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Young eloping couple celebrating their wedding at the Grand Canyon


A Japanese couple posing for wedding photos at the Grand Canyon. Photograph by Mark Haughwout at Lipan Point.


Sunset photo of a beautiful bride and groom getting married at the Grand Canyon.


Newlyweds holding up their wedding license at the Grand Canyon at LIpan Point


An American Groom and a Thai Bride having their wedding pictures taken at the Grand Canyon, Arizona


Young married couple at Shoshone Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Photo by Mark Haughwout



The best Grand Canyon wedding and elopement pictures are around sunset.  Typically it is best to arrive at the site 2 hours before the sun sets.

This allows time for pre-ceremony pics, the ceremony and some post-ceremony sunset pictures.


Lipan Point Wedding Photos:

Lipan Point at the Grand Canyon has no facilities so if you are planning more than one outfit for your wedding or engagement photographs,

you will need travel 2 1/2 miles to Desert View to change clothes.

This couple brought their own portable changing station to switch between their traditional Thai wedding outfits and their American wedding clothes.

Also be sure to bring hiking shoes/sneakers in order to get out on Lipan Point. The five minute walk cannot be done in heels!


Shoshone Point Wedding Photos:

Shoshone Point is on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and is a great place for a wedding if there are guests. 

At Shoshone point is a covered eating area and a composting toilet.

A permit is required from the park service to rent Shoshone Point for a wedding. (about $325).

The road to Shoshone point is dirt and is about a mile long.  There is parking for about 10 vehicles at the point. Extra vehicles should park at the gate and shuttle the mile to the viewpoint.

Shoshone Point has a great spot for a wedding right on the edge with natural limestone rock that provides good seating for guests.

Shoshone point does not provide a view of the Sunset due to the angle of the bend in the Grand Canyon, however there are great views into the Canyon.

The turn out for Shoshone point is unmarked and there is a gate at the dirt road.  Hikers are allowed past the gate even when the point is reserved.


Sedona Wedding Photography

Wedding party posing for a picture outdoors in Sedona Arizona

Outdoor Wedding at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff AZ


Most outdoor weddings in Flagstaff happen in the month of June.

July and August are also good for an outdoor wedding, but be prepared for afternoon rains.

Spring or Fall outdoor weddings work really well in sedona. 

If your wedding is on a tight budget, consider getting married on a weekday - locations are more affordable during the week and so is your photographer!


Flagstaff Nordic Center Wedding


Outdoor wedding pictures at the Flagstaff Nordic Center

The Flagstaff Nordic Center is a great place for an Outdoor Wedding in the summer!


A wild west wedding at the Flagstaff Nordic Center:

A bride and groom prepare to ride electric mountain bikes to their honeymoon yurt at the Flagstaff Nordic Center


Engagement Photos

Excited bride to be jumps on her fiance when given a surprise wedding ring while on vacation in Sedona

Groom prepares to surprise his girlfriend with a wedding ring




Man surprises his girlfriend by asking her to marry himA Surprise engagement in Sedona AZ




Girlfriend shows off her new engagement ring


Engagement Photos in the Wildflowers near Flagstaff Arizona


Engagement picture of a couple dancing in the sunflowers

Engagement photos for a young couple


Engaged to be married.


About getting married at the Grand Canyon

Be aware that to get married at the Grand Canyon, you need to apply for a permit with the park service.

Lipan point is a popular spot to get married because of the photographic opportunities both up and down the Canyon.

Lipan point is also quieter since tour buses are not allowed to stop there.

However it is only suitable for really small parties, like couples that elope.

If you have a larger wedding party, consider one of the other viewpoints.

Shoshone point is a great spot for a larger group.  It has a bathroom, and covered picnic area. 

For a wedding at Shoshone point, be sure to make a reservation with the National Park Service.

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Grand Canyon North Rim Weddings

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon also has a designated Wedding site with a great view and seating.

Be aware that the North Rim is closed in the winter due to snow.


Adventure Weddings


I am willing to photograph weddings in Dangerous places - like hanging off the side of a cliff, or while river rafting, or just about any

other crazy idea you can think of for getting married.  The funner the wedding the better price I'll give you!

I rarely (very rarely) will shoot an indoor wedding.  However...

If you are eloping somewhere with great scenery, contact me for a great rate.

I chose to live in an amazing place to enjoy the outdoors and I want my art to reflect this lifestyle.


Pricing and Scheduling


Be sure to schedule your engagement photography session far enough in advance to create your pictorial wedding invitations from your engagement photos.


For wedding photography prices see my Rates page and to schedule, please contact me.  I will also travel upon request.




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