If ever there was a place filled to the brim with romance and light, the Bonneville Salt Flats would be that very place! A crisp white plane, a mountain range, and two head-over-heels lovebirds with 5 years of marriage under their belt? Sign us up!
A word from photographer Diane Sotero:
“This session took place at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Since Nathalie and Ben were celebrating their 5th Wedding Anniversary they wanted to incorporate Utah’s beauty, the letters that shaped part of their relationship and their love into the session. This shoot could not have been more perfect, from how Nathalie’s dress flowed and filled the images with movement, to the gorgeous light, and the obvious chemistry between the two. I am so in love with the images!”
Love notes from the couple, Ben & Nathalie:
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Nathalie: “We met at a party in college. I loved his smile and he forst noticed my eyes and my hair. Ben knew almost instantly that I was the one but it took me a little bit of time! Ben came on really strong at first, but after realizing I hadn’t been struck with the same knowledge of knowing he was my soulmate he slowed down to my pace. He was really patient and persistent and it all paid off.”
Tell us a funny story relating to your relationship!
Ben: “We met in College at a party. Natalie and her sister had made cupcakes for the event and I was attending. When I saw that only cupcakes were being served I mistakenly said “Just cupcakes?” and insulted both Natalie and her sister. After that, I displaced an extra effort to make things better and eventually got Natalie’s number that evening. The rest is pretty much history.”
Nathalie: “Before we got married we bought a new bed and Ben had to set it up by himself. We had this mattress for a few months and then we realized it had started to sink… about 6 inches. There was this big sinkhole in the middle of our mattress and we couldn’t figure out why. Well come to find out, Ben had set up the box spring upside down! It was breaking the foundation and ruining our mattress! Thankfully we got a new one and Ben learned a lesson about teamwork that day.”
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship.
Nathalie: “We had been married only 1 year when Ben applied and got accepted to graduate school in Chicago. Leaving our home and family and friends was a hard decision but one of the best we ever made. In this time we really had to learn to rely on each other and support each other during the hard times. Our relationship is so much stronger now because of that experience.”
What is your favorite thing about each other?
“Before we dated we were able to build up a friendship that gave our romantic relationship a great foundation. Our favorite thing is having a built in best friend that we can do something new and exciting together or at home doing nothing at all. We really are best friends first!”
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
Nathalie: “Talk about fears, dreams and goals together every few months. And then support your spouse and be their biggest cheerleader. There are a lot of things I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish without Ben pushing me to do it.”
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
“Love is really selfless. If you are putting yourself or anything before your partner then change your priority and see how your relationship changes.”
photographer: Diane Sotero / venue: Bonneville Salt Flats / hair and makeup artist: Natalie Wetzker / film lab: The Find La / calligraphy: Dominique Lee | Plume & Fête