We’re feeling incredible grateful
As adventure elopement photographers, we feel incredibly grateful to call this our job. Not only do we get to work with amazing couples and capture intimate moments in some of the most beautiful locations on the planet, but we also get to call this gorgeous state home. This year marked our second full year living in Colorado, and let us tell you, we are loving every minute of it. From the stunning mountain ranges to the crystal clear rivers, this state has no shortage of breathtaking natural beauty. As outdoor enthusiasts ourselves, we are constantly in awe of the natural beauty and abundance of adventure opportunities this state has to offer – we feel like kids in a candy store every time we plan a new elopement or our own adventures. So basically, we have the best job ever and we are so grateful for it. We feel so lucky to be able to do what we love every day and to be a part of such an important and meaningful day in our couples’ lives.
Each elopement or intimate wedding we photograph is unique and special in its own way, and we love getting to know our couples and hear their stories. Whether they’re outdoor enthusiasts, travel junkies, or just hopeless romantics, there is something truly special about every couple we work with. It’s an absolute joy to be able to be a part of such an important and meaningful day in their lives, and we strive to create beautiful and timeless photos that they can cherish for years to come.
Throughout the year, we had the pleasure of working with over 20 amazing couples on their elopements and intimate weddings. From mountain tops to river valleys, we were able to capture the love and joy of these couples in a variety of stunning locations. We also had the opportunity to photograph several engagement sessions and even a few vow renewals, which was a fun change of pace.
Our first elopement of 2022
We kicked off the year with a bang, photographing A + B’s winter wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park at Bear Lake on 2/2/22. The day was freezing cold as the temperatures dropped to single digits, and a fresh foot of snow fell the day before, but the views of the snow-capped peaks and the intimate atmosphere made it a truly special and memorable experience. Plus, we got to wear our warmest jackets and pretend we were polar explorers, which was pretty cool.
A few of our favorites
One of our favorite elopements this year was Megan and Thomas’s Breckenridge sunrise mountain elopement. They exchanged their vows surrounded by stunning mountain views on a beautiful summer morning. Later on in the evening, they celebrated with their closest friends and family at a cozy cabin. It was a beautiful and intimate elopement day, and we feel so lucky to have been a part of Megan and Thomas’s love story. Plus, we can’t complain about getting to watch the sunrise in the mountains. Talk about the dream job!
Another one of our favorite elopements we photographed was in Telluride with Andrew + Renee, their three pups, and their closest friends. A + R are the ultimate adventure seekers – they’re traveling nurses, so they’re always on the move and ready for their next exciting destination. So it was no surprise when they decided to stop in Colorado for their elopement while on a cross-country road trip.
We had so much fun hiking up a mountain pass with them, taking in the breathtaking views and chatting about all things Lord of the Rings (A + R are huge fans). The ceremony was intimate and personal, filled with love, laughter, and a few subtle nods to their favorite books. As we walked down the mountain after the ceremony, the golden aspens were shining brightly and the evening golden hour was just absolutely stunning. It was the perfect end to a truly special and memorable elopement, and we feel so grateful to have been a part of it. Overall, it was an adventure we’ll never forget, and we feel so lucky to have such amazing couples trust us to capture their special day.
Thinking about eloping in Telluride? We got you covered. 👇
Our last elopement of 2022
As the year came to a close, we had the pleasure of photographing Angela and Josh’s dream winter wedding near Alma, Colorado. It was such a coincidence that our first elopement of the year was actually with a colleague of Angela’s, who then recommended us to her. We always love it when we get referred by satisfied clients! Angela, Josh, and their three kids made a road trip from Texas for their picturesque winter wedding. We had a great time getting to know them and their adorable family during the getting ready portion of the day at their mountain Airbnb rental. The ceremony was intimate and emotional, and we were honored to be a part of such a special moment for the couple. After some family portraits, Angela and Josh headed off to continue celebrating their big day. It was the perfect way to end an amazing year, and we feel grateful to have been a part of Angela and Josh’s beautiful wedding.
