This was a first for me, a Cathedral Rock engagement session. All I can say is just wow! Read on below to see more of these stunning engagement photos from one of the most beautiful places in the world, Sedona AZ.
Breathtaking Views from a Cathedral Rock Engagement Session
During our consultation and subsequent email exchange, Amy and Nate picked the red rocks of Sedona for their engagement session. You can never go wrong with Sedona for engagement photos. With its towering scenic views and numerous hiking trails you are never at lost for a picture. We discussed several options and our happy couple settled on West Fork Trail and Cathedral Rock. Excellent choices! We were hoping for fall color at West Fork but after arriving we were greeted with still green foliage. The park ranger told me about another week or so and the oranges and yellows would be appearing. Can’t win them all.
West Fork has become a very popular trail the past years. and for good reason. The majestic red rock, trees galore, coupled with Oak Creek winding along the trail gives it a great one two punch for the outdoor crowd. Our goal was to hike a short ways in for some of the popular spots while dodging the onslaught of hikers. We wanted to leave plenty of time for the Cathedral Rock trail. Nate and Amy were taking in all the greenery and views. Hard to believe but it was Amy’s first trip to Sedona! After crossing Oak Creek we grabbed a few shots where the creek widens and really shows off the trail with some amazing red rock. Satisfied with our bounty of shots it was time to head towards Cathedral Rock.
Traffic back through Sedona was a nightmare but we fought our way back through the roundabouts. After parking on the side of the road we got our Red Rock passes for the vehicles and then began the climb to the top. The trail is challenging at spots as it requires you to get down on all fours to climb some steep rock faces. As we made our way up we passed countless hikers coming down offering words of encouragement. “Don’t give up, it’s totally worth it”. No way we were quitting. We came with a purpose! Cresting the last ridge of the trail opened up to a stunning view of the Sedona landscape. You can’t help but to say OMG! All of us were stunned with the beauty. The area had several other hikers enjoying the view. We waited our turn to get out on the rock ledge where Amy and Nate crushed it! Their perseverance paid off and they were cashing in. Champagne is their favorite beverage and they celebrated with a little bubbly spray at the top. Oh yeah! Light began to fade and we finished up so we could make our way down with daylight.
I certainly hope this isn’t my last Cathedral Rock engagement session. Every couple should experience it or Merry Go Round Rock. 🙂 Below you will find a few of my favorite (so many) shots from this trip to the high country. Big shout out to Nate and Amy for being troopers. That was not an easy hike, especially in a dress, and Amy conquered it like a champ.