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Bride and groom laughing at the Grand America Hotel wedding

 

One of the things I pride myself on as a wedding photographer is creating imagery that is very unique to the couple I’m capturing. Haidi and Spencer’s wedding day at the Grand America in downtown Salt Lake City was full of tradition and culture. This gorgeous venue is the site for many destination weddings for couples who fly in from all over the world to get married here in Utah. It’s beautiful, elegant and timeless. If every day included a Grand America wedding, I would be a very happy guy indeed.

I mentioned earlier the blending of cultures. The bride has Hispanic heritage while the groom’s family is from Hawaii. It was so fun to see all of the different traditions from both groups included in the festivities. This wedding day also included Catholic traditions. The bride looked stunning in her wedding dress with a cathedral-length veil and train that stretched all the way down the aisle. The ceremony was one of the longest I have ever photographed. It was over an hour and included a traditional Catholic mass. I loved being a part of all of it and seeing the deeply-held beliefs and customs that helped shape this couple into who they are today.

Haidi and Spencer chose to work with Braelynn of Belle Bodas Events to bring the vision of their day to life. She is an incredibly talented wedding planner who makes sure every detail is ideally placed. Every time I’ve had the pleasure of working with her, the event has gone smoothly and had an extra special dose of beauty. This day was no exception. Haidi and Spencer have known each other since middle school. Their wedding day was long-anticipated. Their love story was well celebrated both in the ceremony and the reception at the Grand America. It was an honor to be present to capture it all.

I also had the pleasure of shooting Haidi and Spencer’s wedding video. You can watch it at the bottom of this post!

 

Bride with long train and low back dress in the courtyard of the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah
The Grand America Hotel courtyard in Salt Lake City, Utah
Groom wearing classic black tuxedo
Bride and groom pose with foreheads together outside the Grand America Hotel
Bride and groom laughing together on their wedding day
Bride and groom hold hands on their wedding day
Bride and groom outside the Grand America hotel
Groom wearing classic black tuxedo
Bride and groom on their wedding day at the Grand America Hotel
The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah
Bride and groom share a sweet moment together on their wedding day
Bride and groom share a sweet moment together on their wedding day
Bride and groom walking together inside the Grand America hotel courtyard
Bride and groom dancing together in the courtyard of the Grand America hotel in Salt Lake City
Bride and groom pose together outside the Grand America
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Happy bride and groom, utah wedding photographer
Bride and groom walking together inside the Grand America hotel courtyard
Grand America Hotel wedding, bride and groom in garden with roses, summer wedding
Bride and groom kiss and dip
Bride and groom elegant hotel destination wedding
Groom and bride with long train walk together
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church wedding
Church wedding with rose centerpieces arrangements
Groom and groomsmen get ready for the ceremony
Groom and groomsmen get ready for the ceremony
Bridesmaids get ready for the ceremony
Groom walks down the aisle in traditional Catholic ceremony
Chapel Church ceremony
Baby's breath arrangement during cathedral wedding ceremony
Groomsman and bridesmaid walk down the aisle
Mother of the bride and mother of the groom walk down the aisle
Flower girls with baby's breath flower crowns and white dresses walk down the aisle
father of the bride walks her down the aisle in traditional Catholic ceremony
father of the bride walks her down the aisle in traditional Catholic cathedral ceremony
father of the bride walks her down the aisle with long veil and train
Chapel cathedral ceremony in Utah
father of the bride walks her down the aisle in traditional Catholic ceremony
father of the bride walks her down the aisle in traditional Catholic ceremony
bride and groom during traditional church wedding
Chapel cathedral ceremony in Utah, bride and groom sitting
Bride and groom kneel during traditional catholic mass ceremony
Bridesmaids during wedding ceremony
bride and groom during traditional church wedding
traditional catholic church ceremony
Chapel cathedral ceremony in Utah, bride and groom sitting
Guests enjoy catholic mass and wedding ceremony
Bride with priest pray during catholic wedding ceremony
Chapel cathedral ceremony in Utah, bride and groom kneeling
Bride and groom kiss during traditional Catholic ceremony
Bride and groom walk out of church together after wedding ceremony
Bride hugs guest after wedding ceremony
bride and bridesmaids wearing gold champagne long maxi bridesmaids dresses with bouquets
bride and bridesmaids wearing gold champagne long maxi bridesmaids dresses with bouquets
bride and bridesmaids wearing gold champagne long maxi bridesmaids dresses with baby's breath bouquets
Groom and groomsmen in classic black tuxedos
Groom and groomsmen in classic black tuxedos
bride with long train and bridesmaids wearing gold champagne long maxi bridesmaids dresses with baby's breath bouquets,
bride and bridesmaids wearing gold champagne long maxi bridesmaids dresses with baby's breath bouquets
Bride and groom with bridal party in Utah wedding
Bride wearing v neck and tulle wedding dress
Hummer stretch limo for wedding getaway car
Bride inside the Grand America hotel in Salt Lake City, utah
Bridal party with bride and groom outside the Grand America Hotel
Bride with tulle skirt and long train outside the Grand America Hotel
Bride and groom smile in front of gold doors