Vendor Spotlight | Heather Gray Photography

We are back with our favorite vendor spotlights and on this summer evening we are featuring the lovely Heather of Heather Gray Photography! Her work (and words below) speak volumes about the passion for her craft and for that we’re always grateful for her warm & welcoming presence. Heather has lent her immeasurable talent to some of our favorite couples – Callie + Nick’s engagement shoot and Broadmoor WeddingMolly + Nicks Spruce Mountain Ranch wedding to name a few – leaving us with romantic keepsakes filled to the brim with love. We are lucky to have Heather as a friend in the industry, and to introduce her to you. We know you’ll get along famously.


Describe what you do.
In my work, I hold space for love, recording it with my camera and heart. I want my clients to feel seen and their stories told. I have the humble honor of witnessing some of the most precious moments in my clients’ lives and that responsibility drives me to do the best work I can. I also do my best to create a peaceful and grounding presence around my couples. Wedding days can cause stress and chaos that brings people out of the moment, so it’s important to bring them back so they can live fully and be present, which not only allows me to create beautiful photos, but most importantly brings them back to them.

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What is your idea of a dream project?
My dream project would be a small wedding on the top of a mountain in Colorado or nestled along a coastal cliff in the Pacific Northwest, with farm to table food, open air dining under the stars, and live music. The couple would have their closest and dearest friends and family there, and they’d all dance through night under the moon. I truly love smaller weddings, ones where you leave with more friends and plenty of memories. One of my favorite things about weddings is meeting my clients’ “village,” this group of family and friends who have help form who these beautiful souls are and who will hold space for them through their lives together.

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What makes you excited to go to work in the morning?
My tag line is, “heartfelt photography for beautiful souls,” and this is where I begin each work day, it’s the intention I set for my work. Creating work that is felt deeply in the hearts of my clients and honoring who they are, is what leads me to work each day. Knowing that I’m telling people’s stories excites me. I love people, it’s cliche, I know, but truly, I do. I love heartfelt, authentic, joyful, tearful, beautiful, and messy moments, I want it all. I want to know my clients, not just show up on their wedding day and photograph them. I want to know what makes their hearts shine, how they met, where their from, what makes them laugh, etc. these things help me tell the best stories I can. The responsibility of telling my clients’ stories is what excites me each and everyday, knowing that these photos will live on, sharing their special day with their children and generations to come. I’m immensely grateful to be a storyteller.

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What’s a favorite trend you are seeing in the industry these days?
I really love how couples are designing their dream weddings and doing it their own way. I love the unique and unconventional, my favorite weddings recently haven’t followed traditional wedding formulas and I love that. People should get married however they want to.

One of my favorite trends is smaller weddings, especially destination weddings that fill a whole weekend, the connections and memories from these more intimate weddings are so special. Everyone really gets to know each other and the families blend so sweetly. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to do this for my own wedding; plan a weekend where your nearest and dearest can really get to know each other, build a wedding around connecting and community, begin your marriage with the beautiful foundation of your village, really see everyone, spend time with your people.

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What advice would you give a younger you?
I would tell myself, don’t shy away from leading with your heart, it’s your greatest strength in life and work. Trust your instincts and truly listen to yourself. In my business, I would tell myself to avoid following other trails and find your own way. In this industry, photographers are a dime a dozen, you can find them everywhere, and I definitely let that get to me sometimes. It took me years to solidify my brand and my intentions in my work, but once I did, I was no longer floating in the sea of photographers. I built an island, I made my own space, and I’ve been blessed to welcome some truly incredible people into my little world and to tell their stories. I would invite my younger self to find this space sooner and to trust my instincts in getting there.


All photography credit to the wonderful Heather Gray Photography Thank you for being involved with Calluna Events! xx

Vendor Spotlight :: Sara Lynn Photographic

This week for our Vendor Spotlight, we had a chance to sit down and catch up with Sara Lynn of Sara Lynn Photographic. Sara is an extremely talented wedding photographer and also a very creative member in the industry! She is inspiration and we love what she represents and the work that she produces. We are bursting at the seams with excitement for you to get to know her better here!

Describe what you do.

