Desert Elopement by Kerry Jeanne Photography

We adore elopements for their ability to truly be the most romantic and intimate ceremonies. This gorgeous elopement editorial, from Kerry Jeanne Photography and Sweet Pea Events, proves again why our philosophy is correct. Full of the sweetest details, beautiful landscapes and intimate moments, we have been whisked away by the romance of it all!

From designer Emily Shannon: “Our love was born outside the walls, in the wind, in the night, in the earth, and that’s why the clay and the flower, the mud and the roots know your name.” ~ Pablo Neruda

When driving across Washington, there’s a little desert town right by the Columbia River called Vantage. It’s one of those places that you just can’t drive thru, you have to stop and breathe in earth’s natural beauty. The idea for this elopement inspiration shoot hit us strongly with a desert and sage theme. We wanted to combine the elegance of the almost surreal natural elements surrounding Vantage. With the Petrified Forest, sage and dramatic water views, what more could you ask for in an elopement? We decided for a very earthy and organic look with an emphasis on greenery and accents of ivory, antique gold and pale pinks.

Every detail was carefully hand selected to only add to this natural beauty. Instead of using a table, we used a natural stone conveniently found in the desert. The soft centerpiece and greenery added a timeless romance to the tablescape. Linen napkins, taper candles and ceramic plates completed this look. The bouquet was big and wild. It took the soft palette of our surroundings and added a romantic elegance. The wedding announcement was designed with an earthy feel in mind.  The cake was designed with soft muted colors. The bottom tier was created to look like the linens that were used. An air plant was added to complete the desert theme. 

Our real-life couple, Mackenzie and Graham, have been together for a year. Their love for each other was all-encompassing. At one point the Graham was just staring at his girl and said “I can’t believe how majestic she looks.” It made all of our hearts melt.

When we were wrapping up for the day, the sun decided to finally pop out and provided us with the perfect evening glow. We kept going only to capture some of our favorite images.

Photographer: Kerry Jeanne Photography | Coordination: Sweet Pea Events | Floral Design: Thatch Floral by Sara Jane Camacho | Calligraphy: Seniman Calligraphy | Dress: Saint Isabel Bridal | Accessories: Lindsay Marie Design | Ring: Trumpet & Horn | Veil: The Veiled Beauty | Beauty: Yessie Libby | Models: Mackenzie Altig & Graham Bennet | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance | Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio | Ribbons: Of The Earth | Linens: Lost in Linen | Ceramic Plates: Akiko's Pottery

I fell in love with photography at the young age of 10 with a camera that my grandfather gave me for Christmas. At first, I only shot nature and little things that inspired me but branched out to portraits and weddings once I reached my teens. Jump ahead several years later and I’ve shot gorgeous weddings all over Washington, Key West, Hawaii, Texas, and France. I shoot both digital and film, though I prefer film because it allows me to slow down and create a mood and a moment that looks and feels like poetry in motion.