Izzy and Garrett’s elopement off of Bell Rock trail in Sedona, Arizona. A beautiful elopement with pups and closest friends. An evening under the stars and spent camping together. Read the full story here and get inspiration for your own elopement!
North Carolina Cabin Engagement Session
Meet Myriah and Cody, high school sweethearts from Belews Creek, North Carolina! These two are set to marry next November in the cutest white barn in Booneville, NC! When your “little sister” calls you to say she’s engaged you get right to planning with her the perfect engagement session! Myriah wanted to shoot in a location that no one else had shot at before. I had the perfect spot! We grew up camping together on my family farm, Big Rock. So I said let’s go to big rock and shoot your engagement session at the cabin! We set the date for the session in hopes for beautiful fall leaves, but the hurricanes brought other plans to North Carolina. I packed the gear and flew in super excited for the next day of going to a place that held so many memories and getting to photograph my oldest friend with the love of her life. We ventured out through the tall grass keeping an eye out for the bull that was said to be in the pasture. We are lucky the hurricanes didn’t leave too much damage on the farm except for higher, muddy water. It was a beautiful engagement session filled with laughter and excitement, which I am sure we will see a lot more of on their intimate wedding day!
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Traci Edwards Photography
Wild Hearts on Fire
Arizona Based Elopement Photographer - Adventure Engagement Session Photographer
Arizona Based Adventure Elopement Photographer
Wild Hearts On Fire
Recently, I had the chance to do a mentorship with Ruthanne, a fellow elopement photographer, which brought me to the stunning views of Lake Tahoe! We took some time out of our grind on business talk to photograph this beautiful couple, Claire and Wilson! These two souls are madly in love with each other and prepping for their venture into Van Life. I could not get enough of their sweet giggles, admiration and that red hat!! I love their excitement to take photos together. I am always for couple’s pictures especially before any life change; who says you need to be engaged to enjoy each other and have beautiful images to show it!
This duo even opted in pose as a bride and groom. Claire slipped into one of my wedding dresses for rent for a some styled elopement images! Claire is wearing the ‘Death Valley’ dress designed by Monique Lhuillier. These beautiful flowers were provided by Love & Lupines Floral Design who are also based in Lake Tahoe. I’m head over heels for this bridal look with the red hat and feather, the sexy jeweled dress, romantic floral arrangement and let’s not forget all of those pines! If you’re thinking of eloping I can ensure you that it will be an experience you will never forget and stunning images to last a lifetime!
Let’s get your elopement or couple’s session on the calendar!
Yosemite National Park as an Elopement Location - Adventure Elopement Photographer based in Arizona
Yosemite is pure magic.
Yosemite National Park is an absolute dreamy place to elope. We often see the same photos of this park, couples on the edge over looking the sunning El Capitan or Half Dome. Even though these images are amazing there is so much more to this place! Every little nook is a piece of solitude and amazing views. The couple of days I was there the park was mostly submerged in the clouds. I can only imagine Yosemite as the perfect place for private vows and adventure as fantastic no matter what weather condition. There is even the sweetest little church for those couples that want an in between of an intimate ceremony and the private photos after. If you are a couple moved by water falls, look no further than Yosemite! I am telling you each hike I took and drive through the park I almost ran off the road or simply just stood motionless just gawking at the parks beauty.
Let’s take a second and talk about bears…
Please remember when you are visiting the beautiful National Parks you are also visiting the homes of many wildlife. Please remember that any second one of these beautiful animals may cross the road; keep your eyes on the look out and your speed down. Also, I know you may really want that photo of a bear close up, but do not chase the bears to get that photo, observe from afar. Respect the animals and their space. Remember to practice No Trace Behind while visiting the park for the well being of the ecosystem and the animals that live there.
Hey, hey it is me! I hope you enjoyed this blog post on Yosemite National Park. If you have any questions please reach out. If you are thinking of eloping in this stunning National Park please contact me. I would love to help you in your planning and be there to capture your adventure!
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North Algodones Dunes Elopement - Adventure Elopement Photographer - Arizona Elopement Photographer
An adventure that starts the rest of your life..
Meet Tori and Matt, a truly adventurous couple. They moved to Phoenix from Pennsylvania several years ago. Together they are a smart power couple and lovers of the great outdoors. I couldn't help but smile behind my camera at their sweet giggles to each other.
The North Algodones Dunes are located in Southern California, and while it is typically being torn apart by off road vehicles, we had an entire day almost to ourselves in its beauty. I absolutely love my elopement couples! The memories, stories and dreams of future adventures are always awe inspiring to me. From the first look to the challenge of conquering the "trail" to breathtaking photos, elopements are like any other day in their lives together. Eloping allows the couple to start the rest of their lives together stress-free and experience a meaningful day completely their way.
