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bohemian couple embracing on the cliffs in the tempe desert

I am so glad to finally be sharing this desert elopement on the #MHPWeddings blog! Weddings are an important occasion for couples. It’s a milestone in your relationship, but it’s also your opportunity to stand in front of your friends and family and commit yourself to the one person you want to spend your life with.

You can choose a place that’s special to you both and get married literally in the place of your dreams! You can say “I Do” on cliffs of a shoreline in a foreign country, on the beaches of your favorite vacation spot, or in the country backroads of your hometown. This desert elopement on the buttes in Tempe, Arizona was absolutely stunning!!

bride and groom close up with their noses touching and nuzzling
elopement wedding invitations on a grey linen background with the sun casting shadows
bride and groom kissing
married couple hugging and laughing

Being wedding and elopement photographers allows us to see all kinds of different ways to get married. We love being able to capture special moments.

Whether you choose to marry in front of 300 people or with a more intimate gathering it’s a special day for one reason; marrying your best friend.

Elopement photography can allow us, as your wedding photographers, to have more freedom with your portraits. We generally have more time with you as a couple, so we can capture some fun portraits. We really get to be creative and capture some real gems because we generally have more time for photos!

married couple kissing on the cliffs in tempe arizona desert
black and white portrait of a bride and groom about to kiss in the desert

There are so many emotional moments on wedding days, and weddings have so many moving parts to them. Elopements often lend themselves to a less stress-filled wedding day. We generally have more time for portraits, you can have the wedding ceremony of your dreams, and you can travel around the spot you have chosen to wed to capture photographs you will treasure for a lifetime.

newly married couple embracing in at sunset after their desert elopement
elopement wedding invitations
black and white of a newly married couple holding hands and walking through the desert
black and white couple nuzzling pose on the cliffs in the arizona desert
romantic couples pose for desert elopement weddings

Eloping used to be two people running off to get married in secret.

But today, elopements look a lot different. They have so many special moments when you make it a smaller gathering. Intimate weddings allow couples to slow down and soak in every detail.

With fewer guests, little to no bridal party and smaller receptions, you can spend more of your wedding budget on things that really matter. Brides, buy the wedding dress of your dreams! Order that stunning wedding bouquet you’ve been pinning all over Pinterest. Grooms, splurge on the bougie watch you’ve been eyeing or snag a custom jacket. You both deserve everything you have ever dreamt and more!

bride kissing her groom at their desert elopement
bohemian couple walking through the desert after their elopement
close up of a bride and groom nuzzling noses

MHP offers intimate and elopement wedding collections! Our pricing begins at $2000.

groom hugging his bride and kissing her cheek as she laughs
wedding rings on a grey linen background
bride caressing her grooms face and leaning in for a kiss
newly married couple embracing on the cliffs in the desert
groom nuzzling close to his bride
bohemian wedding couple holding hands and walking through the desert
elopement wedding invitations on a grey linen backdrop
bride smiling at the camera while her groom nuzzles into her cheek
bohemian wedding couple embracing romantically while standing on the cliffs of tempe arizona at sunset
bride holding her dress and walking while kissing her groom who is holding the wedding bouquet
close up portrait of newlyweds kissing


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Desert Elopement in Tempe Arizona

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