amy + daniel’s / elopement at fisher towers and canyonlands national park
it’s such a small world. when amy first contacted me about the possibility of photographing her elopement in moab, i recognized her last name immediately. it’s not a very common name, and i went to high school with a girl who had the very same last name. spoiler alert: i went to high school in san diego with amy’s sister!
it’s always such a surprise to me how small of a world it is, but then i remember that i am lucky enough to live in a crazy beautiful place that people from all over the world want to visit.
the three of us met up at canyonlands national park for some before photos the day of their elopement. i love getting to do this with couples because it gives them some quiet, alone time before hanging with their friends and family for the rest of the evening, and they get even more photos from their wedding day! we explored one of the best viewpoints around, daniel even brought his jaw harp to play (so cool!).
their day did get pretty exciting when it came time to drive from canyonlands out to their ceremony location at fisher towers. the rain had been falling hard that week, and when that happens in the desert the the chances of rockfall are very high. the road that led out to their ceremony site is narrow and winds along steep, tall canyon walls. earlier that day a massive boulder the size of an RV had tumbled down onto the road. luckily no one was injured, but the road was impassable due to the size of the rock. it was so big in fact that a ballistics crew had to come out to use dynamite so that they could break the rock into smaller pieces before moving it.
luckily, when we pulled up and the nice police officer saw that amy was in a wedding gown, they let us pass! all was well after that, the ceremony was absolutely gorgeous, the weather was moody and the clouds were low, and these two celebrated with friends and family (and cupcakes!) the rest of the evening.
congratulations amy & daniel!