couple kisses at Moab sunset overcast elopement

Where to Capture an Epic Moab Sunset Elopement in Canyonlands National Park

Elopement Destinations, Elopements

It’s my job to make sure that your day is the best day ever. When couples return with feedback like this: “it will forever be the best day ever and I’m forever grateful for these moments” then I know we did it right! I never want there to be any question that your day is just for you. Working together with local vendors always helps that process become seamless. See how we personalized this Moab sunset elopement at Canyonlands National Park!

couple sits together at outdoor Moab sunset elopement

Tag-Teaming an Epic Moab Sunset Elopement Day

Believe it or not, photographers actually love working with other creators. When you find those who are professional and as excited about the creative process as you are, it makes for the best elopement days!

I send all my elopement clients my preferred vendor list and I love it when they use local Utah wedding rentals or hire a Utah wedding florist from my list! That is all that Taylor and Will did! The florist, hair and make-up artist and videographer were all vendors I recommended for their Utah wedding planning!

Kalli of Kallico Videography is actually a friend of mine and I was so excited to work with her! When the couple first hired me they shared their desire for video coverage so she was my first recommendation. We already work well together which is one of the many reasons why this was such a flawless elopement. It’s definitely easier to fall into a rhythm as your Utah elopement photographer capturing a Moab sunset when working alongside other locals!

photographer stands with couple at outdoor elopement

Planning The Day You Envisioned

couple has first look at Moab overlook

Taylor and Will knew that what mattered most to them about their wedding day was that the focus was on them. As they shared, “We decided to have a small elopement because we wanted it to be intimate and solely about the love we shared for one another.”

This doesn’t mean that they aren’t also excited to celebrate with their loved ones! As Taylor put it, “We have SO many friends and family we can’t wait to celebrate with at a party in a few months. It would have just been too overwhelming to do it all at once.”

From this desire to celebrate first with each other came their priorities for the day:

  1. Spend the entire day with each other.
  2. Not feel overwhelmed by unnecessary drama caused by anyone else.
  3. Be in an adventurous environment that represents the love they share for traveling, hiking, and each other.
couple exchanges vows during wedding ceremony

Taylor still brought her little sister along who also officiated. The sister was joined by her boyfriend who was in charge of the champagne. Taylor described this experience as getting “married on the side of the most beautiful canyon to my best friend by my other best friend and little sis.” It was just the four of them with Kalli and I covering their love from every angle!

couple poses with wedding guests and officiant
couple kisses during wedding ceremony

A Moab Sunset Spot in Canyonlands for Your Elopement Day

couple exchanges vows during wedding ceremony

I’m always ready to roll with your ideas. The bride sent me a photo from my own Instagram feed of a past elopement that I shot and said she wanted that same desert wedding location. So that’s what we did!

Canyonlands National Park in Utah is divided by the Colorado and Green Rivers into three districts: Islands in the Sky, The Needles, and The Maze. This location is in Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky district. It’s a lesser-known spot in Moab that I love taking couples to!

Choosing to elope in Utah at the edge of a cliff came from the couple’s self-described “love for adventure, hiking, and traveling!” Their love story pulls from so many outdoor adventures together. Taylor shared that “our first trip together was to Zion and we got engaged in Yosemite. All of our adventures are always jam-packed and they are our favorite memories together!”

It’s also one of their goals as a couple to visit every national park in the United States. Planning a Moab sunset elopement in Canyonlands National Park checked off another one on their list! They record parks visited by checking them off on their national park coffee mug and then adding to their travel wall gallery!

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Knowing Your Spot Before You’ve Even Been There

couple holds hands at Green River Overlook elopement

Moab is a location that just speaks for itself. The day of their wedding actually marked this couple’s first trip there! They expressed choosing Moab because they “loved all the adventure that it has to offer and the beautiful red canyons. We love that Moab isn’t too crowded like some of the other national parks.”

couple holds hands at Green River Overlook

That’s why I strategize taking my clients to lesser known Moab sunset elopement spots where it’s not as crowded even during a popular time of day. That night there was only one other person present during the entire evening! We photographed their ceremony and portraits at sunset by themselves and it was a bit windy but otherwise completely perfect.

couple kisses at Green River Overlook

My favorite moment was the actual sunset! Usually, couples are tired of posing by this point in the night but not these two. The sun was creating an incredible golden glow and Taylor and Will were all for it! It was so great working with these two on such a dreamy night.

Take advantage of my Moab sunset expertise to relieve you of any stress on your day!

red rock formations in background at Moab sunset elopement
couple twirls at Moab sunset elopement

Wedding Vendors

Photographer | Matt Davidson Photography
Videographer | Kallico Videography
Florist | Farm Yard – Jess
HMUA | Lindsey Vaccaro Bridal Design