Moab, Utah elopement under an arch | styled elopement in Moab | black dress bridal inspiration

What is an elopement? An elopement is doing whatever the heck YOU want! If you want to get married in a black dress, tour Moab in a Jeep, hike some arches, leave all the stress behind, & actually have fun on your wedding day – DO IT! Whenever I shoot a styled session, I plan it out just like I would with a real elopement. I feel out the needs of the couple about whether we need to stick to easier hiking or if we can get away with a little something more. I always want to work with real couples, not models. And Jadie & Alex even brought their dogs!

I don’t like to plan out elaborate setups that just aren’t realistic. For this shoot, I really just wanted to show off some of the amazing red rocks that Moab is famous for. And I just FREAKING LOVE MOAB!!! We scrambled up a steep slope to reach the arch, & Alex had a little trouble navigating the slick rock as you can see! And that sunset on the Manti-La Sal Mountains just outside of Moab is just to die for! 

Erica Thompson Swantek

I just love the black dress against the gorgeous red rocks of Moab canyon country! Stunning!

These are simply BEAUTIFUL! I love your edits, and those last photos of them running with the mountain background is incredible!

Ugh I love the colors of Moab! Well done!

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