Molly contacted me months ago as she was planning her wedding, she was looking for both a wedding photographer and videographer. When the couple booked with me, the weather was still cold and not so pretty outside, since that time, we’ve all been patiently waiting for weather to be nice enough to shoot outside. Antelope island was the place. Earlier in the day, we’d looked at the website for hours of operation and read a notice about recently hatched Gnats. Thinking nothing of it, we all hopped in our cars and headed for the great salt lake. We were immediately taken back as we were greeted by the wonderful smell of the Great Salt Lake and everything it has to offer, but we pressed on, we were on a mission! As we parked and started hiking down to the water, I started to notice what I thought was a spider web taking a firm grasp of my face, and eventually my hair. As I looked back, it was clear that Molly and Alex were having the same trouble. I remembered reading that closer to the water, the bugs were not as prevalent, so we thought we’d give it a try, and in fact it was true!
We made our way along the shoreline, capturing adorable candid moments, with the occasional scratching. At one point, a family of 4 was trying to walk past us but they didn’t want to ruin our pictures. I invited them to walk on through “they’re taking a Gnat break” I said. The man seemed so confused, nonetheless he moved on through and allowed us to continue on with our shoot. We made our way around the peninsula as the sun started setting, stopping every few minutes to kill the gnats as they continued to attack. “It’ll be worth it” I reminded the couple, “I promise”. They were reluctant to believe me, but I think they turned out amazingly!
As the sun started to set, and we captured those beautiful moments, I wanted to badly to ask them to take their shoes off for a second and walk out into the water. I knew in the back of my mind, that they’d had enough and there was no way they’d put themselves through more. I was wrong! Molly took her shoes off, and Alex joined. They were in such great spirits, considering it felt that we all had lice in our hair! What an amazing moment it was. I am so glad that I had the chance to photograph their Engagements, and can’t wait for their wedding day.
Hike, mountain bike or horseback ride the park’s backcountry trails for spectacular views of lake and island scenery; spend a star-filled night in one of several primitive campsites; stroll along sandy beaches and take a dip in the lake’s salty waters or step back in time with a visit to the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch. Antelope Island is home to free-ranging bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn (antelope), and many other desert animals. Millions of birds congregate along the shores surrounding the island, offering unparalleled opportunities for birding. Year round Interpretive opportunities round out the Antelope Island experience.