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Our Anniversary Shoot at the Up House!

OH my GOODNESS! I am SO excited to finally share these amaz-azing photos! They are being featured on Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride today (yay!), but I wanted to share them here plus a little more of the story as well! When Geoff and I heard about the Up house replica being built in Herriman, Utah, we got a crazy little idea to drive out from California and take photos there. We are huge Pixar fanatics and absolutely LOVE the movie Up. We watched it the day it came out and we were engaged at the time. So watching the “Married Life” sequence at the beginning of the film really hit home (read: bawling in the theatre). It still makes me tear up every time I watch it. So when we heard about the house, we knew it was a long shot but called up the folks at Bangerter Homes, the creators and builders of the Up house and asked if we could do a photo shoot there in honor of our second wedding anniversary. The team at Bangerter Homes is seriously amazing, because they sad “Yes!” We were thrilled! We later found out that we were the only ones that were able to do a photo shoot inside the house. We felt so special!

With less than a month to plan the shoot and trip, we made many-a-trip to Goodwill (I adore thrifting!) to get the perfect costumes. We have admired Blue Lily Photography for some time now, so we were overjoyed that they could be in Utah and could be our photographers! They did such and incredible job. So, so amazing. Let’s get to it! Here we are as young Carl and Ellie.

I gotta say, wearing overalls is pretty awesome.

The details and work put in to making the house a perfect replica was absolutely amazing. We had so much fun recreating scenes from the movie and making some of our own!

This next set is in the nursery inside the house. I absolutely ADORE the mural that is painted on the wall. This makes us so excited about starting a little family of our own…

Honestly, if this house was in California I would want to buy it. It’s like my dream home! So colorful, fun, quirky, bright, and the KITCHEN! That blue stove had a fridge dishwasher, and microwave to match.

I did a few craft projects for the shoot, one of which was creating our very own adventure book from scratch. I’m excited to fill the pages with all of our adventures and memories, starting with this shoot!

Of course, our photo shoot would not have been complete without BALLOONS!

See my yellow dress? I couldn’t find the perfect bright Ellie dress, so I decided to make one! At 5 in the morning the day before we left, haha! It is sewn from a thrifted vintage bedsheet. I had so much fun making and wearing it!

This one is one of my favorites…

Geoff and I scoped out the perfect hill to re-create Carl and Ellie’s picnic scene. I wish I could go have a picnic here every day.

We brought my picnic basket from home and used my great grandma’s vintage camera.

Grape soda, of course!

Back to the house! Man oh man, did the team at Bangerter Homes do an amazing job creating this house. Here are a few of the details.

Sigh, my man is so handsome.

There were so many meaningful things about this photo shoot. Carl and Ellie’s love is such an inspiration to us as a married couple, and we are excited about having adventures and growing old together. The part where we were “old” Carl and Ellie was pretty emotional.

The only way to describe being able to be in that house, sitting in Carl and Ellie’s chairs next to my love, was surreal and amazing. We literally felt like we were in the movie and we were both just so amazed we were able to do this.

I know I have said “amazing” a lot in this post, but that is because it was! Geoff and I now carry with us SUCH a wonderful memory of our time at the Up House. It was truly unforgettable and an experience we will treasure throughout our lives together. Thank you SOOOOOOO much to the folks at Bangerter Homes for making this all possible! Thank you to Wendy and Tyler from Blue Lilly Photography! You were so fun and the photos are amazing. My hair and makeup was beautifully done by Enizio Hair and Makeup Artistry in Utah. Thank you!!

Be sure to head over to Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride to see their post of our Up House photo shoot!

130 replies on “Our Anniversary Shoot at the Up House!”

This is too cute! Up is one of my favorite movies of all time and you both looked perfect for the parts! I absolutely love this photo shoot! Thanks for sharing this!

