Looking at these pictures, you might never have guessed the behind-the-scene work that went in to getting them! But then again, the unique scenery behind her might hint that this was not your average bridal session.
The dress was strategically chosen because we had to hike it 12 miles down into the Grand Canyon on our backs. The dress was flowy and gorgeous, but it was also made of a light material that could be folded down to be relatively small and fit in our packs!
Because you have to be so careful about the amount of weight in your pack, and because there’s no electricity, we did not pack any hair equipment (save the hair piece). That also meant that all makeup was added in the editing since it would melt each day! Not that she needed any makeup, because she is stunning from the start! You don’t even have to take my word for it- behind the camera there are a scattering of other campers all watching in awe!
There are no amenities whatsoever in Havasupai, (if you’re lucky, you might be able to get a reservation here on February 1st). Because we had to be as minimal as possible, Carisil and Coulter decided to only pack food that did not need to be cooked for the trip.
Unfortunately that meant that most of their food included pop tarts. Yeah… I would not recommend that! However they were easy to pack, and did the trick when you were hiking for hours at a time. Each time Carisil caught me slowing down, she would basically force feed me pop tarts and insist I had to keep my strength up! I probably had more pop tarts on this trip than the past year combined.
Although we were in Havasupai for three days, we had only one day for photos. Both Carisil’s bridals, and the elopement pictures of her and Coulter had to be done at the same time! So we sent Coulter away to hide in the rocks above the falls while we shot Carisil alone. After we were done with her bridals, it was time to have Coulter join her! You can read all about their beautiful elopement shoot in the Land of Waterfalls right here!