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Have you heard of Jonny Lang? If you haven’t you are going to be blown away by his talent. I was able to photograph him at The House of Blues in January of this year. At only 30 years he has accomplished more than most do in a lifetime. I was stoked when I was contacted by his manager two weeks ago who said that Jonny loved one of the photos I took of him and that they wanted to purchase the photo. It is great to have people of this caliper appreciate and pay for my work and it was just last year I sold some images to RCA/Sony music label for a different group.

Jonny came to town last week where he performed at Red Butte Gardens. I was asked to shoot the concert and guess what everyone was wearing? A lanyard with my photo of Jonny on it for his official tour image! They told me as soon as I signed the contract they made the tags and are getting ready to use the image for Jonny’s official glossy as well! CHEERS!

Jonny Lang’s Bio

Jonny Lang started playing the guitar at the age of twelve, after his father took him to see the Bad Medicine Blues Band, one of the few blues bands in Fargo, North Dakota. Lang soon started taking guitar lessons from Ted Larsen, the Bad Medicine Blues Band’s guitar player. Several months after Lang began, he joined the Bad Medicine Blues Band, which was then renamed Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang.

The band moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and independently released the album Smokin’ when Lang was fourteen. Lang was signed to A&M Records in 1996. He released the critically acclaimed multi-platinum Lie to Me on January 28, 1997. The next album, Wander this World was released on October 20, 1998 and earned a Grammy nomination. This was followed by the more soulful Long Time Coming on October 14, 2003. Lang also made a cover of Edgar Winter’s “Dying to Live”. Lang’s newest album, the gospel-influenced Turn Around, was released in 2006, and most recently won Lang his first Grammy Award.

In more than ten years on the road, Lang has toured with the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Blues Traveler, Jeff Beck and Sting. In 1999, he was invited to play for a White House audience including President and Mrs. Clinton. Lang also makes a cameo appearance in the film Blues Brothers 2000 as a janitor. In 2004, Eric Clapton asked Lang to play a the Crossroads Guitar Festival to raise money for the Crossroads Centre Antigua.

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 17. AUG, 2011

Summer Collaboration 2011 from Jared Wortley with Oneilove Media on Vimeo.

Capturing the perfect grace, style & beauty to your wedding is easy when you have a team of experts to help you.  This group of wedding vendors shows off their talents as they created this 2011 summer collaboration.  Jared with Oneilove media showcased the event perfectly.  Each vendor played an extremely important role that helped create the perfect look.  Check out this fantastic showcase & get inspired to create your own perfect masterpiece… Your Wedding!!

Photography by~Andrea Hanks Photography

Every bride deserves to have grace, style & beauty on your special day.  The perfect addition to your personal attire & style would have to be one of the gorgeous cars at Something Vintage Something Blue.  You will not only get the royal treatment by their amazing service but you also will be showing up, exiting or both in style.  Something Vintage Something Blue is excited to be debut their newest additions to their Royal Family Magnolia & Sunshine.

Magnolia is a 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III.  More details about this amazing beauty can be found on Something Vintage Something Blue’s website.  You can also find out more information about having them be part of your special day.  After all doesn’t every bride deserve the royal treatment on her special day & have the luxury of getting first class treatment in this cars that were made for royalty.  Something Vintage Something Blue offers an incredible service at an affordable price.  Check them out HERE.




Sunshine is a 1936 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe.  Isn’t she gorgeous?  For more details about this fabulous car be sure to check out details about it on Something Vintage Something Blue’s website HERE.


The Mccune Mansion is one of Utah’s most beautiful venues.  This historic building offers a unique style.  It’s charm beauty doesn’t just carry on the outside but on the inside as well.   If you are looking for a venue fit for a princess you just may have found it at the Mccune Mansion.  Be sure to visit their website HERE.


