Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Sedona Parks and Recreation Land, Arizona Desert Elopement Photo Story Award

Sedona Parks and Recreation Land Wedding Photo of bride and groom walking together after ceremony

Sedona Parks and Recreation Land, Sedona Wedding Photography | Happy bride and groom walking together

Jacquie and Doug recess from their Sedona, AZ elopement, jumping over a shovel with laughter as part of an inside joke reference that their family members arranged as a surprise for them.

Once upon a time, I sold spandex. I had some really amazing co-workers that I am still friends with today. I have photographed my co-workers' families, and in a few cases, their weddings and their children’s weddings.  Jacquie is no exception to this situation and when I was in Bend, OR photographing her daughter Stormie’s senior session for her graduation photos, Jacquie (or Jax, as we’ve always called her), told me a tale about falling in love with one of her oldest nearest and dearest friends.  She and Doug have been best friends for DECADES and realized right before the pandemic started that they had feelings for each other.

Jax and Doug just wanted to get on with it already and get married – they just knew that this was IT.  Like many Covid couples, they faced a number of problems planning a wedding and their plans took many iterations.  The date changed a few times, the plans changed a few more times: a relaxed outdoor micro-wedding and family-style dinner in Bend, OR got moved to Arizona with immediate family only. Eventually, they settled on an intimate Sedona elopement, and just as expected, just getting married brought them all the joy and happiness I expected it would.

The day was relaxed and simple. We ordered food to go from nearby restaurants. The bakery forgot to fill the cake order and there was a scramble to get a replacement made (thank you Whole Foods).  There was laughter and tears and I feel really lucky to have been part of such a beautiful small intimate event. At every turn of the day, there were hilarious and unique surprises on both sides of the event: from the couple themselves for each other, to their family members, who brought out some touches that were a total surprise for both Jax and Doug! I am lucky to have Jax in my life, and her incredible sassy and whip-smart daughter Stormie, and now, Doug.

Arizona Wedding Photography of brides daughter ties her shoes as they get ready for ceremony

Arizona Wedding Photographers | The brides daughter ties her shoes

Jacquie's daughter ties her shoes for her before her Sedona elopement.

Outdoor Wedding Venue Picture in Sedona, AZ of groom reacting to seeing the bride for the first time

Outdoor Wedding Venue Pictures in Sedona, AZ | The groom reacts to seeing the bride for the first time

Jacquie arrives on site for her Sedona, AZ elopement as Doug reacts to seeing her for the first time.

Sedona Elopement Wedding Ceremony Image in the outdoors under a blue sky

Sedona Elopement Wedding Ceremony Image | An intimate AZ elopement

Jacquie and Doug's intimate Sedona, AZ elopement was attended by immediate family only and was officiated by Doug's sister in law.

Sedona Arizona Desert Wedding Ceremony Picture of bride and groom surrounded by their family members

Sedona Arizona Wedding Ceremony Pictures | The bride and groom are surrounded by their family members

Jacquie and Doug are surrounded by their family members as they dance in a circle around them after their wedding ceremony.

Sedona, Arizona Private Home Wedding Image of family enjoying intimate dinner together

Sedona, Arizona Private Home Wedding Image in BW |  The family enjoys an intimate dinner together

The family enjoys an intimate dinner together as night falls in Sedona, Arizona.

Sedona Parks AZ Wedding Couple Portrait of newlyweds together outdoors

Sedona Parks and Recreation Land Wedding Couple Portrait | The newlyweds share a minute together outdoors

The newlyweds share a moment during their portrait session after their elopement.

Black and white Wedding Pic from Sedona, AZ of brides daughter speaking

Private Estate Wedding Pic from Sedona, AZ | The brides daughter speaks

Jacquie's daughter speaks to Doug about what his presence in her life has meant to her in the last year, while Jacquie reacts.

Sedona, AZ Private Estate Wedding Photography showing grooms reaction to his brother's speech

Sedona, AZ Private Estate Wedding Photography | The groom reacts to his brother's speech

Doug reacts to his brother's speech during their Sedona, Arizona elopement.