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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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destination wedding

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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On the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula is the resort town of Cabo San Lucas, famous for nearly year round sunshine, white sand beaches, luxurious resorts, authentic local cuisine…. I could go on forever, but you get it! It’s easy to see why Cabo draws couples from all over the world, whether they’re […]

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destination wedding, Elopements

Cabo Elopement Guide | How to Elope in Cabo

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There is nothing I love more than a western shoot complete with horses! This wedding styled shoot in Tucson, AZ is all the Wild West vibes and more,

Groom embraces bride from behind during their Sage Creek Ranch & Retreat Center Wedding Styled Shoot in Tucson, AZ photographed by Makayla McGarvey, an Arizona wedding photographer.

Weddings

Sage Creek Ranch & Retreat Center Wedding Styled Shoot in Tucson, AZ

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Your relationship is one of a kind – so when you get couples photos taken, they should be more than just a few shots of you standing in the right spot, looking at the camera, and forcing a smile on your face. Photos are meant to reflect how you two actually are together, not how […]

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Couples

Tips and Ideas for Meaningful, Unique Couples Photos

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Specializing in Elopement & destination wedding photography

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