Cathedral Rock is one of Sedona, Arizona’s best hiking and photography spots. Newlyweds Nicole and Brian planned bridal portraits the day after their ceremony with White Desert Photography because they didn’t have time on their wedding day for Cathedral Rock’s timeless beauty.
Day after sessions added to wedding packages make the best wedding weekend, because couples can do everything they dream of. (Assuming they make it through the reception!)
From the Cathedral Rock trailhead to the top is 1.5 miles in total and climbs hundreds of feet in elevation, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Most people can do the hike safely but the trail is steep and technical. Hikers must hydrate before and during Cathedral Rock trail.
Like the rest of your wedding weekend, you must be on time to ensure you grab the best wedding, elopement, or engagement photos. But with the right plan, a day-after-session can be as easy, fun and simple as it sounds.
Nicole and Brian’s May Cathedral Rock hike
On the day of their hike, Nicole and Brian brought the perfect gear to complete one of the best hikes in Sedona. The two newlyweds gave great feedback and brought great backpacks, lots of snacks and even more water.
The Cathedral Rock hike can be deceptive for first-timers. People spend a lot of the time climbing up and down the trail on their hands and knees.
Traveling at your own pace is essential. Because remember, you still have a photoshoot once you reach the top!
Preparing for one of the best hikes in Sedona
Hikers must bring good shoes and backpacks that can carry their change of clothes. Hiking poles can be useful, but unusable on some parts of the hike.
After meeting in the Cathedral Rock parking lot, Nicole and Brian said they felt tired from dancing the night away at their wedding.
However, once they started moving up the mountain, they quickly woke up. Seeing the stunning vistas of a Cathedral Rock sunset is a sight you will never forget. You’ll be enamored once you reach the top and see the best sight of them all — your new partner looking their best!
How to get to Cathedral Rock in Sedona
It’s a rock in the great outdoors, how hard can it be to get there?
For a couple who has never been there — hard. Cathedral Rock is viewable from Crescent Moon Ranch, commonly known as Red Rock Crossing park and is great for photos. But many couples make the mistake of trying to reach Cathedral Rock from this location. Do not do this. This will extend your hike by miles.
The City of Sedona has begun to regulate the amount of weekend visitors to Cathedral Rock trail. They do this to protect the well-loved location for generations to come. So talk to your photographer about the shuttle and parking on your date in order to make sure you’re able to reach the destination on time.
If you show up too late, there is a chance that the rangers will prevent you from even getting to the Cathedral Rock trailhead. And missing photos like these is not an option!
Victoria Nabours, a Northern Arizona local, founded White Desert Photography in 2018. Since then, the company has bloomed into one of the most in-demand wedding, elopement and engagement photography companies in Sedona. Additionally, her years of expertise has taken her to international wedding destinations and attracted the eye of local and bridal magazines.