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

2016 | A Year in Review

This year.

Wow. My first full year doing nothing but create photographs with people wildly in love. The year my love asked me to his wife in Paris. The year I went from Peru to Alaska to France to Canada. The year I let myself believe that this is it- this is what I was born to do. 

I have nothing but a heart full of love for the amazing people that took me all over the world and my beautiful country to document their love, not the glossy-perfect-make-everyone-jealous kind, the real thing. The raw, real, run around being in love kind. Thank you. 

Here are a few of my favorite photos from this year. If you're lucky, you might even make it to the end of this post, where there is a life-loving person who bared it all to run down an open road to experience what being FREE feels like. 

And one little snippet of myself at the very end of me being overjoyed with my FIANCE. 

Love all of you who make this life possible for me. Stay Wild. xx

We stood
Steady as the stars in the woods
So happy-hearted
And the warmth rang true inside these bones