These two Pennsylvania residents eloped across the country, amongst red mountains, blush tulle, and bubbly champagne at Cathedral Rock Trail in Sedona, AZ.

Are they crazy? Maybe. Was their wedding magical? Absolutely.

Cathedral Rock is only reachable via a hike. A challenging hike. A “scramble up on your hands and knees to make it to the top” kind of hike. But for those daring enough, the view is worth it. Cathedral Rock is also one of the most popular hikes in Sedona, especially for sunset elopements. Although you won’t be alone during your hike, it’s popular for good reason- it’s one of the most stunning vistas to tie the knot at!

Christy and Michael knew this is where they wanted their wedding. As a photographer herself, this bride wanted the most stunning photos of her special day. So, after hiking in perfect makeup and hair, Christy ditched her hiking boots for her heels at the top of the hike, donned her blush ball gown wedding dress, and had a wedding day to remember!

After all, you can’t get this view anywhere but Sedona, Arizona!

Sedona-local Karen is one of the top officiants in the business. She uses her background as a wedding planner to provide priceless advice and guidance to all her eloping couples. And her heartfelt ceremonies won’t leave behind any dry eyes! Click here to check out her website.

No wedding would be complete without Oso the dog! As Karen’s sidekick, he loves hiking along for any wedding she officiates. This lovable pup found a special place in Christy and Michael’s hearts – they recently lost their own dog, and loved that Oso was there to share in their special day!

The perfect November day turned into a crisp evening, as the bride and groom cut their cake topped with a Lego cake topper and toasted with champagne, the sun setting behind them while they celebrated their union!

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Bride and groom in hiking boots hike cathedral rock to spot for elopement in Sedona

Landscape view of cathedral rock on a cloudy November day at sunset

Groom waits for first look of the bride on the wedding day with red rock mountains and trees behind him

Sedona wedding ceremony at Cathedral Rock with dog and officiant

Officiant marries a couple in the Sedona Mountains

Bride cries a tear while eloping with groom in Sedona

Bride and groom cheers and holds hands when being pronounced married in Sedona

Bride and Groom's first kiss at the end of the wedding ceremony in Sedona

Married couple on edge of rock cliff taking photos in the Sedona desert

Married couple cuddle for wedding photos in Sedona with cactus and red rocks

Bride and groom hug and look to the left admiring the Sedona mountains

Close up of cake and glasses, while groom pours champagne

Wedding couple toasting champagne in Sedona at sunset

Close up of bride and groom lego cake topper with heart behind on a white single layer cake and burnt orange heels and white flower bouquet

Bride and groom cheers their champagne glasses while watching the Sedona sunset

Bride and groom hug and laugh during their wedding photos at Cathedral Rock at sunset

Bride and groom gaze into each others eyes after their Sedona elopement at sunset

Newly-married couple pets Oso the dog who was present for their Sedona elopement


Alyssa Campbell Arizona wedding photographer

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