What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of romance and privacy in the same sentence? A vacation? An elopement?
Well, you can have both and they happen amidst the majestic red rocks of Sedona.
Sedona has become one of the most popular romantic elopement destinations in the world because of its stunning landscapes, breathtaking sunsets, and intimate wedding locations.
Here is a sneak peek into few of my favorite Sedona elopement spots.
As you read through them, the one thing you’ll notice is Sedona is not lacking for stunning views and magical moments to help make your day special and unique to you.
1. Courthouse Vista/Bell Rock
This is one of the most requested spots thanks to its beautiful views and magical red rocks on full display. It is easily accessible and easy to find with plenty of parking.
I mentioned the beautiful views, but they are worth mentioning again. And because of that beauty, it is a popular hiking trail which means it can be a bit crowded on the weekend.
While most people like to hike the Bell Rock Trail, you can get away from some of the congestion and madness along the Courthouse Butte trail.
My recommendation is to choose a weekday for your ceremony if your timing is flexible to minimize surrounding activity.
The Tlaquepaque chapel is the perfect place for a truly intimate wedding for couples wishing to honor their faith while eloping.
The rustic chapel is full of character which will can’t help but fill the room with love and emotion from the day.
The chapel easily holds 30 people who will be comfortably seated in pews. If you are traveling with a large group, additional chairs can be set up in the back for a maximum seating capacity of 45.
Nestled among the Red Rocks, this is a perfect compromise between eloping and a traditional wedding.
3. Enchantment Resort
The aptly titled Enchantment Resort is well … enchanting. It’s perfect for the couple that wants the atmosphere of a traditional wedding with an intimate feel that an elopement brings.
Enchantment Resort, nestled at the foot of the Red Rocks, delivers the landscapes that Sedona is known for and adds touches that elevate the experience to a certain elegance.
You’ll need to hire a wedding planner to coordinate the logistics of hosting your elopement ceremony and celebration at the property. This is a perfect option for a couple that plans on having family and friends surround them on their big day.
4. L’Auberge de Sedona
For someone who wants all the details take care of for them, L’Auberge de Sedona may be just the answer.
From their website:
“For a fairy tale rendezvous, couples can tie the knot with the “Elopement” package. The package offers a romantic location for a private dinner or ceremony, a two-night stay in a luxurious Spa Cottage, flowers, and a six-course dinner the with wine pairings and champagne toast.”
Celebrate in style and headache free with the L’Auberge de Sedona elopement package.
5. Creekside Inn Bed and Breakfast
The Creekside Inn Bed and Breakfast has several romantic settings for your Sedona elopement.
You can choose the Glade that includes giant Giant Sycamores and Cottonwoods that provide a canopy to the lawn that sits adjacent to Oak Creek.
Or maybe you’d prefer the homier feel of the Porch that welcomes the sounds of the creek it overlooks.
The Creekside Inn boasts six perfect locations for your ceremony accommodating groups of all sizes.
6. Sun Cliff Sedona
If you need a luxury elopement or intimate wedding surrounded by beautiful red rocks of Sedona, this spot is perfect for you. It is very quiet with beautiful views that surround you with the energy and serenity the region is known for.
This privately-owned piece of property sits on 24 acres providing a playground for you and your guests, should you choose to share your day with others.
Sun Cliff Sedona offers elopement and honeymoon packages and is a perfect choice if you are seeking a luxury Sedona elopement experience.
7. Sky Ranch Lodge
Sitting 500 feet above the picturesque city of Sedona, Sky Ranch Lodge offers 360-degree views of the famous Red Rocks.
It boasts beautifully landscaped grounds littered with gardens, ponds and a patio with 180-degree views perfect for your ceremony.
If a spectacular sunset elopement ceremony is on your bucket list, Sky Ranch Lodge will deliver.
8. Crescent Moon Ranch / Red Rock Crossing
Crescent Moon Ranch is a historic ranch house on the banks of Oak Creek with Cathedral Rock towering above it in the background.
After your ceremony, have a celebration and sleepover in the cabin located on the property that can accommodate up to ten overnight guests. You’ll also enjoy plenty hiking, swimming in the creek or simply relax and enjoy the breathtaking views.
An additional option is to enter through the public entrance and head to the beaches of Red Rock Crossing for a celebration of love surrounded by flora, fauna, the waters of Oak Creek and spectacular rock formations.
9. Sugar Loaf Trail
Surrounded by rock formations with names like Chimney Rock, Thunder Mountain, and Sailing Ship Rock, you can only imagine the breathtaking beauty of the Red Rocks as they sit against the bluest of blue skies.
A lesser known spot in the area means less crowding and more exclusivity. But the mile-long hike means you have to work for it.
I promise you, the effort pays off big time and creates a very special story that will be evident in the photos of your day.
10. West Fork Trail
Oak Creek’s West Fork trail is one of the best hiking experiences in the area. It also makes for a pretty picturesque spot for an elopement ceremony.
The trail is surrounded by towering canyon walls and it is semi-shaded by trees with parts of the trail situated alongside Oak Creek.
These ten spots are all amazing, each with its unique features.
You can see why Sedona is becoming a preferred elopement destination. If wedding photos are important to you, and they should be (just saying), start by talking to a photographer that is familiar with the region.
They will know the nuances of each spot and can help you pick the perfect location for your day.
On a beautiful day in Sedona, AZ, I met Celia and Sergio for a maternity shoot to celebrate the birth of their first child, a baby girl. Sedona is a magical place, and somehow, it seems that every time I photograph there it looks different. It’s almost as if the landscape is matching the mood of my clients. On this day, the skies were muted and dreamy, just like this loving couple so excited for the arrival of their new baby girl. Being a Sedona maternity photographer is so much fun, watching clients get married and grow into families is so rewarding and heartwarming. I could almost feel the love permeate from both Celia and Sergio and I couldn’t help but think, what a lucky baby to have chosen this amazing couple to be her parents.
