Utah Wedding Photographers
We have a pretty hard time picking our favorite state. Kyle always says we should just combine Colorado and Utah into one super-state so he no longer has to pick a favorite. Tori was born and raised in Southern Utah, and it will always be “Home” - We met in Utah when Kyle moved here after college and we got married in Utah. Needless to say, this state will always have a special place in our heart. With 5 National Parks, 44 State Parks, acres of BLM, from the red rocks of Zion and Arches to the pine covered Uintas to the glistening salt flats, Utah has so much magic just waiting to blow your mind!
Places to get married in Utah
Few states offer the sheer diversity of landscapes that Utah does. In the northern part of the state, near Salt Lake City, we have the amazing Uinta and Wasatch mountains that offer views similar to the Colorado Rockies. In the southern part of the state, we have the red sandstone high deserts you've seen in all those westerns. From desolate sand dunes, to dramatic canyons and vibrant rocks, to sprawling forests and majestic mountains, Utah has it all!
The National Parks
Utah is probably best known for it's Mighty Five National Parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. Each of these parks offer unique views of the geological oddities that attract millions of visitors each year. Managed by the National Park Service, the Parks all require permits and fees to host ceremonies within their boundaries and limit the specific locations where ceremonies can be held. If you need help navigating the process of having a wedding in a Utah National Park, don't hesitate to reach out, we're happy to help!
If you're looking to escape some of the crowds and go somewhere a little more local, look no further than Utah's amazing State Parks. Located near Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park offers a gorgeous red rock canyon venue perfect for your southern Utah elopement or wedding. Or maybe try one of Moab's lesser known canyon views and check out Dead Horse Point State Park. Looking to get away from civilization? Goblin Valley State Park could be perfect for you! These parks are managed by the State and often require a special permit if you want to use them as a wedding venue, but don't worry, we're here to help you out with that process!
The Bonneville Salt Flats
Located 2 hours west of Salt Lake City on I-80, the Salt Flats offer one of the most unique and desolate landscapes in North America. This densely packed salt pan is the remnants of a pre-historic lake that covered much of western Utah. Now famous for the Speedway where numerous land speed records have been broken, it's also an amazingly unique place for wedding pictures. Depending on the weather leading up to your session, the Flats can be either bone dry or covered in ankle deep water as far as the eye can see!
As you begin a trek from Salt Lake City to nearly any other part of the state, you are going to be greeted with numerous mountain range views. The Unitas and Wasatch mountains dominate the landscape of the Salt Lake City and Utah County valleys. Full of waterfalls, mountain meadows, winding canyons, and majestic peaks, these mountains are full of amazing places to host your wedding ceremony. As you drive south down I-15, you'll be flanked by mountain ranges for nearly your entire trip to St. George.
The Bonneville Salt Flats aren't the only remnants of that pre-historic lake. In the mid-west part of the state you can find rolling sand dunes at the Little Sahara Recreation Area. Travel further south to the bottom west corner of the state and you'll find fields of Joshua trees tucked into the Beaver Dam Mountains. These desolate locations could be a perfect venue for your adventurous elopement or epic wedding photos!
Getting Married in Utah
Like many other states in the US, to get married in the state of Utah you need to have a marriage license and have the marriage solemnized. You can apply for a marriage license at any County Clerk office. There is no waiting period to get married once you have the license, however, it's only good for 30 days. To apply for a marriage license, you will need all of the following:
Both parties must be present at the time of application.
Full names, addresses and date and place of birth of both parties.
The social security card of both parties, unless a party doesn't have a social security number.
The names and birth places of the parents of both parties, including mother's maiden name.
Valid picture ID such as a passport, birth certificate, drivers license, or state ID card.
A license fee is charged in most counties, which includes two certified copies of the license. Note: Some counties do not charge a fee for the license, but do charge for the certified copies.
Utah requires you to have two people who are over the age of 18 witness your ceremony and a qualified officiant (like a religious leader or government official) to solemnize your union. Since there are two of us, we are more than happy to act as the witnesses to your wedding ceremony if needed, or Kyle has recently been ordained and can solemnize your marriage as well!