These gorgeous gowns are from Alta Moda Bridal & Lily & Iris.  These two dress Boutiques offer the latest fashions to the pickiest of brides as well as bridesmaids dresses.  They keep up with the latest trends & styles in the wedding industry so you can trust that they will know how to take care of you when you are on the hunt for your wedding gown & for your bridal party as well.

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These hair updo’s are a work of art.  Dallan Flint is a master when it comes to hair.  He has proven himself to me in these gorgeous images.  Getting the perfect look to your special day isn’t easy but if you choose someone to help you create the perfect style for you on your special day you won’t go wrong.  Be sure to know what it is you like & what you know looks good on you before you go to have your hair done.  Your stylist may have something else in mind so communicate with your stylist to make sure you both are on the same page.  Taking your dress, hair piece, veil or any other embellishment you want used in your hair is a must when you are getting your hair done for your wedding.  Be sure to do a trial run before your big day to make sure it is just how you want it.

Daniela Rowson knows how to create the perfect look for any bride.  Her flawless make up techniques are perfect for any bride wanting to look her very best.  Daniela knows how to create looks that not only look great in person but on print.  You know that your images will turn out just as beautiful as you look in person.  Be sure to check out more of Daniela’s amazing work on her website HERE.


Andrea Hanks Photography captured all the beauty in this fantastic shoot.  Andrea has an incredible talent to pull out sharp rich colors in her photos and all of her pictures have a certain class to them that is tough to describe but you can definitely see it in her work .  For more information about her & see more of her work be sure to check out her website HERE.


Those Who Made it all Happen

Location~ McCune Mansion

Photography~ Andrea Hanks Photography

Videography~ One I love Media

Dresses~ Alta Moda Bridal Lily & Iris

Hair~Hair by Dallan Flint

Make Up~Daniela Rowson

Models~ Shariana, Scott, Aly Kesler, Hanna

Cars~  Something Vintage Something Blue

Photography by~Andrea Hanks Photography

Save the date for our August PUG Meeting which will be on August 31st at 6 p.m.

Wedding season will start winding down soon and so I thought it would great to take a break from the wedding craziness and provide a different type of shooting opportunity. The shoot will be geared towards encouraging each of us to make the shoot a bit more abstract than we normally shoot (framing, angles, lighting etc.) and/or try something different (shoot shallow, with off camera flash, etc.)

We will be meeting in the courtyard of the downtown Salt Lake City Library at 6 p.m. and from there we will move around downtown with our model and just get creative together! If you have ideas for props, location or clothing please let me know or bring them along! I always value your input. As always, PUGS are free to join and you don’t need to be a Pictage Member to attend! Remember to join us on our SLC PUG Facebook Page here. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pictage-User-Group-Salt-Lake-City-Utah/141985765868807

If you have any questions please feel free to email me. My cell phone number is 801-349-0718 if you need to text/call me on the day of the shootl

Address to the library: 210 East 400 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Attached is a photo of the model we will be shooting.

Top 10 Signs of a Bad Photographer written by Damien Franco

Not everyone out there with a DSLR is a good photographer. It’s true. No really. There are endless discussions about it all over the Internet. Don’t believe me? Do an image search of, well, just about anything and you’ll see. That’s okay though because we’re all learning how to hone our craft, right?

So how do you spot the good photographers from the bad photographers?

And more importantly, how do you avoid looking like a bad photographer?

Lens cap by khiscott

Well, I asked my Twitter followers if there were ways to identify a bad photographer and we’ve come up with a top ten list.

