couple holds hands at Dead Horse Point Overlook

How to Capture a Moab Adventure Through Dead Horse Point State Park Pictures

Adventure, Elopement Destinations

When it came time to plan Katy and Matt’s adventure bridal photography session, they left it completely up to me! Katy had been obsessed with my Instagram account for a while and knew that her photos were safe in my hands. With this in mind, capturing these Dead Horse Point State Park pictures in Moab opened up so many possibilities!

couple kisses at Dead Horse Point Overlook

When Two Geologists Get Married in Moab

Knowing that a couple trusts me 100% allows for so many more options of where to take them for a session. It makes such a difference when they’re down for whatever I throw their way! Katy even told me she was excited to get a little red dirt on the train of her dress. These are some of my favorite things to hear from a couple!

One of the reasons that the couple’s session came together so naturally was their love for Moab and its terrain. Matt is from Buffalo, New York and Katy is from Florida. They both went to college together in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where they met on a senior trip in college. They now live in Jacksonville as dog parents and are both working geologists. Their shared career is one of the reasons why they have such a strong attachment to Moab!

couple holds hands at Dead Horse Point Overlook

Another reason is that their love story also began with a Moab adventure so the area regularly pulls them back. They have been together now for 5.5 years growing in their love for each other, the outdoors and connecting with nature. Starting their wedding experience with Dead Horse Point State Park pictures followed by getting married at a Moab wedding venue was the obvious next step.

Dead Horse Point State Park Pictures of a Moab Outdoor Adventure

couple hikes at Moab sunset elopement
couple kisses at Moab sunset elopement

I planned out an epic two-hour Moab desert adventure a few days before their wedding with two different locations in mind. The first was Navajo Rocks Loop, a trail that you can see right off of the 313 highway. It’s only an eight minute walk, but due to wedding photography timeline and sunset restraints, I’ve never had the chance to shoot there! I was so glad that they were up for it and that we made the effort!

couple embraces at Moab sunset elopement

The second location was at Dead Horse Point State Park but in a different area that I’ve never photographed before. After the couple gave me freedom to choose the locations for their Dead Horse Point State Park pictures, I went scouting for a new location and found this little gem.

couple reaches from two overlooks at Moab elopement

The state park is located 45 minutes from the center of Moab, Utah. It features a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River and of Canyonlands National Park. The majority of the cliff line is west facing making it a perfect place for sunset bridal portraits.

I instructed the couple to bring comfortable shoes since it’s a 10-15 minute walk to the site. They both wore hiking boots, and because Matt‘s were brand new, Katy kept giving him a hard time because he looked like a nerd in his shiny new boots. It was hilarious!

A few minutes into our returning walk back to the car, the sunset and sky turned even more beautiful. Katy and I looked at each other and simultaneously said, “We have to,” so we stopped for a second mini session! Needless to say, it was worth it!

Dead Horse Point State Park pictures of couple kissing

Dead Horse Point State Park Pictures: When a Location’s Meant to Be

couple holds hands at Dead Horse Point Overlook

Katy has a small fear of heights, but she trusted the process and stood on some pretty sketchy cliff lines to get some bangers! It even got a bit cold towards the end but this bride wrapped herself in the train of her dress to keep warm.

We captured their wedding two days later at The Red Earth Venue. The three of us definitely benefited from having the chance to get to know each other before their big day.

couple poses at Dead Horse Point Overlook

Katy and Matt were unbelievably sweet and very clearly madly in love with each other. They were so pumped about their adventure and we all had the best time together!

couple poses at Dead Horse Point Overlook

Let’s get started with planning your own Moab adventure!