The Grand Canyon is one of Arizona’s most popular National Parks. In 2022, the average monthly visitors entering the Grand Canyon was 394,342 people (according to the National Park Service stats reports). Although this National Park can be a busy location to choose for your elopement, there are many viewpoints we can recommend to help you experience an intimate ceremony with stunning backdrops and beautiful colors this natural wonder has to offer.

For Alisa and Matt, this iconic location wasn’t just a scenic spot—it was a deeply personal setting, bringing back childhood memories and binding their love story with the spirit of this sacred place.


Alisa & Matt made their marriage legal at the courthouse a few days prior to their adventure to the Grand Canyon. They wanted to spend the day celebrating their marriage with only their parents, each other, and the beautiful Arizona desert landscape.

The hazy sky painted a beautiful golden backdrop during A + M’s first look. Tears flooded both their eyes as Matt witnessed Alisa in her wedding attire for the first time. We allowed them a moment to soak in the sight of one another and experience the flood of emotions and love for each other.

After happy tears shed, vows were exchanged, and sealing their love with a kiss, cheers were heard from A + M’s parents and the onlookers from the parking. We quickly grabbed some portraits with Alisa & Matt’s parents afterwards so they can grab their dinner reservation.

Adventuring away from the tourist crowds we discovered a serene spot at Lipan Point, offering a secluded view of the Grand Canyon. As the sun dipped below the horizon we played around in the golden hour sun for portraits and enjoyed the pure bliss of peace and serenity the South Rim had to offer.

The day concluded with heartfelt tears of joy and gratitude, a testament to the profound magic that surrounded us. For Alisa, the Grand Canyon held great significance in her heart, filled with cherished moments with her Grandad and her family. During their vow renewal, his spirit felt present, adding an extra layer of emotional depth to the day.

Bride and groom holding each other in front of sunset at the grand canyon south rim at lipan point lookout after their vow renewal elopement


The Grand Canyon is a beautiful location to have a wedding ceremony any time of the year. You can do everything from exploring the viewpoints, backpacking, riding in a helicopter, kayaking, hiking rim to rim, camping, and so much more. Here are more tips on how to get married at the grand canyon.

  • Getting married at The Grand Canyon, you’ll need to apply for a wedding permit. Wedding portraits and vow renewals do not need a wedding permit.
  • Sunrise and Sunset are the best times for portraits and your ceremony.
  • Hire a photographer who is familiar with The Grand Canyon rules and private locations.
  • Include activities to celebrate your wedding, like a helicopter ride, skydiving, or kayaking on the Colorado River.


Hey, I’m Kelcee!

Since 2021 I have been photographing weddings and elopements at the Grand Canyon. Every visit to the beautiful canyons of Northern Arizona has been nothing but an adventure.

You’re not alone in planning your Grand Canyon wedding! I’ll help assist you in applying for permits, choosing the perfect location for your intimate ceremony, activity suggestions, and stunning portrait backdrops.

Your elopement is the experience of a lifetime and you deserve not only the support for doing what you love but also the best quality photos that tell your love story that will last a lifetime.