Kelsey and Justin wanted a sunset elopement at Horseshoe Bend with their children, immediate family, and best friends present. They wanted their day to focus on them as a couple and forget about all of the wedding “fluff.” As a fellow photographer, Kelsey knew she wanted an epic backdrop, so they chose Horseshoe Bend for their sunset elopement. Kelsey fell in love with the slot canyons in the area. Unfortunately, most slot canyons in Page require a guided tour, so we chose a slot canyon outside of town to explore on our own. If you haven’t visited Page before, I recommend booking a tour of Antelope Canyon. It is the most beautiful slot canyon I have ever seen! Unfortunately, they do not allow photo session tours anymore. However, it is still a fantastic experience to walk through the canyons and capture the beauty with your personal camera/phone.
We met at the trailhead early in the morning to get back before the heat of the day. It gets hot quickly in the desert, be sure to pack lots of water! We spent the morning exploring the slot canyon almost entirely to ourselves, with only a few passing hikers. Then, we returned to the cars just in time for a lunch break to prepare for the sunset ceremony. After a short break, I met back up with them at Horseshoe Bend for their sunset elopement. I have not been to Horseshoe Bend since they remodeled the area. So it was a pleasant surprise! The parking lot is much larger, and the trail down to the viewpoint is easier. It is even handicap accessible now!
We found a spot along the canyon’s rim where their friends and family set up a little area. They were married in the sweetest ceremony by a mutual friend. Afterward, we explored the canyon’s edge until the sun went down. Kelsey and Justin’s sunset elopement at Horseshoe Bend was exactly what they dreamed of, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way!