Christiana + David | Glamorous Grand Canyon engagement photography

May 21, 2019
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Where do I even start with this stunningly elegant couple set amid the rugged beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park?! Christiana and David got engaged in November 2018 at Antelope Canyon, and though they got a few wonderful phone snaps of the event, they wanted to commemorate the season of their lives more thoughtfully with a series of photos that they can look back on in the years to come.

Nature is a huge part of the lives of these two. David’s training to be a park ranger, maybe even a geologist someday, and they both love spending time outdoors (usually not in dress shirts, heels and full make-up!) They relocated from Tucson to Flagstaff not long ago precisely so they could be closer to nature. They say they don’t come to the Grand Canyon National Park enough, and I hope this shoot reignited their love for this place!

They’ve been together for over seven years, starting out as high school sweethearts! Stories like theirs warm my heart. With all the different ways people meet nowadays, it’s rare and beautiful to find a couple that has grown together from when they were barely more than kids, and whose lives are so deeply and intrinsically intertwined.

Marriage seemed like the next step, and the couple is busy planning their Arizona wedding. Watching them interact was such a joy to me. They inspire me so much, as someone who frankly hasn’t had a relationship even half as long as theirs (despite my advanced years!)

I was going to be visiting the Grand Canyon on vacation, and decided to put an ad out to see if there was a couple who wanted to shoot there! The way our paths met seemed truly serendipitous and I’m so glad to have connected with them and been able to provide them with these photos from this time in their lives. Unlimited possibility lies ahead.

I am lucky enough to go on vacation to some of the most beautiful places in the States, but my abiding thought is usually ‘I wish I had a couple standing right in front of me’. I love documenting love, it truly makes my heart sing.

Get in touch if you’re looking for a destination wedding and engagement photographer! I live in San Francisco and mostly serve the Greater Bay Area and Northern / Central California, but I am up for traveling further afield, though a travel fee may apply. That said, frequently I don’t charge extra for travel if I take a vacation there while I’m photographing you! Just get in touch with what you’d like – I don’t bite, and I don’t do any high-pressure sales!

Arizona is one of my favorite travel locations. A couple of months before this Grand Canyon shoot, I photographed Melody + Noah at sunrise in Sedona. I have to admit, I’ve got the Arizona bug. Addicted to these wild landscapes. There are definitely worse afflictions…


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Zoe Larkin is a San Francisco-based wedding photographer & fine art graduate originally from London. She specializes in photographing intimate weddings for joyful, free-thinking couples all over California. Zoe creates raw, personal images that evoke a range of emotions, combining documentary photography with a stylized edge. Her work has been published on Offbeat Bride, Equally Wed, Catalyst Wed Co, Love Inc Mag among others. She adores simplicity, kindness & Earl Grey. Zoe is an equality-minded vendor that celebrates diversity in all its forms. Read more about Zoe here