lgbtqia+ elopement couple on the red rock cliffs in Sedona, AZ with Cathedral Rock vista behind.

Sedona, Arizona & Beyond

co-crafting & documenting amazing elopement experiences in the wild

BIPOC couple, man kissing his partners forehead.

A love story true to you

Imagine standing across from the love of your life as you say your vows.

Around you are beautiful views and sounds; mountains, ocean, forest, whatever makes your heart happy.

There is no big audience, no stress, and no rushing. Just the two of you and your love for one another, and perhaps (if you'd like) a few loved ones closest to you, to bear witness to this promise you are making to each other.

Then, together you go on an adventure filled with super fun activities that you love to do in locations that take your breath away. What better way to celebrate the beginning of this new chapter together?

what exactly is an Adventure Elopement?

An Elopement is a minimal wedding ceremony, often with just the couple, an officiant, and a few witnesses. There are even places where you can self-solemnize with no witnesses required!

A small wedding like this allows you the space to commit yourselves as a couple without all the stress and craziness that can come with a much larger, more traditional wedding. It also allows you to add the element of Adventure, which only makes this an even more exciting experience! There are countless activities that may be added to your day to make it the most epic day ever!



No one can tell your story quite like you...

My priority is to take the time to get to know you, your passions, and where you came from so that I understand what is important to you. I also want you to get to know me so that you can feel comfortable enough to drop any walls and share your true selves with me on the day.

Instead of showing up on your day as a total stranger to take photographs, I want to show up as a friend and co-creator to create art that is authentic and meaningful to you.

Elopement Packages

LGBTQIA+ BIPOC couple smiling at each other with dog in their laps.

Packages vary in time ranges from a short half day up to a multi day experience and include photographer travel. Custom packages are available if you are looking for something a little different than what is offered in my main packages.

• planning assistance
• permit help
• vendor recommendations
• photographer travel

• curation and editing

• high-resolution digital images
• online gallery & print shop
• print release

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elopement packages

Your elopement photographer

& Experience co-creator!

I'm here to help you create the most amazing day of your dreams. From ideas while planning, to capturing the adventure, and then helping you craft beautiful heirlooms that will pass down through generations. To me, it's much more than just being your photographer.


Hillary Joy

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Kind Words


"She captured shots that showed real emotions of the day, so much so that every time I look back at them I am brought right back to the moments I was part of and even those that I missed. Until seeing Hillary’s finished products I never knew pictures could tell the story of a day so well but Hillary did that and more!"

- Tiffany & Rob

"Look no further if you’re in need of an amazing elopement style photographer."

"I feel so lucky I stumbled upon Joy Wander Photography by pure luck. Hillary went above & beyond by making sure we had an amazing experience & our needs were met even down to even the smallest little details. Her sweet personality made it easy and effortless. Our photos turned out beautifully. I’m so pleased!!"

- Amanda & John


“My husband and I are super camera shy, but she was able to work with us and bring us out of our shells for some outstanding photos we will enjoy looking back on for years to come! We hired her for her experience with outdoor photography, and she did not disappoint! Her demeanor was very relaxed and easy going, so we didn't have any stress when unexpected problems arose (like rain, mud, and thrown off timing). She even seemed to enjoy the opportunity to get creative when things got unpredictable! We were very happy with our experience and expect you will be too!”

- Shelby & Baron

Elopement Planning Resources

Check out these recent blogs to help you plan your elopement!

Sedona: The Best Place to Elope in 2023!

Northern California Elopement Guide: Best Places to Elope in California

Your Guide to Eloping in Arizona: Locations, Elopement Packages, Permits, and More

Best Elopement Locations on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior

Elopement Contact Form

Please fill out the form below and I will be in touch as soon as possible to get the ball rolling!! So excited to hear all about what you are dreaming up!