What a blessing this wedding was and these people were, in the midst of a chaotic year and so much hardship going on. Thankful to Andrea and Brad for being considerate and thinking about their family and friends more than about having a huge wedding. This sweet little elopement was magical and beautiful.
Every now and then a couple comes along that blows your mind. Their kindness and thoughtfulness, their story, their passion, their love…it all just works in such a magical way. When Shelly called me and said she wanted to get married up at Horseshoe Bend in a little elopement ceremony with just Joe and her parents, I couldn’t wait. When she shared with me more of her story and how they had gotten to this point, I knew this was something extra special that doesn’t come along too often.
I was so excited about it that I told my three buddies in my text group, and immediately Jay Worsley offered to film it. He’d always wanted to shoot something like an elopement up there, and so I told Shelly about what Jay wanted to do and she was ALL-IN. And our buddy Jason Williams joined as well to help out with shooting, filming and being the baddest assistant ever.
The day was amazing. But for Shelly it started down in Phoenix at 5:30am with Pooja from Makiaj Beauty for hair and makeup. Which was spectacular by the way, Pooja ia amazing! Then they made the four hour drive up to Page and got to the hotel just in time to change super fast into wedding outfits, quickly do a first look and then get to Antelope Canyon for portraits. Our guide Tana was genius and incredible to watch, stopping all the onlookers from snapping photos of our bride and groom. She cleared people out and gave us room to work. Heaps of praises for her!
From there it was lunch and JUMBO margaritas at El Tapatio. They were a little TOO jumbo, but they were delicious! A short break after and we hit Horseshoe Bend for sunset.
The actual elopement was simple and beautiful. To have your own father perform the ceremony and your mother be a witness, it was incredibly moving. The vows, the words from her dad was perfection. You can hear them below in Jay’s video. We found a little spot and people were nice enough to keep their distance so we could have as much privacy as you can with 100’s of people everywhere.
Not many words left to describe this day. Shelly and Joe, thanks for trusting us and including us in such a huge moment of your life. And for all the love after, tagging us, creating graphics to share our websites and just being so complimentary. It goes without saying that we don’t get that kind of showering of praises too often!
And last, but not least…thank you for the cupcakes again. I would love another one right now please.
But in the meantime…here is a little look at their day, with lots more photos still to edit! And please, when you are done with the photos, watch Jay’s film embedded at the bottom. It’s incredible.
I think sometimes my favorite weddings are the small, intimate gatherings where it’s just your best friends and close family. Nothing more, nothing less. The right amount of people who truly care for you and want to be there. Patrick and Hannah had that in Sedona at the Enchantment Resort.
I loved this day, I love how close Hannah and her dad were (of course I’m a sap for that) and I loved the stormy cloud, the fact we had to wait a bit for the rain but that it gave us incredible skies and gorgeous light.
Congrats you guys, I hope you enjoy these photos!
How often do you get to shoot a wedding for your little cousin? I still remember when Rene was a little, little kid and now here she is grown-up, about to be a mom and marrying a great guy named Brandon. Time flies, wow.
I truly feel blessed to have been able to be there for this little event. Immediate family only…so basically an elopement. So perfect. Especially for these two.
Congrats to both of you, cannot wait to meet little Emma!