We had the insider scoop. Kim used to work in Zion National Park so she knew an alternate trail to a really INCREDIBLE overlook for this adventurous elopement. There was just one minor catch in accessing the beautiful point: it was a 4 mile hike there and back so we did 8 miles in one day!
Fortunately, Kim and Caleb were down for all of it! I’m always ready to travel for a destination elopement and hike with my couples even if it’s an 8-mile day. Honestly, the longer hikes have the BEST views!
We set out on a slippery, muddy, trail for what seemed like forever. Caleb was such a trooper carrying his suit with no covering over it the entire way! Even though our boots were coated in mud and we hiked back in 12-degree weather, it was 100% worth it!
After traveling through the beautiful pine trees of Zion National Park we arrived at our super secret spot. I’m used to shooting in places like Yosemite National Park where the popular spots like Taft Point at sunset or Artist Point at sunrise get easily overcrowded in good weather.
But, at our secret adventurous elopement location, there was no one there. It was perfect! Traveling that distance created a place that was truly and wholly theirs for their elopement day. The added bonus was it enabled me to witness a side of Zion National Park I hadn’t seen before!
Have I mentioned the view was incredible? (scroll down to see what I mean!) We took our time soaking it up and capturing the sun setting in the canyon of Zion National Park. These newlyweds were ecstatic and we all felt lucky to be able to do their elopement session during blue hour while the sky turned into a purple hue.
This is what it really looks like to shoot an adventurous destination elopement: the photos look AMAZING in the end, but capturing these unique shots takes some effort and planning. It was an honor capturing their love for each other on such a fun and adventurous day!
Ready to hike to your elopement’s special spot? I’m down!