Engagements at the Great Salt Lake Utah

When we arrived at the Salt Flats, we were all pretty blown away by just how huge the place was. Its a wild landscape—one that makes you wonder why and how, and makes you feel small in comparison. Aside from the wide open views, the way the tiny salt crystals form patterns was pretty mind-blowing. And even in the midst of the vastness that is the desert in the West, Mara & Chris’s candid affection for each other wasn’t lost among it.

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Adventure Wedding on a Colorado Fourteener

Of all the weddings we’ve been part of, this one takes the cake for most adventurous. Since starting our business, I’ve dreamed of shooting a wedding on the summit of a Colorado “Fourteener” (local verbiage for mountains that extend above 14,000 feet in elevation). Colorado Fourteeners can be intense – they generally require an alpine start in the cold before the sun is up, there can be afternoon thunderstorms, they can involve scrambling and technical climbing, and the hikes are always unrelentingly steep. In other words, the perfect spot for an adventurous elopement for some Colorado locals like Monique and Craig.

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Backyard Wedding Weekend in Maine

Hannah and Ryan’s intimate wedding on a pond in Bethel, Maine represented their family, their values, and their unique love in a way that was so personal and intentional. Hannah got ready in her family’s home that was built in the 1800s and they said their vows in the woods by a lake. All the guests stayed in the lodge nearby. There was a candlelit dinner of tacos and wine under the stars. There was dancing under string lights and a cake covered in greenery. It felt like one big family dinner, but a little dressed up with vintage candlesticks and wildflowers.

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Arapahoe Basin Wedding in the Mountains

Kelsey and Cody and came from Nebraska, along with their friends & family, to say their vows amidst the alpine tundra and tall pine trees that make up the landscape above 11,000 ft in the Rocky Mountains. Arapahoe Basin is a busy ski resort in the winter, and in the summer they allow weddings at a restaurant high up on the mountain, accessible by chair lift. Its an experience all of its own to be there

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4x4 Wedding // Ouray Adventure Elopement

Never has a wedding felt more wildly adventurous and still so intimately personal at the same time.

Kylie and Eitan's family traveled from all over the U.S. to a secret little corner of the mountains in Ouray, Colorado to explore dirt roads, hike through wildflowers, and ford a creek – all in suits and dresses. 

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Outdoor Wedding in Crested Butte Colorado

We met Jonathan & Kathleen several months back at a brewery. We talked about work and life over beers, and Nate and I walked away that evening inspired by the lightness and humility these two carry with them. Their wedding reflected all of that just the same. It was simple, yet stunning. Small & intimate, yet warm & important. Kathleen & Jonathan curated their wedding day to represent the most special parts of their lives—their families, their love for food & wine, and their adventurous & lighthearted love for each other.

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Anniversary Adventure in Buena Vista, Colorado

April messaged me a few months ago saying her husband Clint was going to be in Buena Vista for work and she might be tagging along with him and asked if we'd be free to do a photo session with them. In planning it all she asked if there was anywhere I'd been dying to shoot. I told her about one of my favorite spots that's basically in our backyard – this area with giant granite boulders, piñon pines, tiny cactus, and views of the Collegiate Peaks. The area kind of has a Joshua Tree National Park vibe, but with juniper trees instead of joshua trees. Its kind of a well-kept secret in the area. 

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Dunton Hot Springs Wedding

Elizabeth and Tyler chose to get married at what might be the most beautiful wedding venue in Colorado – Dunton Hot Springs – where they housed all of their guests, soaked in hot springs, hiked around the mountains, and ate the most incredible food all weekend. Dunton is a legendary place. Its an old ghost town that's been completely renovated. Set way back in the mountains several miles down a dirt road, it feels rustic & secluded, while also nodding to modern taste – the collection of contemporary photography hanging on the walls made my art student heart so happy. The place is stunning in all aspects.

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Backyard Wedding in Breckenridge // Colorado Wedding Photographer

Kristin and Scott's wedding felt so right. so pure. They rented a house for all of their friends and family in Breckenridge and had their ceremony in the backyard, surrounded by aspens and pine trees. It was perfectly intimate in this way that made Nate and me feel like just another part of the family. 

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Backcountry Cabin Intimate Session

The longer Nate and I pursue adventure weddings & elopements, the more that we see this trend of super epic photos in crazy epic places. Dresses flowing in the wind, sunsets on 1000 foot cliffsides, tiny couples on a huge mountain. Which is awesome, because as a self-proclaimed adventurous couple, we love going to those places and taking those types of photos (heck we have that stuff plastered all over our website). But often times I think there's something lost in the "bigness" of it all.

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Capitol Reef National Park Engagement Session

Utah is full of hidden arches, funky rock formations, and endless corners of sandstone to explore. I'm so inspired every time we're there because of the vast, unique landscapes around every bend in the road. This time we got to explore a part of Utah we'd never been to before: Capitol Reef National Park.

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Colorado Mountaintop Anniversary Session

When Heather & Emerson reached out to us for their anniversary session, I asked what they were hoping the day would look like. She described wanting to maybe do a hike and read letters to each other somewhere along the way. I sent a few location options, and the one they decided on was probably the most difficult option. They knew full-well what they were getting into--hiking several miles up to a summit almost 12,000ft above sea level. 

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Loveland Pass Elopement // Colorado Elopement Photographer

There is truly nothing like standing in the snow above treeline in Colorado. Feeling the wind whip through your hair, the biting cold on your skin, and seeing mountaintops that go on for miles is a humbling experience all of its own. Add to that reading your vows at 12,000 ft and its difficult to not have an overwhelming emotional response. Charlie & Larissa strapped snow spikes on their hiking boots, threw a bottle of champagne in their daypack, and hiked up the ridge to an overlook above Loveland Pass, Colorado where they said their vows. It was equally beautiful and adventurous.

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Adventurous Colorado Mountain Engagements

Colorado is wild. Its weather is unpredictable, its mountains are inspiring, and in the spring it shows off that untamed beauty all at once with windy storms and swollen rivers and snow that seems like it came from nowhere. When it comes to the weather, there are two types of people--those who are reasonably cautious and stay indoors when there are storms, and those who strap on their boots, grab their skis, and head up the mountains. Marisa and John are definitely the latter. 

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