Leah & Ammon

My baby sister Leah got married the beginning of August. It was so fun being together as a family and spending time with the happy couple celebrating their special day. They wanted to keep things pretty simple, so we gathered with the groom’s family the day before to play on their farm. They were wonderful and we had a great time. The next day Leah and Ammon were married in the Manti temple and then headed off on their own. It was a beautiful day and they were such adorable newlyweds.

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Brent wasn’t able to be there due to a previous grad school commitment, so I took his photo gear and assumed the role of wedding photographer. Such a scary job – I was nervous the whole time that I wasn’t getting it right. Leah’s dress was altered by a dear friend and costume director of Ballet West, David Heuvel. Instead of carrying a bouquet she wanted flowers in her hair (such a smart move).  Since being in nature is so important to Leah I worked with a florist at Every Blooming Thing to get flowers that resembled something you’d find in a field somewhere, then together we made the hair piece and boutonniere. Ammon found his amazing cowboy-tailored suit at a second hand store. He was very dapper. The two looked absolutely amazing together. It was their perfect day. Congrats, Lela. Love you.

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Labor Day Hoorah

My parents were in town for Labor Day weekend and we spent Sunday playing around Salt Lake. We took them up to the Natural History Museum of Utah where we all got in touch with our inner child (who wouldn’t with all those dinosaurs around?!). We also hiked up to Cecret Lake at dusk. It was fun spending time one-on-one without any real plans. They’re pretty remarkable people and I feel blessed to hail from such wonderful souls.

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Perspective

Life is all about perspective, and these street art pieces are a good reflection on that. The artists of these creative installations took something mundane and every-day and turned it into something worth a second look. It’s a nice reminder for life in general.

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August Skies & Changing Seasons

August was pretty incredible here in Salt Lake. We had more summer storms than usual which made for some really beautiful skies. I can’t believe we’re already in September and moving from summer to fall. I really love the nostalgia and anticipation of the changing seasons. There’s always something really special about this time of year.

clouds-001Not only are we changing from one season to another, but I’m starting a brand new job and looking forward to some busy and exciting months ahead. I’ve been with Ballet West for two and half years and it’s been an absolutely amazing experience. I’ve grown so much and worked with the most incredible people, but an opportunity came up that I just couldn’t pass on. I will now be working as the Manager of Festival Events for the Sundance Institute. Managing a team of 8 event coordinators executing 80 events over the 12 day Sundance Film Festival is a daunting task, but I’m so thrilled for the opportunity. It feels like the right place at the right time and I’m eagerly stepping up to the challenge. Here’s to a few more beautiful, calm skies before the storm.

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Year Three

It’s been a little crazy around these parts and I’m WAY behind on posts. I have lots to update, but until then I’ll start simple with a little birthday tradition. Mingus turned three last month and as it stands each year he gets a new bow tie and homemade paper hat. Year one was pretty shaggy, and year two was only slightly less shaggy. This year we were a couple days late, but at least he was freshly groomed and sporting his best stove pipe hat. Doing honest Abe proud. Happy third birthday little man.

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Top Down

Here’s a glance at what I’ve been wearing and where I’ve been going, from the top down.

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Quick Trip Back East

The other week I spent a few days at the ElevateDC events conference. A full day surrounded by other event professionals was very enlightening and the workshops provided a lot of really great insight into the future of event management and the art of creating memorable live experiences. On my first evening in DC I went for a 5 mile run past the white house, Washington Monument, and up to the Lincoln Memorial. Running is a pretty great way to cover a lot of tourist ground quickly. My timing was perfect, just as the sunset was lighting up a post-storm sky. (Excuse my sweaty runner selfies. Being a solo tourist out for a run with a cell phone doesn’t really make for the best photos.)

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The first day was busy meeting people, attending the conference, and setting up meetings for day two. The BizBash folks put on a great event and I learned a lot. I spent a second day location scouting for a reception space when Ballet West in on tour at the Kennedy Center this December. I also had some time in between everything to stop in at a few museums including the National Gallery, Air & Space Museum, and National Geographic Museum. I even lucked out with an impromptu evening of live jazz and sangria in the National Gallery sculpture garden. It was a nice, quick trip and I had a good time. Of course it’s always more enjoyable when you have someone to share it with, but there’s always next time for Brent to join me.

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