darcie (you probably know her from pink peach cakes, which i haven't blogged about, which is a very severe crime because darcie's cakes are incredible) and i are pretty good pals. i'm married to her brother, our kids get to play and yank toys away from each other, and we have time to talk. and scheme. and plan. it was one such day last fall when we were discussing ideas for a themed wedding shoot. as soon as the word, "ballet," was spoken, both of our eyes lit up, "oooohs," escaped our lips, and we knew we had something good. so we rounded up a crew of all stars, some you may have heard of, some you may not have, but you definitely should change that  (see vendor list at bottom of post), and here is what everyone came up with.

i have to confess that i am not at all responsible for most of the creativity featured here. darcie created our lovely inspiration board that we worked from, among other things (ahem, the cake and chandelier shown in this post). Sarah J Winward of Ea, aka the angel responsible for the flowers, was also heavily involved in the planning stages and styling -  and everyone else, of course worked their incredible magic in their various roles. i was just the lucky one who got to photograph it all.

Some of the images you see below here are digital and some are film. some of the film images, have what are known in the film world as "light leaks," which basically means light touched the film before it was developed, but i don't mind if you don't.

the shoot took place in december in the studio, yes before christmas, but we've all kept quiet about the whole thing as we waited excitedly for it to go up one of the loveliest wedding blogs on the entire world wide web, Snippet and Ink. Today is the day! Please head over and see Kathryn's top picks of the images that she felt told the story best, and leave a comment if you're so inlcined, because you know, its the nice thing to do. =)

Here is the list of the local Utah vendors involved:

photography: Yan Photography

cake: Pink Peach Cakes

dress: Alta Moda Bridal

invitations: Rowley Press

hair and makeup: Versa Artistry

floral arrangements: Ea

location: yan photography studio, provo, ut.

styling: myself, Darcie Sanders of Pink Peach Cakes, and Sarah J. Winward of Ea.

and our gorgeous models shay and randy - it would criminal to leave them unacknowledged.

thank you, thank you, thank you.

so i guess i talk with my hands...

i'm too tired to get nervous for things anymore. this is what i said to myself the entire week before the filming.

until the camera crew showed up and all at once i felt shy and tongue tied. all of the sudden i didn't know what to do with my hands. which is maybe why when they asked me questions these good old hands of mine went wild. "whoa there hands! stop seeming so offical!" i kept thinking as i watched the episode today. "no really hands, i'm intimidated by you, you remind me of an over zealous politician..."

amidst my protests, uncle marty, on my right, kindly informed me that my hands behave similarly in all kinds of social situations. something to do with when i know there are eyes on me. huh.well, i guess, when i want to make a serious point, my hands, evidently have my back -- or something like that.

anyway, there i was on camera, sitting next to the widely beloved becky earl, my hands were on a rampage, and inside my head, i'm thinking where in the heck is silly/clever yan? the one  i usually rely on to get me through things like this? it hits me that i may have  lost her somewhere around 2 am the night before, staying up late, finishing up some business related project or another....

i'm rambling now, but what iwant to say that do i wish i would have scheduled a hair appoinment before the filming? yes. do  i wish something could have been done about the 15-20lbs of baby weight i'm carrying around 8 whole months after i've had the actual baby? affirmative. am i grossing myself out here by being so vain? uh huh. but still, do i wish becky would have reached out her cool collected hands to swat my party animals back down to my lap? -perhaps--

but none of that would have changed the way i feel about what's important. about keeping my husband and my kids the number one priority in my life. about photographing people simply and honestly. about the importance of prioritizing your life and arranging your business accordingly.

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featured! | utah wedding photographer, utah engagement photographer

hey y'all, hopefully you have something exciting and fresh in the works for your weekend. i have a sinus infection. wah. BUT

i also have exciting news about a couple of really cool features for yan photography that happened lately.

first up, alison and eric's love shoot was featured over at one of the best wedding resources in all of utah! the utah bride and groom magazine's blog! if you are a utah bride i definitely encourage you to not only pick up their magazine but click around their website for the best in utah weddings.

utah bride and groom

second, i was absolutely floored and honored when i opened up my email inbox and found an email from the lovely Janie Medley, editor of one of THE most popular weddding blogs, The Brides Cafe.

bride's cafe feature

Janie is so kind, and said, "what do you think about sending over a little something to feature," and i was like, "are you kidding me, i'll send you something every day!" But you'll just have to click on her link to find out what actually got sent.

in the wide world of wedding photography, and to a little yan like myself, getting featured is kind of a major honor. so i have to kind of say a major thanks. =)