Hannah and Matt’s adventurous Sedona elopement was a day filled with their closest family and friends, epic views, and so many sweet, intimate moments. One of the most epic parts of the day was getting to climb Cathedral Rock with their wedding attire in hand so they could share private vows and their first dance at the very spot that Matt proposed. This day was absolutely unforgettable and I feel lucky to have been the one to capture it!
Planning Their Day
Hannah and Matt met 8 years ago while in college and have been inseparable ever since. They love hiking, the fur babies, and trying new experiences in life. They recently moved to Phoenix for their jobs and fell in love with day trips to Sedona. Their love for Sedona grew more and more as they found new hiking spots. Cathedral Rock became their favorite hike and eventually the place that Matt proposed to Hannah. It only made sense for them to spend part of their wedding day up at their special spot.
One of my favorite parts of being a Sedona elopement photographer is working with my couples to plan their wedding day. The beautiful thing about eloping is that you get to design the day to be your perfect wedding experience. For Hannah and Matt they deeply cared for having their family a part of the experience, as well as having plenty of time for just themselves. While designing their timeline for their full wedding day I kept that in mind.
Pro-Elopement Planning Tip: Invite your closest friends and family to your elopement day if you want to! You don’t have to miss out on those special moments. We can work together to find an accessible location site that also has beautiful views, just like Hannah and Matt’s!
The beginning of Hannah and Matt’s adventurous Sedona elopement began at their beautiful Airbnbs in West Sedona. They had slow mornings with their family as they prepared for the day. I arrived and instantly connected with Hannah! It seriously felt like we had been friends for years! I got to meet their cute pups and all of their sweet family and friends. It was awesome!
Pro-Elopement Planning Tip: Get a big Airbnb for your friends and family to stay at during your elopement experience. It’s perfect for hosting meals and getting to hang out with all of your favorite people!
One of the biggest reasons I encourage my couples who have chosen to elope to book full day coverage is for the special moments beyond just the ceremony and couples session. You deserve to have so much more documented! I mean, just look at those precious moments! Hannah got to have with her family while getting ready for her elopement. After lots of happy tears, it was time for Hannah and Matt to share their first look. It was another beautiful moment with even more happy tears!
Pro-Elopement Planning Tip: Have a first look if you want to get out some nerves before your ceremony. It’s also a great way to spend a little bit more time with your soon-to-be-spouse!
One of the best parts about Sedona elopements is that most parks allow for weddings without a permit! That means you can find your favorite spot in the red rocks and get married right there! Hannah and Matt chose a spot at one of my favorite parks in Sedona that has 360 views of the red rocks. The family set up some benches and rugs beforehand and bam! A perfect spot for a wedding ceremony was born.
Another special part about this day was Matt’s grandmother officiating their wedding ceremony. It had everybody in the crowd in tears! She gave them a beautiful blessing, included their parents during some rituals, and pronounced them married! To celebrate, they popped some champagne and shared some toasts before heading off to finish the adventurous Sedona elopement at Cathedral Rock.
Pro-Elopement Planning Tip: Have a close friend or family member get ordained for your elopement. You won’t have to worry about finding a local pastor and it makes the day even more special.
The Cathedral Rock Adventure
After spending the morning and ceremony with their friends and family, it was time for Hannah and Matt to have a private adventure. We got our hiking gear on and prepared for the trek up Cathedral Rock. If you’ve never been to Cathedral Rock you have got to add it to your list! It is a tough hike, but it’s less than a mile up!
Pro-Elopement Planning Tip: Change into your hiking attire for your adventurous elopement. If you are only hiking a short distance to your location then I’d just suggest wearing hiking shoes and staying in your dress. If you’re hiking to a further location I would definitely suggest wearing some comfy hiking clothes that are easy to change in and out of.
Once we made it past the hardest part of the hike they put their wedding attire back on and started adventuring around the red rocks. We found a private spot for Matt and Hannah to exchange private vows. It was a beautiful moment! This is an amazing thing to do if you don’t feel entirely comfortable saying your vows in front of your family. After exchanging their vows they shared their first dance on the edge of the cliff. Talk about gorgeous!! Matt and Hannah ended their adventurous Sedona elopement by watching the sun set below the horizon. We hiked back in the dark and then they went off to enjoy a private dinner with their family.
Here’s what Hannah and Matt had to say about their experience of having me as the Sedona elopement photographer:
“Caitlyn is amazing! We’re so glad that we chose her to capture our day. She was so helpful throughout the planning process and provided great guides that helped us plan our perfect elopement. She also provided a timeline that was so helpful and led us throughout the day to help stay on time. I was so impressed by how she guided everyone during family pictures and how she just made us feel so comfortable. It really was so great working with Caitlyn! She is so friendly and easy to get along with! She is SO talented and we are obsessed with all our photos!! Highly recommend Caitlyn to be your photographer!”
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Shout out to all of the awesome vendors who helped make this day possible:
Florist: Sedona Mountain High Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Sarah Cross
Videography: Riley Hicks Video
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