Arizona Elopement Photographer

Elopements & Intimate Weddings in Arizona, Colorado, and across the southwest

How your marriage begins matters.

Does wedding planning have you feeling stressed out? Does the idea of a big traditional wedding seem like something so “not you” that you find yourself dreading a day that is supposed to bring you overwhelming joy?

You are not alone. Many couples are finding freedom in choosing a more non-traditional wedding experience. Keeping the traditions that speak to them, while filling the rest of the day with activities that speak to who they are as a couple.

Forget what you think a wedding Should look like… Instead, imagine what your wedding Could look like!

Close your eyes and visualize what you would do on your very favorite day with your very favorite human… Now envision building your wedding experience around THAT perfect day- what does it look like? As an Arizona elopement and intimate wedding photographer, I help couples who choose a non-traditional wedding experience that is true to them!

Bride and groom relaxing as the moon rises over Sedona, Arizona on their elopement day

Create a Wedding experience that truly Celebrates your Love!

Ditch the expectations

There are no limits to what your wedding day can look like- Hike a mountain, go sailing, enjoy a picnic on the beach, go on a horseback trail ride, explore a museum, take a helicopter tour, hang out all day in an cabin in the woods, explore downtown, have a bonfire cookout at your ranch, pick peaches at your favorite orchard- seriously… anything goes.  Include what you want, ditch the rest!


Strengthen your connection

Positive shared experiences are known to strengthen emotional bonds.  Your marriage deserves to begin in a way that will help your love withstand the chaos life throws at you. Do what you LOVE!


Save time and stress

Planning a large, extravagant event is an enormous time and energy commitment- struggling to get everything “just right”.  Avoid the stress of trying to live up to expectations and preconceived wedding stereotypes.


Freedom to be yourself

With a just us, or an intimate gathering of your very nearest and dearest, you get the freedom to be who you are, not the polished host or hostess a massive gathering forces you to be.

What’s in a name… why Stratus Adventure Photography?

Have you ever laid facing the sky, imagining a whole other world in the clouds above? From dragons in far off castles, to bunnies hopping through fields of flowers, the possibilities of what you dream up are limited only by your imagination! Creating mythical worlds and adventures in the sky has been a favorite pastime of mine for as long as I can remember. When it came time to name my elopement photography business, incorporating this limitless, free spirited way of looking at the world helps serve as a daily reminder that anything is possible, and it is a principle I use to help guide my couples with!

This sounds exactly like what I’m looking for for my wedding!
Now what?….

Schedule Your Consult

Schedule your FREE Consultation Call.  We will brainstorm your perfect wedding experience- the possibilities are endless!

Craft Your Day

We will work together to craft your Best Day Ever!  Location ideas, help with logistics, timelines, etc… I’ve got you covered.

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Capture Your Moments

I will be your photographer, planning guide, hype woman,  stalker-azee and personal problem solver so you can feel free to live in the moment.

Curate Your Memories

Sit back and enjoy epic photographs of your one of a kind wedding experience while you begin the next chapter of your lives together!

Arizona elopement photographer Shannon Durazo from Stratus Adventure Photography with her dogs in the forest

Hello! I’m Shannon Durazo…

and I want to be your Arizona Elopement photographer, Adventure curator & planning guide!

I truly care about the success of your marriage and creating experiences that help you celebrate your love, strengthen your relationship, and head into the next chapter of your lives together feeling excited and full of joy.  

I call Arizona home, with a second “home base” in Southwestern Colorado.  Available for travel to anywhere my anti-kidnapping specialist husband approves!

Elope /əˈlōp/ verb

  1. to choose a wedding experience laser focused on you as a couple, your relationship, and your commitment to each other. Can be with or without close friends and family who are integral parties to the success of your marriage. “They chose to elope and begin their marriage intentionally strengthening their bond by doing something special together.”

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Embrace the freedom to have the wedding that fits you!

Traditional weddings aren’t for everyone- and that is ok. I was once a bride to be, trying to plan a wedding that fit the expectations and needs of a ton of people I barely saw or spoke to, feeling overwhelmed and unenthusiastic about the whole process. My own 7+ year struggle planning a wedding was actually where my journey as an Arizona elopement photographer began. Once I embraced a non-traditional wedding myself, I wanted to help other couples embrace the freedom to do the same!

Your wedding is the start of a new chapter in your lives together. It is a brave choice to start this portion of your journey with a day focused on building a strong foundation, a day designed around choosing each other over everyone else.

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