With the sun touching the edge of Piestewa Peak and casting an ethereal glow on all in attendance, the bride's father, who is serving as the officiant, begins the ceremony.
Joshua and Kayla’s wedding was small and perfect for this couple who live near the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. They got ready at home before a short drive over to their trailhead of choice in the preserve. The location was a beautiful natural bowl surrounded by hills with Piestewa looming in the background. Joshua played "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles as Kayla walked with her mother to the ceremony site.
I have been photographing weddings for 15 years and this was the first time I ever saw a groom so overcome with emotion he simply could not get the words out to his vows. It was so sweet when, tears rolling, Joshua handed his vows over to Kayla to read aloud. After a few minutes, he was able to take over again, and it was a moment to remember. After family portraits, the couple put on their hiking shoes for a short walk and views for an amazing desert sunset.
Picking up his favorite guitar from his personal collection, Joshua plays "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles as his beloved bride walks toward him.
The bride traverses the trail in her pristine white wedding shoes, as her gown billows behind her and her mother guides her along the way.
Unable to contain his emotions during the wedding vows, the groom pauses to wipe a tear and admire his bride.
Phoenix, Arizona Remote Desert Wedding Photo of bride and groom donning looks of reverence and respect
Donning looks of reverence and respect, Kayla and Josh listen intently as her father officiates the wedding ceremony.
Outdoor wedding Pic from the Phoenix Mountains of groom saying vows to his bride with friends laughing
Using a small notebook to guide him, the groom says his vows to his bride. While it was an emotional ceremony — full of beauty and tender feelings — it also included touches of humor. In this moment, the groom's attendants can't help but laugh along with him.
Surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, Kayla and Josh celebrate, knowing that they are finally husband and wife.
Ditching her elegant heels for a practical pair of hiking shoes, Kayla prepares for a portrait session in the desert.
Holding each other with one hand and their formal wedding shoes in the other, the bride and groom navigate the down slope of the trail at sunset. They are relaxed and at ease, sauntering ahead knowing that they have the rest of their lives to enjoy journeys such as this.