Southern Utah has always been held near and dear in the hearts of photographers, especially wedding photographers. The contrast between red rock, wide open skies and white bridal gowns produces an inevitably striking photo. Arches National Park is particularly known for it’s awe-inspiring formations, making the perfect setting for a unique bridal shoot. When couple Wendy and Ashley visited the park in the past, they felts drawn to its raw untamed beauty and decided it would be the perfect spot to tie the knot. While Southern Utah is typically thought to be an arid location, the brides were met with icy winds and stormy skies. Both the couple and photographer Haley Nord saw the troublesome weather as an opportunity for an unforgettable shoot. “I love the way the Southwest looks in a storm,” says Nord. “It magnifies the intensity of the space, and provides a beautiful contrast to the softness of two people in love.” Moody skies seem to amplify the passion between the couple as well, and the impact can be through each image. In one striking photo, Nord notes the feeling of connection to both nature and each other that is captured. “There is this one shot where they are looking at each other, and I love how everything else melts away in that photo.”
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