Celeste & Sterling
Garden Park Ward, Salt Lake City
Photos by Huoy Chen & Sarah Harris
Springtime in Utah means birds are chirping, cherry blossoms are in bloom and wedding bells are in the air. We’ll admit, spring feels a little different this year from the confines of our homes, so we’re talking a walk down memory lane to remind us not of what we’re missing, but of what’s to come.
In 2014, Celeste walked into her college dorm room to find Sterling sitting on her couch chatting with one of her roommates. Little did she know, the two would reconnect three years later over commonalities including knee surgeries and soccer. The friendship turned into romance and nine months later, the couple hiked up to a waterfall with Celeste’s parents where Sterling got down on one knee (insert knee surgery pun here). The pair is coming up on their two year anniversary this summer.
When photographers Huoy and Sarah spotted Salt Lake City’s cherry blossoms on a trip across Utah, they knew they had found the perfect backdrop for a sweet, romantic shoot. “The Garden Park Ward provided the perfect intimate setting with beautiful cherry blossom trees that surrounded our couple,” Huoy explained. Celeste couldn’t agree more. She described the venue as “a little piece of heaven right here in Salt Lake City.”
“The fluffy soft pink stems inspired us to create wedding inspiration with that same softness and romance. To highlight the cherry blossoms, we decided on a palette of peach and blush with soft styling touches including delicate lace on the wedding dress’s bodice and a loose chignon and flowy ribbon on the bouquet,” Huoy said.
The timeless watercolor aesthetic of this shoot was achieved by photographing the session entirely on film. According to Huoy, “We chose to shoot this entire session in film because we knew that it would capture the tones of the cherry blossom perfectly.”