Talimena Scenic Drive Elopement

Cristal & Travis Rainey

About a few hours to the southeast of Oklahoma City is the Talimena Scenic Byway, a small highway that runs through the Ouachita National Forest, and it’s always been a dream for me as a wedding photographer to shoot a couple there. So whenever Cristal reached out about capturing her and her fiancé’s elopement, I was floored! I got there a few hours before the ceremony with Travis and we set up an area only a few dozen yards away from where he proposed to her on a hike last year. With an officiant and two close friends, the intimate ceremony was beautifully placed among the scrub oaks and pines. Dogwoods bloomed and the ferns were bright and alive thanks to so much rain this spring. Afterwards we drove along the Byway and found different overlooks to catch the fading sunset. It was seriously so magical and I personally can’t wait to revisit this fall when the leaves change color. I’m always amazed with how many amazing scenic spots Oklahoma has, I’m so grateful I got to explore this corner with such a sweet couple!