The Best Utah Photo Locations

The top Utah locations for Elopements and Engagement Photos

Utah beckons eloping couples with its diverse and surreal landscapes, promising a tapestry of love against nature's grandeur. The ethereal Bonneville Salt Flats provide a vast, reflective canvas for vows, capturing the magic of endless horizons. Antelope Island, surrounded by the Great Salt Lake, offers a unique blend of tranquility and wildlife amidst panoramic views. Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons showcase majestic mountain backdrops, perfect for an alpine embrace. The red rock wonders of Moab, with Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, unfold as an adventurous stage for an elopement filled with geological marvels. Utah, with its captivating variety, ensures a memorable and diverse celebration of love.

Epic Utah Photo Locations

1: REACH OUT BY FILLING OUT MY CONTACT FORM

Have you looked over my website and you're liking what you see? Fill out my contact sheet to get in touch!
The form is a little long, but it's how I get to know you and be able to start some research on your ideal day! I'll make sure to get back to you within 24 hours.

2: I'LL SET UP A PHONE CALL TO TALK DETAILS

Once you submit an inquiry, I'll be in touch about times to get together and talk! This is usually done through zoom, but if you're local to Salt Lake, I would love to take you out to coffee!
I'll make sure I do some research and come in with some ideas based off the questions you answered in your contact form, but this is also the time to ask me all the questions you may have, tell me about all the ideas you have about how you want your day to go, and really just get to know me a bit as well! We spend a lot of time together on this day, so I want to make sure we feel like great friends!

3: WE START PLANNING YOUR DREAM DAY

Once you're in my books, I'll be sending over all my location guides, hotel reccomendations, hikes I love, my favorite things to do in the area, and more! I'll be mailing you a 60 plus page guide that covers how to elope A to Z!
I'll also start making a Pinterest board that you can collaborate on! There may be categories about poses, locations, detail shots, etc that you can add to.
I'll also make a timeline and a "must have shots" list that you can edit and view so we are on the same page for your day. I'm always avalibile by text or email if you want to talk more about your elopement!

4: CELEBRATE YOU AND YOUR LOVE

It's here!!! Your elopement! We're going to celebrate and party wether it's just the three of us, or your closest family and friends. All the prep work is done, and now you just get to enjoy the time with the love of your life.
I'm here to capture all the little details, fix your hair, hike with y'all, pass out some tissues, and be there to witness the love you share.
Your elopement is going to be such a fun, stress free time, and I'm so stoked to be there!

5: YOU RECEIVE ALL YOUR PHOTOS!

I love sending a sneak gallery within 72 hours so you have 50-100 highlight photos you can share with friends and family almost instantly! Once the highlight gallery is sent, you will get every picture back in 6-10 weeks along with a slideshow set to music and instagram carosuels to share your wedding photos beautifully on social media. 
You can purchase prints through the online gallery and together we can design your album. Your wedding photos are so special and should be printed for loved ones to be able to see and look back on!

Big Cottonwood Canyon

Nestled in Utah's embrace, Big Cottonwood Canyon stands as an enchanting elopement haven. Towering granite peaks and lush alpine forests provide an intimate backdrop, offering couples a serene sanctuary for their vows. Whether exchanging promises beside pristine mountain lakes or beneath the rustling aspen leaves, every moment is a symphony of nature's beauty. The canyon's changing seasons paint a canvas of colors, from the vibrant hues of wildflowers in summer to the serene white landscapes in winter. Big Cottonwood Canyon, with its secluded charm and breathtaking vistas, ensures an elopement immersed in the timeless romance of the great outdoors.

Rivers, Cliffs, Mountains, Lakes

No permits required, No dogs

25min from Salt Lake

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Little Cottonwood Canyon

Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, unveils an intimate elopement sanctuary amidst its majestic alpine splendor. Towering granite cliffs, draped in winter snow or vibrant summer foliage, create a captivating backdrop for vows. Secluded spots along babbling streams and pristine lakes offer a serene setting for exchanging promises. The canyon's rock formations, such as the iconic Devil's Castle, add a touch of dramatic grandeur to the celebration. With its winding trails and secluded nooks, Little Cottonwood Canyon provides an enchanting stage for couples seeking a romantic escape in nature. Every moment is a poetic dance between love and the timeless beauty of this alpine paradise.

Rivers, Mountains

no Permits required, no dogs

30min from Salt Lake

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Salt Flats

Eloping on the mesmerizing Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah promises a uniquely enchanting experience for couples. The vast, pristine salt crust stretching to the horizon provides an otherworldly backdrop, creating a surreal and timeless atmosphere for vows. The stark, minimalist landscape allows the focus to remain solely on the couple's connection, emphasizing the purity of their commitment against the salt's reflective surface. The ever-changing play of light during sunrise or sunset adds a magical touch, turning the flats into a canvas of warm hues. Choosing the Salt Flats for an elopement ensures an unforgettable, cinematic 

SAlt Flats, Mountains

2 hours from Salt Lake

No permits required

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The Salt Lake

Eloping by the Salt Lake in Utah offers couples a serene and ethereal setting for their union. The vast expanse of the Great Salt Lake, with its tranquil waters and distant mountain vistas, provides a sense of solitude and connection with nature. The lake's unique salinity creates a reflective surface, amplifying the romantic ambiance during sunrise or sunset. Secluded spots along the shoreline offer intimacy, allowing couples to exchange vows with the soothing sounds of lapping waves. The Great Salt Lake's surreal beauty, coupled with the sense of calm it imparts, makes it an ideal location for couples seeking a peaceful and picturesque elopement.

lake, beach, mountains

No permits required

25min from salt lake

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Antelope Island

Antelope Island in Utah beckons couples to elope amidst its stunning natural beauty. The island, surrounded by the Great Salt Lake, presents a unique and captivating backdrop for vows. Its vast landscapes, adorned with golden fields and rugged terrain, provide a sense of seclusion and romance. The iconic wildlife, including bison and antelope, adds a touch of wild charm to the celebration. Whether exchanging promises against the vibrant hues of a sunset or beneath a sky studded with stars, Antelope Island offers an enchanting escape from the ordinary. Elopement on this scenic oasis promises a timeless celebration surrounded by the untouched splendor of nature.

