Oh how I love the non traditional weddings! These two got married to each other, got divorced, and GOT REMARRIED! But they didn’t want the traditional wedding like they did once before. These days elopements outside in beautiful nature is what it’s all about. Especially, elopements in Sedona surrounded around red rocks and the sunshine.
But maybe you ask where do I get eloped in Sedona!? Here are a few good locations. But remember to always book a good elopement photographer based in Sedona or Flagstaff because they will know all the local details other photographers might not know. Like permits, traffic, parking, trailheads, and the hidden gems!
3 Reasons you should ALWAYS hire a wedding planner:
This lovely Minnesota August summer wedding was one of those perfect wedding days. Everything went the way it was suppose to. Even with a down pour of rain during bridal party photos, it was mostly funny and everyone just went with it! But why it went so well was despite it being a lot of DIY wedding decor the bride hired an amazing wedding planner!! I’m going to tell you all about WHY hiring a wedding planning should be number one at the top of your list when planning your wedding.
This wedding’s planner was Cassie from Honeyhill Weddings. Literally an amazing woman who helped to plan and run this wedding day without a flaw.
1.Let the experts run the show
You are having a beautiful day when the two of your families finally unite and become one but you are also hosting a party. Let’s be honest, it’s a big event with lots of people, lots of logistics, and lots of things that could go wrong. When you are planning a wedding you should hire a wedding planner!! You want to trust the people who do this day in and day out for years of their lives. They know how to communicate with vendors, how the timeline should be run day of, how to keep the day running smoothly so you can enjoy your day. Usually planners tend to be type A, organized, and on the top of it no matter what. You want to search for a kind planner who, under stress, can keep her cool.
2. Relax the day of your wedding
I’ve been at many weddings where there was not a planner or coordinator and the bride after getting her hair and make up finished, goes to the reception to finish setting up the tables. She is rushing around stressed because the florist isn’t there yet or the cake was set up on wrong table. That is not the brides job on a wedding day. The brides job is to get married, enjoy this day being fully present, and soak up the time with friends and family. The planners job is to tell the cake people where to go. Often if there is not a planner or coordinator the bridesmaids and families are left setting things up and not enjoying themselves either. Make sure there is someone who is point person the day of your wedding, so you don’t have to be.
3. When shit hits the fan
Events and parties never go to plan. Because we are dealing with people and life on earth. That is normal!! But you want someone there who is going to be point person when shit does hit the fan. When it starts raining mid ceremony but the reception tables are getting destroyed, or when the cater’s had a flat tire on the way to the wedding and guests are getting hungry, or a drunk groomsmen gets out of hand. You want someone there who is not your family, not you, and someone who can run the day of wedding with no stress, even when there is stress. Find someone you can trust!
Arizona has literally some of the very best locations for elopements!! Look no further than Horseshoe Bend for some of the most magical, epic, romantic Arizona elopement shots. Some of my other favorite elopement locations are at: The South Rim of Grand Canyon, Sedona Red Rocks, Lake Powell, and the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona. I cannot rave enough about getting eloped at Horseshoe Bend enough. I’m an wedding photographer through and through but I do love to be known as an elopement photographer in our beautiful state where there are SO many locations to tie the knot. Surrounded around nature, sunshine, and love.
Kerrian and Tony decided to get married after being together for many many years. Their love is infectious. Florida residents decided to elope on a National Parks trip out with her daughters. On New Years Eve we braced ourselves in the cold to find that hot Arizona sunshine to warm us up. Of course Jenn, from Life Passages, officiated such a beautiful wedding experience. They said vows, had a special rope ceremony done with her daughters, and kissed before the sunset! It was a beautiful evening at Horseshoe Bend surrounded around those Utah/Arizona rocks and sweet love. This destination elopement was everything Kerrian and Tony wanted it to be. Simple, beautiful, and memorable.
Here is your next location for an amazing Arizona staycation or vacation! Castle Hot Springs Resort is located in Northwest part of Phoenix nestled in the Sonoran Desert. Amidst the desert there is magical hot springs which have been a source of comfort and magic since 1896 when they were first found. I cannot RAVE enough about this special place. One of the most magical luxurious resorts I’ve ever been to in the world. The little villas are all private with outdoor bathtub and porch, all food is farmed locally on site, and the natural hot springs are coursing through the whole property. This private Arizona resort is home to a desert oasis with natural hot springs you will be refreshed and healed by. If you are wanting to plan a hide away with your love look no further than Castle Hot Springs Resort. 10/10.
My sweet friends Maddi + Josh help to manage and run the farm which all the food is cooked and served to clients. All farmers live on site and tend to the garden all year round. Castle Hot Springs Resort is only open Sept-June. The summer months in the desert are brutal and way too hot to get into the springs. As you scroll you will see the beauty this place has to offer. Staying here does come with a price tag. But all food and drinks are included.
Emina and Trevor’s engagement session in the Arizona desert with cactus and sunshine was one of my favorites!!! Emina grew up in Iowa so the desert landscape is very unquie to her, just like to me coming from Ohio!! Trevor grew up in the area and isn’t new to cactus but he still enjoys the landscape!! They wanted the classic Arizona desert look so I took them to the White Tank Mountains in West Phoenix for this beautiful look!
They met on a plane of all places!! Fell in love over the phone after Trevor asked for her number. Through the years they did long distance and close. They are so in love. It was a joy to photograph them in the Phoenix desert. I also got to be their wedding photographer…but look for those photos soon since I’m not finished editing them! I love being an Arizona wedding photographer, it’s my joy to photograph engagement sessions and weddings in such beautiful locations.
Heyyyyy, it’s Charlotte again – hi! I’ve made a few debuts on Hannah Rose’s blog with some fun workout ideas and fitness-y things. And, here I am again with a sweaty at home workout that will get your heart pumping and make you feel like death (but in a good way).
Screenshot the workout below! Remember to push yourself and also to listen to your body.