Congrats you two and I can’t wait to meet her! ~ Melissa
Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the cruelty of the world. I can’t even turn on social media anymore without being bombarded of heinous crimes, international tragedy and unmentionable thing humans are capable of doing to one another and other innocent beings. I’ve been known to break out in tears at my desk due to a video where I should have never pressed “play”. But then, something wonderful usually happens if I look just a little closer, and try and find the goodness that I all know we’re capable of. Sometimes if I’m lucky, I get to meet a person, face to face, whose soul is shining so bright with so much love for the creatures of the earth that it makes me cry once again, but instead of sorrow, it’s tears of hope and joy. Maryann is one of those people. As soon as we pulled up to her gorgeous and serene property, we were overwhelmed by all the love radiating from her and her sweet animal friends. From the chickens, cats, dogs and amazing horses, you could almost feel the heartbeats of all them in unison, thumping out the care, joy and magnitude of love for each other.
Maryann hired us to photograph her aging horse, Joe, now 28, who spent his younger days as a show horse. There’s no more competition for Joe now, he’s enjoying his retirement on a beautiful property south of Sedona filled with lots of friends and sweet green pastures. Joe’s the kind of horse you can fall in love with right away. Those soulful eyes were filled with so much love, appreciation and happiness for life that I could have stared at them forever. We also got to photograph his companion, Matsi, who was charming and beautiful and had us laughing out loud at her love for the camera! And then there was Huck the German Shepherd, a sweetheart whom loves sticks as much as he loves his mom Maryann.
We so enjoyed creating these memories for you Maryann. Thank you for adding so much love and goodness to this world.
Melissa and I photographed Caitlin and Jason’s engagement session last February and couldn’t get over how sweet this couple is together and with their cutie daughter Emma. They were so amazing we could not wait for their August wedding! Caitlin and Jason were married on a gorgeous stormy day at Sedona Golf Resort. We were lucky enough to sneak away for a few photos to bell Rock pathway with Jason’s restored yellow Corvair. The clouds and scenery were beautiful and dramatic for their couple photos. We arrived back at Sedona Golf Resort to have a evening ceremony with red rock views as the backdrop. Caitlin and Jason enjoyed the night dancing and drinking with a close group of family and friends. They ended their special day with a fantastic sparkler exit! Congratulations to Caitlin and Jason! ~Kristen
Stephanie called us about a month before she and Greg were to arrive in Sedona to make an appointment for their 25th Anniversary portrait session. Traveling from the Dallas area, Stephanie wanted the scenery to depict the classic Red Rock beauty that only Sedona can offer. Originally, we were going to go up near Airport Mesa for the session, but Stephanie called the day before to announce that the couple had purchased property in Sedona that day and we both immediately agreed that the new property would be a perfect place for their portraits. Needless to say, they were so elated about having finally (they’ve been looking for years) found the perfect property to build their new vacation home! And, seriously, how perfect of an Anniversary gift is that? Greg travels a lot for his work, so time with Stephanie, their son and rescue dog is always welcomed and I can’t even imagine a more perfect setting than this piece of land. It was such a joy to spend time with these two; they are so very much in love and so gracious. Congratulations on your anniversary and your new home-away-from-home! ~ Melissa
Elizabeth and Michael were married a couple weeks ago at the beautiful Sedona Rouge Resort & Spa. The couple, along with their coordinator Liz Moler, made the day absolutely spectacular. We started with their first look and couple photos at Crescent Moon Ranch. Crescent Moon Ranch gives you the best of both worlds, the scenic red rocks and the gorgeous green trees and creek. Elizabeth was a absolutely stunning bride, her hair and makeup was done by the fabulous Janell from Tirzah Salon. Her gorgeous dress was accented perfectly by an amazing ivory and purple bouquet from Amy at Bliss Extraordinary Floral.
I always love when a couple chooses to do a “first look”. It is so much fun to watch the couples reaction when they see each other for the first time. Their is so much love, excitement and overall raw emotion! Elizabeth and Michael did not disappoint, they are so in love:)
After we finished the couples first look and photos we headed back to Sedona Rouge for their ceremony and reception. The ceremony was held at the beautiful outdoor courtyard on the Sedona Rouge property. Elizabeth’s adorable children, Faith & Noah participating in the wedding as the flower girl and ring bearer.
After the sweet ceremony guest went to the scenic rooftop terrace for cocktail hour and the couple took time to dine alone before the reception. At the reception guest enjoyed an amazing dinner catered by Reds, dancing and playing board games.
We always ask our couple to share a few things about their relationship and wedding. Below is one of the sweetest proposal stories and other cute things about Elizabeth and Michael. We wish Elizabeth, Michael, Faith and Noah a extremely happy future! Thank you for sharing your amazing day with us! ~Kristen
Do you both have any special traditions that have been incorporated through your marriage?
“Not really, I think we both just try to make each other laugh as much as possible.”
Tell us about your proposal:
“When Mike proposed I remember him saying “you’re perfect, this family is perfect, and I want to be a part of it.” It really meant a lot to me because he included my children and our family from the very beginning.”
What is or are your favorite place(s) to go together?
“We love Sedona, which is why we got married there.”
Wedding Coordinator: Liz Moler
Venue: Sedona Rouge Resort & Spa
Floral: Bliss Extraordinary Floral
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
DJ/Sound: Sedona Sounds
Hair & Make up: Tirzah Salon
Photography: Kristen & associate Jake, Tangled Lilac Photography