When I had first met with this particular couple, Sharlot + William, they had opted for an Arizona bridal session with their wedding photography package. I, of course, happily obliged. And I say of course because I find that more often than not, my bride + groom lead me on new adventures and undiscovered treasures and go along with my silly, curious nature.
Six months ago I had photographed their Phoenix backyard wedding. Their love for one another as well as their passion for the great outdoors brought us up to Strawberry Arizona for a beautiful day among the golden flowers that created a blanket of bliss around these two.
With my strange ability to show up early regardless of how hard I try not to, I walked into the Strawberry Lodge, had a seat, and bought myself a blackberry bran muffin. Things were fairly quiet at the lodge, assuming 8:30 am on a Saturday was too early for the locals. As soon as Sharlot and William showed, we took off in one car to cruise the surrounding landscape toward Fossil Creek. An 8 mile roundtrip trail I had hiked only once before. Our intentions were to hike to this gorgeous spot I had discovered well over a year ago but had no clue whether or not it would still be there when we arrived. Sometimes I tend to get these crazy ideas and sometimes my couples come along for the ride. With Sharlot being a park ranger, she was more than up for it.
Before you get too excited, Sharlot wasn’t about to hike in her dress for 8 miles. In fact, she’s the second bride I’ve had who suggested rolling up her dress and smooshing it into a camping bag for a trek through the woods. I do love an adventurous and spirited bride and groom!
Making a long story short, we forewent the strenuous hike that day shortly after discovering this huge patch of yellow flowers to either side of the dirt road we were traveling and decided it was the perfect spot to get out and shoot.