Sun-Kissed Bride at Dead Horse Point

It was a sunny afternoon when I phoned one of my Brides to discuss her upcoming wedding. Spring of 2020 was not a usual year in planning or celebrating a long awaited wedding. As couples dreams were postponed worldwide and familes were physically separated, couples were scurring for alternate dates, planning elopements or simply recovering from the shock their dream wedding was not coming to fruition. My Bride was frustrated and disappointed as one can imagine. So, looking out my window at the incredible scenary in front of me, I asked my Bride, "do you have your wedding dress with you". She replied, yes, it is hanging up, now I don't know when I will be wearing it". So, I looked at the calendar, made a quick weather check and said, "can you come out to the desert this weekend for a bridal shoot in one of the most gorgeous sites in the world?" She started packing her bags, accessories, cowboy boots and fiance', (with dress carefully hidden), and they began the four hour drive out west.

Photographers love their job, and their excitement level elevates when they have the opportunity to photograph a beautiful, blonde bride in a magnificent sunset settings. I contacted a photographer friend who quickly packed her gear for the adventurous weekend. We met and discussed the weekend events, then jumped in my Jeep and drove up to one of Utah's State Parks, and my personal favorite, Dead Horse Point. The sunset was amazing, showcasing the Bride's sun-kissed face in the glow of the desert sunset. After the sun went down, everyone came back to the ranch for a great night sleep to get ready for the next day's adventure in the infamous Castle Valley. Our first destination was the valley's luxury, Sorrel River Ranch, a perfect venue for weddings and special events. The staff was wonderful offering us a barn-like setting for the Bride "getting ready" shots. Then we headed out to the sites, once home to cowboys, Indians, and gold rushers. Castle Valley did not disappoint, offering incredible panoramic views with enchanting rock formations and red rock towers along the Colorado River. A glorious, fun weekend with amazing photos for our beautiful bride made her all wedding worries disappear.

  • Wedding Planner: Purple Sage Weddings & Events
  • Photographer: Shanan Elizabeth Photography
  • Floral: Purple Sage Weddings
  • Location: Dead Horse Point & Castle Valley, Moa, Utah
  • Dress Designer: Kenneth Winston
  • Bride Rings: Golden Bear
  • Groom Ring: Anvil Rings
  • Groom Attire: Joseph Abboud
  • Shoes: Tory Burch
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