  1. @MinnesotaDogGuyToo many to mention- #1 is the “anything goes” mentality– more crap produced in the last 15 years than the previous100 years” Well, that sounds like a solid number 1 to me. And it’s probably true. Maybe it’s because digital photography makes it so easy to capture tons of pics but it’s like nobody slows down anymore. Take your camera off burst mode, look a the scene, think about it, pause, think about it some more, then take a couple of shots and move on. Sure, there are times when you’ve got to take a ton of pics, but come on! I used to shoot weddings with film and when I hear of photographers who do it now and pop out thousands of photos on one wedding it kinda blows my mind. Too much spray and pray and you’re giving yourself away.
  1. @moogybooblesone who is all bitchy to newbies! If they are good then why should they worry about competition and put others down?” This one was hands down my favorite. We all started from somewhere and if you’re not contributing anything positive to the conversation then you’re acting like a bad photographer! Helping newer photographers out instead of putting them down would do wonders for your Karma and build your network as well.
  2. @sztyuiphotoUsing pop-up flash with telephoto lens in camera green mode:) And hold the camera in a very wrong unimaginable way:D” Sure, cameras are really great at doing most of the “work” for you these days, but really? The balance of technical know-how and artistic vision is what makes a good photographer. Besides, if you haven’t learned how to hold your camera properly yet…
  3. @kuymanPolarizer on indoors / shoots a whole roll with lens cap on (RF only, of course).” Yeah, if you’re going to use a polarizer you should probably know what it’s actually used for. Now, I do have to admit, I’ve taken a random shot here or there with the lens cap on but a whole roll?
  4. @rpwpbCutting off feet in a family snapshot.” We’re photographers not surgeons. ‘Nuff said.
  5. @Ashtonsthe same person in many of their portfolio shots” Yep, that’s a sure sign you really haven’t done that many shoots. Go get some more clients and then update your portfolio.
  6. @auryaunexample: only shoots “polaroids”. Naughty photographer!” Wha? You mean I shouldn’t be doing that anymore?
  7. @CLS_photosomeone who doesn’t know what apeture is or what is does let alone how to change it.” This goes along with that whole “P does not stand for Professional” argument and could also get classified with @isbalcioshoots in auto mode“. I got tons of those types of responses.
  8. @ChokingDramaWhen most or all pictures have signs of camera shake.” This basically means you don’t understand shutter speed or perhaps it’s relation to focal length. Either way…
  9. @mmurrayphotoone who says they’ll just “fix it” in lightroom/photoshop later after a bad exposure.” and then added “anyone who uses “Photoshop” as a verb. #photoshopisnotaverb” Yep…Photoshop…let the arguments begin!
  10. @krowland3Focused more on gear than quality of images.” I have nothing to add here. Nailed it!

Yeah, I know, we missed something or you completely disagree with one of the signs.

10. JUN, 2011

Photo by~Andrea Hanks Photography

Finding the perfect headpiece can be a bit of a challenge for many brides.  If you want something specific or custom Modest Couture by Elizabeth is just what you need.  They have a variety of looks, colors & designs.   The best part is that she can design a custom headpiece just for you.  Here is a sample of what they have to offer.

Bridal Headpieces

Written By~Modest Couture by Elizabeth

I love creating custom bridal headpieces! It is such a pleasure to personally work with each bride to create all of the veils, hats, birdcage veils, and fascinators.  It is so much fun to brainstorm with each of you to come up with the perfect piece for your big day!

Some of my different headpiece types include:  Birdcage veils, blushers, long traditional veils, pillbox hats, fabric flower fascinators, feather fascinators, headbands and the new “Kate Middleton” hat.

Photo by~Magnifique Photography

Feather fascinators have really come into their own as of late.  A feather fascinator is a great way to top off your outfit perfectly for your big day or for any special occasion.  Feather fascinators can be made from a variety of feathers including marabou or ostrich.  They can be put on a comb or a clip.  Because all my fascinators are completely custom made for each bride or bridesmaid, you can choose the size, colors, types of feathers and the adornments included.  They can be worn individually or with a birdcage veil depending on the look you are trying to achieve.

Photo by~Creativ Productions

Pill box hats are one of my specialties.  These are a classic look from the 1960’s that many brides are opting for because they are so unique.  There are very few who actually make pillbox hats anymore.  I love them!  They can be done in a variety of ways to customize them to complement your wedding gown.

