I have been looking forward to this wedding all year! The second that I met with Stuart & Karissa over a year ago, I just was DYING to photograph their wedding because I knew it was going to be perfect! Firstly, I absolutely love Swiftwater Cellars and the Suncadia Resort grounds and the thought of being able to photograph there in the winter had me obsessed! I was so excited to end my year with an amazing wedding! And amazing was an understatement!
I ended up deciding to stay there for the weekend just because you never really know what the mountain pass conditions will be like and I wanted to play it safe. I woke up the day of the wedding to absolutely PERFECT weather and was already thrilled! My second shooter, Jordyn, and I met up with the girls at their rental house and the second I saw the bridal gown and the gorgeous bridesmaids dresses, I knew it was going to be an amazing day! Even though I’ve photographed at Suncadia twice before, I am always in awe of how gorgeous the views are there. Don’t get me wrong, it was absolutely freezing with the wind up there but everyone was so positive and willing to do what was needed to be done to get the shot! I couldn’t be more thankful!
Something that Karissa & Stuart are absolute pro’s at would be SPINNING. I’m pretty sure I made them do a twirl in every spot I photographed them in…but let’s just say that I’m not sorry about it because it made my dreams come true! Sadly, there wasn’t a TON of snow on the grounds but we did find a patch of it and made their portraits look like they were in an absolute winter wonderland! I couldn’t have wished for a better wedding to end 2017! What an incredible year!
Stuart & Karissa, you two have been fabulous to work with from the second I met you all the way through your wedding day. I absolutely loved that you knew what you were looking for but always trusted me and my vision for your images! Here are some favorites from their big day!
Venue: Swiftwater Cellars
Coordinator: Caity from Love Blooms Wedding & Events
Venue Coordinator: Emilee with Swiftwater Cellars
Photographer: Rachel Howerton Photography
Wedding Gown: Estelle’s Bridal Suite
Hair & Makeup: Salon Maison
Officiant: Ben Olp
DJ: Adam Bahadursingh