simplistic Backyard Wedding| Salt Lake City, Ut
This wedding has such a special place in my heart. Meet Sydney + Connor Sanders (Sydney used to be an Olivieri ;). Sydney is my best friend of almost a decade, it'll be exactly a decade next year. We met because I drank out of her cup at girls camp, it's a cute, funny story that I'm going to keep to myself because it's special but just know that that one mistaken moment led to ten years of a best friend and I couldn't be more grateful for my mistaken drink out of her cup. That led me to taking a trip to a local theme park with her family and from that day forward, my family and the Olivieri's were forever intertwined. Her Grandpa Gerry (or just Grandpa, that's what my family called him) used to drive us to middle school and my sister and Sydney's younger siblings to elementary school every day for years. He passed very recently and it left such a hole in all of our hearts. It was hard for us to not have him there but we all know he was, the wedding itself had the fun and loving spirit of Grandpa for sure. There's no doubting that. Point being, Sydney is basically my sister and this was such a special moment to be apart of with my family and her family both being there to support her-I mean at this point our families are basically the same thing when we speak about family but ya'll get me ;).
Obviously I was apart of this wedding as her best friend so I didn't get a chance to take the ceremony pictures seeing as I was standing at her side supporting her in that special moment. Don't worry though! She hired the amazing Anna Boynton Photo to capture those moments and just in general. Definitely give her a look if you want to see some stunning imagery!
Just to give some context to certain photos, Sydney's family is Puerto Rican and Mexican and celebrate the tradition of what's (in english) referred to as, "the money dance". As far as I understand it, it's to show support for the couple by paying them for a dance and pinning it to their clothes. It's a fun tradition that we all got to participate in!
Overall, this has to be one of the most fun and laid back weddings I've been to. It was so special getting to share in my best friend's joy on her special day, I hope you'll enjoy these photos that I hold close to my heart.
Quick fun fact: Sydney was also the one who caught my bouquet at my wedding so, in case you're wondering, yes, the tradition works ;).
Images above courtesy of: Connie Balluff Photography