Why I Love the Desert || Southern Utah Elopement

I love the desert. I grew up running through Utah's west desert, trying to catch lizards with my hands, unaware of sage brush poking out of my hair, covered in dirt from head to toe. I never learned to love Utah's deserts in spite of the open spaces, emptiness, and blazing sun- I loved them because of this. Give me brush and dirt roads. Wide skies and the drawl of the neighbor. Wild Indian Paintbrush and arrowheads and coyote skulls and all of the treasures the West holds. I want all of it. 

And I want love. The kind that's dripping with history and passion. The kind that's been forged through hard times and good times and all of the times that come in between. Give me two lovers exchanging vows under the cover of red rock and the kind of thunderstorms you only see in Utah & Arizona's springtime. 

This was one of those days that had a little bit of everything I love, rolled into one. Thank you Junebug Weddings for giving this story a home

"The first time ever I saw your face, I thought the sun rose in your eyes.
And the moon and stars were the gifts you gave,
To the dark and the endless sky, my love.
And the first time ever I kissed your mouth,
I felt the earth move through my hands."

Photography @haleynord 
Design/Rentals @havenwooddesign.co
Videography @madstuhh
Macrame @bonfireheart.co
Cake @flourandflourish
Cake Stand @rawrestorations
Jewelry @desertrosejewelry
Paper @caroline.brumm
Florals @beehivefloralco
Hair & MUA @saltlakehairdesign
Models: Erin & Tyler Thunell @erin.elizabethphoto

Canyonlands National Park Elopement Inspiration

1000 feet above a dusky sunset.

The world was still & a huge moon sat on the horizon. I was dreaming of coyotes howling and Milky Way baths.

Everything was quiet.

The world felt so vast and so small and so perfect. 

"And I wanna sleep with you in the desert tonight
With a billion stars all around."

Model: Bethany Sifford | Styling: Free People | Hair & Makeup: Megan Gorley | Florals: L Floral

These photos were shot for Photo Rehab, a workshop focused on community and having a raucous good time. I had the privilege to be able to teach at this year's workshop alongside some amazing people! Here's the video that Rob at Sugar Rush Video created during this shoot.