After their original venue fell through, Malia and Terra decided to elope to Dead Horse State Park with just their children and two guests.
Tell us about the proposal.
Malia proposed to Terra in the exact place they met. She took Terra to her place of work, where they met back in 2011. It was Terra’s birthday, so she told Terra she had one more birthday surprise. With their two daughters with them, they arrived at Terra’s place of work. They entered the building and went to the first location they had ever met. Malia sat them both down and began playing her Ukulele and singing one of Terra’s favorite songs. After the song ended, Malia got down on one knee and proposed to Terra.
This was such a special place for them. This same location is where our family grew. Not only did Terra and Malia meet here, but this is also where they met their oldest daughter Emily. They adopted Emily in 2015 was she was 17 years old.
Their youngest daughter has also grown up at Terra’s job, so this location really “created” our family.
Talk us through the decision to elope.
Their decision to elope started when their wedding venue fell through due to Covid. They were devastated and began looking at other wedding venues when Terra saw a picture of Dead Horse Point State park. She brought the idea up to Malia about an adventure elopement. Malia was on board. Once they started planning the elopement, it really fit. They wanted their family there, but they couldn’t make all the travel arrangements work. So, they went forward with a ceremony for 4. Terra isn’t much of a “hiker”, so she felt like if she was going to elope, why not do something out of the box and adventurous!
Talk us through the actual elopement day.
We had a sunrise elopement. The ceremony consisted of our two daughters, Emily (24) and Emma (15). Our best friend Jill was the officiant. We brought along Terra for photography and Kait for our videographer. Terra made all the floral arrangements and set up all the décor.
We purchased our cake from the loveliest lady named Jennifer in Salt Cake City two weeks before our elopement.
We packed up two cars with our luggage, décor and cake in a cooler and drove to Moab, UT, for four hours. We arrived one day before the wedding. Jill, Kait and the girls arrived about two hours before us, decorated our Condo, and threw us a small pre-wedding dinner celebration.
We woke up the next day at 3 am to start getting ready. Sunrise was at 7:06 am. Johan came over and did our hair and makeup. After getting ready, we jumped in two vehicles and drove to Dead Horse State Park for thirty minutes. Upon arrival, the sun was starting to rise. We then hiked down to our marriage location in our complete outfits. Everyone helped carry all the décor, floral arrangements, cake table, bouquets etc., down all the rocks. Finally, we set everything up ourselves and got into place.
The ceremony was intimate and quick. We wrote our vows and our family members sent Jill some words of love to be read at the ceremony. The ceremony was filled with laughter, tears and LOVE.
After the “I Do’s” we spent the next two hours taking the most beautiful pictures and recording the best wedding video! Then, we broke out the champagne, cut the cake and celebrated as a family!
Photography by Terra Ong Photography