Jacquie and Doug recess from their Sedona, AZ elopement, jumping over a shovel with laughter as part of an inside joke reference that their family members arranged as a surprise for them.
Once upon a time, I sold spandex. I had some really amazing co-workers that I am still friends with today. I have photographed my co-workers' families, and in a few cases, their weddings and their children’s weddings. Jacquie is no exception to this situation and when I was in Bend, OR photographing her daughter Stormie’s senior session for her graduation photos, Jacquie (or Jax, as we’ve always called her), told me a tale about falling in love with one of her oldest nearest and dearest friends. She and Doug have been best friends for DECADES and realized right before the pandemic started that they had feelings for each other.
Jax and Doug just wanted to get on with it already and get married – they just knew that this was IT. Like many Covid couples, they faced a number of problems planning a wedding and their plans took many iterations. The date changed a few times, the plans changed a few more times: a relaxed outdoor micro-wedding and family-style dinner in Bend, OR got moved to Arizona with immediate family only. Eventually, they settled on an intimate Sedona elopement, and just as expected, just getting married brought them all the joy and happiness I expected it would.
The day was relaxed and simple. We ordered food to go from nearby restaurants. The bakery forgot to fill the cake order and there was a scramble to get a replacement made (thank you Whole Foods). There was laughter and tears and I feel really lucky to have been part of such a beautiful small intimate event. At every turn of the day, there were hilarious and unique surprises on both sides of the event: from the couple themselves for each other, to their family members, who brought out some touches that were a total surprise for both Jax and Doug! I am lucky to have Jax in my life, and her incredible sassy and whip-smart daughter Stormie, and now, Doug.
Jacquie's daughter ties her shoes for her before her Sedona elopement.
Outdoor Wedding Venue Picture in Sedona, AZ of groom reacting to seeing the bride for the first time
Jacquie arrives on site for her Sedona, AZ elopement as Doug reacts to seeing her for the first time.
Jacquie and Doug's intimate Sedona, AZ elopement was attended by immediate family only and was officiated by Doug's sister in law.
Sedona Arizona Desert Wedding Ceremony Picture of bride and groom surrounded by their family members
Jacquie and Doug are surrounded by their family members as they dance in a circle around them after their wedding ceremony.
The family enjoys an intimate dinner together as night falls in Sedona, Arizona.
The newlyweds share a moment during their portrait session after their elopement.
Jacquie's daughter speaks to Doug about what his presence in her life has meant to her in the last year, while Jacquie reacts.
Doug reacts to his brother's speech during their Sedona, Arizona elopement.