An American Familymoon: Marshalls go West

In April 2017, after seven years of life, love, and one beautiful baby girl, we decided to elope in one of our favorite cities. Charleston, SC was Brent’s home for 4 years, and I felt so lucky to share many experiences with him in such a beautiful city, and so grateful to have married him in a place that was so special to him for such a long time. We spent a few days in the city before and after our elopement, and then returned home to prepare for our “familymoon” out West.

Antelope Canyon was at the top of my bucket list, and I thought there was no better time to experience it with the people I love most. We started our travels in Las Vegas, and drove through Arizona making a few stops along the way.

This is our journey.


Since it was our wedding weekend, we splurged on a beautiful carriage house rental via Home Away in downtown Charleston. It was a literal dream come true, and I wish we could have lived there forever. It was situated just behind the main house, and had the most beautiful garden. It was tiny but cozy, and by far exceeded my expectations.

Where we stayed: Charleston, SC carriage house

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After our elopement we flew home to unwind for a few days before heading out West.

Once we arrived in Las Vegas, picked up our rental car and spent one night near the strip before driving to Arizona.

Where we stayed: Palms Place Hotel & Spa

But first….In & Out….

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We made our way to Arizona, driving through the Hoover Dam along the way.

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Then we continued on to our next stop, Williams, Arizona.

Where we stayed: Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.

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We rode the train from the hotel to the Grand Canyon, but before we boarded, the hotel put on a show for the guests.

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It was Emerson’s first time on a train!

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The Grand Canyon

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The show continued throughout the ride (towards the end as we headed back). It was so very Westworld like, and I was very into it.

After two nights in Williams, we made our way to Page, Arizona.

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Horseshoe Bend

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Antelope Canyon

When I researched visiting Antelope Canyon, a lot of what I read mentioned that it was best (but not necessary) to buy tickets prior to your trip. There were so many companies to choose from it was a little overwhelming for me, so I did not book in advance. In hindsight, booking ahead of time is something that I would recommend as we had to wait a little before starting our tour (we arrived early, but the time slots were booked so we signed up for a later time, left for a quick lunch and came back later).

The only way you can see the canyons is through a guided tour, but there are different companies that give tours in the area. I’ve included a few below.

Antelope Canyon Tours

Antelope Slot Canyon Tours

Navajo Tours

The photos below are from a tour of the Upper Canyon. You can also take a tour of the Lower Canyon as well.

Ken’s Tours

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Our hotel in Page was located at the top of a hill which allowed us to view the most beautiful sunsets.

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Taking a dip in Lake Powell

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We stayed in Page for three days and then drove back to Las Vegas through Utah, taking a different route than we had taken to get there. It was the most beautiful ride, the landscape was breathtaking; an experience that I will never forget.

Once we arrived back in Vegas, we stayed for one more night before our flight home.

Where we stayed: Tahiti All-Suite Resort

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I am so happy to have had this experience, especially since we were able to share it with Emerson.