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Oklahoma couple elope for scenic Big Bend ceremony

When Angel and Lori Stuart-Worth visited Big Beng National Park in March 2020, they experienced the global lockdown differently, with little to no cell service atop the mountains.

“It was very apocalyptic,” said Angel, 27. “But we really enjoyed our time there. It was like our first little family vacation.”

Two years later, when the Oklahoma couple excitedly decided to elope, they knew Texas’ largest national park would be the perfect place for them and their daughter, Bristow, 10, to call home again. . This time with white wedding dresses and bouquets.

The family decided to hold their ceremony in Big Bend after visiting the national park in March 2020.

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The two hiked the Lost Mine Trail with their daughter Bristow.

The two hiked the Lost Mine Trail with their daughter Bristow.

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On March 15, the family hiked the Lost Mine Trail in Big Bend before sunrise with their photographer Cassidy Elise, who also ordered Angel and Lori after Bristow performed the wedding. The two avid hikers chose the Lost Mine Trail because they couldn’t complete the last time they visited Big Bend. Also, they heard from others that it was a great place to hold a wedding ceremony.

After the family changed from their hiking clothes to their wedding dresses, the ceremony took place just as the sun peaked atop the Chisos Mountains.

Their photographer Cassidy Elise also ordered the two.

Their photographer Cassidy Elise also ordered the two.

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The ceremony took place as the sun peaked atop the Chisos Mountains.

The ceremony took place as the sun peaked atop the Chisos Mountains.

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“I have no regrets doing it this way,” Angel said. “The intimacy, the ability to do something we love to do and for a special occasion. It was amazing.”

Lori added that the happy times continued after the ceremony as they booked campsites in the Chisos Mountains for their friends for a unique camping party. She said friends from Alaska, Michigan and Oklahoma were able to experience Big Bend with them.


“A lot of people congratulated us as we returned with our flowers,” Lori said. “It was nice to see. Everyone was so nice. It was an amazing experience.”