The last time I visited Horseshoe Bend was in 2006. Back in the old days, you had to know exactly where to pull off the road. I always remembered it was the pullout after the bridge that goes over a slot canyon. There was no sign, no pavement, and no people. Now, this place is unmistakeable. The parking lot is huge and there are a gazillion outhouses lining the parking lot. They are actually in the process of making the parking lot bigger and when we were there, we had to park in a lot a few miles away and take a shuttle over, because the parking lot was closed. When we arrived, there were hundreds of people from all around the world, and I was a bit shocked. HOWEVER, this place is still just as gorgeous as I remembered. The view of the Colorado river below is so beautiful, and the cliffs are dramatic and intense. It was just a tad noisier than I remembered.
Dallas and Amanda were hardcore. They flew to Vegas from Indiana for a few days to themselves. Then their children and family met them in Las Vegas. They got up early, got ready, and rode in a hired shuttle van all the way to Horseshoe Bend. This is a long way- like over 5 hours!!! Then they met Erika Greene, an incredible photographer, and Jen Paul, the most lovely officiant, and myself. We rode over to Horseshoe Bend, walked the short uphill trail to the view, found a secluded little spot, and a beautiful ceremony took place. They have quite the love story. Dallas and Amanda both had sons on the same football team, and with a little help form mutual friends (whom came to the wedding), they started dating and fell in love. After the kiss, I heard one of the boys say “brothers!”. I love watching families come together. We celebrated on the edge, got some incredible shots, hiked back down the trail, and soon they were off in their van all the way back to Vegas. A few days later, they celebrated with a reception back in Indiana and showed this film. Congratulations Dallas and Amanda!