A Dreamy Sunrise Elopement in Sedona, Arizona

I’ve got another dreamy sunrise elopement in Sedona, Arizona to share with you, this time featuring Regan and Julia in Sedona! Their sunset to stars ceremony, private vow exchange, and intimate day filled with sunshine and love were truly unforgettable.

The Beginning of a Dreamy Day

Regan and Julia, originally from Florida, embarked on a whimsical wedding adventure, touring their favorite West Coast destinations before finally choosing Sedona for its enchanting charm. Their day began with a magical morning shoot, aimed at capturing the essence of Sedona’s dreaminess. Bright and early at 5 am, they made their way to Lover’s Knoll, where they witnessed the breathtaking sunrise and penned heartfelt vows and intentions for their marriage. Amidst cuddles and the sight of hot air balloons dotting the sky, their day started with an abundance of love and connection.

First Look: A Touching Moment

After returning from Lover’s Knoll ,their first look happend at their VRBO in Sedona. Julia’s two best friends helped her get ready, and the couple shared their first look at the patio. It was a touching moment filled with love and joy as they saw each other in their wedding attire for the first time.

Ceremony Timing: Sunrise to Stars

The couple initially planned for a specific sunset ceremony location but had to switch to their plan B due to unforeseen circumstances. They chose the Greasy Spoon campground, offering a peaceful, scenic backdrop away from the town’s hustle and bustle. The Sedona landscape provided a perfect, serene setting.Regan and Julia had a unique three-part ceremony. They wrote their vows at sunrise, said abbreviated vows at sunset, and shared their full vows under the stars, creating a magical, comprehensive celebration throughout the day.

Detailed Sedona Timeline of the Day

  • 5:30 am: Photographer arrives at VRBO and heads out to Lover’s Knoll
  • 6:00 am: Arrive at Lover’s Knoll
  • 6:15 am: Set up to enjoy the sunrise
  • 6:45 am: Sunrise photos
  • 7:30 am: Head back to VRBO – break in coverage
  • 2:00 pm: Photographer arrives at VRBO
  • 2:15 pm: Getting ready shots
    • Details shots of dress, rings, etc.
    • Regan and Julia putting on outfits
  • 3:00 pm: First look and some portraits
  • 3:30 pm: Head to Merry Go Round
    • Pick up food on the way
  • 4:30 pm: Arrive at Merry Go Round and hike to location
  • 5:00 pm: Ceremony begins (outdoors – ~10 minutes)
  • 5:15 pm: Couple on top of a mountain portraits
    • Dancing and watching the sunset
    • Pop champagne
  • 6:15 pm: Break for dinner
  • 7:15 pm: Prep for night time photos
  • 7:45 pm: Head back down the mountain
  • 8:45 pm: Enjoy a movie and the photographer exits

Handling Challenges and Roadblocks

Just like in life, not everything went according to plan during their special day. The original ceremony location fell through, prompting a quick change to Plan B. Fortunately, they found an even better spot for everyone to gather, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable experience. Opting for the Greasy Spoon campground, they discovered a tranquil oasis away from the city’s hustle and bustle. With Sedona’s picturesque landscape as their backdrop, it turned out to be the perfect setting for their heartfelt ceremony.

A Fun and Relaxed Evening

Regan and Julia chose not to have a traditional reception. Instead, they enjoyed a fun, relaxed evening in the car, singing middle school emo music and indulging in delicious burgers and fries.

Advice for Future Couples

Regan and Julia’s advice to other couples is to stay open to whatever may happen on your day and to throw out the rule book on how the day should flow. Create a day that makes sense and feels good to you. Their elopement was dreamy, like an indie movie, and completely unique to them and what they love.

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