You two are beyond Magnificent!!! Wow. I am struck speechless. Geoff and Lisa, you two are inspiring and have such beautiful souls it shows in all that you do! Keep it going! You’re amazing!

SO. INCREDIBLY. CUTE! I mean the whole thing is just darling, from the architecture of the house, the colors, your accessories and your obvious enthusiasm for each other! I loved your wedding pictures way back when and I still love looking at you guys! You’re awesome! Blue Lilly is great too, I have come to know them through the Nienie Dialogues, and I swear, all of Utah is a wonderland to me! LOL So gorgeous I just love all of it!

This is amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing this. We also love the movie Up and this is incredible. Great, wonderful memories for you. All I can say is WOW!!!

What a beautiful photo shoot, I love all the details of the house, but also the details you both thought of you. You can really see in the picture the love you have for each other. Wishing you many happy years together, and some little feet in your future ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

The story of your shoot was covered in a newspaper in England. (Daily Mail) I read the article then came onto here to see the full shot.
Such a wonderful photoshoot and such a wonderful keepsake.

Thanks so much for sharing them and ‘Happy Anniversary’ from a total stranger, who was touched by your very special moment.

Wow! This is one of my favorite movies of all time – this was an amazing idea, and a fantastic shoot! Makes me want to get off my bum and write the post I’ve had in my head about the movie.

Hello. I came over here from Miss Macri’s blog. I do not think I have ever seen a cuter photo shoot. This is so special! And I love how you thought about what to wear and all the little details!

Thank you so much for sharing these gorgeous images. What a great idea for an anniversary and with such a wonderful story as ‘Up’ I can’t think of anything better.

I LOVE LOVE all the photos. The photos truly capture the both of you. What a wonderful idea for your anniversary! Of course, the craft projects and all the small details make everything so special.

The adventure book is such a great idea. I’m sure you will fill it with many pages of exciting memories. You both are amazing!

This is gorgeous!! What a beautiful couple.

I especially LOVE that Ellie dress, and cannot believe the beautiful bride made it herself. THAT MORNING. What??

Best of luck to the happy couple.

I am currently getting ready to fly down to Florida for a job interview with Disney and I have got to tell you that this made me so happy! this was truly a great anniversary idea!

This is amazing. When I saw they had built the house I wanted to go and do this same thing. Unfortunately I have not yet found my Carl. Best of luck to the both of you and many happy years.

I just wanna let you guys know that THIS GIVES ME HOPE. ๐Ÿ™‚ I never thought someone can be this in love. I mean, don’t get me wrong my parents are still together & they still are sweet to each other [FOR 22 YEARS & COUNTING! :)] but to go on a photoshoot on such a beautiful place…now that’s something I want to do with my future husband!

Take care, lovers! ๐Ÿ™‚

that was BEAUTIFUL. I played the scoe for the Married Life sequence and it was perfect! You guys are sweet, gives people hope ๐Ÿ˜€

THIS IS TOOOO MUCH FUN!! What a grand idea and you two carried it off perfectly!! How fun and special for you to have these images forever and ever…SO stinkin cute!!!!

I really adore your creativity. I just can’t help but to envy your experience at the Up House! I wish I’d be there with my man, dressed like you both and shoot wonderful memories like you do soon. You both are AMAZING! Good luck! :”>

This is SO amazing! I love this movie and the two of you are adorable! I got teary just seeing your photos. The house and your props were well made. This made my day!

Somebody posted a few of these photos on Tumblr and I had an amazing time checking them out! Then I found this site and looked through them again because they’re so DARLING. Congrats and blessings on you both on your wonderful marriage, and thank you for sharing these beautiful, special pictures with the rest of us. I can only hope I can have something as special someday myself. ๐Ÿ˜€

The home is not only really quirky, but functional, and harks back to 1950s nostalgia. Children would love to play out their childhood in this home and it would be the best childhood ever. Celebrate good times come on!!!!!

