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Sometimes, the perfect wedding venue is closer than you think! While I love climbing red rock trails and chasing waterfalls, tying the knot somewhere meaningful – like your own backyard or at your family’s home – can be really special.  A backyard wedding is intimate, convenient, and often easier on the wallet than a traditional […]

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Elopements

An Intimate Upstate New York Wedding – Tips for Saying “I Do” in Your Backyard

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Natural Beauty and Fairytale Charm Catherine and Kyle wanted a whimsical fairytale garden feel for their celebration, and this Lake Morey Resort wedding truly delivered the magical atmosphere they were hoping for. They had their ceremony in the garden space of Lake Morey Resort because it’s a beautiful spot that doesn’t need too much decoration. […]

Bride and groom embrace and pose in front of elegant trees in a garden during their fairytale Lake Morey Resort wedding in Vermont by Makayla McGarvey

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Fairytale Lake Morey Resort Wedding in Fairlee, Vermont

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There’s an undeniable charm to ranch weddings – couples from all over the country, whether they have roots in agriculture or farming or not, are choosing to celebrate their love on beautiful ranches. If this is something you’re dreaming about, read on for my guide on planning a ranch wedding! First things first: define your […]

The Ultimate Ranch Wedding Planning Guide (2021). Bride and groom share a kiss in a baby blue truck.

Weddings

The Ultimate Ranch Wedding Planning Guide

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It’s easy to see how Aruba earned the nickname “one happy island!” Located in the Caribbean, Aruba is known for its white sand beaches, year round sunshine, and tropical climate – but if you venture off the sandy resorts, you’ll find endless adventures. So whether you want a relaxing tropical getaway, or to spend your […]

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Aruba Wedding Guide – How to Elope in Aruba

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I love photographing adventure elopements – these exciting mini-weddings always seem to radiate a sense of joy and fun that’s hard to forget. Picture hiking boots under a wedding dress, the pop of champagne on the crest of a mountain, a newlywed couple heading off into the sunset in a kayak – adventure elopements truly […]

A bride and groom hold hands while walking in the desert during their adventure elopement photographed by Makayla McGarvey

Elopements

Adventure Elopements: What They Are & How to Plan One!

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If you’re planning a proposal, Sedona is the perfect place to pop the question! Not only are the red rocks and sandstone formations absolutely stunning, but the town is actually known for being a spiritual vortex! Even if you aren’t into the spirituality aspect, you have to admit that just being surrounded by such gorgeous […]

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How to Plan a Surprise Sedona Proposal

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Over billions of years, the Colorado River cut through the rocky desert, forming deep chasms and revealing layered bands of red rock. Today, this natural wonder is known as the Grand Canyon, and its breathtaking vistas draw millions of visitors each year. Whether you watch the sunset from the top of the mile-deep canyon or […]

Elopements

Grand Canyon Elopement Guide | How to Elope at Grand Canyon National Park

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Held at the gorgeous Gather Estate in Mesa, Arizona, this country-western wedding was full of the special little touches that really craft an ambience.

Image of a bride and groom embracing during their Gather Estate Country-Western Wedding in Arizona, photographed by Makayla McGarvey.

Weddings

Gather Estate Country-Western Wedding in Mesa, Arizona

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Looking to celebrate your big day with majestic and loving friends? Horses are one of the most intelligent, powerful, and stunning animals on Earth. For the perfect horse wedding, you’re going to need to know a few things before you begin your big day with these brilliant creatures. When & Where to Incorporate Horses  First […]

Bride and groom smile while holding a horse close during their horse wedding photographed by Makayla McGarvey.

Weddings

The Perfect Horse Wedding (Everything You Need to Know)

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Vast desert views, cactus gardens, red rock formations, deep canyons, slot canyons, and so much more can be found in Arizona! For any adventurous couple who’s ready to ditch the traditional wedding and get married amongst the outdoors, the southwest is the perfect destination – whether you’re a local or you travel here to say […]

Elopements

How to Elope in Arizona

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Specializing in Elopement & destination wedding photography

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