When you're planning your elopement, it is important to understand what exactly the day will entail. For example, if you're eloping in the North Algodones Dunes in the summer months, it is very hot. You will need breaks for water and food and the proper shoes for the hot sand. The photos above give you an idea of expectations versus reality. Yes, it is beautiful and you're going to have an amazing day, but it is not easy. If you're thinking of eloping do not hesitate to ask me as your photographer to help you plan the day, it is important to know the location/trails, the limitations on permits, access within the park, the weather conditions, and tips on leaving no trace behind!
You can imagine my excitement as an avid hiker and believer in what REI provides for the outdoor folks when Matt parked on location, opened the trunk and said “So, we brought all of our hiking and camping gear and we would like to take a photo with it.” Matt explained that they were always prepared for an adventure when they were doing road trips, so they threw everything in the car even though they were prepared to spend the next couple of nights in San Diego at a hotel. Even though their packs were filled with books they're reading, rather than things needed for survival on the trail, it just reminds me of how precious it is that adventurous couples have the option to get married in their most natural state together, outdoors exploring. Outside of the experience, it also really warms my heart that couples can leave their wedding day knowing they will receive images that they would be proud to print and have on their walls.
If you are planning to elope I would love to hear from you!
So you have heard me bring up elopements several times now. What exactly do I mean when I say elopement? By definition to elope means to run away secretly in order to get married without consent. Although, in the world of Traci Edwards Photography it means getting married on your own terms, a day with just you and your partner somewhere meaningful to you or simply somewhere gorgeous. Your wedding day is the start of your life long commitment together, something so personal and important. Why has this become something you must share with lots people and spend a ton of money on? An elopement offers the opportunity for your wedding day to be more intimate, relaxed and personable. The couple is not always alone when they elope, many times close family members or friends are there to support you or celebrate with you after. Elopements are also not always in a grand national park or state park, but they can be in your backyard or even a different country. Where ever you decide to go and who ever you decide to bring I can not define what elopement means for you and your partner, but as your photographer I can help you a long the way.
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Several years ago two amazing people got married in Hanging Rock, North Carolina. We spent the day just the two of them taking pictures throughout the park and ended the day with an emotional ceremony with closest friends and family.
First Out of Country Elopement:
Iceland in the winter of 2017.
The couple brought a few family members from London and got married outside by a waterfall. They choose this option for their wedding day because it was the first place they had vacationed as a couple. They got to spend a few days showing their family around some of their favorite places and experiencing places in Iceland.
My last elopement:
Was a one year vow renewal in Watson Lake & Sedona.
Places I would like to photograph an elopement at:
Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Sedona, Vik (Iceland), Big Sur, Torrey Pines Beach, San Fran, Olympic National Park, Quaint Airbnbs around the USA or other countries, family farms
Why I am passionate about photographing elopements:
Truly, I believe in the intimacy of the day. There is no fuss, it’s just simply a day of love. I am also an adventurer and I can’t wait to share more experiences with clients where we are discovering a new place on this special day, or you’re showing me places that have shaped your relationship, or standing in places that take your breathe away or even having to complete that really hard hike to get to where you will vow your self to your partner. I also find the imagery to be more of an art and much more appealing for your wall. I think it doesn’t get more special than having these beautiful memories, but also having images that you can print huge on display on your wall the same as a fine art print!
Comment below! I would love to hear about your ideal wedding day or thoughts on elopement!
Nothing Fancy just Love.
Elopements are just that, love.
Meet Tori & Sam a lovely pair that got married in Louisiana last year, but moved here several months ago. We set out a just a couple of days before their one year wedding anniversary and four year 'being together' anniversary to Watson Lake and Sedona, Arizona. It was all of ours first time to Watson Lake and I must say, it is the perfect spot for an elopement. It is fantastic for that Phoenix couple that doesn’t want to go too far or the destination couple from afar. It is accommodating if you want a few guests or no guest and just all love. Visually Watson Lake offers fantastic options for photography during your elopement. Here Tori and Sam renewed their vows to each other and explored some of the upper areas of the lake.
Then we headed to the ever breath taking, Sedona. Just as Sedona has endless trail options, it offers just the same options to the adventurous elopement couples. After a few images on Airport Loop Trail and near Cathedral Rock we sat for a picnic before heading home to Phoenix. What better way to end your day than good food, company and watching the sunset against Cathedral Rock after renewing your vows??
These are just two of the stunning locations that Arizona offers to the adventurous elopement couples! Arizona if filled with photo dream worthy elopement locations. I feel so blessed that I get to photograph elopements and be apart of something the day couples start their forever.
Reach out to learn more about my elopement photography packages and how I can help you in the planning process!