1-Day Hike-Out Wedding in the Utah Desert

Description of your Utah Desert Wedding Package

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Whisper your vows to your true love as the sun rises over the Utah deserts, painting the yucca and red canyons with golden light. Dance to live acoustic guitar music on the rim of a red rock canyon. Let your feet dangle over the edge while you snuggle up with your morning coffee. After your ceremony, some photos, and a warming breakfast, drive down into the canyon to hike on ancient red and white petrified sand dunes. Enjoy a gourmet picnic under the desert willows complete with local Utah cheeses and beverages. As the air warms up, you’ll have the option to retreat to a tiny slot canyon, climb down into a dark lava tube cave, or cool off with a swim in a secret swimming hole. In the afternoon, take a scenic hour drive through the desert reef and head to the candy-striped mountains! After a 1 mile hike through the sage and sand, enjoying the plethora of lizards, insects and birds that call this area home, be wowed by a panoramic view where you can see everything from Zion National Park to the city of St. George. Scramble along the checkerboard rock that’s a beautiful swirl of white orange and red rocks. We’ll watch the sunset over this majestic view and end your magical day by enjoying epic views of the milky way.

  • Trip length: 12 hours
  • Meeting point: Snow Canyon State Park, St. George, Utah
  • Number of participants: between 2 and 10 people
  • Experience: sunrise adventure wedding ceremony overlooking a canyon and extinct volcano, dancing on a canyon rim to live guitar music, hiking a slot canyon, white rock mountains, and petrified sand dunes, then taking a sunset hike out to a candy-striped mountain where we’ll watch the stars.
  • Sightseeing: volcanoes, red rock desert, canyon, slot canyon, white rock mountains, sand dunes, desert plants, Utah wildlife, night skies
    Level: Moderate with at 5-8 miles of hiking, some of which is on sand and uneven surfaces.
  • Climate: desert climate – dry, hot & sunny days with little shade (up to 39°C in the summer and 15°C in the winter) and cold nights (0°C in the winter and 25°C in the summer)

About the Host of your Utah Desert Wedding Package

Howdy, I am Victoria.utah wedding photographer

While I was working on my photography degree (BFA in Photography, University of North Texas), I documented the work of avian field scientists. That documentary landed me a job working with wildlife and plants at Bryce Canyon NP. Being from the sprawling burbs, being out at Bryce was my first time really experiencing wilderness, beginning my love affair with the deserts of Southern Utah. From there, I went on to work for the BLM, finding more and more treasures on our public lands and earning the conflated title of “National Paleontology Education Coordinator” (which really just meant that I got to draw dinosaurs for kids and let them touch fossils while occasionally picking up the phone to answer dire educational questions from across the nation… but mostly drawing).

Now I live in Salt Lake City (the most perfect place on Earth) with my amazing husband and tiny zoo (a dog, an iguana, and some fish). We spend our spare time exploring the close-by mountains and deserts, SCUBA diving, playing at the park, and loving this fabulous city we call home. I have also worked for brief periods of my life as a harpist and illustrator, and occasionally remember to do those two things that used to bring me so much happiness (and sometimes cash 🙂 ).
I’ve been photographing weddings for cool people since 2006 and absolutely LOVE my job!

Comments about your Wedding in the Utah Desert

The Utah desert is beautiful but also very fragile and rugged. For your wedding in the Utah desert, you must come prepared for extreme temperature swings (often changing 15° C in less than a few hours) between nighttime and daytime. We require that our couples stay on trails and follow local guidelines to protect our beautiful landscape.

We are an LGBTQ-friendly company and can modify your package to fit your needs. If you’ll need two hairstyling or two boutonnieres instead of the website defaults, let us know, as we’re happy to arrange this for you.

Our ceremonies can be symbolic or legally binding, as you see fit. If you’re coming from outside the United States, please check to see if your country recognizes weddings performed in the USA. If you’re hoping to have a legal ceremony, you are required to obtain your marriage license in person at a county clerk’s office before the ceremony; Victoria and Joe are happy to instruct you on how to do this.

This Utah desert wedding package can be modified to be pet-friendly with some alterations.

This is just a sample itinerary that we can adjust or swap depending on your needs, fitness, and how things work. The schedule is very flexible and can be extended. We conduct adventure weddings in any weather, but may have to visit alternative (but still epic) locations should it be unsafe to proceed (e.g. flash flood warnings).

What's included in your Utah Desert Wedding Package

  • private vow exchange at sunrise on a canyon rim
  • live guitar music as you dance on the canyon rim among the yuccas
  • complete photographic documentation of the whole trip with short photo shoots at each location – min. 200 photos
  • Coffee and a simple breakfast of fruit, oatmeal, and nuts.
  • A picnic lunch with seasonal fruits, gourmet cheese, a hot meal, gourmet cakes, and locally-made beverages
  • Permits and fees for your ceremony, hikes, and photoshoots.

What is not included in your Utah Desert Wedding Package

  • Travel to/from Snow Canyon and Dixie National Forest before and after your trip. The nearest regional airport is St. George Municipal Airport (30 minute drive) and the nearest international airport is the Las Vegas McCarren International Airport (2 hour drive). We highly recommend renting a car as there’s no public transit servicing the areas we’ll be visiting.

What to bring for your Hike-Out Wedding in the Utah Desert

  • Wedding dress/suit for you and your partner
  • Hiking boots or hiking sandals
  • Layers (a sweater or jacket, fleece tights under your dress, etc.)
  • Small backpack with a hydration pack or water bottles that can carry at least 1L of water.
  • hat, sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Swimsuit (optional)

Optional Add-ons to your Utah Desert Wedding Package

  • Hair & Make-up Styling on wedding day (USD 230 per person)
  • Natural Flower bouquet (USD 170 each)
  • Hand-tied boutonniere (USD 25 each)
  • Guest fee of USD 120 for each additional guest to cover their food and entrance fees/permit fees to the parks