Staging a dramatic scene at the Utah State Capitol building, couple Caz and Samm wanted bold photos that expressed their unique style. Photographer Tai Lee was more than up for the task: “My aim for this shoot was to take some photographs that were unique, thoughtfully composed, and include some mystery and drama that you would feel when looking at the photos.”

THE COUPLE

Samm and Caz were married in 2020, and still yearned for the celebration they missed out on due to the pandemic. After meeting Lee through family, the couple knew they finally had a chance for a do over. The wedding and family photographer jumped at the chance to do a bridal shoot with moody flair. “We really connected through their desire for unique photos, and their amazing style,” she says.

Moody Bridals Utah
Moody Bridals Utah
Moody Bridals Utah
Moody Bridals Utah

THE SETTING

Samm and Caz didn’t want to take their bridals just anywhere, their moody vision required a careful eye for detail. “We were looking for a location that had some European vibes, and that’s where we came up with shooting at the State Capitol,” says Lee. The swirling marble of the Capitol’s interior cast a painterly glow onto the couple. “The high contrast of the black dress, and all black suit with the soft swirling rock surrounding the couple had such an introspective feel and brought out a bit of depth and soul in these photos as well.” The couple also moved settings to the Cathedral of the Madeleine, where eclectic architecture added just the right touch of historic romance.

Moody Bridals Utah
Moody Bridals Utah
Moody Bridals Utah

THE INSPIRATION

The focal point for this autumn bridal shoot was Samm’s dramatic dark gown. “She didn’t want to wear traditional wedding attire,” says Lee. “And she has such a unique style including her tattoos, gold jewelry and yellow florals.” To set the right backdrop for the couple’s Moriticia-meets-Gomez style, the Capitol’s sophisticated marble interiors provided contrast and class. “The structure of the building, her lacy black dress and the room’s natural light really played well off each other.”

Moody Bridals Utah
Moody Bridals Utah
Moody Bridals Utah

VENDORS

Photography: Tai Lee Photography
Styling: Woodland Pines
Venue: Utah State Capitol and Cathedral of the Madeleine
Floral: Done by Bride
Gown: Olly Bridal
Jewelry: Tamzur Jewelry
Suit: Garth Custom



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Avrey is the Associate Editor for Utah Bride & Groom Magazine, and the Digital Editor for our affiliate magazine Utah Style & Design. She enjoys documenting unique love stories, offering fashion inspiration and indulging her affinity for alliteration.