Sedona Adventure Elopement: Hiking Boots & Journal Vows
My dear Bride Rebel readers, I have to share my new obsession with you: adventure elopements! I’m so in love with them that I’m 99% sure this is what I’ll be doing for my own hypothetical alternative wedding ceremony. The concept is that you, your partner, your photographer, and an officiant hike or swim or sail to a super-cool and unique spot in nature. Most likely, this is a spot that 100 of your closest friends and family would not want to trek out to for the ceremony. But you and your life buddy want to share your love in a beautiful, intimate, natural place! And so, you dress in wedding garb, you share your vows, you exchange rings, and you do it all in front of the most beautiful backdrop any rebellious bride could imagine.
The first I saw of these adventure elopements was with a talented photographer named Nicole Daacke, who was gracious enough to let me share some of her photography. In looking through all of her albums, I struggled to choose just one to feature. It’s amazing how her work combines nature photography and wedding photography, capturing the beauty and uniqueness of both. I decided to share this Sedona adventure elopement, as it is a gorgeous setting, a lovely couple, and a semi-traditional ceremony that gives you a good idea of what this process would entail.
Nicole tells the story on her blog of their exciting adventures together, which I’ll summarize throughout these photos.
The day began at 5am, with shared cups of coffee for Nicole, Miranda (the bride), and Paul (the groom). The happy couple had decided upon Cathedral Rock (what could be more fitting?), and so they made their way to the trailhead in the pitch darkness of early morning. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been with all the wedding trappings in tow! Upon arrival at the top, Miranda and Paul quickly changed into their wedding attire to catch some photos during the sunrise. Once they had taken a series of beautiful sunrise photos, Miranda and Paul found a private spot to share their vows with each other.
This is one of my favorite aspects of adventure elopements, and I suppose elopements in general – the ceremony, instead of being a production, is an intimate moment shared simply between the two getting married. In the case of Miranda and Paul, I loved to hear the story behind their vows: these two began dating in high school and kept in touch afterwards, sending a moleskin journal back and forth as pen pals throughout their twenties. Eventually, they ended up together, and actually wrote their vows in that same moleskin journal!
After the vows, the wedding crew explored Cathedral Rock a bit further, finding more spots for photos and even sharing a little bit of dancing. They then made their way back down towards the bottom of the trail to meet the officiant for the ceremony. While the ceremony was still fairly private, a few hikers happened across it and cheered for the first kiss, so they did get a small audience after all! Miranda and Paul then popped a bottle of bubbly and found a nice spot by a river to enjoy their wedding day picnic.
Miranda had known all along she wanted photos of herself in the dress in the water, and so they achieved those at the river. Those are definitely some of my favorite photos as well!
Overall, it was a delightful Sedona adventure elopement even just to observe months later, and I’m so glad I had the privilege of sharing it with all of you. Thanks again so much to Nicole Daacke Photography, and congratulations to Miranda and Paul!