Zion Utah Elopement | Casie and Jan

Casie and Jan were living in Wyoming at the time of their wedding, but they chose to elope in one of their favorite areas of the country–Zion, Utah.

They decided to avoid the crowds at Zion National Park, and instead chose to work with the Bureau of Land Management to pinpoint a spot on BLM land that was perfect for their intimate wedding.

They got ready at the Wildflower Resort where they were staying with their guests. The wildflower resort is an incredible lodging option near Zion National Park, with air conditioned cabins, glamping tents, caravan wagons, and tipi lodging options. 

Casie assembled her look with her sister’s help, which included an incredible deep green fitted suit from Suit Shop, a button up from Wildfang, a “necklace that wasn’t a necklace, and awesome wingtip shoes. Head to toe a classic cool look. 

Jan got ready with a couple close friends, dancing and laughing the whole time. 

Other guests and friends popped in to each cabin which really highlighted how important their people were to all of them—they were there to celebrate them and their relationship equally. 

After an emotional first look with Casie and her nephews, we orchestrated a first look with Jan and Casie. It was all smiles and nerves and excitement. 

Then we jumped in the car and headed to their ceremony site up above  the canyons of Utah. It was secluded, featured an amazing view, and was the perfect spot for their group to gather and witness their marriage. 

While a light breeze blew, Casie and Jan read vows to each other, celebrated their union with mindfulness exercises from their officiant, and accepted blessings from each member of the group. 

After their first kiss, they shared a first dance with the views, then got enveloped by their loved ones in hugs and excitement. 

After we left the ceremony site we stopped for portraits at overlooks and amazing rocks formations. 

By the time we got back to Wildflower Resort, lunch and Crumbl cookies had arrived. Jan and Casie made it official by signing the marriage license and shared a champagne toast. 

Their crew rested a bit after lunch and changed into comfy clothes while the kids played in the water. 

Then everyone packed up and headed into Zion National Park together. We had hoped to hike the narrows as a group, but the rainy weather that week made it too dangerous. So we tracked the path to the entrance of the narrows as a group, and the crew enjoyed a relaxed late afternoon in one of Jan and Casie’s favorite spots. 

All in all, a spectacular way to celebrate the start of their marriage. Congratulations Casie and Jan!

Planning to elope? Check out some of these resources, then get in touch to chat about your day!

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