Mountains, salt lake, rocky

State Park Permit Required - $60

1 hour from Salt Lake

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Moab

Eloping in Moab, Utah, is an adventure into the heart of red rock wonders and desert magic. The iconic landscapes of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks provide a breathtaking backdrop for intimate vows. Towering arches, dramatic canyons, and the Colorado River carving through the terrain create a cinematic setting for a unique celebration of love. The fiery hues of sunrise and sunset add a surreal touch, painting the desert canvas in warm, vibrant tones. Moab's rugged beauty, coupled with its adventurous spirit, ensures an elopement filled with awe-inspiring moments, making it an ideal choice for couples seeking a wild and unforgettable union.

Arches, Cliffs, Red Rock, Rivers

PErmits required- $60-$150

3 hours from salt lake

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Zion

Eloping in Zion National Park is an immersion into nature's grandeur, an unrivaled canvas for love. Towering sandstone cliffs, adorned with red and orange hues, create a majestic backdrop for vows, while the Virgin River meanders through the canyon floor, adding a serene touch. The iconic Narrows and towering formations like Angel's Landing offer intimate settings for exchanging promises amidst geological wonders. Zion's diverse landscapes, from lush valleys to breathtaking vistas, promise a dynamic and visually stunning celebration. With each step through this southwestern masterpiece, couples embark on a romantic journey framed by the timeless beauty of one of America's most captivating national parks.

Cliffs, River, Yellow Rock

Wedding Permit Required- $150

4 hours from Salt Lake

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Utah Elopements

starting at $2300

Utah Engagement Sessions

starting at $500

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What's Included in Packages?

Elopements

Engagements

  • 60 page elopement guide
  • Customized location guide with my favorite airbnbs, activities, specific locations, and vendors
  • Polaroid album at the end of your day
  • Sneak gallery in 72 hours
  • and more!

  • Session prep guide
  • Location guide with specific locations, and cool features
  • Instant polaroids at the end of your session
  • Sneak gallery in 72 hours
  • and more!

Mogran and Duncan

"Our wedding photos are breathtaking and truly a work of art. Despite our friends and family not being able to attend because of COVID, we have amazing photos that captured one of the best days of our relationship. We are so happy with our experience and highly recommend her to everyone we know. If you are wanting to get married in an extremely remote location with someone who loves the outdoors as much as you do, definitely book Meghan as your photographer"

Hi! I'm Meghan

I'm an elopement, wedding, and couples photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah, but I travel all over the western US to photograph love stories!
After growing up in Oregon, I moved to Utah for school and graduated with my BFA in theater in 2023. I now use my art and lighting background to craft photos that last lifetimes.
As your photographer, I love helping you plan your elopement or session! Together, we create a Pinterest board so our. ideas are on the same page! I send a 60 page elopement guide to help you plan your day and spark some ideas. I also love sending you on a coffee date to fill out my longish questionnaire! This really helps me craft a session that reflects you.
During your session, I'll be there to provide umbrellas, and warmers, pick up a bottle of champagne, sew a button back on your dress, or anything else you need! Acts of service is my love language and it totally shows in my job!
After your day, I'll hand you a mini album of all the polaroids I took during your elopement day so you have photos before you even leave the location!  You can expect a full sneak gallery within 72 hours so you can share your day or session with your friends and families almost instantly.   

I'm so excited to meet you in Utah!!

How do you scout locations?

I have such a travel bug, so many of the popular elopement destinations you're thinking of, I've been to! If I haven't, Google Earth is my bestie. I read up on places in websites, and get to the location early to nail down some final spots before your day!

How do we spend 4-6 hours eloping?

Eloping is so much more than a quick ceremony! Many people spend the day together hiking, getting ready, having a ceremony, taking formal portraits, and spending time with your closest family and friends!

How many people can we bring?

This really depends on the place you choose! I define elopements as 10 guests or under, and micro weddings as 40 guests and under. Some locations have designated spots for ceremonies that have a cap on the amount of people you can bring. While outside, we always want to make sure we keep the enviorment healthy!

Can we elope just the two of us?

Totally! Sometimes it's easier to get legally married in a courthouse, then hold your ceremony and festivities at a different time! There are a few places you can self solomize too!

Should we still hire vendors for our elopement?

Yes! I'll send a whole guide on who you should hire to be a vendor at your elopement! Besides a photographer, elopement planners and catereors are awesome to have join you on your day to help everything run smoothly!

Do we have to hike?

Nope! I know sooo many spots that are a short walk, an overlook, or the backyard of a sick AirBnb!

How do we choose where to elope?

This is seriously the hardest part because there are so many stunning places! Think about who you want with you on your day and what the general landscape should be! I have loads of reccomendations if you're not 100% sure of a spot.

Do you charge travel fees?

The price you see is the price you get! I don't tack on any surprise fees. Any travel is included in your final quote.

What if we want to celebrate with even more people?

If you want to keep the party going, having a reception local to you is a great idea! You can use all your photos to decorate as well!

Let the Adventure Begin!