Heather and Brent began their wedding day long before the sun was up.
They met photographer Traci Edwards at 3:15 in the morning, ready to hike to Devil’s Bridge to share a private moment and exchange sweet love letters. “Head lamps on, it was a quiet, beautiful morning… We hiked through the woods under stars, enjoying the trail to ourselves,” Traci recalls. “[They read the letters] to themselves, stopping in between to share moments or laugh or giggle or remember a memory… Heather wanted them to be read during a secluded moment so that they could feel free to be emotional together and not have to worry about their friends and family watching them… All of a sudden, the red canyons lit up [with] light behind them. It truly was a gorgeous, stunning sunrise, and they got to share it all themselves… I can’t imagine anything more special to start off your [wedding] day together.”
That afternoon, Traci led the couple, their three dogs, and 25 of their nearest and dearest to Doe Mountain. She had invested months into researching potential ceremony locations, mindful that many of the guests were less accustomed to hiking and needed a more easily accessible trail. “I hiked through Sedona for several months looking for the perfect spot,” she says. “I just wanted to provide for them the best view with the most privacy.” Reaching the plateau, Heather surprised everyone – including her groom – with a wedding gown she had secretly stowed in a friend’s pack. “She came around the corner from the trees where she changed and everyone was crying – there wasn’t a dry eye. Brent had the most pleasant smile, and she was grinning away as she made her way to him,” Traci shares. “It was a super sweet ceremony – lots of laughter [and] lots of tears and special moments with simple, sweet vows.”
This adventure wedding has us in complete awe, and it’s not hard to see why!
Photography by Traci Edwards Photography
CHOOSING AN ADVENTURE WEDDING:
“Our choice was a combination of a couple different variables. We wanted to keep the number of guests very low so that we would have more of an opportunity to spend quality time with the people who were able to come join us. Many of our married friends have commented that their ceremonies and receptions happened so fast, and they wished [they’d] had more time with their guests… We were able to spend the entire weekend on vacation with all of our closest friends and family.
We also didn’t want to feel stressed from conventional wedding planning – we just wanted to enjoy the experience and be able to get completely wrapped up in each other and in the experience instead of the planning.”
[Heather, The Bride]
[Traci Edwards, Photographer]
CHOOSING A WEDDING LOCATION:
“We wanted an adventure wedding, and I had traveled to Sedona before and knew how beautiful it was… Even though we wanted a small and intimate crowd, we still wanted