Renee & Rob’s Lush Romantic Desert Elopement

When I plan weddings, I try to get to know my couples on a more personal level. Getting to know Renee and Rob was my favorite part of this entire process. When Renee and I met up, I knew I wanted to get this bride. She filled me in on her secret elopement, and I was sold. She dreamed of a romantic, intimate and lush elopement at Scorpion Gulch in Phoenix, Arizona. The site was built in 1936 and has rustic walls with no ceiling. You can tell the place has history, and we were all for it!

Renee and Rob wanted two things: for their daughter to witness the ceremony and CAKE. I still remember Renee telling me that she was really worried that someone would steal her cake while they were taking their wedding pictures. I told her I’d watch that cake with my life (and I did!). The gorgeous one tier masterpiece was made by the incredibly talented Bear and the Honey.

We visited Scorpion Gulch a month before the elopement, and we began planning the design. The site has this gorgeous stone fireplace. Renee wanted a full mantle of greenery and blooms, and I knew I needed to get The Petal Theory involved. Sabrina, owner of the Petal Theory, has an exceptional talent with florals. She turned the space into a romantic oasis and crafted the most lovely bouquet for Renee.

Although the ceremony involved only Renee, Rob, their daughter, Renee’s parents, and the pastor, the couple wanted a first look for just the two of them. I can promise you I typically keep myself composed during weddings, but I could NOT stop tearing up at how beautiful their first look was. I had to walk away!

Overall, the elopement was my first and hopefully not my last. I loved every minute with Renee and Rob and wish them the brightest of futures!

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Vendors: Planning & Design – Darling Found // Venue – Scorpion Gulch // Photography – Michaela Mangum // Videography – Eunice Beck Photography // Florals – The Petal Theory // Tux – Celebrity Tux and Tails