Colorado Mountaintop Anniversary Session

Moments like this are worth working for.

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. 

We've shot a few anniversary sessions recently, and I love them so much. Wedding days & engagements are for capturing the highest of highs--the giddy, stoked-beyond-belief, beautiful moments in a couple's story when they're starting new lives together. But capturing couples who are further along in their marriage is something different. They've seen some stuff, worked through issues together (sometimes boring stuff, like joining bank accounts or getting new passports), and their love has settled into something deeper, more real.

Heather & Emerson strapped spikes to their boots and hiked up the snow to the summit. When they got to the summit, they changed into the nicer clothes they packed in. They read letters to each other and held tight against the light Spring breeze. We watched the sun go down in one of the must spectacularly golden sunsets I've seen in a while, and hiked back down in the dark with headlamps.


Cedar & Pines is an adventure 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.