An Autumn Elopement in Jerome, Arizona

Jerome in the Fall is a quite pleasant place to be, the days are mild and the nights have a bit of nip in the air. The leaves have changed color and everyone is just happy to be there. It just has this great vibe that welcomes everyone. No wonder Jennifer and Paul chose this little ghost town for their intimate Autumn elopement. Andrea at The Surgeon’s House hosted this small ceremony, with just their parents sitting comfortably and the two of us taking photos…well only one of us took ceremony photos, but more on that later.

An intimate wedding! A Beautiful Garden! Wine! We were On Board!

We first met with Paul and Jennifer on a pleasant September afternoon in the garden of the surgeon’s house and we started discussing their vision for their nuptials. They were completely in love and honestly just wanted to be married and to keep it as small and simple as possible. They told us of how an elopement would mean the world to them with just their parents in attendance and an evening tasting wine. This spoke to us 100%, an intimate wedding! A Beautiful Garden! Wine! We were on board.

Jennifer and Paul are the kind of couple that you are instantly comfortable around with their smiles, laughter, and just plain approachable with their outgoing personalities. They have a welcoming “Texas Hospitality” to everyone around. Both are currently living in the Dallas area, with Jennifer being a respiratory therapist and Paul in telecom. But…you may recognize Paul from the Dallas area as he is the Dallas Naked Cowboy and he becomes Thor to help with a non-profit organization called Heroic Inner Kids. We love that both of them help others whether it being a medical emergency or celebrating national adoption day with super heroes. What great hearts these two have, and bonus; they got all of our pop culture references which is rare for us!

He wanted to reward her spontaneity

Paul and Jennifer met at a bar, I mean church, a few years back and have fallen truly madly deeply in love since. Paul is a pretty spontaneous guy, always living life by the seat of his pants but he had a plan for his proposal. After one evening with several glasses of whiskey not too long ago Jennifer mentioned how she had wanted to see her favorite band play, but unfortunately the closest concert was the very next day and a 5 hour drive to Tulsa, Oklahoma. But they bought the tickets anyway and the next morning as she woke up to the alarm, she was filled with regret and though about the long drive ahead. But he wanted to reward that spontaneity out of her and they set out on the road to see Band of Horses last. Little did she now that he was going to propose during her favorite song called The Funeral. lol, not the most romantic song title but a beautiful song that we love too.

Both sets of parents hootin’ and hollern’

November 17th came quickly after that first meeting just down the road from us and we could see the excitement in their eyes when they arrived.  And as we greeted them in the gardens and admired our surroundings. We quickly got into photos that we have been imagining of since we first met them and the sun was in the perfect spot. We snapped photos down on the road below as they held each other under the trees and looking out toward Sedona. Soon we were greeted by both sets of parents hootin’ and hollern’ as soon as they spotted the happy couple.

The entire focus is just two people committing their lives to each other

Elopements have a special place in our hearts, it’s raw, it’s intimate, it’s romantic and organic in nature. The entire focus is just two people committing their lives to each other and that is exactly what Jennifer and Paul wanted. Jennifer shared with us that all she really wanted to was to elope, at a courthouse to keep it short and sweet and just be married. And essentially that’s exactly what they did. Only prettier, and they got some great photos out of the deal too. Thats why we love elopements so much…choose your favorite person to marry, add in some beautiful scenery anywhere in the world that you so choose, invite only a few guests and bring your prettiest/ most sentimental details plus a couple of awesome photographers(us) and bam! You’ve got a perfectly sweet day/honeymoon to remember forever!

And have we mentioned how much we loved the sweet details Paul and Jennifer included in their day. Jennifer’s bracelets were from his Aunt. Her rings photographed beautifully and are custom made to have all of her grandmother’s diamonds from her wedding set in them.  Her friend Rebecca from work volunteered to make her beautiful bouquet and Pauls boutonniere, that went perfectly with their style and the autumn colors that are currently so vivid here in Jerome!

I became ordained to be able to perform intimate ceremonies just like this

We have always said that we love marriage, and Priscilla and I can honestly say this whole heartedly. So much so that I (Adam) became ordained to be able to perform intimate ceremonies just like this. Not only do I get to photograph such occasions, I can now legally marry couples in love. A responsibly I do not take lightly and I am so honored that Jennifer and Paul were excited about my offer to perform their ceremony.

The glimmer of happy tears, the smiles, all in pure love

I will admit that I was very excited for this but also a bit nervous. You see, I am a bit dyslexic and reading aloud can bring it out of me as my brain has a tendency to be two steps ahead of where it should be. But after some practice at home and knowing that I was doing something that I fully believe in I was feeling confident. Just check out the video below to see the happy couple get married by a very proud bearded officiant. The look in their eyes while I helped them to recite their vows is something I will never forget. The glimmer of happy tears, the smiles, all in pure love. It will always be a profound memory for me.

