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After having this trip on my bucket list for years, my sister and I finally went out west and crossed it off. I had been dying to visit Zion National Park, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, and the Grand Canyon. We knocked out all of these places within five days, and it was hands down one of my favorite trips to date. We drove non-stop, windows down listening to throwbacks and consuming way too much coffee. We met up with our new friends Lily and Josh along the way at Horseshoe Bend. Lily and Josh drove 6 hours from Pheonix to hang out with us and take photos around these beautiful locations. We woke up early to catch the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend followed by a tour at Antelope Canyon and finishing the day off hanging at Lake Powell. It was a jam-packed day full of adventure and new memories. I am so grateful for our time together, and it will forever be cherished. This trip was definitely one for the books, and I cannot wait to visit again soon to explore more!

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Karaline and Robby exchanged vows in Washington state at the beautiful Colchuck Lake. While they were confused as to whether they wanted a large wedding or intimate elopement, they ended up at the breathtaking Colchuck Lake. Karaline and Robby both agreed that the minute they were finished hiking up to this serene area, it was where they wanted to experience such an intimate moment with their closest family and friends

Before we hiked over 14 miles, we woke up early and packed all of the essentials – snacks, water, music, and clothes. The hike to the top was one for the books. Some of us got lost and ended up hiking a little more than we needed to. But, that just makes for more of an adventure! One of my favorite moments was the anticipation of everyone getting ready for Karaline and Robby to exchange vows. Everyone was excited, nervous, and content all at once. All of the emotions and anticipation was beautiful and so special for everyone to experience.

We spent a few hours at the top of the lake exploring the area and taking in the jaw-dropping views. With the sunshine, a quick storm, and the heat, we experienced all different types of weather. However, we felt so relieved and grateful that the sun was shining brightly on them as they exchanged vows. Between Karline’s wildflower and hiking boots and Robby’s patterned shirt, this experience encompassed all they are and represented their adventurous personalities perfectly!

As the day came to an end, we hiked back down to the Jeep and drove back to the cabin. The rest of the night consisted of cleaning up, games, a home cooked meal, and long conversations. Peyton and I were treated so well and had such a fantastic time with every single person. The relationships formed were so special.

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I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to help capture this incredible day – big shoutout to Peyton Curry for letting me tag along and shoot alongside her and make some unforgettable memories! Blessed to call her such a wonderful friend and mentor!

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