An Under Canvas Adventurous Elopement & Honeymoon Morning

Let me tell you a little story about an adventurous couple & their amazing Elopement at Under Canvas Zion.

Willow and Tate are a modern love story. Bonding over their love of adventure & the outdoors, they knew they wanted something unusual for their elopement. One of their first adventures was a weekend in Zion, so it was only natural that they would return to celebrate their forever.

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Taking place at Under Canvas Zion, their elopement was elevated from traditional camping, but still close to nature. Their tent had everything a new couple would need, including a window panel above the bed to stargaze on their first night together.

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Tate is a hipster at heart, preferring handmade artisan details like his wooden bow tie, handcrafted suspenders, and custom built triangle altar.

Willow is a bit of a free spirit with a rock and roll edge. When Tate expressed a desire for Pampas grass to decorate the altar, she pulled over on the side of the road & picked it herself. On her wedding day, she wanted to be both feminine & practical, choosing to accessorize her beautiful traditional wedding dress with a dried flower bouquet & crown with rocker-chic Chanel boots.

She shares in Tate’s love of the handmade, having her wedding jewelry uniquely made for her, & her wedding ring custom created using elements of nature as inspiration.

All the details of their elopement were selected together, a mix of new & vintage seamlessly representing their styles. Elements of nature flow throughout, natural wood, crystals, & elegant floral displays.

Nature can be unpredictable, and as luck would have it, their wedding day showed a chance of thunderstorms. Tate and Willow went ahead anyway, enjoying the electricity in the air & the beautiful skies. Just after their champagne toast, the skies opened up and Tate carried his new bride to snuggle in their tent, safe from the elements.

The thunderstorm was soon to pass, & the new couple enjoyed gazing at the stars, planning their future, & waking up together as man & wife.

Concept & planning: Heather Taylor @taylormade_photolv, @adventurouselopementsworkshop
Creative Director: Emma Roberts @desertdaisyjewelry
Couple: @rissrose2 & @treston919
Venue: Under Canvas Zion @undercanvasofficial
MUA: @rissrose2
Dress: Laine Berry @laineberrybride
Champagne: ONEHOPE Wine @onehope
Cake: Something Frosted @somethingfrostedslc
Floral Design: Cultivate Goods @cultivategoods
Tableware & Linens: West Elm @westelmlasvegas @westelm
Jewelry & Crystals: Desert Daisy Jewelry @desertdaisyjewelry
Stationary: 24th Ave Designs @24thavedesigns
Rentals: SWOON {VINTAGE RENTAL CO.} @swoonvintagerentalco
Bowties: The Two Guys’ Bow Tie Co. @twoguysbowties
Suspenders: PM Chaves @p.m.chaves
Ring: Timothy D Meier @timothydmeier
Pyramid Alter: Justin Nesset
Macrame Hanging: Nostalgia Resources @nostalgiaresources
Modern Dream Catcher: Sister House Collective @sisterhousecollective

What to expect from… Adventurous Elopements & Engagements: The Workshop

Hi Everyone! Emma here from Desert Daisy Jewelry. As many of you may know, I have recently partnered with Heather to form Adventurous Elopements and Engagements the Workshop. I am doing a blog takeover today to give you all an idea of what you can expect from one of our workshops, specifically our next styled shoot retreat at Under Canvas Zion.

This is just a sneak peak, for a detailed schedule & full shoot info, please check out the Workshop page here.

Heather & I met through our affinity for jumping in the car and driving to the most beautiful locations to do photoshoots. We have traveled together on half a dozen shoots, and thought “how much more fun would this be with a group of photographers from all over the country?” So from there, the Workshop was born. Three days, two nights, 8 photographers & a whole lot of adventure. Heather is an accomplished wedding photographer specializing in destination elopements and intimate ceremonies. I have years of propping & styling background having worked for Anthropologie, which has translated into styling over 30 shoots for various photographers. We want to share all of this with you!

There are a few spots left, but as you can see, we limited this workshop to 8 tickets. It is important that everyone who attends gets the full experience. Your ticket price includes a bed within the Under Canvas glamping tents, as well as meals. We will have 3 very unique styled shoots over the course of the three days, and you can choose to attend all 3, or just the ones you feel will be beneficial to creating marketing content for your business.

In between the shoots, there will be various education classes, followed by Q&A. There will also be plenty of downtime for you to explore, take all the lovely Zion landscape photos, etc. Please keep in mind our permits for professional photography only apply to the Under Canvas campsite area, so taking models out and into Zion National Park is not part of the workshop.

So what will your adventure look like? That is really up to you, but it could easily be something like this:

You did it! You booked your spot, plane ticket is bought and you are all set to explore one of the most beautiful natural landscapes the US has to offer with a group of talented and like-minded creatives. Zion, here we come!

Nervous and excited, you make your way up to the campsite. The reception area is just so cool, they have thought of everything. It is midday on Friday the 13th, other photographers are arriving and you are meeting your tent mates, settling in for the weekend and checking your camera gear.

Grabbing a dinner and swapping stories with other photogs, you prepare for the first styled shoot, campfire and smores. It has been years since you have melted those gooey marshmallows and you know after you capture the images you need, you are digging in.

