There are tons of gorgeous places to elope in the desert, but this gorgeous overlook is special. If you're looking for an off-the-beaten-path for your elopement, this inspiration is for you.

Dreamy Elopement in the Desert at Secret Overlook

Off the Beaten Path Elopement

Oh man, this location. Was. A. Dream. I use a lot of resources and spend a lot of time location scouting out here around Phoenix. There are tons of well known spots for desert elopements that are a mere, 1, 2, or 4 hours from Phoenix (Like the Superstitions, Sedona, and Page AZ) that get a lot of screen time. Understandably- they are inarguably gorgeous. And very familiar and well worn spots for an elopement in the desert.

But I won’t lie that I really love finding secret gems that are a total surprise, that make you gasp and say “where is that?” So when I stumbled upon this spot (gorgeous golden grass? Mountain horizon lines? Desert lakes?) I knew I found a special spot.

And I knew it was the perfect spot for Logan and Nicole, who who may recognize from this engagement shoot! I was sooo stoked to work with these two again; they are a true power couple and their love for each other is so obvious. They are both trainers and recently opened their own gym (Fuel Yours) and are serious goals when it comes to tackling a dream with your partner. The level of support, connection, and drive these two have… is legit inspirational.

So you see why I needed a special, epic spot for these two. The day was sunny and gorgeous (like, these were taken in January, ya’ll. Arizona, I love you). One thing I really loved about this location for an elopement in the desert is that while there is some light hiking involved (and also some very brief 4×4 driving), it takes very little effort to get some really massive payoff. We wandered along the edge of the overlook, the sun dipped a little lower, and we found ourselves at the ceremony site. Totally private, not another soul around. The entire time we were there we legit didn’t see another person.

And boy did Arizona put on a show. The sun dipped lower and lower and dipped below the horizon just after Nicole and Logan kissed. It was so freaking magical, I can’t even say. I’m so grateful I got to spend the day with these, two. Peak Existence for sure.

Also special thanks to La Vie Floral Company for the *stunning* bouquet!

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I'm Aimée Flynn, Southwest based adventure wedding and elopement photographer, mega nerd, former therapist, and taker of the epic pics. But don't think I'm here just to take pretty photos (though there will be pretty photos a-plenty) I’m here to guide you through every step of your elope elopement experience; I’m your location scouter, gatherer of all in info, formal wear wrangler, & hype committee. 

I’m also a storyteller. Your storyteller. And while I'm here for the epic, magazine-cover-worthy, totally bananas moments, I'm also here (and to be totally honest, live for) those goofy, silly, unexpected moments that adventure always seems to bring. I'm here to tell your story in the honest and epic fashion it deserves.
Hey friend, I'm so stoked  you're here!

  1. Sienna says:

    Your description of this elopement being “dreamy” totally hits the nail on the head. Those soft, warm tones…what an absolutely magical day!

  2. Heather Huie says:

    Wow, I love this blue hour– so romantic!

  3. These images are AMAZING, Aimee! What a gorgeous secret spot – I’m obsessed!!

  4. Amanda says:

    Love this location! The light and the emotions captured here are ?

  5. Daniela says:

    OMG, I love desert elopements! The colors but also the fact that there are tons of spots that are secluded and private for a special occasion like an elopement!

  6. Kristen says:

    These are stunning! They look like they could be straight from a magazine!

  7. Julia Maass says:

    Wow. This location is amazing and all your efforts for location scouting really paid off! Such a breathtaking elopement!

  8. Justyna says:

    Here is to all adventurous souls….That want to wear boots for their wedding day!

  9. Kaylyn says:

    Aww man these are so pretty! I definitely love the secret spots! So much better and unique for your couples!

  10. Halie West says:

    You use of landscape and light just blow me away! I love these so much!

  11. Cara Blome says:

    What an incredible desert location for this session! I love the champagne from the camping mugs!

  12. Holy moly these are amazing!!

  13. Justyna says:

    That light warms my heart….so so beautiful!

  14. Afton says:

    Dreamy is an understatement! That light for their elopement is everything! Plus sunset and blue hour in the desert is everything.

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