Natalie + Jared | Payson Temple Wedding

-I have come to love and really truly appreciate Natalie and Jared and who their are as individuals, but also as a couple. They have the cutest story I have ever heard. Legit had my throat choked, holding back tears. But Jared tells it much better than I do – here are his words of their love story:

“Natalie and I technically met 13 years ago. We mostly grew up in the same ward together. My mom was her young women’s leader growing up and we have each known each others families pretty well over the years. We went to family dinners at each other’s houses and our parents houses are pretty much on the same block. This will be my second marriage. My former spouse found her way into the dark world of drugs without my knowledge and developed a crippling heroin addiction that led to a downward spiral and my life the last couple years as a single dad with full custody of my twin year old boys. During this time i’ve been working and going to school and trying to also balance being a single parent with twins. I felt like i’d been thrown in the blender and quite frustrated with my circumstances, just hoping and praying that one day I would meet someone again that would be like a mother to my sons and bring true happiness into my life. Natalie is everything that I could have possibly hoped for. She is an answer to my prayers and i’m pretty sure that she’s an angel in disguise. I had known her for years but didn’t consider her an “option” when i re-entered the dating field since i’m 5 years older than her and I had two kids already. Then we were reintroduced at my brother’s wedding in February as she was a bridesmaid and I was a groomsman. We spent the wedding day shooting glances at each other and I found out that she was in fact interested shortly thereafter and things took off from there, faster than either of us had planned but with a deep and intense feeling that this is absolutely right. I am now the happiest that I have been in my adult life. My sons love her and our family feels complete again. I could not have asked for a better, more beautiful person, role model, and helpmeet. This is the real deal. The kind of thing that chick flicks are made of. May our public displays of affection make both young and old blush for many, many years to come.”

Although the day started off hot at the Payson Temple.. and I mean HOT, it eventually cooled down when the sky filled with thick clouds. It was heaven sent for sure! And Sleepy Ridge is such a beautiful venue! The Sunset room upstairs with its large open floors, and large windows and doors that lets in natural lighting was a dream location for sure.

I feel as though I gush about girls dresses all the time, and it’s true – I have a thing for stunning wedding dresses..obviously. But Natalie’s dress is something that I personally would totally wear. The beadwork on the dress made out the most perfect, vintage pattern. It was white and modern, but somehow had a vintage feel to it. I just LOVE that Jared wore a black suit and tie because he wanted to look like James Bond. I think he nailed it. And it is just so classic and perfect.

Also, Natalie and Jared’s bridal sessions is one of my favorites ever. We shot it at the Capitol and it has elegance and class written all over it. Check it out if you’re like me and can’t get enough of these two.

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