An intimate cabin elopement in Sedona in mid October, was the perfect way to celebrate these two + their love! Cheyenne + Andrew have been together forever, literally. They met as children + have been best friends most of their lives. I cried during their vows + the reading Cheyenne’s mother did because I’ve known Cheyenne for about as long as Andrew has known her. I worked at a photo lab with Cheyenne’s mom, photographed portraits of her as a child, a senior + now an adult getting married! Did you see their e-sesh? You can check it here.
Getting Ready Together
A few things I adored about this intimate cabin elopement were:
- A morning wedding! So unique!
- Cheyenne + Andrew threw out tradition + woke up together the morning of their wedding
- They cooked breakfast + shared coffee together while Cheyenne did her hair + makeup
- The guest list was small + everyone color coordinated their attire
- It was an EVENT, not just a wedding. All the guests, myself included, stayed in cabins on the same property for 2 nights, like summer camp, but for a wedding!
- Everyone rolled with the inevitable changes that happen on a wedding day + made the best of it.
We Roll With It
Every wedding is going to have challenges. This intimate cabin elopement in Sedona had weather – there was a downpour expected that day even though the morning was bright + sunny! Along with a change of venue for the ceremony. Initially Cheyenne + Andrew had picked a very special hiking spot, but the morning of the wedding there was nowhere to park to access the trail. With the threat of the rain they opted to head back to the cabins + have their ceremony in the garden. It was perfect! There was nobody else around + it allowed for an incredibly intimate ceremony.
The clouds came in + covered everything in beautiful soft light. Throughout the ceremony the sun shone through the clouds, then hid again. It created spotlights at the most perfect times. I was able to create imagery from this amazing day that I don’t usually have the time or the lighting to create.
We hurried a bit to catch some portraits before the rain started, but of course there was still time for champagne toasts, cupcakes + changing the writing on their car from “getting married” to “just married”! So fukken cuuuute!
No Pretense, Just Vibes
The elopement festivities lasted all day – no timeline, no hard + fast rules – just get married, enjoy the day + Sedona! These are the weddings I love to photograph.
The rain started as soon as we got back to the cabins. It was a downpour! We made it just in time! As the rain slowed we headed out to a slow, late lunch + drinks at a fave restaurant. Once we got back to the cabins we had more champagne + after a brief rest we played card games + drank in the newlywed’s cabin. It was an elopement I’ll remember forever!
A traditional wedding?! Fuck that noise! Give me a laid back day full of emotions + time so I can observe + create art for you. It is pure magic.