Palo Duro Canyon Weddings
It doesn’t matter if you’re booking us for your big party weekend wedding or wild adventure weekday wedding, I will tell your story well, and in a way that is real and genuine. I thrive on capturing emotions that can be felt for generations. I work in a way that is more lifestyle-based – intent on capturing moments and emotions – as opposed to posed photos that would leave you feeling nothing when it was all said and done. I am an explorer and have an endless list of locations that I’ve fallen in love with. At these locations, you can have a family-accessible wedding with the choice of cascading cliffs or serene valleys in Palo Duro Canyon. When you book me as your photographer, you’re also booking my vast knowledge of beautiful and unique places.
My vision for your family-friendly canyon outdoor wedding is full of tents, private moments between you and your loved ones after you put your dress on, vows read in front of those who matter most in your life, toasts, dancing, and smores. My most favorite moments are when everyone is hanging out by the fire under Texas stars where you can hear the coyotes echoing through the valley.
What Does It Mean to Have Your Wedding in Palo Duro?
When it comes to your wedding day you deserve to have it your way. You don't have to have a venue that doesn't match your vision. You don't have to order table covers or book a dj for your wedding day or wait around for people to RSVP to see how much food you need to order for your guests.
What you can do is fulfill all your wedding desires by having a stress-free wedding on a canyon trail, in a beautiful spot in the valley, on a cliffside, in front of a canyon, or in a campsite sprinkled with bridal tents. It means you get to have a meaningful party with your closest friends and family doing non-traditional things while the campfire melts chocolate for your s’mores.
Do you want just another photographer, or do you want someone who knows the ins and outs, someone who is a planner? Would you like someone who feels like an amazing friend to help you establish the most meaningful day of your life?
I will come alongside you to map out the dream wedding your heart desires. We will fill out a questionnaire that covers the deep questions about who you are as a couple, what’s most important to you and what your vision is as a couple to join yourselves as one.
Listen, your wedding day isn’t just about showing up at one of your top 5 venue picks (ones you didn’t truly want to begin with) for a ceremony and some portraits in a location that isn’t ideal or what you had originally envisioned.
It’s waking up to eat breakfast or having brunch with your favorite people, it’s about getting ready in your bridal tent. It’s the butterflies you get when you walk out and see all your loved ones there to support you. It’s putting the ring on your partner’s finger. It’s the deep and meaningful vows you commit to one another. It’s the first champagne toast and first dance under the Texas stars. It’s cuddling up with a fleece blanket right next to the fire talking about how you’re so happy you did it your way and not obligated to put on a huge production for other people, because right about now, a wedding planner would be whisking you two away for a garter toss that doesn’t have any meaning to you.
I help you bring every detail to life to make your day far more than you ever imagined. That’s how we are different. Because this day is all about YOU, and you deserve to experience it stress-free while I document the whole story.
Things you probably had no idea I could help you with
▵ SIGNING YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE FOR YOU TO MAKE YOUR PRIVATE VOW-READING LEGAL. YUP, I'M LEGALLY ORDAINED!
▵ BRIDAL TENTS AND OUTDOOR LIGHTING
▵ I GET COLD SUPER EASILY, SO I COME PREPARED WITH HAND AND FEET WARMERS IF IT'S COLD OUT
▵ I KNOW ALL THE TRAILS WELL SO WE CAN PICK ONE THAT BEST FITS YOUR VISION AND ACCOMMODATES YOUR FAMILY + FRIENDS
▵ I HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH LOCAL VENDORS AND KNOW HOW TO BRING YOUR VISION TO LIFE
Why would I want full day coverage of my Palo Duro Canyon wedding?
This is not the typical staged, forced-smile photo session where you try to jam a whole day’s worth.
If you have seen our work through the website, Facebook, or Instagram, you know that we shoot the emotional, raw, and real elements of life.
These moments are not force-posed. My brain just can not work that way.
You deserve more than that. You deserve to look back on your wedding day, to be able to re-live those little moments that reflect who you are. You deserve a photographer who has won awards for doing just that.
You deserve the tents, the marquee lighting, the campfire, the coyotes in the background, your family and friends there to experience the authenticity of you as a couple.
You deserve to have your wedding in Palo Duro Canyon, the stress-free way, with me there to guide you fluently and seamlessly throughout the entire process.
▴ All-day elopement coverage + intimate session before or after the ceremony of just you two ▴ pre-elopement consultation via email/in-person ▴ digital wedding images, in high-resolution color ▴ custom heirloom box of prints delivered via mail ▴ online gallery for image downloading + print ordering ▴ print release for personal printing, posting + sharing
Things I can help with
▵Outdoor marquee lighting set up
▵Location ideas and scouting
▵Video Highlight Clip
▵Small Wedding Cake
▵White Chairs (up to 100)
▵Photography that covers the two of you plus 150 or less
8 hours of wedding day coverage • pre-wedding consultation via email/in-person • second shooter • custom wedding day timeline • digital wedding images, in high-resolution color • 8x8 wedding album + custom heirloom box of prints • online gallery for image downloading + print ordering • print release for personal printing, posting + sharing• wedding submitted into national magazines
7 hours of wedding day coverage • pre-wedding consultation via email/in-person • custom wedding day timeline • digital wedding images, in high-resolution color • online gallery for image downloading + print ordering • print release for personal printing, posting + sharing
Up to 6 hours of wedding day coverage • pre-wedding
consultation via email/in-person • digital wedding images, in high-resolution color • online gallery for image downloading + print ordering • print release for personal printing, posting + sharing
*ONLY AVAILABLE DURING OFF WEDDING SEASON
Just a few Palo Duro Canyon facts while you plan the big day
- Any larger weddings must be planned through the park superintendent. There may be a fee charged for use of certain areas of the park. I will help with the contact of the superintendent.
- Small elopements and weddings do not have to be planned through the superintendent and there is not a fee except the entrance fee.
- Pets are allowed in the park but must be on a leash and attended at all times.
- There is no public consumption and/or display of alcohol (can, bottle, cup or any other container) permitted in campsites or day-use areas. Violation of this law results in a Class C Misdemeanor.
- I’d suggest welches sparkling juice for toastings.
- We leave no trace. What this means is we avoid leaving trash behind, stepping on plants & cactus, or harming the canyon in any way.
- Your wedding or elopement can not block trails or access to any facilities.