Carson and David: Chapel of the Holy Dove Wedding
Chapel of the Holy Dove Wedding: Carson and David. It was such a pleasure to meet and photograph this couple. I joined Carson and David for their recent elopement at the Chapel of the Holy Dove. This amazing locations is nestled at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona. Surrounded by their closest friends and family, they vowed their lifelong love. It was such an intimate and cozy elopement day! Wishing you two a lifetime of love and happiness!
About The Location…
The Chapel of the Holy Dove sits on a parcel of land originally part of a small ranch purchased by Watson M. Lacy, MD in 1960. He was the only physician at the Grand Canyon Hospital which he operated with his wife, Ruth. They came to this area for respite from the demands of the medical practice at the Canyon. The beauty of the Peaks affirmed the goodness and majesty of God.
In the summer of 1961, with the help of his sons and some hired hands, the 41 year-0ld Lacy, with no experience as a builder, used explosives to create holes in the rock beneath the Chapel to secure and position the large Ponderosa Pine logs which comprised the original A-shaped structure framing the San Francisco Peaks. Local volcanic rock and petrified wood was used to build the supporting stone walls. This was a project for intermittent days off from his practice at the canyon. The Chapel was completed in 1962. Dr. Lacy died October 1991. The ranch property was sold. However, the parcel on which the chapel stands remains in the trust of his widow.