Let me tell you about one of the most magical, intimate wedding experiences I’ve ever had, and it all happened at horseshoe bend.
Horseshoe Bend, located in Arizona is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and is on a lot of people’s bucket list. Tucked away in Page, Arizona less than 20 minutes from the Utah state border, it has gorgeous canyons, steep cliffs and views of the Colorado River. It is absolutely stunning.
Rebekah and Trevor were originally planning on doing a traditional wedding in the fall of 2019, but after much discussion they decided an intimate wedding better suited their needs and also gave them a chance to seal the deal a little earlier as well. I shot their engagement photos at Horseshoe bend last October, and we were only out there for ten minutes before we were soaked from head to toe in a massive rainstorm. So it’s safe to say it was pretty easy to decide where they wanted to get married, in better weather conditions too!
The two of them got ready in a cute little Airbnb in Page. When I walked in, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi was playing on the screen, in perfect May the 4th fashion. Trevor and his friends were hanging out in the living room and Rebekah was in the back bedroom with her bridesmaids and mom. They both exchanged sweet gifts with one another and it was incredibly sweet to watch their reactions. Trevor’s mom helped him with the finishing touches while Rebekah exchanged a special gift with hers in the back right before dawning her dress. The tears were flowing and it wasn’t even ceremony time yet.
The men left early for the ceremony space because there is a brisk walk/hike down to the Horseshoe bend overlook. Once we were all in position, Trevor turned around so he wouldn’t see his bride until she was ready. Rebekah could barely hold it together, and it was the sweetest sight watching her family console her, touch her up, hold an umbrella over her head and give her water before the official walk. The biggest smile was on Trevor’s face when he saw his bride, and it’s one of my favorite photos I captured.
The two exchanged heart warming vows with one another, and barely kept it together before they were allowed to kiss. I mean, you could feel the electricity between the two throughout the whole ceremony; it was powerful and emotive. Once finished, their closest friends and family cheered and they were left behind to have their first dance on the edge of the canyon to Standing By from Pentatonix. Trevor sang to his bride and twirled her around. It was like a fairy tale and I was so grateful to be a part of it.
Intimate weddings have a special place in my heart for this very reason — the intimacy and the simplicity of the day is just so heart warming. I am so incredibly honored that the universe put me in Rebekah and Trevor’s paths because May 4th will have a special place in my heart forever (and if you look closely, one photo is a special tribute to this date as well).
Dress: David’s Bridal
Tux: Nick’s Menswear
Florals: Moelleux Events
Ring Box: Hand Made by Trevor’s grandpa!
Invitation Suite: Etchings by Emma
Vow Books: Borrowed from a Bride