Road Trip to Moab, UT!
This shoot was created for those brides who have a hard time reconciling their deep-seated wanderlust with their love for family, traditions, and community. The world feels a lot smaller today than it did 20 years ago, and more and more couples are opting for either destination weddings or elopements in order to make amazing travel memories and get their wedding photography done in some of the most scenic places on earth. But some of us still feel the pull of the family and events of the traditional wedding. We love the idea of eloping to amazing places, but don’t want to give up that Daddy-daughter dance, or having our grandparents there to hear us exchange vows. Enter the destination bridal session...it’s the perfect compromise! Plan a weekend getaway with your fiancée and photographer, dress shop, HMUA, and florist and travel to those far flung places you dream of. Then, come home and surround yourselves with loved ones and your favorite traditions as you celebrate your wedding. It’s a flawless mix of home-grown roots and independent freedom.
From Hawkeye Photography: In Utah we are so spoiled with incredible wonders such as Moab and Arches National Park just a short road trip away. We don’t have to go far to satisfy our wanderlust! Set along the Colorado River, Moab, UT is a location rich in geological wonders with fascinating colors, lines, and movement in the rocks everywhere you go.
For the perfect bridal session, make it a girl’s weekend! Split a VRBO with your besties and head down Friday night for some excellent Mexican food and relaxing in the hot tub. Get up Saturday morning and drive into Arches National Park and enjoy an easy hike to Delicate Arch. Don’t forget to stop by Balance Rock on your way! Then head home and get all dolled up for your bridal session.
We scouted out a beautiful trail in Kane Creek right along the Colorado River and styled our shoot among the foothills and boulders along the river just before Moonbeam Canyon. It was the perfect location for creating that awe-inspiring, editorial style imagery!
From the florist (me) lol: The rock features and natural landscape in and around Moab were a real source of inspiration both in color and in movement. I wanted colors that would complement the palette of the dress and the surrounding rock and undergrowth. An cream and yellow ombre bridal bouquet with pops of sage and grey was the perfect accent to the slate purples and red rock! I used white spray roses and dahlias, a creamy butter-yellow stock (my new favorite light yellow colored flower!) and then for the yellows I used solidago, ranunculus, billy balls, and spray roses.
With the grandeur of the Colorado River and Kane Creek as our backdrop, this dramatic bouquet featured locally foraged undergrowth like sage brush and juniper, along with textural details like silver dollar and gunni eucalyptus, air plants, cacti, and raw branches to create an emotional, sweeping floral bouquet.
I loved personalizing this bouquet and look with our sensational purple skirt and J.Noelle top, and then changing into a more traditional white bridal separate, also by J.Noelle! Both looks are absolutely stunning and using both outfits is a great way for a bride to bring in her own style and personality.
Those same elements of air plants, cacti, and branches were used to soften and romance our bridal sitting area. I love the juxtaposition of the sheer cliff faces with the intensely textural bouquet and spiny cacti. This bridal vignette adds a lovely touch of elegance ! For my local friends, I bought the potted cacti and those gorgeous airplants at Sun River Gardens and all of our decor for the bridal vignette came from Target.
From Blushing Blonde HMUA: My most requested bridal look for 2017 has been the half up and half down look. This beautiful bridal style is the perfect showcase for any head piece a bride chooses. We used a smooth texture to showcase the Danani Handmade Stone headwear, but this would also be beautiful with a veil. For her makeup I pulled on the tones in the red rocks and brought in oranges onto her eye lids, and plum into her crease and onto her lips to tie in the purple skirt and local natural colors. It was traditional and romantic, yet dramatic.
I can't get enough of the colors of the rocks, her make-up, and the flowers together!
To end the shoot, we set up a beautiful display of candles and tapers in this moody little natural rock alcove we discovered and I was envisioning the candles glowing and reflecting off the rocks...until a strong wind picked up and there was no way we were keeping those candles lit :( Bummer. But I'm posting the image here because it's still gorgeous and you can use your imagination and visualize my best laid plans!
I hope you guys have found some great ideas for reconciling roots with wanderlust. Leave a comment below and let me know where you would want to go get your destination bridals taken! If you would like to see more from these fantastic artists, scroll down for vendor credit.
The Pear Blossom
Danani Handmade Adornements
Wedding Gown (Grey Top used in all images, and Cream skirt)
Airplants and Cacti
Sun River Gardens
Bridal Vignette Decor
Meet the Designer
Emily first fell in love with flowers while studying floral design at Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2002. She did her first wedding that same summer and has been designing weddings ever since. With over 12 years of experience in the floral and wedding industries, Emily loves creating flowers that bring beautiful colors, textures, and most importantly, memories to every event.