brianna + jason
canyonlands national park elopement
It’s easy to recognize desert lovers. they stand at cliff edges and pause, taking deep breaths in, just reveling in the overwhelming beauty of this place.
Bri and Jason are desert lovers. They are climbers and admirers of the outdoors (and of each other, obviously), and knew that Moab was the perfect location for their small, intimate ceremony this fall. I’ll let their words tell their story, but I hope to see them again, maybe down at Indian Creek? xo
“We wanted a celebration where we could actually spend some good quality time with those attending. Small right away is what we knew we wanted. Nature has been such a big part of our heart and home. In Canyonlands you can’t help but feel something more immediately. You feel something more than yourself. That’s what a wedding is all about, …becoming more than yourself. Being able to share that sentiment so keenly with our closest family was exactly how we wanted our day to happen. In regards to the choice of Canyonlands, we had been there before. The Moab area is, simply put, intoxicating. It feels like home. Each time we go we know we will go again. For us, we visited the Grandview Point Overlook several years previous to our wedding. It’s enchantment remained years later when we first started deciding where to get married, there was no question when Canyonlands was mentioned. We both just knew. As if Canyonlands can be even more amazing, it is the memory of our family now.”
Bri’s favorite moment from their day: “Shortly after we got engaged, Jason said he wanted to get married on a cliff. Canyonlands certainly had one of the highest density of cliffs we could think of. Seeing him waiting for me, looking down into the vast beauty, will forever be a memory scored on my heart. But that was just the beginning for me. I cannot pin point a single moment to the day as there were so, so many. It was the sum of all that happened…so much in a single day, …I almost could not take how amazing this was along with the surreal aspect of it all. The location, the ceremony, the fact that it was small, all of this was really Jason and I to a T. This was us. This was truly OUR day and an expression of who we are as a couple.”
Their advice to couples considering an elopement: “The most amazing thing about doing a wedding the way we did is that you are literally taking your wedding back into your own hands. You are making it your day. That alone feels GLORIOUS. The hard part is that doing a small wedding/elopement, not all your friends or family are going to be there. It was hard for us to not get to see some of our most amazing friends on a day that was so huge. Even in hindsight though, we still would not have done it any other way. We will end up having a follow-on celebration in our home town with our wider group of friends to celebrate. From us, two words sum it up: “Do it!”. It’s more personal, more beautiful and less stressful.”