Full of laughter and sugar, you settle in for the night. Tomorrow morning you are determined to catch the sunrise and those beautiful mountainscapes, so you will most likely skip out on a class or two in order to do so, but you can’t resist the call of the wild. Catching back up with the classes after lunch will do, plus you know the handouts from the classes will be available to you at the end of the workshop anyway.

Here it is, the main event. As the afternoon sun dips lower, you enjoy learning about how to stage that perfect tablescape, how to prop for photos and you are loving seeing the elopement set come together. When the sun sets just low enough, you are broken into groups with your tentmates. Different stations are set up so you can spend time on the details, and also work with the gorgeous, real couple models who are the perfect blend of bohemian and romance. You get a chance to work on your posing direction, one of the photogs in your group is an expert at it and you are so excited to take some of these practices home with you for your real-life couples.

Sun has gone, every last picture has been taken and the set has been cleared away. Dinner is a little on the late side, but it was worth it to get all those stunning golden hour pics. Good thing there were snacks at the propping workshop. After dinner, you sit and share RAW images with all your new friends and chat about how you will edit them to make them your own.

You go to bed exhausted, what a day. You are sad to think it will all be over tomorrow and you will be heading back to the hustle of the real world, but you are also excited about the shoot in the morning before you pack up. Early morning light will be the star of the intimate engagement session in the Stargazer tent. Crisp white sheets, dark-haired models and a whole bunch of anticipation at a life together just about to start. An engagement session with a hint of boudoir may be outside your comfort zone now, but imagine how many new clients you can attract just by posting about this styled shoot.

After the final shoot is over and your bags are packed, you say a fond farewell to Zion and the new friends you met there. Everyone has exchanged Instagram handles, and plans are already in motion for future styled shoots together, so you know this isn’t the last you will see of everyone. You head back home with a full heart and a ton of photos to edit. Maybe skipping the workflow tutorial wasn’t the best idea after all 😉

All that sounds amazing, right? So what are you waiting for?

An Adventurous Elopement at Horseshoe Bend

I love to travel & go on adventures with my couples! What better way to show that than with this epic elopement at Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ?

This vision was one I’ve had for a long time! I was always just too afraid to fail, so I never did it. Well, I finally got up the nerve to put it all together back in November after a Tuesday’s Together meeting. It was time to check off my number 1 bucket list item – an EPIC Adventurous Elopement at Horseshoe Bend!

It took 4 months of planning to put this all together. I wanted to make sure to have everything I needed! Permits were the MAJOR one! I’m not a rule breaker, so I had to make sure that this shoot was totally legit. There was no room for error, especially since we were coming from 4+ hours away!

The vendors were easy to find. I know a lot of fantastic wedding vendors that I really enjoy working with in Las Vegas & they were totally onboard as soon as I told them my vision. I even got a few national wedding vendors involved.

The details were amazing!

This gorgeous wedding cake was made by Bleu Moon Bakery. She’s an amazing Vegan Baker & Cake Designer in Las Vegas.

Customized cow skull by Elite Floral Events & Desert Daisy Jewelry.

The stunning vintage rentals came from Dogwood Party Rentals.

Custom Elopement Announcement by EG Letters.

His & Hers vow books by Within & Without Co. Naturally dyed handcrafted silk ribbon Water Lillies Styling.

I picked the sweetest, cutest, most amazing couple, Rachael & Joel! They couldn’t have been more perfect!!!

Rachael is a stunner & it doesn’t hurt that she’s the sweetest person either! Joel is awesome too. He’s a killer skater & a mechanic & more! This guy is so sweet to his girl too!

Isn’t she gorgeous!?!

Joel is a total stud too! I mean look at him, the dude has swag!

You could feel the love they have for each other. There was zero awkwardness either, they just had fun together, in the moment.

The champagne toast was perfection too. I mean even Rachael’s scream when the bottle popped was adorable!

The bouquets & boutonnière were beautifully arranged by Elite Floral Events.

Desert Daisy Jewelry made all the crystal jewelry custom for this shoot.

Can you feel the love yet? I mean seriously, how sweet are they?!

That view tho!

Those golden hour vibes just get me every time!!!

The wind was totally working in our favor too, I mean look at that!

Have you had enough? Nah, there can never be too much love!

This wrap skirt from Grey Pearl Bridal was everything!

That’s how you do it guys! Fix her tiara!!!

Yaasss!!!

And that’s a wrap!

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these images as much as I loved creating them!

Thank you to everyone involved who helped me realize my dreams in this amazing shoot!

Photography, Planning, Vision & Creative Direction – Heather Taylor, Taylor Made Photography
Jewelry, Hair Styling, Prop Styling & Creative Direction – Emma Roberts, Desert Daisy Jewelry
Videography – BVW Visual
Wedding Dress, Jacket & Veil – Grey Pearl Bridal, wrap skirt by Jaclyn Jordan
Bodysuit – Forever 21
Suit – Generation Tux
Florals – Elite Floral Events
Cake – Bleu Moon Bakery
Rentals – Dogwood Party Rentals
Stationary/Calligraphy – EG Letters
MUA – Samantha Genido
Groom Accessories – Groomsday