Lena Michelle Photography: Quaint French Country Wedding

“And think not that you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.” -Khalil Gibran

This gorgeous and intimately charming stylized shoot was a joy to design and photograph.The colors, navy blue, lavender, gold, and silver, were inspired by the ambiance of a soft, romantic evening at twilight, just after the sun sinks below the horizon.

The vendors were a dream to work with! Please check them out, show some love and stay for a spell!!

Concept design and photography: Lena Michelle Photography
Guest Photographer: Amber Lynn Photography
Event/ Wedding Planner: Sharida with {Simply} Stunning Weddings of Utah
Decor: Diamond Rentals
Venue: Chantilly Mansion
Flowers: Tina Atkinson Monson with Sweet Pea Floral and Gift
Graphic designer: Sarah Wilde with http://sarahwilde.com/
Wedding Favors: Aimy with Sugar Bee Apothecary
Cake and sweets: Raelene with Cakes By Rae
Hair Stylist and MUA: Leisha Laidlaw
Models: Suzy and Josh
Dress Consultant: Sweet Heart Bridal
Tux Consultant: DC Tuxedos

Lena Michelle Photography: Camille & Kevin Bridals

Happy Wedding Day to my dear friends Camille and Kevin! I can’t wait to photograph this gorgeous bride in her beautiful dress again today with her handsome leading man at her side!

These two beautiful souls are meant for each other.

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
– Dr. Seuss –

Lena Michelle Photography: Rachel + Austin Bridals and Wedding Highlights

The first thing I noticed as Rachel and Austin came into their consultation was how much they glowed. They both radiate this blinding happiness that makes your heart melt just watching them. I walked away thinking, “Wow. I seriously just want to hang out and be friends with them!”

Imagine my excitement and how thrilled to pieces I was to get Rachel’s call that they had chosen me to photograph their beautiful wedding!

Photographing their gorgeous bridals was an adventure! The weather was perfect and we were heading up the canyon. Austin, Christine, my assistant, and myself went ahead of Rachel to scope out our location. We had been in the woods a few minutes when a young man came running through looking for the groom that belonged to the lost bride. When I went to find her and bring her to our party, we discovered that Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite, and his two brothers were the gentleman that saved our bride, who had been frantically wondering around on her own. What a fun memory!

The wedding day started off with a forecast of thunder storms, but our prayers were answered! It was a gorgeous day filled with family, friends, laughter and love. Every detail was breathtakingly beautiful! And of course, we had more adventures! Between running into an LDS apostle outside the temple, and the lawn sprinklers going off during the reception, we had a crazy, wonderful, perfect day!

I have come to think of Rachel and Austin as dear friends, and I completely fell in love with the whole family! I wanted to keep them all! Rachel and Austin, thank you so much for allowing me the honor and pleasure of being apart of your special day! Congratulations! I wish you all the love and happiness in the world as you start this life long journey together!!

Michelle // Lena Michelle Photography

Lena Michelle Photography: {Lora Grady Photography Mentorship | A Moment That Changed My Photography and My Life}

Occasionally, there are distinct moments in life that change our course, alter the path we’re on and shift our direction. For good or for bad, these moments usually denote a great change.

I experienced one of these moments last summer; I’ll never forget it or the person that brought the moment to me. I chose to do a mentorship with Lora Grady Photography. Lora is a true artist, heart and soul. Her passion for her artistry and craft bubbles out of her in a way that is infectious. I had been a quiet admirer of her work for sometime, and when she offered the opportunity to mentor with her before she embarked on her permanent adventure to Seattle with her handsome fellow, I was one of many that snatched up the chance. The four hours that I spent with Lora that beautiful, sunny evening changed my photography and my life.

This May 11th marks the one year anniversary of my first professional shoot, something I’m usually sheepish about admitting. Photography had been a secret love and dream of mine for many years, but I didn’t feel I could ever be good enough, and there were so many talented, wonderful artists already. Jumping into that pool with the artists I admired from afar was really scary to me, but one day, something in me broke free, and I threw myself into it. The last year has been a whirlwind for me and my young, budding business. I have learned and grown more than I ever dreamed possible. I have met some of the most wonderful friends of my life, women and artists that inspire, uplift, support, teach and encourage me. For no reason, other than the fact that they are wonderful beyond belief, they have given me gifts that are priceless, and I could never repay them. Of course, I am still changing and forever learning new things, which I am supposing will always be; so, I can’t wait for what the future brings.

My heart is so full and overflowing with gratitude for these ladies that waltzed their way into my life and changed it for the better. Lora, thank you for sharing your art and passion with the world. You make it a more beautiful place 🙂  There is something Lora said while we were shooting our model couple that had a profound affect on me. It was the life changing moment I speak of; she didn’t even realize the amazing thing she had just done. She said, “Don’t be afraid of the light. Be brave and shoot straight for the sun.”  When she said it, time stopped for me, and I realized that’s exactly what I want out of life. For several years, I had been afraid of the light and was timidly skirting the shadows, feeling unworthy of notice or success. Even though she was strictly speaking about the photograph we were taking right then, I decided in that moment that I would change and live my life in the light, no longer afraid of success or failure. I would be brave and really live, seizing life with blazing love and abandon. So, that when our short time here is over, I could look back on it with happiness. When I came out of these thoughts, I was blind sided by the the epiphany I just had and looked around at the others in amazement as they were happily snapping away at our couple in the gorgeous, dying sunlight, unaware of the change that just overtook my heart and the flash flood of emotion I had experienced. I laughed to myself, looked through my lens and shot straight for the sun. I’ve been living in the light ever since.

If you have the chance to mentor with Lora, snatch it. You will never regret it.

Other honorable mentions: Ciara of Ciara Richardson Photography, Amber of Amber Lynn Photography, Lauren of Perrywinkle Photography, Kelli of Kelli LeBaron Photography, Charis of Charis Johnson Photography, Christina Greve with Divas and Dreams, and Sue Bryce.

The {S} Family’s Special Day | Utah Photographer

The Sliders are one of the cutest families I’ve ever had the privilege to photograph! They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mt. Timpanogos temple, and I was so honored to be apart of capturing this special day for them. It was really special for me to be there. Thank you for sharing your day with me!!
Michelle | Lena Michelle Photography

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