Yaaaaa’ll this elopement. I remember exactly where I was when I got their inquiry- hiking with some friends outside of Phoenix. I remember seeing how G + S wanted to do a backpacking elopement in Canyonlands and from that moment on I *knew* their day would be epic. And it so was.
G + S’s elopement is such a perfect example of combining an experience that includes family while not sacrificing your own wedding dreams. G + S wanted a beautiful ceremony in an easily accessible place, followed up by backpacking into a super remote area of Canyonlands- a place that is extremely meaningful for the couple.
The day of the ceremony started out sunny and beautiful. G + S stayed at Under Canvas, one of the coolest lodging options around. I got to meet their amazing dog Tiva (fun fact- the couple actually switched their ceremony location to a dog-friendly spot once they adopted this sweet girl. They couldn’t imagine their day without her… and after meeting her I could see why! Such a sweetheart) and hang out with the couple while they leisurely got ready.
They had the sweetest first look ever (that their parents spied on from a nearby tent) and then we all caravanned over to their their location. They had a short and sweet ceremony surrounded by their parents (and Tiva!) then enjoyed a lovely dinner at a nearby picnic table. The couples parents shared sweet toasts and surprised the couple with a slideshow (which I sneakily conspired along with- I stole away during dinner and quickly edited and sent along a photo of G + S with Teva at Under Canvas). Some clouds rolled in while G + S explored the cliffs together and watched a while sunset together.
The next day we all switched gears and the hiking part of this hiking elopement commenced- backpacking into the back country together. G + S initially planned wearing their wedding attire for their hike, but the threat of rain demanded more practical attire. We wandered through canyons and spires, and the rain (and thunder) did eventually descend. Total troopers, G + S were unfazed but the rain and by the time we got to camp and settled in, it let up and the sun came out. G + S enjoyed a typical backpackers meal before we set off to one of their favorite spots where they could exchange their own personal vows. It was in damp hiking attire on soggy desert dirt but it was beautiful and meaningful and in a place that meant so so much to the couple.
The next morning the couple enjoyed coffee at their favorite overlook before I packed off and headed out. It was… incredible. I never lost that awe of how dedicated G+S were to having a day (days!) that fit them like a glove. This hiking elopement had it all, from their ceremony surrounded by loved ones to their own private vows surrounded by the place they love most… I feel so lucky to have been a part of it. A 2021 highlight for sure 🙂
— Ryan + Styhiln
Omg such an incredible adventure! I love that they planned the elopement that was right for them! You captured them and their love so perfectly!
I love this!! The pup with the bow tie is such a wonderful touch. And everyone’s emotions, oh my goodness .. such a pretty and emotional wedding!
Oh my gosh, this is literally such a dreamy elopement! I love that they had a ceremony with their guests, and then went BACKPACKING through the Moab desert to say their private vows?! How adventurous!
Aimee you know I’m a big fan of everything you create and this backpacking elopement is no exception! Seriously amazing job as always, especially all the little details and moments that happened on their trip.
So wondrous! A great example that you can have multiday elopements and it doesn’t have to be in a wedding outfit the entire time!
Talk about incredible conditions. Those sunsets and the water pools are amazing! It looks like these two had an amazing celebration and you captured it perfectly. Thanks for sharing!
What an incredibly adventurous and unique elopement! I really love the simplicity of their outfits on the day of their ceremony without jewelry or ties. You captured the feeling of backcountry camping so well, and I love all of the in between moments like the jacket drying in the sun. Gorgeous work! Thoughtfully planned and photographed 🙂
OMG these photos are so precious! I LOVE the dogs bowtie and her dress is TO DIE for. Great job capturing their day!
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Wow! So many beautiful pictures! They had such an amazing elopement full of stunning views, emotions, elements they love