Photo by~Modest Couture by Elizabeth

One of my newer hats is the “Kate Middleton” style of hat.  It is a small tear-drop shaped hat worn high on the head, usually adorned with lace, Russian veiling and a few strategically placed feathers, and sometimes a piece of bling.  Kate Middleton and other London socialites wear these frequently.  They are such a fun way to add romance and fun to a wedding.

Headbands can be any width you choose, from very narrow to wide.  They can include veiling, flowers, beads, bling or anything you or I can imagine.  These look especially great on brides with ultra-short hair!  Flower girls love them too!

Photo by~Jon Woodbury Photography

Birdcage veils can be made in almost any length, shape and size.  I like to make them separately so they can be used with hats, flowers, feathers or headbands!  They are such a fun accessory!

Photo by~Andrea Hanks Photography

 

Photo by~Jon Woodbury Photography

Photo by~ Andrea Hanks Photography

Photo by~ Jon Woodbury Photography

Photo by~ Creativ Productions

Be sure to visit Modest Couture by Elizabeth’s website here & you if you have questions you may contact her by email at: inquiry@modestcouturebyelizabeth.com.

 

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Posted on June 28, 2011 by twoolf

I’m an extremely sentimental soul, but there’s something about summer that makes me especially nostalgic: memories of running through sprinklers, slurping up popsicles before they melt in the sun, “camping out” under the stars in the backyard at night….ah, youth.

Summer certainly brings to mind the good ‘ol days, and this summer-y retro-themed bridal session by Andrea Hanks Photography is no exception–I’m suddenly craving an ice cold Coca Cola, a juke box, and a poodle skirt. It might have something to do with the bride’s attire…

Angelina, the bride, is wearing the “Sophia,” a custom-designed dress by local designer Modest Couture by Elizabeth. The darling dress features a scoop-square neckline, lace elbow-length raglan sleeves, rouched upper bodice, pockets, bustle bow and back buttons. And to top it all off, a custom pill box hat with a blusher, also designed by Modest Couture by Elizabeth.


The bride, Angelina, shares the details of what inpspired her retro dress and wedding theme:

It all started with the song “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” by Elvis Presley. I am in love with Elvis and music from the 50’s and 60’s–I can thank my dad for my old soul. That was my song to my husband, Chase, and that would be what we danced to at our wedding. Chase and I decided we wanted a retro theme, as if we were getting married back in the day. The theme branched out a little more to a “sweet vintage” theme.

The best part about the theme was my dress and hat. I wanted a short vintage dress, and had no idea if it existed. I found Modest Couture by Elizabeth and fell in love. I made an appointment and met with Betsy, the owner and designer, at her home. The dress “Sophia” was the first one I tried on, and it was the dress for me. To top it off I added a pill box hat–it went perfect with the theme.

Congratulations Angelina! Thank you Andrea Hanks Photography and Modest Couture by Elizabeth for sharing this bridal session with us!

 

Our July PUG Meeting will be a learning session from one of Utah’s top wedding vendors, Modest Couture by Elizabeth http://www.modestcouturebyelizabeth.com/ , and then afterwards we will have the privilege to shoot a model in one of Betsy’s custom made vintage dresses. Betsy will be giving us photographers advice from her viewpoint of a thriving dress designer on how she has found a niche in the business, what brides are looking for in vendors as well as what she looks for in photographers. The meeting time is July 27th, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. We will be meeting in the courtyard of the SLC Library where Betsy will chat with us and then we will start our photo shoot. Address to the library: 210 East 400 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111 My Cell Number is: 801-349-0718.

As always, PUGS are free to join!  Email me for more information-andrea@andreahanksphotography.com or visit www.pictage.com.

