darcie (you probably know her from pink peach cakes, which i haven’t blogged about, which is a very severe crime because darcie’s cakes are incredible) and i are pretty good pals. i’m married to her brother, our kids get to play and yank toys away from each other, and we have time to talk. and scheme. and plan.

it was one such day last fall when we were discussing ideas for a themed wedding shoot. as soon as the word, “ballet,” was spoken, both of our eyes lit up, “oooohs,” escaped our lips, and we knew we had something good. so we rounded up a crew of all stars, some you may have heard of, some you may not have, but you definitely should change that  (see vendor list at bottom of post), and here is what everyone came up with.

i have to confess that i am not at all responsible for most of the creativity featured here. darcie created our lovely inspiration board that we worked from, among other things (ahem, the cake and chandelier shown in this post). Sarah J Winward of Ea, aka the angel responsible for the flowers, was also heavily involved in the planning stages and styling -  and everyone else, of course worked their incredible magic in their various roles. i was just the lucky one who got to photograph it all.

Some of the images you see below here are digital and some are film. some of the film images, have what are known in the film world as “light leaks,” which basically means light touched the film before it was developed, but i don’t mind if you don’t.

the shoot took place in december in the studio, yes before christmas, but we’ve all kept quiet about the whole thing as we waited excitedly for it to go up one of the loveliest wedding blogs on the entire world wide web, Snippet and Ink. Today is the day! Please head over and see Kathryn’s top picks of the images that she felt told the story best, and leave a comment if you’re so inlcined, because you know, its the nice thing to do. =)

Here is the list of the local Utah vendors involved:

photography: Yan Photography

cake: Pink Peach Cakes

dress: Alta Moda Bridal

invitations: Rowley Press

hair and makeup: Versa Artistry

floral arrangements: Ea

location: yan photography studio, provo, ut.

styling: myself, Darcie Sanders of Pink Peach Cakes, and Sarah J. Winward of Ea.

and our gorgeous models shay and randy – it would criminal to leave them unacknowledged.

thank you, thank you, thank you.

March 3, 2011 - 9:02 am

adrienne - I am DYING over these! Every one of them is Gorgeous! Amazing job!

March 3, 2011 - 10:38 am

jessica curtis - stunning…simply stunning. really well done!

March 3, 2011 - 10:54 am

crissie - Gasp. Drool. Sigh.

March 3, 2011 - 10:55 am

Brooke - I am absolutely, positively in LOVE with these.. seriously, must.. stop.. staring.. beautifully done, wow.

March 3, 2011 - 10:59 am

Nicole - Wow! There are no words! You continue to take it to the next level. And the next. And the next. And the………


March 3, 2011 - 11:03 am

Rachel - These are amazing!!!! Best photo shoot ever!

March 3, 2011 - 11:10 am

Stephanie Mballo - Oh my gosh! Swoon! This is so beautiful. I keep returning to your blog to have another look at these beautiful pictures.

March 3, 2011 - 11:21 am

Dani - Anna, this is absolutely beautiful. It makes me want to get married all over again. Although I already had an amazing stylist for my wedding, a gorgeous and a delicious wedding cake, and the very best of the best photographer. :) I love you and D so much. But this does make me feel creative and excited about beautiful, beautiful things.

March 3, 2011 - 11:37 am

Becky Earl - I am so glad you finally got to share these breathtaking images with the world, my friend. You are such an amazing creator of art. So inspiring! <3 <3 <3

March 3, 2011 - 11:38 am

ali - oh my, yan, this might be the most deliciously gorgeous shoot i’ve seen in a long, long time. i was spellbound. i love the combo of film & digital – there is definitely a use for both and you use is so intuitively. the color, light and emotion is simply divine. oh i only wish that i could have been a fly on the wall! love love love.

March 3, 2011 - 11:47 am

Amelia Johnson - Yan, these are so beautiful. I love a collaboration! Gorgeous colors, the skin tones are stunning.

