Ditch the Big Wedding and Go Elope

Sedona, Arizona Elopement in the red rocks

Big weddings are an amazing experience for family and friends but if you are wanting to a smaller gathering of only immediate family or just you two, go for an elopement!! These are getting more and more popular as the years go on, especially with COVID shutting down big weddings in 2020. I had SO many fun small elopements in Sedona, Grand Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend this year that really made my couples happy by going small rather than a big wedding.

Here are some benefits on having a small intimate elopement instead of a big wedding:

  • Save so much money!!! Weddings are expensive but when you cut the guest list rom 200 to 2-10 it really really helps you save money for a house or a fun honeymoon.
  • Spend more money on a dress you are in love with!!
  • Hike to a hidden remote location that is beautiful and memorable
  • Have the best food because it’s only going to be a few plates rather than 200. Go all out! Get steak and shrimp!
  • Less stress more fun!!!!

Cara + Mark was suppose to have a destination wedding in Mexico but due to covid they decided to just get eloped!! With the dress she was going to be on the beach with for rehearsal dinner they eloped in the red rocks!! It was the perfect little ceremony with just family in a beautiful location. It was exactly what they wanted.

Grand Canyon Elopement

Arizona’s best elopement spot

Hannah and David met in the canyon on a spring break trip during college. They fell in love during the hours of hiking and resting. So it was only right for them to get married at the South Rim Grand Canyon for sunset! It was absolutely beautiful and a special elopement at Lipan Point. This location offers views of the Colorado River and sunset back lighting! (which is really hard to find)

With David being Chinese, Hannah wanted to cooperate family traditions into their unique elopement in Arizona. It was just their families and a few friends who attended the ceremony. We started in Flagstaff with a traditional tea ceremony where the couple offers tea to the families on both sides. Along with a cute little first look where they both turned around at the same time! Hannah wore red because in the Chinese culture red represents luck, happiness, and prosperity.

Grand Canyon elopements are some of my very favorite!!! This is because Canyon offers rest, hope, beauty, and awe inspiring views that take your breath away. You must apply for a permit here: https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/management/getting-married-at-grand-canyon.htm