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May 24, 2011 – The Challenging Subject by John Mireles

If you’re like me, most of your clients are just normal, everyday people. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and aren’t used to being in front of the business end of a camera lens. I’ll admit that it can be frustrating because my subjects rarely seem to match up with the fashion model like clients that make it into the magazines.The reality is that most of our clients aren’t models; they’re normal people who look and feel awkward in front of the camera. But everyone – clients and photographers alike – wants those energetic shots where the subject looks relaxed and happy. If you can consistently make your clients feel like they belong in a magazine, not only will you have a lot of happy clients, your business will thrive too!

So what’s the secret to getting the best out of each subject? Well, there’s no magic wand; the key is to be patient and play to each person’s strengths. While funny one-liners help break the ice, crafting a consistently great body of work is really about creating a deliberate process for bringing out the best in people. Here are some tips to help you make all of your clients look like magazine stars.

Take Your Time and Be Patient
Granted, this may not be an option when you’ve got 30 minutes between ceremony and reception to get your shots. But during engagement and portrait shoots, time limitations are rarely a factor for me. First, I plan on a couple of hours – sometimes even all afternoon – for my shoots.

There’s no substitute for time. Often it take until the very end of the shoot for the client to put away their photo-face, relax a little and let the spontaneity come out. I remember hearing Richard Avedon (the greatest photographer of the 20th century) talk about how he’d just let the subject sit in front of the camera until he or she got bored; it was only then that their true self would emerge. Although boring the subject is rarely my objective, the idea of waiting the client out is a powerful one.

Being patient goes hand-in-hand with taking your time. The key is that you can’t force things. You may have grandiose ideas for the shoot, but it’s often important to take baby steps to get there. Though your goal may be intimate and playful family shots, you’ll probably have to start simply and then build up to that. Once the subjects feel relaxed and feel more confident with the process, they are going to be much more likely to open up.

Get to Know Your Client
Don’t just jump into the shoot, instead try sitting down your clients and chatting a little before you get started. Often, I’ll meet up with my engagement shoot clients at a local pub so that they can unwind after what’s usually been a long week at work. We’re able to talk and get comfortable with one another without the intimidating camera coming between us.

Beside, people tend to work best with people they know. It’s easier for subjects to relax when they’re comfortable and familiar with the person behind the lens. The beauty of getting to know your client is that it takes the pressure off you, the photographer, from trying to be witty and funny. When the client gets to know you better and vice-versa, it’s easier to be yourself.

Invest in a Good Posing Guide
The Toolkit Lookbooks can go a long way to helping you come up with great poses and helping the client understand what you’re asking them to do. Not only do the Lookbooks have hundreds of poses for you to use with your family or bride and groom clients, you can also show them the photos so that they know what you’re shooting for.

When a subject knows what he or she is supposed to do, (and that they’re not going to look dumb in the process) it also helps them relax. Some people question whether it’s okay to show clients the book, but I’ve only heard positive feedback from both clients and other photographers alike. When clients see the pose, they get it. Once they get it, you can push thing farther to capture the real magic.

 

Think Sideways
Not every shot needs to be pretty people looking pretty, bride and groom kissing or little kids smiling perfectly into the camera. Think about other possibilities that don’t fall within the typical box of what is traditionally expected from a portrait, engagement or wedding day session. Let go of your preconceived notions of what your shoot is supposed to look like.

In my portfolio, I have a wide shot of two clients drawing “I love you” in the sand. It’s a great moment that clients often comment on. I like to point out that the couple was very shy and wouldn’t have made “most likely to make the portfolio” votes. But it worked because I tried something different that played to their strengths.

Go With the Flow
Listen to what your clients are telling you. They may not say it out loud, (in fact they rarely do,) but the signs are usually there. If something’s working, but not what you planned, just go with it. Don’t be afraid to push a good moment further along.

If your bride and groom are goofing around and making a mess, try having them roll around on the ground. If the kids are being unruly, let them go crazy. You never know what something unexpected – and really good – might come from it all.

Get Out of the Way
Sometimes it’s best to leave the clients alone so that they can relax. It’ll tell them to forget about the camera or even that it’s broken and I need to test it a little. Either way, when subjects don’t think that they need to put on their photo face, their expressions and body positions loosen and become more natural.

