Shalae and Michael — 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 sweet 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 again when they were both home from their missions and back 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. Her dress came from Allyse’s Bridal in Orem, which is also where I bought my wedding dress back in the day.
Venue: Provo Castle
Dress: Allyse’s Bridal
Flowers: Corsage Creations