From the photographer, Traci Edwards:
“Heather and Brent are from Texas and traveled to Sedona, Arizona with their three dogs and twenty five of their closest friends and family to elope at Devil’s Bridge and Doe Mountain.
Heather was really drawn to Devil's Bridge for the ceremony, but because it was Mother's Day weekend, and Devil’s Bridge is one of the most popular hikes in the area, I was really concerned about them not having privacy or enough time to really enjoy the moment with their friends and family without feeling rushed. We ended up deciding to hike to Devil’s Bridge at sunrise where they would share letters they had written to each other in an intimate setting, and their ceremony would take place with their family, friends, and three dogs, Lady, Charlotte and Rowdy, at the top of Doe Mountain at sunset.Our plans went accordingly, and the sunrise was truly the most gorgeous and stunning view you could imagine.
Afterwards, we decided to take a quick nap and rest up before the ceremony that evening. Four o’clock came quickly, and I met them at the trailhead of Doe Mountain with all their friends and family for the ceremony part of their elopement. Everyone was so excited as they watched Heather and Brent pull up and get the pups ready for the hike. Heather wore the cutest shirt for the hike up that said “And she lived happily ever after” with a girl hiking during sunset on it. This is the biggest hike that I had led before, heading out with twenty five people and three dogs. It was important in prepping that everyone knew the Leave No Trace principals, to look for rattlers, and drink lots of water. When we finally made it to the plateau, and everyone saw the view, all I could hear was, “WOW!” It was a really special moment.
Brent got dressed in his wedding attire which included his “Heather socks,” yes, socks with Heather’s face all over them!! And when it came to Heather’s attire, little did he know, he was in for a big surprise!! Everyone thought that Heather was going to wear her white, silk romper from the sunrise photos for the ceremony because this was her original plan. She ended up finding the most gorgeous dress from BHLDN and intended on surprising Brent with it! She had packed the dress in a pack, and told her friend to carry it up the trial for her, not telling them what was in it. When it came time to get ready, a couple of Heather’s friends went behind the tree with sheets to help her get dressed. It was a really cool moment! I headed back to the ceremony space smiling ear-to-ear knowing that Brent was going to be surprised! She came around the corner from the trees where she changed and everyone started crying. There wasn't a dry eye, and Brent had the most pleasant smile.
After family photos and a champagne toast the family decided to walk back down to give Heather and Brent some alone time for their bridal portraits and time to soak in the view the moment of being married. Brent and Heather are one of the sweetest couples I've ever met, and they have the most awesome, supportive friends and family. This just goes to show that even though you decide to elope, you can still involve the special people in your life.”
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