Retro Hipster Co-Ed Wedding Shower

They are times in life when you come up with an idea that you know is a winner. While brainstorming this shoot was one of those moments. As I was sitting around with my cousin and my sister one day this summer, we were trying to come up with a unique idea for a stylized shoot. We wanted something different than you see in every bridal magazine. My cousin Emily had these amazing wood sunglasses she got from Proof Sunglasses in Idaho. We started talking about how cool they were and the idea for the Retro Hipster co-ed wedding shower was born.

We decided to build these shoot around the sunglasses. The concept was for a hip, trendy shower that would appeal to men and women. The sunglasses provided the right inspiration because Proof makes glasses for men and women. We used the glasses as the favors and as part of the invitations, menu and on other signs around the shoot.

We had wonderful models who were making us laugh all night. That along with a handful of amazing vendors made for a very special shoot. I have been waiting to post these beauties for 3 weeks and I am so please to finally get to publish them. They have also been published on Green Wedding Shoes and we are thrilled to be featured on such a beautiful wedding blog!

How much do you love our models Thank you SO MUCH to my amazing cousins Emily Fonnesbeck & Megan Ballou for doing the amazing clothes styling.

Of course the amazing bamboo sunglasses were provided by Proof Sunglasses.

Jewelry was provided by one of my besties Jazlyn from Ruby Sweetheart Jewelry

We had 2 wonderful girls on hair and makeup. The makeup was done by Jillyn Neslen and our hair stylist for the day was Heather Green. These girls had a tall order going through 10 models in such a short amount of time. Well done!

Ashley Lloyd of Attention 2 Detail did an amazing job turning my vision into a reality.

The beautiful cake was made by Bayshore Cakes. I loved the colors!!!

The tasty treats were made by the ever fabulous Sara Aston. They were delicious.

We had to have a signature cocktail.

I have wanted to work with Melissa Nickle of Blossom Sweet even before I moved back to Utah. She has an amazing vision for flowers and I LOVE what she came up with for the shoot.

All of the amazing paper products were designed by Brandi Webb of Alexis June Creative. She did such a wonderful job and she was such a help the day of the shoot! Thanks girl!

A big thanks to all the vendors and models who made this shoot such a success. Love you all so much! Here is a complete list of everyone who was involved!

photography: Tonya Peterson // event planner: Ashley Lloyd of Attention 2 Detail // venue: Private Residence, Salt Lake City, Utah
 // floral design: Melissa Nickle of Blossom Sweet
 // clothes styling: Emily Fonnesbeck & Megan Ballou
 // jewelry: Ruby Sweetheart Jewelry // sunglasses: Proof // furniture: Down East Outfitters // linens: La Tavola // cake: Bayshore Cakes // desserts: Sara Aston // invitations + paper goods: Brandi Webb of Alexis June Creative // makeup: Jillyn Neslen // hair stylist: Heather Green


In case you are interested, here is the inspiration board I created for the shoot. I think it is spot on!

Can’t wait to show you what else I have up my sleeve!


The photos are GORGEOUS Tonya! It was a such an honor to work together on this shoot. I seriously can’t get enough of the amazing-ness that you created! : )


I don’t think words can express how much I love this!

Tonya everything turned out amazing! Thanks for including me on such a great project! Hope we can work together again soon! :)

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Oregon as seen through my instagram

A few months ago we travelled to Oregon for Alex’s Grandpa’s funeral. My goodness what beautiful country it is up there. I can see why my father in law, who grew up there, still holds a special place in his heart for the Oregon Coast. I for one loved that everywhere you went there were wild blackberries growing like weeks. We must have filled 5 gallon size ziplocks. I kept asking my father in law if it was ok to be picking them and he assured me that it was. It was a blast. Here are all the pictures I took using my iPhone and instagram. I said it before…if you have an iPhone you HAVE to get instagram! Then follow me so you can see all of my pictures. So anyways…here are all of my pictures of Oregon via instagram!


Pink & Gold Fall Wedding featured on Wedding Chicks

I am so honored and thrilled to announce that Wedding Chicks, an utterly fab wedding blog, has decided to feature our beautiful and fun Pink and Gold Fall Shoot in Michigan. Last week I gave a little preview of the shoot but here is the whole shebang!

My very good friend and ultra talented wedding stylist Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events created the most beautiful table for the shoot. I loved the ghost pumpkins with gold painted stems.

In lieu of a cake Rhi decided to do Pumpkin Spice Donuts from Robinette’s Apple Haus. OMG. They were amazing. I love the idea of using something unique instead of a traditional cake.

The caramel pops were made by the ever wonderful Nicole Ebbitt from The Caramel Jar. Let’s just say they were delish!

All of the beautiful paper products were created by Michelle Ellen Lee of Papertalk Press. I wish you all could have seen this paper in person. They were so shimmery and beautiful. Amazing job Michelle!

These beauties were provided by Luichiny Shoes. I adore the hearts on the bottom.

The flowers were created by Rhiannon as well. I am telling you, she is an uber talented girl…I totally love her

Is that bouquet not the most amazing thing ever! LOVE!

I am so grateful to our amazing couple who braved the extreme Michigan wind. It was so freezing!

The amazing venue is a true gem of Northern Michigan. French Valley Vineyards had not only a beautifully rustic barn, but also and amazing orchard and a charming vineyard. Talk about a photographers dream.

I am so truly grateful to have had the opportunity to photograph this lovely shoot. A big thank you to my dear friend Rhi for always answering my calls and texts, no matter what the time. Thanks for doing what you do so beautiful. It makes my job so easy. And lastly thank you for being one of my best friends. Love you!!!



You are the BEST!!!! I heart you. And I adore your post of the feature; it’s so cool to see your take on it all. Come back soon ok?! xoxo

Barns and vintage trucks make for “best wedding ‘eva!” Love the images Tonya. They look great and congrats on the feature.

Love this shoot!!!! Fantastic job!


OMG LOVE! Well done, everything looks perfect and the photos are kick-ass!