We meet at Tlaquepaque and almost moved the shoot there because that place is so beautiful. If you’ve never been, Tlaquepaque is a shopping village housing art galleries, shops and craft stores in Sedona and the scenery is gorgeous. Towering arches and gripping vines decorate the buildings as you walk on cobblestone pathways throughout the area make you feel like you are in Italy. 

We go to a nearby Starbucks to change and I supplied Brie with the Bridal Buddy to help keep the dress clean as we hiked on the red rocks. Brie then proceeds to quote Bridesmaids as she squats, with her Bridal Buddy on, and repeatedly says “it’s happening, it’s happening” and we just die laughing. You’ll have to watch the movie to get the reference. 

We drive out to the trail, which was about 20 minutes away from downtown, and unpack our gear. Daniel, sporting a fitted blue suit, really stands out from the red rock mountains and tall yellow grass. Brie in her Grace Style and Bridal gown and headpiece heads out to a nearby field for first portraits. She compliments her I Do Rentals AZ bouquet well and flashes the gorgeous florals for the camera. 

After the preliminary photos we start hiking the trail not too sure how long the hike is. At least on the map it didn’t look far and we are racing the sunlight. We get pretty far up and spot a lookout point with a big boulder laying just off the trail. A couple hikers heading down come up and we learn we are just only halfway there! We decide to stay at our spot and end the session there. I am so happy we decided to do that as the photos came out better than I expected. The layering red mountains casted the scenery with such depth and our bride and groom popped against the valley. Our lighting was dim and gave us a moody, adventurous feel which added emotion to the shoot.

Brie was an absolute boss hiking up in her wedding dress and Daniel was right beside her to help with anything she needed.


Models: Brie & Daniel Bronnenberg
Florals: I Do Rentals AZ
Dress: Grace Style & Bridal
Location: Sedona, Arizona

Nick Patton