready (because she can only have one attendant with her and chose her mother), and after her cake was set up it began to fall and melt due to the heat. Luckily the cake team was able to come back and fix it up good as new, but through any mishap the couple didn’t seem to care a bit. Their joy and deep love was palpable, and they shared it without reserve to everyone.
It was a gorgeous day, and my first opportunity to shoot at the incredible Provo City Center LDS Temple. Kenna wanted her bouquet to feel like she had gone outside her home and picked a handful of wildflowers, and that’s exactly how it looked. She also placed special emphasis on her grandmother throughout the day, who passed away only a few weeks before the wedding day. To keep her grandmother close, Kenna wore her grandmother’s wedding shoes, and CJ proposed with her grandmother’s vintage engagement ring.
Overall I am blown away by this couple, and I wish them all the happiness in this life and the life to come.