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Mckayla & Kory’s Backyard Wedding



Mckayla and Kory got married in November 2020 and I got the opportunity to capture their love story.

Mckayla and Kory are high school sweethearts. Back in high school, Kory was on the football team and Mckayla took photos for the yearbook. One night at a football game, Kory called Mckayla over to take a picture of him and some buddies. After that, Kory got her number and they hit it off. They instantly clicked and had so much in common. They were best friends for four years and Mckayla always had an unwavering thought that they would get married on day.

Unfortunately, timing was never right for them but they had a connection that never went away so they stayed close. After high school, Kory served an LDS mission for 2 years in Paraguay. After he got home they were reunited and everything fell into place, which is when they decided to get married.

They were supposed to get married in their hometown of San Diego, but due to the pandemic, they were unable to travel there. Instead, they brought the beach to their backyard and had a beach themed backyard wedding! Their wedding day was so beautiful and sweet. It started off at the Cedar City temple where they were sealed and surrounded by their family.

Then we all headed down to St. George to set up and take photos with the bridal party! Mckayla & Kory had quite a large bridal party with all their friends and siblings! We took photos in this beautiful backyard! Despite being November, it was PERFECT weather.

Bridal Party

Perks of a big bridal party… an awesome groom toss photo!

After bridal party photos, we headed a couple streets down to Mckayla’s parents backyard where the ring ceremony and reception was set up.

The Details

Ring Ceremony

Since these two were married in the temple, they still wanted to have a ring ceremony where they shared rings and vows. It was an emotional ceremony and Mckayla sang a song she wrote to Kory.

The Reception

Mckayla and Kory kept their reception simple with all the normal traditions – dinner, toasts, dances, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss, and a dance party.

Aren’t these two just so in love and cute?!






In true pandemic nature – after their reception, they had a drive by reception for those that weren’t able to come to the rest of the wedding.

It was a beautiful wedding, that I loved having the opportunity to be a part of and tell their love story through these photos.