This Payson Arizona forest elopement styled shoot is a great example of what your wedding day can look like in the forest.

Northern Arizona is one of the best places to elope in the Summer. The weather is in the low 90’s compared to Phoenix’s triple digit summer heat.

How amazing would it be to have a relaxing wedding surrounded with beautiful Ponderosa Pine trees and hanging out by the lake on the Mogollon Rim?!

Here are some of my favorite ideas for your Payson Arizona forest elopement.

Sunset Mogollon Rim Wedding

If you want to experience standing on the Mogollon Rim you can pull into the few designated parking spots and take a short walk to stand above a 2,000 foot drop.

These scenic viewpoints are perfect for capturing portraits with a forest and scenic background.

Picnic at Woods Canyon Lake in Payson Arizona

Once the sun started setting we look beautiful bridal portraits with the beautiful golden sun behind the trees.

One spot I recommend checking out if you’re planning a Payson Arizona forest elopement is Woods Canyon Lake near the Mogollon Rim. We spent about two hours having a private picnic enjoying the beautiful weather and what felt like a part of the PNW!

After setting up the picnic blanket and photographing the most gorgeous boho wedding bouquet designed by the amazing Florals By Kendra, I set up a charcuterie board for us to snack on.

Mogollon Rim sunset Wedding portraits

After our picnic we headed back to another lookout on the Mogollon Rim to practice our Astrophotography! (This was my first time ever taking star photos).

Payson Arizona gets dark fast because of the little light pollution Payson produces, so having some extra light like headlamps are the best option for not tripping over the large rocks.

If you’re planning a Payson Arizona Mogollon Rim wedding, contact me to get started!

Hey, I’m Kelcee!

I would love to be your Payson Arizona elopement photographer

I’ve been capturing Mogollon Rim elopements since 2021, and it’s my passion to help adventurous couples like you create the perfect wedding day.

Your elopement is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you deserve the support to make it uniquely yours. Together, we’ll create quality memories that beautifully tell your love story, lasting a lifetime.