 I am a fine art, creative romantic portrait photographer that specializes in natural light and film techniques. My work is moody, romantic, grainy and mixes editorial with lifestyle. The colors and lines are soft and features a pastel color palette. I love photographing my clients sneaking in kisses, holding hands, raw tears of joy or boisterous laughs and telling a curated story of your day through photographs.

 What is your idea of a dream project?

 I would absolutely love to photograph a wedding in Cinque Terre, Italy with a bride and groom that is extremely detail oriented, but unique with their style and design choices. I’d love to see a non-traditional gown perhaps floral printed or pastel blue. The ceremony would be overlooking the coast and their vows would bring everyone to tears. And the end of the night, the couple would exit with sparklers and a grand fireworks show.  

 What has been your favorite wedding so far?

 I’ve had so many favorites over the past ten years, so picking just one is extremely difficult. One of the most memorable weddings was at Aspen Canyon Ranch in later summer a few years ago. It was raining off and on the entire day and right as the bride started to walk down the aisle, the rain let up but it was still cloudy. Just as they said “I Do” a beam of sunshine came through and lit the couple up as they had their first kiss. Later that day, a rainbow showed and we were able to photograph the couple for a few minutes with it in the background. It was truly a magical day to be part of. 

 What makes you excited to go to work in the morning?

I love that everyday is different and I get commissioned to create for amazing couples. I get to be part of one of the happiest days of someone’s life and capture those moments – how could I not be excited to wake up and go to work knowing I get to be myself, create beautiful imagery and help a couple celebrate and remember their day? #bestjobever

 What advice would you give a younger you? 

 Just Be You. When I first started out, I was trained solely on film and digital was fairly new – which is what clients pushed for and requested because it was the hot new thing. I would tell my younger self that it’s ok to use film formats and to stick with your creative intuition. Thankfully, the photography industry has recently openly welcomed the film trend and I think it’s here to stay.

What’s your favorite trend you are seeing in your industry?

I love that clients are wanting and requesting a more timeless, fine art documentation of their wedding day. I’m seeing more and more couples let go of the must have “shot list” that Pinterest has said they need and let their photographers get more creative and trust their process. I’ve always felt that the more freedom we are given, the more creative and beautiful our imagery. And with that said, I love that this new found trust and viewing photographers as more of an artist, has allowed us to use and experiment with a wide variety of formats from film (35 mm, medium, large, wet plate) to digital – and even incorporating lomography and instant film work.

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Callie + Nick’s Lovely Engagement Shoot

Oh my are we excited to have received Callie + Nick’s sweet fall engagement photos. Heather Gray Photography couldn’t have captured this lovely couple any better! Callie + Nick were referred to us by Molly + Nick, which is always such an honor when a past couple sends a newly engaged couple our way! We just love Callie + Nick and are beyond thrilled to be helping them plan their wedding this coming March at The Broadmoor hotel. Just three short month away! Stay tuned for these two love birds to tie the knot! xx, Calluna

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Sneak Peek :: Mari Katherine + Tomas’ breathtaking Wedding

We are oh so excited to have received a sneak peek of Mari Katherine + Tomas’ wedding photos! We had to share these dazzling photos from Steve Stanton Photography right away! The photos are absolutely jaw-droppingly gorgeous. We are on pins and needles waiting see the rest of the photos! Until then, take a moment to check out the exquisite details and the pure beauty of this lovely newly wed couple!

Congrats MK + Tomas and have an amazing time on your honeymoon! xx, Calluna Events


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:: Vendor Love ::

 Ceremony Venue: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Loudy-Simpson Park Ice Arena | Bartending: Fireside Catering | Catering: Aspasia’s Catering | Baker: Megan Joy Cakes and KS Creations | Floral: The Perfect Petal | Ceremony + Reception Musicians: Matchmaker Band | DJ: DJ Roger | Cocktail Hour Musician: Ricardo Pena | Photographer: Steve Stanton Photography | Videographer: Blue Ring Media | Transportation Service: Storm Mountain Express | Officiant: Father Makarios | Rentals: Event Rents | Decor: Eclectic Hive | Lighting Designer: LMD Productions | Paper Goods: Lana’s Shop | Signage: Twinkle & Toast | Hair and make up: On the List and Amanda Buckner |  Portable Restroom Trailer: Royal Restrooms of Utah | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Cassidy’s Bar at the Clarion Inn

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