Monday, August 22, 2011


I NEED YOUR HELP! And in return.. I am giving away a $500 voucher towards photography services with me, Rachael Tyler Photography!

KARLI & CHASE are in a contest to win a free wedding cake!
I need you to go to One Sweet Slice's facebook page & like their page. THEN click onto the photo gallery for their WIN A FREE CAKE CONTEST & find this photo of Karli & Chase & LIKE it!!

Then, leave a comment here or on my facebook page to enter into my giveaway & I will be checking to make sure the winner has liked Karli & Chase's photo before I announce the WINNER!

and please... PASS THIS ON!!

If Karli & Chase win I will also giveaway a free engagement session!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Alaskan Inn

Last week, Tyler & I had the opportunity to spend the evening & night in Ogden Canyon at the Alaskan Inn. We had originally bought a groupon & intended to use it for our anniversary. But plans changed & we found ourselves approaching the expiration date. So no special reason as to why we stayed here but it was a very nice & relaxing evening we spent together.

We stayed in the room called "Bear's Den"

We decided to go on a short hike on the Indian Trail. We wished we had had more daylight so we could have hiked the whole way, but what we did hike was beautiful!

We went to dinner at The Oaks, which we weren't totally impressed with but it was nice to sit outside by the river & enjoy the scenery. It was a nice ending to our short summer getaways since Tyler goes back to school tomorrow! Only 2 semesters left!! :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Vegas Weekend

I found myself shooting another wedding in Vegas this year almost exactly a year to the date of last years Vegas wedding! Lucky for me, Tyler was able to take the time off work again to join me, so we made a little weekend getaway out of the trip.

I just so happened to have a wedding at the Oquirrh Mountain temple the day before so Tyler & his brother Kalen made the drive down to Vegas on Friday & picked me up at the airport that night after I finished the reception.

On Saturday we spent the majority of the day photographing the wedding. In between the temple & reception we found a place to have lunch that was featured on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives. It was called Four Kegs & it was pretty Dive-ish! It was delicious to say the least but I would have never picked it from the look of it that's for sure!

Immediately after the reception we raced to The Venetian Hotel to see Phantom of the Opera! We made it with only a few minutes to spare & we even ran into Tyler's friend, Austin! Small world.
This show was INCREDIBLE!!
We had trouble debating on whether to get floor or balcony seats & I am so glad we decided on the balcony because it was the best view for this show! There were so many special effects & the parts with the chandelier were in perfect view. Christine Daea & the Phantom were UNBELIEVABLY talented! I was in awe the entire show & I will admit I got pretty emotional at some parts! I just love the music for this show & to hear it live & so amazingly performed was surreal! Needless to say, I am SO glad we chose to go to this show!

The next day we decided to stick around for a few more hours and do some exploring. We of course had to visit M&M World and I even allowed myself to buy a bag full of them :)

And we stopped inside the Sugar Factory. I had never seen it before so maybe it is new? I'm not sure but the huge hype apparently with this store is the bedazzled lollipops you can buy that Kim Kardashian promotes - haha!

{you can see a girl on the right posing for a pic with her bedazzled lollipop, lol}

We had lunch at America in the NYNY hotel & then we headed to St.George to visit my grandparents and stay the night. I was so excited to see them even though it had only been 3 weeks since my last visit :)

It was such a fun weekend, even though there was some working involved. I'm so blessed that I have opportunities like this with my job!

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Several months ago, I saw a deal on Groupon for an overnight river rafting trip in Moab. It sounded like so much fun so we told our friends Kaley & Jeremy about it & decided we would all go together! We headed down July 30th & came home on August 1st.

The first day when we arrived, was definitely the hottest part of the day! We decided we would do some hiking & site-seeing.

{Tyler, Me, Kaley & Jeremy}

We did the hike up to the Delicate Arch, which was highest on my priorities of what I wanted to see while we were in Moab.

{Can you see us?}

{Kaley & Jeremy posing for a sun flare shot :)}

A couple other places we saw..

That evening we went to dinner at the Moab Brewery & then walked around & went in all the different shops along the street. We ended the night by grabbing some ice cream & were all thoroughly entertained with Kaley's disaster she created :)

We stayed the night in a tiny little cabin, and in the morning we headed straight to Red River Adventures to start our rafting trip.
I'm bummed I didn't take more pictures but it was just too risky pulling my camera out on the raft. The first day on the river was super chill. For most of the time, we didn't even wear our life jackets. We stopped for lunch on the side of the river - delicious turkey wraps with no details left out.
A couple hours later, we arrived at where we would camp for the night. We hung out & set up our tents & before we knew it dinner was ready. Pasta, veggies, salad & garlic bread. Cheesecake for dessert - definitely not what we expected to be eating while camping!
We hung out & got to know some of the other rafters & then as the sun went down the mosquitoes & gnats came out like a nightmare. They were driving me absolutely crazy so despite the fact that our tent was one million degrees - I just wanted to be inside of it.
We woke up to a "first breakfast" of yogurt, fruit & granola. Then a little bit later we had breakfast sandwiches. Definitely not my typical breakfast routine but we didn't know when we would be able to eat again since we were doing most of the river rapids on this day.

After we got all packed up, we were back on the river.
We were thrilled because this was going to be the most exciting part of our trip.
We went through several rapids & as we were rafting down the river we saw Danny Devito's house, a crazy old car that was upside down from a drunk driving accident several decades ago, & gorgeous scenery.
We approached a rapid called "Dead Dog" which was named because it killed a dog at one point in time.. sad {aren't dogs supposed to be good swimmers?}
At the beginning of the rapid, our guide decided we would try "surfing". I don't really want to try this ever again because I was instantly sucked into the river and stuck under the water being churned over and over. When it finally spit me out I was choking on water only to realize I was headed straight for the rocks & more rapids. I saw Tyler & Jeremy who had fallen in as well & they told me to swim towards the opposite side of the river. It was harder than I imagined it would be & even harder because I kept being hit in the face with more water as I was trying to swim in the rapids. I was starting to panic & I think that's what made me feel as though I was drowning.. scariest moment of my life thus far!
Tyler was lucky & got out quick by finding an eddy in the water. I gave up swimming on my stomach and went in the white water swimming position which is belly up with your legs out in front of you. As soon as I did this and started doing a butterfly motion with my arms I quickly found my way to the other side where I got out on the shore & I won't lie I was pretty upset!
Tyler says he is glad he found me before my guide did or else I probably would have ripped him a new one! haha.. That may be true.. I was worked up for a little while & didn't want to get back on the raft but I did knowing we would be done with the trip pretty soon.

When we got to the end of our trip they made us amazing BLTA's for lunch & then drove us back to downtown Moab. After tipping our guide & changing our clothes we were headed home!

We had a blast, despite my dramatic experience - I know I probably made it a bigger deal than it actually was anyway :)