Matt + Karly / Sunrise Sedona Intimate Wedding / by Jessica Lawson


Happy Black Friday friends!

It is a wonderful time of year to reflect and dwell on how we have been blessed and are so grateful for the people and things we have … then we eat a lot of food then go buy more things to be thankful for. Haha. I jest.

I woke up at 4:15am to meet up with my mom-in-law and new sister-in-law and we crushed Black Friday. So now I’m blogging before lunch and a nap. I hope your Thanksgiving were filling but also fulfilling. If you were left feeling a little emotionally or spiritually empty, can I encourage you to spend time talking to God today and sharing with Him what you are thankful for. Try to name 30, 40, if not 50 people or things. It is such a beautiful remedy to bring joy into our hearts.

Anywho, here is about this wedding that I’m really thankful for. This is Matt + Karly’s intimate wedding at Bell Rock in Sedona at sunrise.

What’s particularly neat about this couple is that Karly and I went to elementary school together. Her now husband Matt and herself meet in Arizona at college, started their lives together near where Cam and I live, and back in the spring found themselves planning this shindig.

Cameron and I adore these intimate weddings. We love traditional weddings too, but there is something about the setting, the people being surrounded by nature, not the other way around, that really inspired us. We had the best time driving around Sedona after the sunrise ceremony and exploring Oak Creek and getting coffee.

Karly was a swimmer from elementary through college ( I believe ). And I thought it was so fitting that she wore Rainbow Sandals and wound up going in the water in her wedding dress. It was beautiful, it was so her. And it was so sweet to see her and her husband enjoying nature so much on their wedding day. After our few hours together, they went back to a reception at their AirBnb, and we went back to Phoenix. This was one of the most relaxed and enjoyable wedding experiences we have ever had as photographers.

If you’re interested in an intimate wedding ceremony, and value nature showing off, please hit us up. We would love to help plan out your day like we did with Karly + Matt.

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The difference between an elopement and an intimate wedding to many professionals is about how many people are invited, not necessarily how much time is given to planning.

This wedding, though it was planned quickly is technically an intimate wedding, because of how many people were there.
Now if it was just them and less than 5 people, I would say it was an elopement. You could spend two years planning an elopement. And you could gather friends and get married tomorrow.