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Emma + Ian’s Papago Park Elopement

Papago Park Elopement

Sitting at Hole in the Rock at Papago Park. It was 1:45PM on a Wednesday afternoon. The sun is hot and hanging high in the sky. And my bride and groom have no idea I’m waiting for them.

Wait, what? 

Here’s the thing, Emma and Ian got married on a Wednesday. With their closest friends and family around them in an incredibly intimate ceremony, so intimate that I wasn’t even there! Yeah. No photographer. So I met up with the lovebirds a couple hours before their ceremony for a special first look and bridal portrait session to document the happy afternoon.

I was hired by bridesmaid and best friend Michelle the week before as a special wedding gift. You see, Michelle is a wonderful human that hired me to surprise her best friends with a couple session before their wedding. Surprise wedding photography! I DIE! Planning an elopement can be tricky. When Emma and Ian planned their intimate and happy wedding day, they chose a venue with strict photography rules and rather than fight the rules, they decided to forgo any formal photography. Michelle volunteered to take photos during the wedding but she wanted her friends to have at least a few “professional” portraits on their big day, so she messaged me.

I went to college with both Michelle and Emma and seeing such a happy message slip into my inbox was so exciting!

It’s an immense honor to be a part of couples’ special day. To witness the love between them and their families. It’s a privilege. Enjoy these sunny portraits from that special afternoon at Papago Park with Emma and Ian!

And Emma and Ian, I hope you both have many years of love and happiness ahead!

Gorgeous bouquet and custom ribbon by the talented team at Hoot&Holler.