March 3, 2011 - 12:25 pm

Kate Craft - OMG LOVE!! These are absolutely beautiful Yan! Breathtaking

March 3, 2011 - 12:59 pm

mary - Really breathtaking, Diana.

March 3, 2011 - 1:51 pm

Ricketts - Yan! Darcie! All involved… I love it! Just beautiful. Need to find me some friends to collaborate with. You all did an amazing job.

March 3, 2011 - 1:54 pm

fer juaristi - Amazing pictures, love the pastel tones & the vibe on them.

March 3, 2011 - 1:54 pm

Bri {collected} - These are just seriously beautiful. Love.

March 3, 2011 - 1:55 pm

colbyevans - BLOWN. A.W.A.Y

March 3, 2011 - 2:01 pm

Ashley Madsen - Wow Wow Wow!!! That is incredible.

March 3, 2011 - 2:58 pm

Rachelle {wiley valentine} - in LOVE!! that hair, the ballet shoes, that cake. i adore this entire thing. fabulous job capturing such a beautiful shoot.

March 3, 2011 - 3:06 pm

libby jones - I’ve followed your blog silently for the last couple months, but had to add my accolades to this post. stunning. absolutely lovely. I don’t know if you answer individual questions, but do you use only natural light in studio? your light is just so beautiful and perfect. I almost wouldn’t believe you if you told me if were anything but perfectly natural sunlight. again, gorgeous photos.

March 3, 2011 - 3:13 pm

Amy Hackworth - Woohoo! This is so beautiful, Diana! Great work. It’s all so dreamy. I’m in love with the chandelier, and the whole feeling.

And that thick, thick braid. Wowza.

March 3, 2011 - 4:43 pm

janey - Beautiful! very well put together. any idea where I can get the chairs used in this shoot?

March 3, 2011 - 4:49 pm

erica - oh my gosh. i am back for the third time today to look at these beautiful pictures. i love everything about them — and that model is a.mazing. could i please have that hair? wow.
and darcie…you are killing me with all your cakes. and that chandelier – can i have one?

March 3, 2011 - 5:17 pm

Em Scott - seriously gorgeous. i am so jealous of her big braided hair, it is so perfect. the styling is just spot on. and beautiful photography!!

March 3, 2011 - 6:14 pm

Corinna - These are the most beautiful photos I have seen in a while. Mad props to all involved!

March 3, 2011 - 9:24 pm

jean smith - um. wow. i am speechless. one of my VERY favorites of yours!!!

March 3, 2011 - 10:34 pm

laurel - If I may, I recognize that many people worked hard to put this together and it is beautiful, but since I know you the best I cannot help but see in these the Diana I know and love that can appreciate with deep reverence, the beauty, love, affect and sweetness in the tiniest of details. Of course, I also love the ballet theme.

March 4, 2011 - 3:03 am

brittnay - Wow. Stunning, every single one. I love them.

March 4, 2011 - 8:40 pm

Sheila - these are breathtaking. You rock!

March 4, 2011 - 8:56 pm

CMoore - The Bride in the Window? Stunning!! All of them were stunning!!

March 5, 2011 - 12:57 am

Laura Reaux - I hope that I can one day shoot something that I love as much as I love this! So amazingly beautiful. I’m still in awe.

March 5, 2011 - 1:17 am

Danielle - This is the most beautiful post I have ever seen. It moved me, touched my soul. Simply stunning.

March 5, 2011 - 10:18 am

Colibriphoto - Yan, you amaze me. That’s it. How beautiful are those images!!! You rock.

March 5, 2011 - 1:12 pm

Brynn jackson - Dianna and Darcie!!!! HOLY COW!!!!… guys are SOO amazingly GOOD at what you do! I’m not kidding. You guys make me want to get married all over again and let you guys everything. Seriously! You both better be doing this in 20 years when my girls get married! oh I love everything about this! Good good job! -brynn jackson

March 5, 2011 - 10:28 pm

Kayleen T. - So pretty! I love love her hair! and the rope and chandelier, simple and beautiful!