Sipping wine, tasting cheeses, and sharing stories of friendly tarantulas

After the ceremony had ended and all of the hugs were given, we strolled though the gardens taking photos with the newlyweds, champagne in hand, enjoying the evening light. We made our way down town after meeting back up with their parents who had a gift for them. A love lock to place on the fence of the old Bartlett Hotel so as to leave a piece of them on their big day in Jerome, as Jerome will certainly hold a piece of their hearts forever as well. Love locked as they say. After photos were done we all sat together at Cellar 433 sipping wine, tasting cheeses, and sharing stories. Like the time Jim (Jennifers dad) felt a tickle on the back of his neck while he was working only to find out it was a friendly tarantula (you’re feeling that now aren’t you?!?). We enjoyed these genuine connections as if we were all old friends. The vintner came by and gifted the newlyweds with a bottle of wine that he had hand made himself. On the bottle was thoughtfully written “to be opened and shared 11/17/19”, their one year anniversary. This is just a testament to the fact that if you put positivity out into the world you will get it right back, and what a gift to be shared of handcrafted hard work.

Jennifer and Paul, we were so honored to play a part in your love story and we both wish you a heart felt congratulations! We know that you will continue to have great adventures and bring positivity to this world. Cheers to a lifetime of fair fights and steamy nights and So. Much. Joy!

~With Love~


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  1. James Beaird says:

    Great pictures!!!! Much love and best wishes. ❤️

  2. Gary says:

    Wow! such a beautiful couple. Great shots!

  3. Laura Hicks says:

    Amazing pictures capturing a great love story! Congratulations Jen & Paul! Vince and I are very happy for you!

  4. Laura Hicks says:

    Amazing pictures and amazing love story! Congratulations Jen & Paul! Vince and I are really happy for you!

  5. Kimberly Claus says:

    I adorable these two beautiful people!! So happy that they had such a wonderful wedding, beautifully captured in the pictures.

  6. Janice says:

    Wow, getting married has come a long way from our time – 1970. It was so much fun to read their story in your words. They couldn’t have said it better! As parents of the groom, we enjoyed the whole event as you took such good care to capture the day without our feeling excluded. It was delightful to discover that their wedding was Adam’s first since being ordained. Couldn’t have known if you hadn’t told us – a natural! If we ever decide to renew our vows, we know who to call!😊

  7. Anonymous says:

    You were definitely blessed to meet, photograph, and share in this amazing couples special day. Love them both to the moon and back. They deserved the perfect wedding.

  8. Jen Hayes says:

    Beautiful wedding and the photos really capture the joy! Congratulations =)

  9. Jen Conklin says:

    Stunning photos for a stunning couple! Love the colors and moments captured!

  10. Joanna Pointner says:

    Paul and Jennifer’s love story told ‘picture erfect’! So much depth and details, beauty and passion and every picture filled with love and support! Congratulations

  11. Bonnie Beaird says:

    Thank you Adam for performing the beautiful garden ceremony for Jennifer and Paul and thank you Priscilla for capturing it on film.
    Jerome Arizona was the perfect setting.
    I highly recommend Jerome Arizona for a wedding destination and Adam and Priscilla of Copperhill Photography to capture the special moments.
    And please don’t forget to take your parents!
    Great Pics!
    Wishing Jennifer and Paul all the happiness they deserve!!!!

  12. Jessica Orlowski says:

    So tricky to capture how charming and playful a person can be in real life but these photos really got it all. Well done photographers and congratulations you cuties. ❤️

  13. Helen says:

    What an awesome couple! We love them! The pictures are beautiful and loved how you told their story!

  14. Leslie C. DH80 says:

    Beautiful photos of a wonderfully unique couple!

  15. Jennifer Allen says:

    Thank you so much for capturing our day. This is exactly what I was hoping for and you two made it happen! Thank you for making our day special and capturing it so perfectly!!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Jennifer and Paul.

  17. Debbie C says:

    I am so happy for my friend jennifer….what a beautiful couple and an inspiring/fascinating love story!! Congratulations!!

  18. Sarah Jackson says:

    Beautiful photos for our beautiful “framily” – love you guys! And you clearly love each other.

  19. Lisa says:

    Congratulations Paul and Jennifer! Your photos have a beautiful dreamy quality to them that just somehow fits you two ❤️

  20. Jon Walker says:

    May all your says bring the same joy and happiness that these pictures capture. What a wonderfl way to start a life together! May God bless all and give the grace that only he can bestow.

  21. Paul says:

    Such great photos and an AMAZING recollection of the details from our engagement! It’s a little dusty here as we scroll through your wonderful work for the third time. 🙂

  22. Connie Collins says:

    Congratulations Paul & Jennifer! So much love captured in these beautiful photos. What a great way to start your married lives together.

  23. Sarah Dement says:

    So glad y’all picked our wonderful, little town to officially join your lives and your best decision, picking my awesome friends to make it official and capture those moments. Many blessings for an amazing life together

  24. Renae McConnell says:

    Beautiful pictures for a beautiful couple. You captured the essence of Paul and Jennifer and their easy going attitudes. The blog took us all on a journey through time to share this important event with them. Thank you.

  25. Michelle says:

    Oh, how I love this sweet, funny, beautiful couple! You captured them perfectly, and I love how you blogged all of the fun details of the day, almost makes me feel like I was there. Also, now I need to put Jerome on my list of cute towns to visit!

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