If you’re looking for a dreamy location for engagement photos (or really any session type) in Utah, try Cottonwood Canyon! It truly is a dream year round. I photographed this Cottonwood Canyon engagement session in November and although a bit chilly, it didn’t disappoint! Even the gloomy skies couldn’t ruin these photos!
Cottonwood Canyon is a canyon just southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah! With a diverse range of trees, mountains, and even some water, this location truly is gorgeous! Additionally, the canyon is 15 miles long. When I say every inch of it is gorgeous, I mean it! If you come here in the fall, you might just find all of the trees hundreds of shades of beautiful colors. Although I was just a week too late for the fall colors, I’ll definitely be back to photograph another stunning engagement session in Salt Lake City!
Can you tell these two cuties were freezing their butts off? I bet not! They seriously rocked it…just look how stinkin’ cute they are!!
Cottonwood Canyon is broken up into Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon. Original, right? 😉 Regardless, both have epic backgrounds and tons of photo spots!
Jordan Pines, in Big Cottonwood Canyon is easily accessible and SO stunning! With a parking lot nearby, you are able to easily change outfits (or warm up) as needed! Additionally, it provides amazing views of the mountains and lush green trees. Be sure to stop if you’re in Salt Lake City!
Right at the very end of the canyon road sits Silver Lake. It has a easy-to-walk path all the way across, however that doesn’t make it any less stunning! Be sure to make it up to Silver Lake before sunset to watch the beautiful sun go down over the mountains of Utah!
If you’re wondering what the best time of year is for your engagement session at Cottonwood Canyon, the answer is simple. Fall or summer! In the fall, if you time it right, all the trees will be absolutely breathtaking in Utah! At the same time, though, summer at the Canyon is also gorgeous with wildflowers everywhere. So, if you have the option, I highly recommend planning your engagement session either during the summer or fall!
For more photos from this cute engagement session, check out the full gallery here! If you’re looking to book an engagement session in Utah, or anywhere across the world, I would love to document it! Reach out through my website to inquire!
Meet Alecca Synclair - the lead photographer, visionary, CEO, coffee-runner, and basically everything else behind the ASP team! As someone who has over seven years of experience in the wedding industry, I have seen first hand the pain points of planning a wedding. Which is why I truly pour my heart into this blog - so that you can have someone in your corner helping you wedding plan! As an Iowa, Texas, and destination wedding photographer, I would love to capture your day intentionally. I believe your photos are are a way to keep your most precious memories forever. So, if you vibe with my work and think we'd be a good fit, reach out! I would be SO honored to document your big day.