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Bride and groom laughing with family

 

Although a lot of people may not immediately think of Utah when they think of a destination wedding, I think it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world to get married! Zion National Park, with its spectacular views and stunning red rock landscapes, is the perfect place for an adventurous destination elopement. Amanda and Marcus evidently thought so, too. Even though they are not from Southern Utah, they traveled there along with their closest family members to tie the knot surrounded by nature. It was the perfect choice for this outdoorsy, fun-loving couple. 

This small, intimate wedding had under twenty guests present. The bride and groom wanted only their parents, siblings and grandparents with them on their special day. It made the celebration that much more meaningful. It was really just about two families coming together to support the happy couple and to become one big family! 

The ceremony location showcased the beautiful scenery as Amanda and Marcus exchanged heartfelt vows. My favorite moment was definitely when they brought out roasting sticks and made s’mores to share with each other while the ceremony was in progress! It just goes to show how fun and adventurous the two of them are together. They’re not afraid to be themselves. It’s easy to see why a destination elopement in the desert was just right for them and their relationship.

When Amanda and Marcus contacted me about photographing their wedding, they confessed that they had been following me on social media for the past two years. I knew immediately that they were my kind of people who would be up for anything. After the ceremony, the three of us went on a 45-minute hike along Overlook Trail to enjoy the stunning view from the top and get some gorgeous photos. Marcus was a perfect gentleman, helping the bride with her wedding dress and carrying her bouquet. The trail was pretty busy with other hikers enjoying the park. We did get a lot of stares. The grand vista we were greeted with was definitely worth the climb! Zion National Park is an amazing place not to be missed!

I also had the pleasure of shooting Marcus and Amanda’s wedding video. You can watch it at the bottom of this post!

 

Bride and groom holding hands overlooking Zion National Park
v neck wedding dress hangs in window with pink wall
bride wearing robe writes love letter vows
v neck beaded bodice wedding dress
personalized hanger with bride's name and customized robe
bride wearing white customized robe for getting ready wedding photos
bride getting ready room
personalized his and hers vow books for wedding
bride wearing white customized robe for getting ready wedding photos
bride writing vows before wedding ceremony
bride getting ready photos
bride hugging mother during getting ready photos
bride putting on earrings during getting ready photos
father of the bride and grandfather getting ready for wedding ceremony
bride putting boutonniere on father of the bride
bride laughs during getting ready photos
groom and mother of the groom getting ready for wedding ceremony
father walks bride down the aisle in desert elopement wedding
father walks bride down the aisle in desert elopement wedding
groom in gray suit waits as bride walks down the aisle
family watches wedding ceremony
bride and father walk down the aisle in small wedding ceremony
bride and groom hold hands during wedding ceremony
bride and groom read vows during desert wedding ceremony
bride and groom laugh during wedding ceremony
bride and groom roast s'mores during wedding ceremony
bride and groom roast s'mores during wedding ceremony
bride and groom roast s'mores during wedding ceremony
bride and groom first kiss as husband and wife
Utah wedding venue near Zion National Park
Outdoor wedding dinner reception near Zion National Park
guests enjoy wine toast during wedding dinner
small, intimate wedding in Zion National Park Utah
small, intimate wedding in Zion National Park Utah
bride with her father
bride and groom with grooms parents
bride and groom with mother of the bride
Bride and groom laughing with family
bride and groom laughing with family
bride rests her head on groom's shoulder in desert wedding
bride and groom pose, desert wedding elopement in Zion National Park
bride and groom laughing
bride in beaded v neck wedding dress with chiffon skirt
bride and groom kiss among red rocks
bride and groom smile among red rocks
groom in gray suit poses near red rocks
groom in gray suit poses near red rocks
bride in v neck wedding dress holding bouquet near red rocks in Southern Utah
bride and groom relax among red rocks
bride and groom near red rocks
bride and groom dip, Zion National Park
bride and groom in red rocks Zion National Park
bride sits in red rocks Zion National Park
bride and groom in Zion National Park
bride and groom dancing near cliff in in Zion National Park
bride and groom in Zion National Park
bride and groom in Zion National Park
bride and groom in Zion National Park
bride and groom dance in Zion National Park
bride and groom in Zion National Park
bride and groom cut cake with view
bride and groom cutting wedding cake
Smal white wedding cake with greenery
bride and groom cutting wedding cake
bride and groom kiss after cake cutting
bride and groom under ceremony arch, Zion National Park wedding
bride and groom kiss after wedding ceremony
bride and groom cheer after wedding ceremony, Zion National Park