Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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McDowell Sonoran Conservancy - Scottsdale, Arizona Elopement Photo Story Award

McDowell Sonoran Preserve- Scottsdale, Arizona photo of Guests around the couple during the outdoor ceremony

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy - Scottsdale, Arizona Elopement Photo Story | Guests stand around the couple during the ceremony, some of them getting emotional

Guests stand around the couple during the ceremony, some of them getting emotional. They are encircled by cacti with a bright, blue sky overhead.

This couple decided to hold their small ceremony in the great outdoors of Scottsdale, Arizona. They were guaranteed to have a hot, sunny day, and they embraced the Arizona flora, choosing to be married at the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. They celebrated their day with a small group of close family and friends surrounded by mountains and the most incredible varieties of cacti.

Arizona Outdoor Wedding photo from Scottsdale Before the ceremony of the bride and groom

Arizona Outdoor Weddings - Scottsdale Photographer | Before the ceremony, the bride and groom go for a walk through the desert with the mountains beside them

Before the ceremony, the bride and groom go for a walk through the desert with the mountains beside them. The groom holds the bride’s hand, helping her navigate the uneven ground.

Scottsdale, AZ Elopement image from Before the ceremony at McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy - Scottsdale, AZ Elopement Picture | Before the ceremony begins, the guests decide to escape the heat and strong sun

Before the ceremony begins, the guests decide to escape the heat and strong sun by waiting together in the shade cast by a nearby building.

Arizona Desert Ceremony Wedding image of The bride with a small smile

Arizona Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Photographer | The bride wears a small smile on her face as she gazes into the groom’s eyes during the ceremony with the sun shining behind her

The bride wears a small smile on her face as she gazes into the groom’s eyes during the ceremony with the sun shining behind her.

Scottsdale, AZ Outdoor Wedding Ceremony photo of guests reacting to the Elopement ceremony

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy - Scottsdale, AZ Outdoor Elopement Ceremony Image | We can’t see the bride and groom, but we can see the guests reacting to the ceremony

We can’t see the bride and groom, but we can see the guests reacting to the ceremony. They can’t help but smile at the day’s event.

Arizona Outdoor Elopement Ceremony image of the officiant as the bride and groom stand outside with her

Arizona Outdoor Ceremony Photography | The wedding officiant closes her eyes and folds her hands over her heart as the bride and groom stand in front of her, smiling

The wedding officiant closes her eyes and folds her hands over her heart as the bride and groom stand in front of her, smiling.

Scottsdale, Arizona detail wedding image of the bride’s ring

Scottsdale, AZ Desert Elopement Ceremony Ring Detail | Here we get the perfect view of the bride’s wedding ring as the groom slips it onto her finger

Here we get the perfect view of the bride’s wedding ring as the groom slips it onto her finger.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve- Scottsdale, Arizona desert elopement wedding image of hat toss

Desert Elopement Ceremony Celebrations | After the ceremony, one guest decides to celebrate by throwing her hat into the air

After the ceremony, one guest decides to celebrate by throwing her hat into the air. The hat is hanging mid-air and the other guests watch, smiling and laughing.

AZ Desert Elopement photo of the bride and groom in the desert

AZ Desert Elopement Wedding Couple Portrait | Standing among some impressive cacti, the bride and groom hold each other in the desert beneath the hot sun

Standing among some impressive cacti, the bride and groom hold each other in the desert beneath the hot sun. The bride drapes her arms over the groom’s shoulders, and they can’t help but smile at one another.