Posts Tagged Sedona Elopement
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September 23, 2018
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Abby, Parker and only their closest friends made the trek from Colorado to Sedona for their big day

Sedona is known for its beautiful scenery and spectacular hiking, but a lesser known sport is its epic mountain biking. When Abby and Parker were considering locations for their intimate wedding, these avid mountain bikers wanted to include their favorite activity.

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Why Couples Choose Sedona as a Wedding Destination?

While Abby and Parker chose Sedona because it would allow them to partake in their favorite past-time, there are other reasons why couples choose Sedona to tie the knot.

1. The Spiritual Energy

Surrounded by the beauty of the red rocks, Sedona has vortexes that are swirling with a subtle energy from the earth. People have been traveling to Sedona specifically to absorb the energy of the vortexes for centuries.

If mystical energy sounds appealing, you can participate in a wedding week retreat or just a day tour to spiritually prepare you for your next chapter.

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2. Down to Earth and Stress-Free

Sedona is the perfect destination for a beautiful and elegant wedding without all the fuss. The pace of life in Sedona is a little slower than most places. Sedona, with all her beauty and magic, is a great reminder to couples of what’s really important at this time – each other.

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3. Sedona is an Outdoor Enthusiast’s Mecca

With hundreds of trails for hiking and mountain biking and a creek for fishing, if you love the outdoors, you will love Sedona. Trails vary in difficulty from easy to challenging and provide a variety of views of the surrounding landscape. Some couples even choose to hike to their favorite spot to exchange their vows.

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4. The Spectacular Red Rocks and All Their Glory

There is no denying that the picturesque backdrops and the dramatic scenery attract visitors of all kinds. You don’t have to be an outdoor enthusiast to appreciate what Sedona has to offer.

The funny thing, though, when couples are exchanging their vows the scenery doesn’t matter. Just look at how Abby and Parker get lost in each other during their vows.

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I simply adore small, intimate weddings because I always leave feeling part of the family. There is something to be said for sharing an intimate moment with those that matter the most. The emotion, love, and support for the couple shine through to the images that I capture.

Look at the images of the family and friends that traveled with Abby and Parker to celebrate with them. The love is pure and beautiful. I can still feel the love of the group as I look back on these photos. 2018-02-14_0011.jpg
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It is easy to say couples choose Sedona because of its beauty. There are no words that truly do Sedona justice. And truthfully, the images don’t do it justice either. As breathtaking as Sedona looks in the images you see, it is even more glorious when you experience it in person.

There is something about Sedona that is timeless, just like a marriage should be. Maybe there is something to those magical, mystical vortexes after all.

Abby and Parker, may the magic of the vortexes bring you many years of happiness. Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your special day.

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August 05, 2018
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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.

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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.

2. Tlaquepaque

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The trail is surrounded by towering canyon walls and it is semi-shaded by trees with parts of the trail situated alongside Oak Creek.

Final Thoughts

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.

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February 24, 2018
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Meet Linda and Larry. They chose the extraordinarily breathtaking Red Rock Crossing and Overlook for their wedding ceremony.

A Favorite Sedona Elopement Spot

Red Rock Crossing is one of the most photographed spots in Arizona. The warmth of the red rocks and the inviting sounds of the creek making its way through lush greenery provide a majestic spot for ceremonies of any size. It also happens to be easily accessible with plenty of parking and a short walk to the creek.

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Just one look at the photos and you’ll know why this couple decided to elope to Sedona and settled on this special place for their intimate celebration of love.

The spectacular image of Cathedral Rock in the background put an exclamation point on their special day and made for an array of stunning photos for Linda and Larry to share with their family and friends back home in Chicago.

The park is just a couple miles west of the center of Sedona and a perfect location to bring both Oak Creek and the splendor of the Red Rocks into your images.

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Linda, a therapist, knew she wanted a professional photographer at their intimate ceremony. Larry, an aerospace engineer, wasn’t quite so sure.

It didn’t take long for Linda and Larry to get lost in the warmth of the sun, the beauty of their surroundings and the emotion of the day. Before too long, they both relaxed and enjoyed being the star of the show.

Just look at how they get lost in each other’s eyes. Something tells me, they forgot I was even there.Elope in Sedona

I get questioned all the time, why I still shoot in black and white – especially when there are so many brilliant colors found in the backdrop of Sedona.

There is something pure and deliberate about black and white photography. Shooting in black and white allows you focus completely on the subject and it gives room for the joy of the day to shine through.

Looking at Linda’s face, you can almost hear her whispering, “I do.” And Larry’s happiness is plain as day. It’s fair to say, he was comfortable with the camera by this point.

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Elope in Sedona

The Perfect First Kiss Photo

The perfect “first kiss” photo needs a little help from the officiant. It’s okay to ask him, or in this case, her, to step to the side for the photo op. That’s what happened here and I was able to capture a personal and private moment for their visual love story.

Here are few other tips for your perfect “first kiss” photo:

  1. Talk with your photographer and let them know the plan.
  2. Kiss for longer than you think you should, giving your photographer ample time to capture the flawless shot.
  3. When in doubt, kiss again. And again. And again. It’s tough work, but someone has to do it.

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Sedona Elopement
Red Rock Crossing Elopement

I adore the fact that Linda wore a proper wedding dress. The simple silhouette with beautiful beaded accents and fabric that fluttered in the wind was the perfect choice to stand up to the brilliant backdrops that Sedona provides.

Larry dressed in neutral tones, not only allowed his bride to shine (as every good groom should do) but allowed the hues of the Red Rocks to do their job and create the perfect stage for their story.

Red Rock Crossing Elopement
Red Rock Crossing Elopement

Eloping into the Sedona Sunset

It was an honor to be a small part of Linda and Larry’s day and I’m grateful to have been able to witness and document their love story as they begin their new chapter as husband and wife.

And as they head off into the fabulous sunset of Sedona, I wish them a lifetime of happiness and beautiful memories together.

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