Valerie and Troy just celebrated five years of marriage! Valerie wanted to do something special for their big five year anniversary and she came up with the best idea. She decided she wanted to redo their bridal pictures and make it a surprise for her husband. Valerie is the owner of Bridal Brilliance and rents out wedding dresses to brides all day every day. She said she’s been watching women come in and play dress up for the past five years and she decided it was finally her turn. (How cute is that?!) She picked the perfect dress and got her hair and makeup beautifully done and had Troy waiting for her at her sisters house in a tux with a blindfold on. He had no idea what was happening! I met them out at antelope island and the second we took off Troy’s blindfold he couldn’t stop smiling! Him and Valerie just laughed and embraced and it was such a beautiful moment between them.

They’re a blended family with seven children total between them and it was so special to celebrate their love with just the two of them. Valerie did such a good job planning the entire thing, and said she had to come up with some intricate lies so he wouldn’t catch on. It was totally worth it for the reaction she got out of Troy and we had a blast taking their “Bridals”. The wind was absolutely crazy the entire time we were shooting, but it made for some great pictures and because of the weather we had the entire place to ourselves! The entire shoot was perfect, and I loved watching the two of them together. It was evident that they are each other’s best friend and that is exactly how it should be.

Happy anniversary Valerie & Troy!



What a special story! I love the dress she chose, and her hair is fabulous! You can really tell they love each other deeply!

these are so dreamy!!!!! love every single one

I may have cried at that sweet story! Now I need to do an anniversary session!! Stunning images! I just love the cute husband’s expression the whole time! So in love with his wife!

What a gorgeous anniversary session! I’m so sad Antelope Island is so full of bugs during the summer because I would seriously want to shoot there all year long – it’s definitely a favorite location! The dress she chose is absolutely stunning and her hair can’t be beat. Lovely job Alexis!

What a beautiful anniversary session, I love the details on her dress, That looks like such a fantastic location.