Backcountry Cabin Intimate Session

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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. For Nate and me, most of our truly meaningful experiences as a couple haven't haven't been the mountaintops. One of my favorite moments together was on Mount Whitney when we tucked ourselves between a bunch of other hikers inside of a shelter and shared a Snickers bar. It was a long, slow climb and I had altitude sickness on the way up, and the moment that meant the most to me wasn't the summit. It was the tiny act of care, something as simple as sharing a candy bar. Our story is filled with the small moments--sharing whiskey in a tent after a long day backpacking, holding hands while driving down an old dirt road, exchanging thoughts by a campfire, or sitting at our campsite making breakfast together.

I've always been drawn towards subtlety. As a photographer, I am most inspired by small moments – the ones that speak louder than expected. An adventure isn't just the mountaintop - but all the small things surrounding it too. 

A few months back I asked for models for a shoot I'd been wanting to do for over a year in this backcountry cabin that requires a 6-mile roundtrip hike. Shannon & Todd graciously offered to hike with us and share with us about their story. They cuddled up in a chilly old abandoned cabin, with soft light pouring into the windows, casting shadows on the walnut & oak floors. We explored all the corners of the old cabin and captured the way these two fold into each other – intricate & tightly knit, in their hiking clothes, bearing climbing calluses and scars from adventures past.


Cedar & Pines is a traveling wedding photographer duo made up of Nate and Megan Kantor, a married couple based in the mountains of Colorado. They believe in honest wedding photography, capturing the small candid moments to the epic landscape views. They travel to photograph intimate weddings and adventure elopements from the mountains of Colorado to destination weddings in California, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, Washington, Patagonia and the ends of the earth.