Happy face

When photographing the bridal party, I’ll often do my “camera is broken” trick. The girls will invariably start making jokes and laughing since they don’t think they need to pay attention to the camera. Eventually they’ll realize that I’m actually shooting and then the laughter – along with some great expressions – starts all over again.

Other times, backing off and using a long lens can take the pressure off of the subjects. Give them some distance and see what happens.

Work the Scenery
No matter who the client is, it never hurts to pull back and let the scenery be the hero in the shot. Breaking things up also opens up opportunity for sales of albums and wall prints. Many people who would be loath to put a big picture of themselves on the wall will happily purchase a framed print where they are smaller in a beautiful scene.

Happy face

Drop a Brick on Their Foot
This one comes courtesy of one of my favorite writers, P.J. O’Rouke. In one of his books, he suggested dropping a brick on someone’s foot if they have a headache. The idea being that you can distract someone from a minor discomfort with a major pain.

My manner of executing this dubious logic is to get right in my reluctant subject’s face with my camera. Or I let the client sit awkwardly in front of the camera with no direction from me. I’ll go well past their comfort zone – for a little while. Everything after that seems so much easier for them to deal. After uncomfortably posing in silence or facing a lens just inches away, my more normal shooting style is received with new appreciation.

Get Buy In
Nothing can turn into a train wreck so quickly as trying to get kids to do something that they don’t want to do. I like to talk to the kids in advance and let them throw out ideas for what they’d like to do. I’ll even offer to let the kids photograph me after I photograph them. Once they realize that it’s a two-way dialogue, they feel much more involved with the process.

If dad books the session, but mom is the real driver behind the shoot, be sure to talk to mom. She may have completely different ideas about the images she’s expecting. Few things are more frustrating than showing up for a shoot with a plan in mind but then butting heads with a mom who has her own plan. (Also, since mom will probably make the buying decisions later, be sure she’s on the same page as you if you want to make any post-shoot sales.)

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Try a Variety of Scenarios
This goes hand in hand with thinking sideways, taking your time and being patient. Don’t just stick to one setup or composition. Try different backgrounds, poses and camera orientation (landscape v. portrait). Don’t get stuck on one setup no matter how much you think it’s working.

If a client doesn’t like any given series after a shoot, it’s good to have a variety of others that the client can choose from. There’s few things more frustrating than coming back from a shoot where your hero, can’t miss shots look blah and you have nothing to fall back on.

Ask for What You Want
If you want a client smile, ask them to smile. You want a laugh, ask for a laugh! I recently had an assistant take some photos of me for practice. He kept trying to crack dumb jokes to get a smile of me. Finally, I told him to ask me for what he wanted. Things went much better from that point.

Happy face

It doesn’t hurt to actually practice a little with clients. I’ll show them what I’m looking for. Most subjects will give you what you want if they know what to do. A little encouragement and practice can help them turn it on for the camera later.

Act Like a Fool
You can’t expect your clients to cut loose if you don’t or won’t. A lot of times, I ask my clients to do stuff that they find embarrassing. They’re much more likely to go for it if I’m doing stupid stuff too. When I open up, it gives them license to do the same.

In response to a video of my photographing a subject, someone once posted that they were embarrassed for me because of the dumb things I was saying to direct the woman. They meant it as an insult, but I took it as a compliment. In the end, it’s the moments and expressions that I capture that matter.

Happy face

Don’t Stick Your Clients in a Box
There’s nothing wrong with focusing in on something specific with a client. But don’t allow your initial concepts to limit the direction of the shoot. What works for one subject on one day may not work for another on different day.

I recently took a look at another photographer’s bridal shoot. I was struck by how the the photo were technically nice, the bride pretty and the poses fairly sophisticated – but the shots just fell flat and had no life. The problem was that the photography ran his client through a set of poses he’d learned from a well-known photographer, but they just didn’t work with this subject. He’d have been far better off to dump the concept once it was obvious that it wasn’t working try something – anything – else.