Wow! I am so glad I found this! I think this is just one of the most romantic things I have ever seen! These pictures are beautiful and very creative! Props on finding different fun things to do as a couple! I really wish you the best in life. You guys seem very happy together, and thank you for giving me (and I’m sure many more people) hope that I could someday find someone who would enjoy things like these with me. You see, I myself am a bit quirky and I want to share some of it with someone who will appreciate it. So thanks for that! You both are just lovely together! Much love from Puerto Rico!

I stumbled upon your site via Pintrest…I thought my heart would LEAP out of my chest!!!!!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE UP and this shoot!!!!! Makes me want to grab my husband and drag him to the airport!! How crazy lucky were you!!! That IS amazing!! : )) : )) : ))

Omg this is the cutest thing ever. I even teared up at parts because it was so close to the movie story (and the movie makes me cry too!). I can’t believe the details that went into your outfits!!!! You did an amazing job of thrifting the look!

Wow! You two are Carl and Ellie. I knew about this house in Harriman, UT, but your story makes it come to life. It is so refreshing to see a couple in love, carrying their joy of photography into their careers. You have traveled the world and done it all in your own “funky” way. Thank you for sharing this sneak peak at your life with the world.

I love this!! You both look so happy and in love it leaps out of all the pictures. It is too adorable and lovely. Soo cute. Congrats on your anniversary and I hope you have many many more to come!! <3 <3

Thank you so much to everyone who has written such kind comments. It means so much to us that so many people have enjoyed sharing our photos.

I found this collection today using! (stumbling the interest “photos”) These pictures are amazing and lovely and fun and so cheery! I LOVE the movie UP too! Whats even cooler is that today is my anniversary with MY love ๐Ÿ™‚
You are such a beautiful couple! STAY HAPPY AND CUTE!!! <3

Omg I love this so much my fiance and I are actually doing an ‘up’ themed wedding these photos just got me so excited! <3

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Stumbled onto this page and it is amazing! I must confess to having a wee tear in my eye… What a lovely way to capture your love!

OMG!!! I absolutely love it, we got engaged in front of Flynn and Rapunzel so we are all about Disney/Pixar, had a Tangled wedding. Our year anniversary is in March and we are going to Disneyworld (our first trip, got engaged at Disneyland) and I was thinking an adventure book would be perfect for our trip as an anniversary present for my hubby. Do you be chance have a tutorial of how you made your book, been trying to find one but no one has it. Would be a great help. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Love everything so much, house looks like it was made for you. Glad they let you use it

What a wonderful memory! (And I can. It begin to express how jealous Brett and I are right now). Can’t wait to hear all about it at our next dinner!

You two are utter perfection. Congratulations and I with you many happy returns! You are a beautiful lady, he is quite handsome, and together you both light up like stars. I hope you two are very happy. Enjoy life, smile often, think of the big picture, and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses (or blow up some balloons)!!


You two look great together, and this is absolutely AMAZING! I also adore the movie ‘Up’. In fact, I just finished watching it! I would love to do this when I get the chance. ๐Ÿ™‚

You’re such a handsome and cute couple!!!
You look totally amazing wearing those clothes!
I’m so fascinated with your pics!

Regards from Mexico

omg that yellow dress is fabulous. tell me you have a pattern or something? my family and i are dressing up for halloween this year to go to mickey’s not so scary halloween party. my fiance and i are going to be young carl and ellie in the picnic scene and all the kiddos are gonna be wilderness explorers.

OMG Little wilderness explorers too! That is going to be adorable. We still have never been to Disneyland during Halloween or Christmas time. We really need to!

Hi there we are heading to Herriman in March and so I am trying to make a book for our photo shoot ..any tips you can provide? And is there a place near by to buy balloons…

Hi Kymm, Did you receive permission to photograph there? I apologize but we did this 5 years ago and I am not sure where near buy you can buy balloons. We actually had a couple small tanks and did it all ourselves.

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