Overall, we feel incredibly grateful and lucky to be able to do what we love every day and to be a part of so many special moments. We can’t wait to see what the future holds and to continue capturing beautiful moments for even more amazing couples. Here’s to many more years of adventuring and capturing love stories!
Our Travels in 2022
Backing in Utah
“RANCH TO BRANCH, COME IN, OVER.” We drove all the way to Utah with walkie talkies. It’s so much easier to communicate with another car of people instead of calling/texting. Plus it’s more fun 😃 Alex and I were team Ranch, and Austin, Jordi, and Jenna were team Branch. 😂
Utah was a wild adventure for us! Our friends from back home, Austin, Jordi, and Jenna drove all the way to meet us at our house in Denver before making the drive over to Moab for a day of climbing. That night we met up with a few of Jenna’s old pals and camped on BLM land right outside of Moab. The next morning we drove to the trailhead for our backpacking adventure! We hiked through tall slot canyons, and even swam in the Escalante River. Sleeping under the stars cowboy style was a bucket list moment for me (check that off the list!). And let’s not forget the unforgettable moments, like the cactus Alex had us all try, my gnarly blisters, the shooting stars, the rock we scrambled on our last night to soak up the last rays of the sun before it dipped behind the horizon of the tall red rocks, or the narrow slow canyons that we barely fit through with our packs, and the way our voices echo’d through the deep canyon. It was an experience we’ll never forget, full of laughs, challenges, and the beauty of the great outdoors.
Backpacking in Utah Pictures
In September, Alex and I took a week-long trip to Lake Powell, which turned out to be one of the best experiences of our lives. We stayed on a houseboat with our two dogs, and spent our days paddle boarding through canyons, fishing, cliff jumping, and watching the sunrise and sunset each morning. Our dogs had a blast swimming and chasing critters all day long. It was the perfect escape from our busy lives and a great way to connect with nature.
During our week-long stay at Lake Powell, Alex and I took tons of photos on his phone using his trusty waterproof case. Unfortunately, on the last day of our trip, we went cliff jumping and lost Alex’s phone in the process. All those photos from our amazing week at Lake Powell are now lost, unless someone reading this happens to have scuba equipment and is up for the challenge of finding it! We know exactly where it is. The lesson we learned? Don’t get too caught up in the moment and throw your phone 20 feet below for someone to catch and take a video of you. It may seem like a good idea at the time, but it’s definitely not worth losing your phone (and all your photos) over.
Lake Powell Pictures
So, although all of the good pictures are lost at the bottom of Lake Powell, here are a few I took on my phone 😊
My all time favorite video i’ve ever taken. Seeing our dogs thriving out there in the desert is a happiness I never knew existed! These dogs are our world, and taking them on our adventures is such a blessing.
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We went to Cuba for a week with our two best friends, Rob and Naiya. Our Airbnb host, Milady, was the sweetest local who made us feel right at home. We spent our days scuba diving, smoking cigars, exploring cenotes and jumping off cliffs, lounging on white sandy beaches, playing card games at night while drinking beers, and visiting local restaurants. The Cuban people were friendly and hospitable, and Milady made us fresh breakfast every morning with avocados from her own tree, mango juice, and fresh eggs. Her dinners consisted of freshly caught seafood and land crabs. It was an amazing trip filled with culture, good food, and great company. We actually took our film cameras with us during this trip so most of what you see below is shot on film 😊
We bought a house!
After two years in Denver, Alex and I were craving a change and yearned to be closer to nature. We decided to take a leap of faith and make the move to Grand Junction, where we purchased a cozy desert home that we’ve been working hard to make our own. The move has been an incredible experience thus far, with many opportunities to explore the beautiful surrounding areas. The nearby Powderhorn ski resort has been a huge highlight, with season passes costing only $400, allowing us to hit the slopes regularly. We’ve also discovered a nearby trail where we can spot wild horses and hike through the beautiful canyons. The community in Grand Junction has been welcoming, and we’ve made amazing friends here already. The sense of community here is strong, and we feel like we’ve finally found our place. It’s been a dream come true and we’re so excited for all the adventures that await us here.