Final Thoughts
Creativity is often viewed as this lightening bold that comes from above. In reality it’s often the end result of simple playfulness and experimentation. By adopting a process that allows you to adapt to the unique demands of each shoot and go beyond the expected, you’ll quickly be regarded as a creative genius. And you thought photography was supposed to be difficult!

 

 

More wonderful goodness from The Bride and Groom Blog Feature!  Go here to view the post on their site.

 

CHASE & ANGELINA
SALT LAKE TEMPLE & BACKYARD RECEPTION

Photos By: Andrea Hanks Photography

 

Colorful & sweet is just what this wedding is. Creating the perfect vintage wedding isn’t easy but this couple seemed to know how to create it & making it their own as well.

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04. JUN, 2011

Photography by~Andrea Hanks Photography

If you are wanting to have a little sweet fun with your wedding this just may be the perfect wedding for your inspiration.  Angelina & Chase wanted a to have a sweet vintage wedding showcasing their love for each other & some of their favorite sweets as well.  The colors she choose were yellow, green & blue.  The colors really showcased the fun ideas with balloons & the amazing wedding cake made by Tasha from Cake-A-Licious.  Don’t forget the gorgeous personalized wedding dress created by Betsy with Modest Couture By Elizabeth.  She knows how to create the perfect new-vintage gown for any bride and I love it!!  Angelia made such a beautiful bride.  Special thanks to Andrea with Andrea Hanks Photography for sharing these images with us.  We hope this sparks a few new, fun ideas for future brides.  Congratulations Chase & Angelina.  We wish you lots of LOVE & happiness in your new life together. :)

Here are a few words from the bride herself:

 

HOW CHASE AND I MET…

Chase and I were born and raised in West Valley City, Utah. We only lived a few blocks away from each other and we both graduated from Hunter High School. His younger sister Chelsea was one of my good friends and she is the one who set us up. Their parents gave them four tickets to see a Jazz game and they both had to bring dates, so Chelsea asked me. It was a wonderful night; we ate at Rumbi, played mad libs and drank a lot of diet coke.

I was down at school in Cedar at the time and so we can thank Facebook for our relationship. We talked a lot through that website and it is funny to say that is where this all began. One weekend a few months after dating, Chase was down in Cedar visiting me for the weekend. We planned on taking a day trip to St. George and it turned into a weekend at Disneyland. Chase said to me, “you know Disneyland is only six hours away..” He knew that I loved Disney and that he would win over my heart if he took me there. And he did, there at the happiest place on earth I knew I was falling in love with Chase Helm. That love has continued to grow ever since.

HOW I CAME UP WITH THE THEME…

It started with the song “can’t help falling in love with you,” by Elvis Presley. I am in love with Elvis and music from the 50’s and 60’s, I can thank my dad for my old soul. That was my song to Chase and that would be what we danced to. Chase and I decided we wanted an old theme, as if we were getting married back then. The theme branched out a little more to a “sweet vintage” theme. Chase’s grandparents own the Condie’s Chocolates and we wanted to include that into our wedding. The wedding was planned to what Chase and I wanted by my cousin Bobbi. She had all the wonderful ideas from the colors and the big balloons to the lanterns and decorations at the Reception. She had been planning my wedding for many years and new exactly what would be perfect.

The best part about the theme was my dress and hat. I wanted a short vintage dress, and had no idea if it existed. I found Modest Couture by Elizabeth in the Utah Bridal magazine and fell in love. We made an appointment and met with Betsy at her home. The dress was the Sophia and it was the first one I tried on, it was the dress for me. To top it off I added a pill box hat, it went perfect with the theme. Then Betsy recommended me to look at a photographer who knew how to take great pictures with that theme, Andrea Hanks.

MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT THE WEDDING…

My favorite part was walking out of the Temple doors holding my husband’s hand. It was so fun to see our family and all our loved ones there to greet on our special day. My other favorite was when Chase and I danced for the first time as husband and wife, to our song. There must have been a million times that I had played that out in my head before the wedding, and then there it was in real life, it was so beautiful.

WHAT I WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY…

There are two things, I would not have cried as much and would have made more time in the day. I think that the planning and hard work leading up to the wedding was overwhelming on the day. I felt like Chase and I had worked so hard to get to where we wanted to be that day. It was crazy to think that all those people were there for us, and I was so happy they were. I only say I wish I didn’t cry as much because of my make-up, you can only touch so much up. They were all happy tears and it was a happy day.

The most important change is one that I will tell every soon to be bride I know from now on, is that I wish that we would have had more time in that one day. Maybe had a ceremony time for earlier in the morning so we could have had more time to take pictures at the Temple. We were very rushed that day and it was hard to get everything in that I wanted. My best friend Caitlin told me to stop and look around at what was going on and to take it all in, she told me that it would go by so fast. Man was she right, and it was the fastest day of my life.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH ANDREA…

Having a good photographer was on the top of my list of things I had to have at my wedding. When Betsy recommended Andrea she just had so many good things to say about her, so of course we had to look her up as soon as we got home from the dress appointment. I knew Andrea was the one when I saw a photo from a previous wedding she had done, in this picture there were the two wedding rings with diet coke cans and ice, and I fell in love.

Chase and I met with Andrea for lunch to talk about what we were looking for and how we wanted our wedding. She started the lunch by getting to know us, asking how we met and how we came up with the ideas for our wedding, she told us about herself as well. She really wanted to focus on the fact that she liked to develop a relationship with the bride and groom and how it would show through the pictures. And that is exactly what happened, Chase and I really connected with her.

A man that Andrea had worked with before had these beautiful old cars and that is what we wanted to shoot our engagements with. I wanted to have a photographer who I trusted and valued their ideas. Andrea came up with all the locations and ideas and they were perfect for me. It was such a fun day; it went from super hot to pouring rain. And we shot with the same kind of car that Elvis had used in one of his movies; Andrea knew that was a must. Chase and I had never really taken pictures like this together, and so it was a very new experience for us. She captured things in those pictures that Chase and I felt and that couldn’t be described in words. We knew that she was exactly what we wanted.

The day I took my bridals I brought my mom with me, who was a lot of fun to be around and I think she helped Andrea out too. We just followed her in our car and she took us to several locations. They were random places that by just looking at them seemed so ordinary, but they turned out so well and I thought they went with the theme so well. My mom and I got to know Andrea and the life she had lived very well; it was a great day out with the girls.

The wedding day was the craziest day of my life and Andrea was there to help me through it. I felt like I didn’t have to worry about her at all, I knew that the pictures of my special day were in the right hands. She caught things in my wedding that I didn’t even know where there, and it is so nice to look back at them now. She knew exactly what Chase and I wanted and we had so much fun with her. I was sad to say goodbye to her that night, knowing that was it.

VENDORS
CAKE: Tasha at Cake-A-Licious.
FOOD: Spoon Me, Cupcakes by Cake-A-Licious, soda and Condie’s Chocolate.
WEDDING DRESS: The Sophia Dress by Modest Couture by Elizabeth.
TUXES: Ritz Tuxedos
MAID OF HONOR DRESS: Made by Debbi (an Aunt to Jordan the Maid of Honor)
PHOTOGRAPHER: Andrea Hanks
MAKE-UP: Done by Bride using MAC Cosmetics
HAIR: Niki Hancuff from Style Setter and pill box hat by Modest Couture by Elizabeth
CEREMONY: Salt Lake Temple
LUNCHEON: Joseph Smith Memorial Building
RECEPTION: The residence of Terry and Jackie Rushton

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