March 6, 2011 - 2:29 pm

evelyn - Love it! Beautiful work :)

March 6, 2011 - 4:40 pm

April - Wow, these are soooo lovely!
Also I LOVE her hair. I have already been talking to my stylist about what I want for my wedding hair and it’s something like this (I want sideswept big hair). Maybe I can show her this gal’s look as one idea.
Anyway, these are really very beautiful. Great job!

March 6, 2011 - 9:41 pm

ashlee - i can’t even begin to say how much i love this! it is so elegant, feminine, pure, and breathtakingly beautiful. i shared this on facebook and SO many people liked it! incredible job to everyone who was involved!

March 6, 2011 - 11:19 pm

Candice - love the dress, who is the designer??

March 7, 2011 - 12:10 pm

yan - thanks so much everyone. hugs, hugs, hugs. the shoot was all natural light and i am checking on the dress designer.

March 7, 2011 - 6:08 pm

larry - i know this is just MY opinion, but THIS is your best work…ever. SO amazing. I’m jealous and stoked for you all at the same time. EXCELLENT work, guys! i love the film…and the digital…but especially the film, light leaks and all! these are brilliant!

March 7, 2011 - 6:18 pm

jen - Stunning. Sexy. Soft. Refreshing. Good work, I say. Good work!!

March 10, 2011 - 12:49 am

ea - wonderful concept! the simplicity highlights the theme very well.

March 10, 2011 - 2:54 pm

Luiza do Valle - Hello!

Your amazing work is on my wedding brazilian blog.
I holpe so that`s ok to you.
Greetings from Brasil!

Luiza do Valle

March 11, 2011 - 1:44 am

Trish - These pics make me want to give up sports, lose 50lbs and take up ballet. Great job Yan!

March 11, 2011 - 9:51 am

Kirsten Mavric - I love everything about this shoot. Everything.

March 11, 2011 - 9:55 am

mollie bailey - Your work is wonderful! I stumbled upon this post through my reader, and decided to blog about it on my personal blog

The simplistic elegance of the shoot is breathtaking – I wish I had known about you before I was married. I am looking forward to keeping up with your blog.

March 11, 2011 - 10:02 am

Hannah Beatrice - Love love love love love love love!

March 11, 2011 - 8:04 pm

Lia - Your work is so beautiful. Inspires me and makes me think about my future wedding. :)

March 14, 2011 - 1:04 am

Melissa Nickle, Blossom Sweet - Stunning. Soooo stunning. WOW.

March 14, 2011 - 2:31 pm

Cassandra Plummer - I love this!! I keep coming back…thinking of what a similar session would look like except with little girl ballerinas. Thanks for always being a creative inspiration.

March 28, 2011 - 4:29 pm

Melissa - these are amazing! so creative and the shots are just dreamy!

May 3, 2011 - 1:33 pm

Lori C. - I could look at these photos all day…especially love the chandelier.

May 3, 2011 - 9:53 pm

Bec - that dress is divine. I love the shoot. Beautiful work. I also think she reminds me a little of Kristen Stewart

May 8, 2011 - 2:52 am

Twinkleberry - So pretty! Well done, beautifully put together. I love the little flower arrangements in the goblets!

October 7, 2011 - 12:47 am

Annie Webb - Hi there! This shoot positively takes my breath away, but you already knew that from the previous comments from everyone else. :)

I wondered if you could help me. I’m swooning over those industrial metal/wood chairs. Who makes them? I have been looking for the perfect chairs and those finally fit the bill.

January 22, 2012 - 7:08 pm

Andrea Spence - I found you through the Let the Kids Dress Themselves facebook page. Your work is wonderful and I happen to love the way the “light leaks” look. :)

February 1, 2012 - 12:46 am

Jordan - Who is the designer of this dress??

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