Brie and Tyler’s Spiritual Elopement Ceremony overlooking the red rocks of Sedona, AZ

Brie and Tyler drove to Sedona from Colorado Springs for their November red rock elopement. The fall weather was a little windy, but still mild with crystal blue skies. The desert sun provided both warmth and a glow that enveloped the canyon. They chose a beautiful vacation rental in uptown Sedona for their stay, so they could be within walking distance of restaurants, shops, and visitor activities.

I met them at their rental for the final getting ready with Ash from Desert Sage HMUA/ Sedona Beauty Team finishing up Brie’s soft glam hair and makeup look for the day.

Once she was dressed, we moved to the rustic-chic backyard patio area for a first look before heading out for their wedding ceremony.

Eloping couple standing on a pedestal at Merry Go Round Rock in Sedona Arizona
Private first dance as the sun rays stream through the Sedona Canyons

Brie and Tyler chose one of the more popular Sedona wedding destinations- Merry Go Round Rock (see the post on Merry Go Round Rock Wedding and Elopement Planning for more information on this location for your red rock elopement or wedding) We left the vacation rental and proceeded to caravan our 4wd vehicles up the 45-60 minute bumpy road to their ceremony location. On this day we were lucky and saw only a handful of people at the top parking area- which was perfect since we needed a second witness to sign their marriage license! (See the post on on How to Get Legally Married in Arizona for more information on how easy it is to tie the knot here!)

Patricia from Earth Elopements rode up with me in my 4runner, while Tyler and Brie drove up in their Toyota Tacoma.

Once at the top, we found the perfect spot overlooking the canyon for a secluded spiritual ceremony with the singing bowl and sprays of sage (no burning allowed in the highly flammable desert). It was a peaceful and emotional ceremony, followed by champagne overlooking the red rock landscape, and a private first dance as the last of the sun’s glow radiated through the canyon walls.

The day was filled with an abundance of quiet joy from Brie, and Tyler’s exuberant laugh. We continued to explore the area and enjoy the view until the sun set and the blue skies gave way to twinkles of white stars as we drove down the mountain.

Once we reached the end of the dirt road, we stopped to air tires back up and appreciate the star filled night sky, snagging a couple pictures of the constellations before saying our goodbyes for the evening.

Private elopement ceremony on the ledge of Merry Go Round Rock
Brie fixing Tyler's tie before leaving for their elopement

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Kind Words from the Couple

Shannon was our life line when planning our elopement in Sedona, AZ. Not only was she supportive and informative in advance she made the day of feel truly special. The photos were gorgeous and perfectly captured our day! Don’t hesitate to work with Shannon if you’re seeking an adventure photographer.”

~ Gabrielle Rinck

Shannon Durazo

Hello! I’m

Shannon Durazo

and I would love to be your Sedona Elopement or Wedding Photographer!

As a Sedona Wedding Photographer, I specialize in helping couples find the best views for your wedding and portraits amongst the red rocks. Venues, hiking, off-roading, or climbing into a cave- I love this town and will help you find your “perfect spot”!

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  1. Gorgeous images! I can feel the love and warmth in them. Really nice work😊

  2. What a gorgeous experience that was so well executed. Nice work!!! I can feel the love and warmth through the images 😊

  3. What a beautiful sunny day is such a stunning location!

  4. wow…what incredible photos! Had a hard time choosing my favorite but these two lucked out with you as their photographer. The big scenes are amazing and the ones with the fall colours is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Beyond epic! I really hope to photograph an elopement in Sedona some day! Your photos are amazing and you really captured all of their special moments so beautifully!

  6. The vibes here are perfect. How special that these two were able to have a day that truly spoke to them, amongst the beauty of Sedona!

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