Erica and Tom

Payson, Arizona



Photography | Traci Edwards Photography | @tracicreatesphotos

Venue | Private Residence

From the Photographer… Erica and Tom recently celebrated their ten year wedding anniversary by doing an adventure session recreating all of their wedding feels! These two didn’t have any wedding images from their big day back in Michigan and felt like those images were missing from their home. I have never seen a couple SO in love! The Mogollon Rim is beautiful, but I tell you it has nothing on the love these two have for each other. When Tom saw Erica for the first time, after helping her with the pearl buttons down her dress, he said “Wow, there’s my wife!” I am telling you this man loves his wife and Erica completely adores Tom. Their equal need for each other, laughter and flirting like they are still a new couple is so inspiring and they have a beautiful love.


Their anniversary session was definitely an adventure. We had a lot of rain and lightening… we did the shoot after camping and hiking over ten miles that weekend. I hope it was an evening they will never forget, but I know for sure it is one of my favorite sessions to date. Getting ready at the campsite was a first for me and them, but I think everyone involved would highly recommend it! We had dispersed and camped the night before in this spot and spent the previous day hiking around the area to decide where we wanted to shoot. I love that they were able to get ready in the same spot that we awed at the stars at the night before, joked around the fire and even cooked steak before setting out for our day. It definitely set the tone for the rest of this magical session!


They had a mission for their adventure anniversary session and that was to see the elk as they do every time they come up to Rim Country. So of course, we had to get some photos with the elk. We spotted a herd and just went for it, I looked back to make sure Erica was okay in the dress and I had to snap a picture. She was running in heels, dress hiked up and the biggest smile on her face. It was such a special moment. The elk just went about his business and looked up at us occasionally and let us take photos nearby. They were so excited to see the elk and be so close to one, I had to keep reminding them to stop staring at it so we could get some beautiful photos! We ended the adventure anniversary session with an insanely beautiful sunset! It was extremely unexpected to say the least considering we were rained on for most of the session. Here is to the next ten years Erica and Tom! I foresee many loving adventure memories exploring your new home state here in Arizona!