Utah National Park Elopement With Stunning Outfit Changes *

Utah National Park Elopement With Stunning Outfit Changes *

Emily and Kiersten laced up their hiking boots taking their love to new heights. Trading their previously planned international wedding for a local Utah National Park elopement with stunning mountain views and a surprise outfit change. 

Photographer Henry Tieu Photography captured every remarkable moment—from the sunrise first look to the celebratory champagne toast. Adventure-seekers looking to prioritize intimacy and breathtaking views when planning their wedding won’t want to miss this Utah National Park elopement. 

The Couple:

Emily and Kiersten

The Wedding:

Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah

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Memorable Sunrise First Look 

The most memorable part of the day definitely had to be our first look. We opted to do a sunrise ceremony as our wedding date happened to fall on a weekend and we wanted to avoid the crowd. We hiked up to the viewpoint in the dark and started getting into our dresses just as the first light started peeking through. Emily heard a small clink as she took her dress out of the garment bag, but didn’t think much of it as she was hurrying to dress. We got into position, ready to turn around to see each other when Emily said, “Guys, I don’t have my ring.” We all froze and I remember thinking, “No matter what happens I’m not going to let this ruin the day.” Viet went over to the spot and started looking. I wasn’t optimistic as she had been standing very close to the edge of the cliff and I was sure the ring had tumbled over. A few moments later Viet found it. What a relief! 

Focus On The Sweet Moments With Loved Ones 

As a planner, my biggest advice is to plan what you can, but don’t sweat the rest. There are a lot of unknowns when planning an elopement and it can be hard to know where to look or where to start when sometimes. That’s what wedding planners are for, but at the end of the day, it’s about the moments with your loved ones. Spend your time enjoying each and every minute with them. 

Utah National Park Elopement Planned With Both Brides In Mind

The most important thing was making sure the day was true to both of us. Emily was happy to let me take the lead on planning, her only wish was that she didn’t want to spend the entire wedding day taking photos so after the ceremony in the morning we spent the rest of the day relaxing by the pool. Two days later we got dressed up again for photos at a state park in Moab, Utah. 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Henry Tieu Photography
Event Planning – Rain and Pines
Ceremony Venue + Reception Venue- Zion National Park
Floral Design – Rain and Pines
Cake – Nothing Bundt Cakes
Invitation Design – Sincerely By Nicole
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Wild Cactus Weddings
Wedding Dress – Bhldn
Rings – Cartier + Tiffany and co.

Congratulations to Emily and Kiersten on their incredible national park elopement. We’re so thankful that Henry Tieu was there to capture their beautiful day.

If COVID has led to the cancellation of your wedding plans, like Emily and Kiersten, not all is lost. There are safe and special options when planning celebrations during a pandemic. Whether you’re looking to downsize with a micro wedding or elopement, you won’t want to miss these cities that won’t cost life savings for a destination wedding experience.


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Creative Eco-Friendly Wedding in Springdale, Arkansas *

Creative Eco-Friendly Wedding in Springdale, Arkansas *

Anna and Cory knew they wanted a simple and intimate wedding. The couple joined forces with friends and family to create an eco-friendly wedding at their barn-turned-home in Springdale, Arkansas.  The couple—with the help of their planner Meredith Events—created an Earth-friendly day to remember using homegrown wildflowers, white linens, and biodegradable tableware. We’re so glad that LAYERS was there to capture the magic of the day.

Meredith’s Thoughts on Planning an Eco-Friendly Wedding

Anna and Cory had a low key wedding at their family home, which happens to have a beautiful barn on the property. They opted for an intimate morning ceremony where they served brunch to their guests directly after. This gave them several hours before the reception began to spend some quality time together and take a lot of beautiful photos. The reception took place that evening and more guests were invited. 

It was so magical with the family dogs roaming in and out, their family and friends felt so at ease and comfortable since it was at the family home, and most of their vendors were their friends (talented friends!). Even the lead singer in their band was one of the groomsmen. 

As a planner, I was skeptical of the “morning ceremony” with a break in the middle of the day, but I must admit I loved this format. Everyone was able to relax after that and it gave LAYERS so much time to create the best image captures I have ever seen at a wedding.

The Couple:

Anna and Cory

The Wedding:

Springdale, Arkansas

The Bride’s Something Old

On the morning of my wedding, my mom surprised me with my late grandmother’s amazing ring that my grandpa made for her. He added a diamond every year that they were married, so it’s this beautiful big cluster of diamonds and it meant so much to me. It was the only accessory I wore.

Getting Married at Home

When my husband and I got engaged we started house hunting but could never find something we really loved. One night we were hanging out with my parents in their beautiful barn when we got the idea to turn half of it into a home for us to start our life together. They loved the idea and within a week we had contractors hired. The construction was finished a few months before the wedding and we wanted to share all of the love and hard work we put into it, so it was kind of a no-brainer to have the wedding at home.

The Most Memorable Part of the Wedding

The most memorable part of the day for us was seeing each other for the first time while I was walking down the aisle. Everyone immediately looked up to see Cory’s reaction, and as soon as he started crying the whole room was crying. By the time I got to him, there wasn’t a dry eye in the barn.

The DIY Wedding Team

We did almost everything for the wedding ourselves. Cory even designed a custom engagement ring for me based on some vintage rings that I loved. I hand-cut and painted our ceremony backdrop, we grew and arranged our own flowers, my husband is a chef and created our entire menu, our officiant was my husband’s barber, my best friend owns a salon and helped everyone with their hair, my in-laws helped us all summer with landscaping and cleaning out the barn. The whole wedding really was a team effort.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – LAYERS
Event Planning – Meredith Events
Floral Design – Meus Floral Studio
Cake – Little Bread Co.
Live Music – Boom Kinetic
Invitation Design – Minted
Makeup Artist – Genoa Falar
Hair Styling – Blonde Fayetteville
Wedding Dress – Alexandra Grecco
Bridal Accessories – Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Baltic Born
Groom’s Apparel – ASOS
Groomsmen’s Apparel – David’s Bridal
Rings – Evermore Jewelers
Rentals – Randal Events


Congratulations to Anna and Cory on their eco-friendly wedding and thank you to LAYERS for capturing the beauty for the world to see! For more eco-friendly wedding inspo, check out Amanda and David’s Free-Spirited Eco-Friendly Wedding at Uluwatu Surf Villas in Bali!


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