Desert Elopement: Amanda & Kenneth

Amanda & Kenneth’s Desert Elopement

Getting to capture the union between two loving people is something I cherish. Although I’m not a wedding photographer, I love photographing elopements. I was thrilled when Amanda chose me to photograph her desert elopement at Gate’s Pass. Gate’s Pass is a breathtaking location just outside of Tucson. It’s one of my favorite locations for photography, especially elopements.

The day started out stormy. I was a little worried, because Tucson was under a blanket of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Amanda assured me, however, that come rain or shine, the wedding would take place. As I started my drive to Gate’s Pass, it was still raining hard. Miraculously the closer I got, the rain began to lift and the dark clouds lightened. By the time I arrived, the rain had stopped and the thunderstorms had receded.

I met Amanda and Kenneth, who were joined by their immediate family, and we walked a short distance to where their ceremony would take place. The ceremony was short, but intimate and romantic. Even the sun peaked out from behind clouds to shower them with light and warmth as they said, “I do.” Photos followed starting with their family, and then transitioning to just the loving couple.

Gate’s Pass is an amazing location for couple’s photography, because the saguaros and desert fauna make for beautiful, unique and romantic framing. The cloudy skies also allowed for me to capture the mountains beyond the desert floor. As we were finishing, the sun shone through the clouds before ducking behind the mountains. It created one of the greatest stormy sunsets I’ve seen here, with brilliant oranges, pinks and purples. As I snapped my last image, the clouds opened up and rain poured down once again. It was the perfect end to their beautiful union and gorgeous elopement session.

Amanda and Kenneth following their desert elopement in Tucson
An intimate moment between newly married man and wife in the desert just outside of Tucson.
A beautiful location for this gorgeous couple's elopement, the Sonoran desert just outside of Tucson.
A loving kiss for the bride and groom after their imitate desert elopement ceremony in Tucson.
Amanda and Kenneth gaze into each others eyes after saying their "I Do's" following their desert elopement ceremony.
A beautiful day for this beautiful couple of Amanda and Kenneth following their desert elopement ceremony.
Bride and groom snuggle together following their desert elopement.
Bride and groom share a loving moment at Gate's Pass in Tucson following their desert elopement.
Amanda looking stunningly beautiful following her desert elopement ceremony.
Kenneth looking handsome in his wedding attire following his desert elopement with bride, Amanda.
The peaks of Gates Pass for Amanda and Kenneth during their elopement session.
The Sonoran desert makes for a dramatic and breathtaking location for a desert elopement.
Beautiful rocky peaks were a stunning backdrop for their desert elopement session in Tucson.
A moment of closeness at sunset during their desert elopement.
Amanda and Kenneth beautifully illuminated by the brilliants pinks and oranges of the setting sun during their elopement in Tucson.
A Tucson elopement amongst the saguaros and brilliant colored sunset.
Tucson's sunsets are infamous for their beauty, and this one didn't disappoint. Kenneth and Amanda had an amazing sunset for their elopement.

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