There’s something about the Utah desert that will always have my heart, and I needed to get away from Salt Lake and look for some fresh inspiration. It was magical how everything came together.
I ended up driving to St. George two days in a row for two elopements, and (despite warnings of a snow storm) decided to visit Sand Hollow State Park for the first. Zach (the groom) grew up in St. George right near Sand Hollow, and told us it was the perfect spot. With the trickling waterfalls, red rock contrasting with the jewel-blue water, and little cacti everywhere he was more than right.
Everything came together. Intertwined Floral designed the most beautiful earthy bouquet, Dreamers and Lovers had the perfect dress, and Zach and Alex were both down to road trip. They were so cute and playful with each other the entire shoot. Zach held Alex’s hand the entire time, picked her up and carried her when the rocks got sharp, and made her laugh with his self proclaimed (and pretty dang good) “smolder.”
Alex did her own makeup using the car mirror on the drive down, somehow managing to do it perfectly. She forgot to bring shoes to the shoot, and walked barefoot across the red rock looking like nothing short of a goddess. We arrived just in time for golden hour, the sun adding a fiery richness to the red rock and illuminating the water. We wandered around the park and stayed until the sun disappeared entirely, ending the evening with blue and lavender pastel clouds and seagulls dancing in the sky.
It was surreal leaving the most perfect golden desert and driving straight back into a snowstorm—nature gave us a little slice of golden summer in the middle of winter. Definitely worth 16 hours of driving in one weekend!