Check out this styled Sedona elopement at Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock!
Epic Views from Cathedral Rock, Sedona
If you’ve ever been to Sedona, you know exactly what makes this Arizona gem of a town so magical. If you haven’t – let me enlighten you!
Sedona is about 2 hours north of Phoenix, and is part of the Coconino National forest, is known for the iconic crimson rock formations and energy vortexes that will take your breath away. Sedona has been held sacred by Native Americans and continues to be recognized as a place of spiritual learning and healing.
Hikers, bikers, and explorers come from afar to explore the red rocks in Sedona, which makes it the perfect location for an adventurous elopement. Cathedral Rock is one of the popular locations for hikers, because of its natural sandstone formation that is known to be iconic.
For Brittany & Mathew, Cathedral Rock was the perfect location for their adventurous styled Sedona elopement. The two exchanged vows during golden hour on the red rocks overlooking the heart of the town and then made their way to Bell Rock for a hike and epic views of the sunset at dusk.
Planning Your Sedona Elopement
If Arizona is on your bucket list and you’re ready to plan a Sedona elopement, the first thing to consider is what time of year you’d like to visit. Though Arizona is a generally dry and warm state, Sedona rests at an elevation of 4,350 feet and can get as chilly as 40 degrees Farenheight in the winter. If you visit between April and June, you’ll see the beautiful budding of trees and flowers and experience the warmer temperatures. Overall, Sedona is stunning year-round but is warmest and driest from March – October.
Once you’ve decided on the time of year for your Sedona elopement, the next thing to think about is where you’d like to explore! There are endless options of trails and paths to adventure, and Alltrails has a great list of hikes for all ranges of difficulty and length. Here are a few of my favorite hikes in Sedona:
- Cathedral Rock Trail
- Check out this 1.2-mile out-and-back trail near Sedona, Arizona. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 53 min to complete.
- Soldier Pass Trail
- Discover this 4.5-mile loop trail near Sedona, Arizona. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2 h 5 min to complete.
- Bell Rock
- Head out on this 0.8-mile out-and-back trail near Sedona, Arizona. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 24 min to complete.
- Sedona Airport Loop Trail
- Explore this 3.2-mile loop trail near Sedona, Arizona. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 22 min to complete.
Just remember – you may need a permit to photograph and/or conduct a wedding ceremony at some of these locations. Your Arizona elopement photographer can help you contact the state or national park offices to help you obtain these necessary permits.
Your Sedona Elopement Photographer
Amelia Marie Photography is an intimate wedding and elopement photographer that is here to capture your real love stories and authentic moments. Based in New England, I travel all over the country (and the world) to capture your wedding or elopement day so that you can remember all the wonderful, emotional, and intimate moments from your epic day.
Check out Sedona Elopement Packages here if you’re ready to start planning your epic elopement day!
The Sedona Elopement Team
Hair & Makeup by Desert Sage Hair & Makeup
Photography by Amelia Marie Photography
Florals by Moelleux Events
Gown by We Are Reclamation