Shalae and Michael — Provo Castle Bridals

Provo Castle bridals


These two love birds were so cute at their first look bridal photo session at the Provo Castle. In my 10 years shooting weddings I’ve never seen a groom as excited to see his bride as Michael was to see Shalae. I loved capturing his giddy expression as he saw his bride all dressed up for the first time. I love it when couples choose to do a first look during their bridal photos. I makes the experience so much more special.

I got the sweetest note from Michael about their first look. Definitely a special moment.

“Wow. Wow was the first thing that I thought when I saw her. Wow, she’s beautiful! Wow, this is happening, we’re getting married! Wow, I get to be with her forever! Wow, I am the luckiest man alive! Those and a thousand other thoughts all tried to get my attention and come out at once, so all I could say was “Wow” and stare. She was my best friend in the world and while I knew that she had said yes when I proposed, seeing her in that dress made it clear to me that she wanted to be my wife and that we were actually going to get married! She was gorgeous then and is gorgeous now. After seeing her standing there in that dress I haven’t looked at her the same way again. Now when I see her I see my wife, and every time that I see her I remember the feeling that I felt when I saw her standing there and the first thought that comes is the same. Wow, I love her.”⠀

These two love birds got married on May 28 at the LDS Temple in Portland, Oregon. The Portland Temple is one of my personal favorites. The grounds there are amazing! Shalae is from Texas and Michael is from Oregon. This darling couple met their freshman year at Brigham Young University. They met again when Shalae was a missionary in Michael’s home ward in Portland. Finally they met a third time when they were both back from their missions and studying at BYU in Provo. Then they started dating and the rest is history. Shalae is a member of a ladies A Capella group at Brigham Young University. We totally clicked at this session. I loved Shalae’s beautiful floral crown. Provo Castle wedding

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Venue: Provo Castle

Dress: Allyse’s Bridal

Flowers: Corsage Creations


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  • Alyona

    Such a beautiful couple! Love her crown. You did awonderful job for them

  • They look so happy! Love the joy you captured from these two!

  • Ah so sweet! They are so dang cute the way they look at each other. Love how you captured that for them.

  • Dan

    Absolutely gorgeous photos.