Couple walking down trail at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum for their engagement session.

A little fall color left for this engagement session at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Danae and Rod chose a great location just outside of the Phoenix for their engagement photos.

Flowers Galore for This Engagement Session at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Fall engagement sessions in Arizona are always a treat as I just finished up this Cathedral Rock engagement session in Sedona Cooler temperatures and those fall colors (sometimes hard to find) make for some great photos here in the Grand Canyon State. Rod and Danae decided on Boyce Thompson Arboretum for their engagement pics. Located about 45 minutes east of Phoenix this botanical garden of awesomeness provides a lush backdrop to have photos taken.

I had emailed a list of ideas for Rod and Danae to choose from ranging from pure desert to the urban backdrop of downtown Phoenix. They chose the arboretum and for good reason. It offers a little bit of everything. From cactus, to large trees, to a suspension bridge it is hard to get it all in. These two were troopers as we went from spot to spot to take advantage of what Mother Nature was offering. We started in the Demonstration Garden where fall colors were still present. Danae and Rod looked amazing surrounded by those yellow leaves. After getting our shots we headed back towards the main trail. It makes a large loop (1.5 miles) around the park. It is my favorite trail for couples as it passes through so many unique photo ops.

We began our hike that included a stop at the cactus gardens. Of course we had to get a few shots here, after all we do live in Arizona. Continuing on we reached the small lake complete with an old boat located nearby. I’ve never gotten the story on the boat has it looks like it has been sitting in the same spot for about 50 years. With a few lake shots we continued on around the loop. Daylight was beginning to fade but we pushed on. One spot I wanted to get to for Danae and Rod was the suspension bridge. It is such a trip to walk on as you feel it bounce and sway with each step. With time to spare we made our way back to the start. Such a fun experience to share with these two as it was their first trip here. Looking forward to their wedding next year!

Below you will find a few of my favorite photos from the day.

A young couple embrace during their engagement session at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

An engaged couple sit on rock wall holding hands for their engagement photos.

Engaged couple standing in front of a large tree at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Couple facing each other holding hands at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Young couple standing on main trail at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

A kissing photo of a couple near the lake at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Couple embracing each other at Cactus Rock Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Couple posing in front of Cactus Rock Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Engaged couple kissing each other on the suspension bridge at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Couple holding hands in front of the Stone House at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Young engaged couple looking at each other while holding hands under a tunnel of trees at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.