Winter Horseshoe Bend Elopement


The scene? Brigitte had planed her mom’s milestone birthday trip to Page, Arizona for months. All her immediate family was coming in to celebrate! But they were all in for a surprise šŸ™‚ After tours and great food the day before, Brigitte put a post-it note on the large photo of Horseshoe Bend hanging in their Airbnb that said “I’m getting married here today!”

When Brigitte & Tyler decided on a winter Horseshoe Bend elopement, it was to save their families the stress. If you only know a couple hours before, you can’t stress too much! So after the initial surprise, Brigitte had her sister help her into her dress (from Facebook marketplace! Can you believe it!?) and bright pink snow boots šŸ™‚ At the end of the cul-de-sac, both their families got to witness their sweet first look with the red rocks looking on.

In crafting the perfect elopement day, I always ask my couples what kind of experiences they want to include. Tyler and Brigitte just wanted to see some really epic slot canyons. A massive winter storm the day before changed our locations, but these two were so down for any sort of adventure and were actually excited about the snow!

At sunset we met back up with their families for their ceremony at Horseshoe Bend. It was so sweet seeing them all walk down together. Brigitte even lead her Grandma on how to hike up a tricky spot! Then on the edge of the canyon, they promised forever to each other. Truly one of those moments you can’t put words to because it’s so grand…

After the ceremony, I will never forget these guys joyfully yelling over the canyon “we’re married!!”. Then they celebrated with a fun hot chocolate toast with their families. And lots of hugs! As I was standing next to Brigitte’s mom, she said “this is definitely the best birthday!” Couldn’t agree more!

Brigitte & Tyler were very intentional about sharing their day with the people that mattered most to them. Here are a couple ways you can include your people too!

The most obvious, invite those few special people! If you can’t imagine your day with out a family member or friend, it seems only natural to invite them to be there. Remember you can invite as many or few people as you’d like!

Brigitte & Tyler also wanted their family to be there for their first look. It was meaningful to them to get to share this special moment with their families. You too can choose to include your people in other significant parts of your elopement day!

When these two surprised their families, they also gave them little pins in the shape of a hand signing ‘I love you’ in ASL. Everyone wore those pins the whole day! A little gift is a thoughtful token you could include for your guests. I loved this one for both the message and also it connected everyone!

Finally, I always encourage couples who have their near and dear ones with them at their ceremony to have a celebration right afterwards. This can be a champaign toast, picnic meal together, tossing local leaves like confetti, the options are endless. Brigitte & Tyler did a hot cocoa toast – perfect for the chilly weather!

The local wildlife in Utah during this wintertime elopement
The Groom waits for the Bride to arrive for their outdoor elopement
The Groom patiently waits for his Bride during their elopement in the Arizona wilderness
The Bride and Groom see each other for the first time during their adventurous elopement in the Utah wilderness
This couple eloped at Horseshoe Bend, Arizona and hiked the Nautilus slot canyon near Kanab, Utah as part of their celebrations
The happy couple embrace before their wonderful elopement in Arizona
During this couples winter elopement, they hiked the wilderness of Arizona and Utah

Want to know more about eloping at Horseshoe Bend?

Check out the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area website for all the basic info. You’ll need to apply for wedding permit which (at the time of posting) is $300. Each car will also need to pay the $10 parking fee – even if you have a National Parks Annual Pass. There’s so much to explore around the area of Horseshoe Bend too! The Navajo Nation boasts some of the most impressive slot canyons in the world, some of which you can elope or take photos in as well (permit/private tour required). Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is home to the Wave and other out of this world locations. And don’t forget Lake Powell for all the boating fun!

All this to say, I love this area, and I would be so stoked to show you my favorites on your elopement day! If this is your kind of wedding day vibe, I want to be friends. Reach out here and tell me a little bit about your dream day so we can get the ball rolling!

Photography – Clarissa Wylde Photography

Officiant – Travis Wylde (Travis is available to officiate weekend elopements!)

Ceremony Location – Horseshoe Bend, Page, AZ

Gown & Veil – Facebook Marketplace

  1. Andrea says:

    First of all, these photos are GORGEOUS! Second, how exciting and fun that they planned this as a SURPRISE! What an amazing idea! You can see the excitement and joy everyone felt!

  2. Molly says:

    These are absolutely stunning and looks like the perfect day!! Iā€™m obsessed with her giant ball gown dress!

  3. Ann Marie says:

    OMG I love this so much! And what a surprise for the family – wow!! Beautiful photos and that area in the winter can be so beautiful – love this!

  4. Dakotah says:

    Love all the emotion, connection and how your photos perfectly tell the story of their Horseshoe Bend elopement!

  5. Andrea Brandt says:

    These made me smile so much!!! You really did an amazing job of documenting this wedding. Horseshoe Bend is freaking amazing!

  6. Amy Isacson says:

    I LOVE Horseshoe Bend and what a truly special way they chose to celebrate! Fantastic job on the photos – you got such good variety and crisp, clean images they will cherish forever.

  7. Sydney says:

    The photos of everyone with their tumblers! I LOVE IT! Horseshoe Bend is such a beautiful location, you balanced the stunning portraits with documenting their day perfectly!

  8. Steph says:

    Page, AZ is truly a beautiful place to elope and you captured this couple so beautifully!

  9. Naomi Levit says:

    Page, Arizona looks amazing! This entire story had me smiling from ear to ear and those canyon shots are unbelievable.

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