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.


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.


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

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is this Sunday… can you believe it?! I love getting to do Mommy & Me sessions in the weeks & days leading up to this special day. Although, I do think every day should be all about us moms! I mean seriously, my husband is an amazing dad, but we deal with EVERYTHING on the daily & 9 times out of 10 they get to do the fun stuff with the kids. But that’s beside the point.

So like I was saying, I LOVE Mommy & Me sessions! Kids love their mom so much & it’s so much fun to capture their interaction & the true feelings of love between them. I haven’t gotten to do nearly as many as I had hoped because I’ve been so busy with Weddings, Proms, Senior Portraits & my dad’s surgery. It’s great being so busy, & my dad is doing well so all is good!

So, here are a few of my faves from some of the sessions I got to do this spring!

There’s still time to get your Mommy & Me Mini Session in! I have a few spots open this week. Just $398 for 8 5x7s + a framed 11×14 ($620 value). Book TODAY!

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Capturing the firsts…

I know it’s crazy, but my nearly 5 year old son just had his very first haircut! I know you’re dying to know how crazy I went over it, but first let me tell you a little about why it took us almost 5 years to cut his hair.

When our son LJ was born he was nearly bald, which I was not expecting because I had experienced a good amount of heartburn while pregnant (old wives tale). Anyway, he had very fine slightly wavy hair until he was about 18 months old, at which point super thick very tight curls came in almost overnight!
Everyone loved LJ’s curls, no one more than we did though. He’s an adorable kid & those curls just made him that much cuter! My husband & I said we weren’t going to cut his hair until he decided that he wanted it cut… until now he never did.
There were a couple other factors. First, I was afraid that the texture of his hair would change if we were to cut it. He has very soft smooth hair, like mine, & I really didn’t want that to change. I saw my nephew go from having nice textured hair to very thin & nappy so I was scared the same would happen to LJ. So far so good…
The second reason for not wanting it cut is that I didn’t want him to regret it. When I was a little girl, I had hair past my waist & chose to cut it short… BIG mistake! I loved it for about 24 hours & then I hated it & was growing it back out! Also so far so good…
A couple months ago started saying he wanted a haircut because the other boys in his class were getting haircuts. He would flip flop between wanting one & not so we just kept the conversation going. Then few weeks ago he was really adamant about wanting it cut, so I said “okay, lets find a style you like.” After going through Pinterest we found a few he liked & then narrowed it down to 1.
Being that it was the holidays, I was a little short on cash & time, which bought us a couple more days to mull it over. Gramma (my mom) was also coming into town for Christmas & really wanted to be there, so we made it a Christmas Eve event. We all headed to my husbands barber & patiently waited for LJ’s turn.

It was time… I was a wreck! I’m telling you my stomach was in knots, I was a ball of nerves! LJ on the other hand was estatic! He was so ready! He jumped right into the chair without hesitation. No fear!

The ponytail was gathered (of course I forgot a rubber band to tie it with), a plastic baggy was on standby to keep his hair in & Rob (our barber) was ready to start cutting!

I must be honest, I think the only reason I didn’t start balling at this point was because I was focused on getting great pictures so we could remember this event forever (momtog problems). LJ just sat there perfectly still as his long locks were cut short. I was so impressed that he was so calm. For most kids the first haircut is a kinda scary event.

It’s funny because even after Rob cut like 5 inches off it was still really long! I kinda liked the mini-fro, but it wouldn’t last long! It was time to cut it down more & start shaping it…

I made sure to keep those perfect curls from the back of his head, I will really miss playing with those as he sleeps next to me!

He was so happy watching it all fall to the floor!

It was really starting to look cool, he looked like a totally different kid! I really kept looking at him like “who are you?”

LJ’s little brother Levon found himself a nice spot to sit back and relax… this kid is too funny! That sweatshirt is so perfect for his personality!

Now here’s the part where LJ started to wiggle. The edge up “bites” a bit so he was having a hard time staying still, He really did do a good job though.

Look at those curls!

It was done! Just a little dust off & it was time for the BIG reveal…

He saw that mirror & just lit up! There had been a few tears from the edge up, but as soon as he saw his “new do” he was nothing but smiles!!! He’s was like “I have a haircut, I look so cool!” Indeed, he looks pretty cool with his new hairstyle! I’ll miss those long curls, but I do like the new do! He looks more grown up & won’t be mistaken for a girls anymore. I never understood how that happened, long hair does NOT = girl!

Just look at that handsome kid… that’s our boy & we’re so proud of him!
So often I miss capturing my own family memories because I want to be involved & not stuck behind the camera, but this time it was to my benefit (& sanity) that I capture this major life event!