Maggie + Rex’s Desert Elopement
From the start of meeting Maggie + Rex over zoom, there was a bright light and high energy around their relationship and in planning this day. Maggie + Rex love spending quality time together doing new things, exploring escape rooms, playing games, road trips and more. They knew for their elopement day they wanted something new to them and different from what they see everyone do.
We selected locations for their day that felt out of this world and when the day came, there wasn’t a cloud in sight on this perfectly warm spring day in the desert. We met up with the couple at the trailhead after Maggie’s hair and make up was done. At the end of the trail, not only would we find a fantastic view of Lake Powell, but also the lovely picnic set up they had booked. It was so cute, complete with a table, pillows, lunch, drinks and a cake! From the start of the day you could tell how in love these two were, how excited they were to spend the day together just them two and to fully embrace all of it. They read letters together from their loved ones sharing in laughter. Rex cut the cake and they shared bites together as boats passed by below.
Once they were done with lunch, we slowly made our way to their Jeep taking in the views before they were hidden behind the orange rock cliffs.
We spent the next couple of hours road tripping deep into the desert surrounded by orange, red and white rock mountains with the contrast of green mountains graced with brush and grass. While road trips were something they did often, even on their engagement day, this was a new adventure for them to be off roading in deep sand. Doing a “first” together on your elopement day is so special and can help create even stronger memories from the day!
Once we arrived to their ceremony location, Maggie + Rex got ready outside of their Jeep. Rex’s suit had an awesome starry night like design on the back of his vest and awesome fun socks. Maggie’s dress was a blush color which I thought was perfect for the location with a cool texture of beading on it. Rex helped zip her dress and then we were off to explore this new outer-worldly place.
We ventured through the sand and over the rock to a perfect nook for their ceremony. They walked together down “the aisle” created naturally by the rock formation where Bill stood to officiate their ceremony. There is something so special about a just you two ceremony, no distractions, no eyes watching or ears listening, it can be as long as you want it, just you two and your words. Together they shared private hand written vows from the heart. Before sealing the deal with a kiss they also came together in a knot tying ceremony.
As their ceremony came to a close, their were claps from folks passing through the rock formations. One of them stopping to sign as our witness to their marriage!
Once their ceremony was complete we explore more of the stunning location, every turn you take a totally different view filled with color and wild formations. They popped a bottle of champagne in celebration of becoming husband and wife. As the sun started to set behind the distant horizon, we made our way back towards the Jeep. Rex stopped to collect a little bit of sand in a glass bottle his sister had given him for today. A token of this wild place and now a very special to them place to keep forever. We mad our way in the dark back through the winding desert roads. As we made our way closer back towards town we had one more stop on Mars to make. We pulled off on a black dirt road, stopping in a pull out surrounded by big orange boulders. It was dark. The only light coming from the stars. We took a few star photos to end the night in this stunning, serene place. It was the perfect way to end the day, still and soaking it in.
The celebration wasn’t over as they planned to spend the next day in the area celebrating and exploring with friends who were traveling over to join them! Their elopement day was a perfect celebration of them and their love. It was their story, creating new memories together to cherish as they started their marriage. A day filled with joy, awe and love. We are so thankful to have gotten to share this day with Maggie + Rex.
Other Vendors a part of this Elopement Day:
Dress: BHLDN (BRONX & BANCO special collection)