Utah Capitol Engagement

Spring in Utah is marked by enlivened gardens, warming temperatures and of course, cherry blossom trees. The pink blooms only show out for a few short weeks, so couples and photographers from across the state must hurry to capture their beauty. Luckily, this adorable group got to the state capitol just in time for their engagement session.


“Right when we first started dating, we both knew we were in it for the long run,” Grace recalls. But as Jackson was still in the midst of boot camp, their love story was complicated by time and distance. “He left for the summer and for military deployment while I continued school and soccer for BYU. We made things work because we knew it was worth it,” says Grace. When Jackson finally popped the question, Grace was elated. “We have SO much fun together and I can’t wait to marry him!!!!!”


Grace and Jackson enlisted the talented Aly Jones to capture their special moment, although the trio had not originally planned to visit the cherry blossoms for their photos. “The day before the bridal session, we were nervous as we checked the weather forecast because there was supposed to be 25mph winds at the Little Sarah sand dunes where we planned to take them,” says Aly. “We decided to switch locations and Grace suggested we take them at the Capitol building!” The blooming trees did not disappoint, and it seemed fate that Grace’s bouquet matched the blush backdrop to the T.


Of course, paying homage to the couple’s sweet love story was the main focus for Aly. “I wanted to capture their authentic love in a place that fit their style,” she says. “Both of them have extremely fun, playful, yet sophisticated personalities and I wanted to show that in these photos. The capitol building has numerous spots that make photos feel elegant, some of my favorite shots show the ornate design and architecture of the building.”

Photography: Ally J Photo
Flowers: Bloom by Madison Murdock
Dress: Bridal by Raili
Veil: Perfect Dress Bridal
Suit: Mr Mac
Jewelry: Dillards 
Bride: Grace Johnson @gracejohnson_14

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Avrey Evans
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.