Mother nature is really the best artist; she is an architect, a sculptor, and painter and there is not a place where her artistry is more apparent than in a slot canyon. The watercolor walls, the smooth slope of the trail, there really isn’t a place that screams both “loveliness” and “adventure” so equally. If you’re location hunting for an adventure session or elopement in Arizona it’s pretty much the perfect spot.
It’s embarrassing to admit it’s taken me so long to see this natural wonder, but I only first got to see I got the chance to explore my first slot canyon this past February in Page, AZ. It was cold that day, uncommonly cold, even for February in the desert. Storm clouds heavy with snow flirted with the horizon and snow flurries hung in the air as we departed our shuttle, but the clouds never really making good on the promise of a true snowfall. The sun peeked out by our journey’s end but as we set out on the winding canyon path, snow flurries were stuck in our hair. The adventure started on a flat expanse of desert with mountains in the distance. We wound our way through the pale orange path, led by a guide, to the slot canyon entrance. And holy cow.
It was an amazing day, both from a photo perceptive (I really am proud of these images) and from a learning perspective. I was in Page for The Adventurers Workshop put on by the amazing Maddie Mae and Abbi Hearne. I am just a hopeless student; weirdly picking out my outfit and laying it out the night before, like I’m going to kindergarten all over again, picking out my favorite pens, getting to the events like…way too early, haha. I love learning and I love furthering my education in photography so I can be the best, raddest photographer and businesswoman I can be.
Becca and Jeff traveled to Page from Utah and were amaaaazing to work with. They were recently married in Oregon and their newlywed shine was in full effect 🙂 They were SO sweet and down for anything and did not seem at all intimidated by a herd of photographers swarming all around them. And Becca worked that gorgeous Reclamation dress like a champ (I still, to this day, cannot get over that dress. Ladies looking for the ultimate boho wedding gown, you have *got* to check these out.)
The florals were provided by The Flower Method who I literally cannot say enough good things about; this eco-friendly florist focuses exclusively on outdoor intimate weddings and elopements and makes my earth-loving self happy.
I know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’ll say it till the cows come home. This state is unreal. I will never forget staring down that narrow slot canyon hallway for the first time. There are treasures here, if you know where to look. Some in the shape of mountains, of desert lakes, of canyons that look like they’ve been molded from clay. It’s a magic place and if you’re eloping, I hope you consider having your elopement in Arizona.
And if you want to see more Slot Canyon magic, check out this post.