Oh, this day. From the moment C + M reached out, I knew this day was going to be one for the books (though… if you read on, you’ll see not for the reasons you may expect!). C+M told me right away that a big wedding “wasn’t their bag” and they were more crunchy than their professions may imply, and they wanted to take their wedding day to be a day that was truly a reflection of them. A day where they could have what they defined as their best day ever and not be influenced by any outside factors on what “they should do.” Hence their Utah elopement 🙂
C+M had actually rented a van and vanlifed around Utah as a trip in the years previous, and totally fell in love with the landscape. They fell so hard for Moab- so hard that they decided to make it the location for their Utah elopement. I was VERY excited about this (Moab is honestly one of the best places for an elopement) AND recreate their epic road via a ProMaster. It was so so amazing planning this day with these two-privacy was super important to them, as well as taking time to just enjoy their day together doing the things they love.
They started their Utah elopement at an amazing overlook to get ready in their ProMaster and watch the sunrise. The clouds clinging to the horizon made for the prettiest and softest light and C+M watched the canyons below change colors as the sun slowly rose. We journeyed a few minutes down the road for their ceremony, where C+M exchanges the *most* heartfelt and sweetest vows. To celebrate, they made breakfast in their van (which they had decorated the night before- so freaking cute- M is known for his amazing breakfast sandwiches on the road so it was only natural that the couple enjoyed the perfect egg sandwich (with coffee+whiskey) the morning they got married!
We all took a break during the heat of the day, then met back up for the casual, fun adventure part of the day and jeeped down the dirt road we’d looked down on during sunrise. We settled at a spot and (totally alone) C+M built a doughnut tower in lieu of a cake (complete with cake topper.) They sipped favorite beers as the sunset, and C surprised M with a photo album of all their adventures together. Then *I* surprised the couple, because a family member had reached out and sent a video of surprise toasts, which I shared with the couple on my phone.
We ended the day with exploring our picnic spot (all in chacos) and Jeeping back to Moab where we stopped in a random hotel to get some witnesses for the couples marriage license.
It was… honestly a perfect day. The thing that struck me the most was that every decision the couple made was in service of what they loved. Their experience was the most important thing and it led to one of the sweetest, chillest, and most personal elopements I’ve been a part of so far. It was amazing.
C+M, thank you so much for trusting me to be a part of your day. It was a *true* privilege to be a part of your adventure 🙂
Love this authentic and personal elopement? Then check out this rock climbing elopement for the ages 🙂
— Ryan + Styhiln