Jamie and Dean are both avid climbers and love the outdoors. You name it, they have rock climbed, biked, paddled, canyoneered, backpacked, ice climbed, and even sky dived together! So we knew we had to do something totally adventurous for their engagement session. Climbing to the top of Cathedral Rock in Sedona was just the ticket!
They have one of the most interesting and unique meeting stories. On Thanksgiving Day in 2014 they both took a trip with a group of fellow climbers from Arizona to rock climb in Joshua Tree National Park. Dean had actually just arrived that day from a long work trip in France, so he was joining the group a bit late but made in in time to get in on the group’s Thanksgiving Day dinner. They both happened to get in line at the same time (super excited to get a slice of pumpkin pie, Jamie says) and introduced themselves to each other and soon found themselves chatting away over some turkey next to the campfire. Jamie was actually in need of a new belay partner and since Dean has just joined needed one as well! They spent the whole next day climbing and chatting between climbs and as Jamie says “have been best friends and climbing partners ever since!”.
It was so neat to be able to include something that is not only a passion for them both but such an integral part of their story for their session. And boy did they give Dustin and I a workout – that Cathedral trail is no joke! (It doesn’t help that we both haven’t been to the gym in longer than I’d like to admit hah!) But it was so, so worth it for the stunning views and seeing Jamie and Dean totally in their element. That is what I wish for all engagement sessions! We joke though that there were so many times that I thought ‘well this must be the end’ and Jamie and Dean would keep climbing! In the end though, it was well worth it for the truly stunning views that overlook Sedona and the best views of Cathedral rock itself!
This is Mr. Bear! They got him at national forest gift shop and now he comes along on all their adventures. They take cute photos of him in some of the coolest places!
We seriously can’t wait for their wedding in only a few shorts months!