I’ve been photographing elopements exclusively since 2013. It all started with a bride and groom who decided that they wanted to ditch all their big wedding plans and the stress that came with it for a simple afternoon elopement in the sunshine instead. From that moment on, my entire business changed. It was a breath of fresh air for me because the wedding industry had been suffocating me and I was looking for a way out. I was tired of the stress, of the couples who cared more about pretty details than investing in their future marriage, cranky venue coordinators, long days and the constant self-promotion that envelops wedding industry professionals. It just wasn’t me.
That fateful afternoon with my bride and groom changed everything. I came home and I was different. I walked away from the madness of large weddings and I embraced a new and unfamiliar road. A road full of teeny tiny little weddings and people looking to simplify and do things differently than the rest of the crowd. Little did I know, that decision would prove to be so fruitful, so rewarding, so perfect for me.
Every now and then, I have moments where I realize that I’ve fit into a niche of photography that not only suits me perfectly but allows me to work with people who understand what it means to walk away from traditional expectations of our culture and society and embrace a path that is all your own. I love that we share the values of simplicity, wilderness, independence, peaceful living, fresh air and admiring the beauty of Colorado.
Rachel and Parker’s elopement was one of those moments. As I was walking through a beautiful open meadow with them, I thoughts about just how lucky I am to have this job that God has blessed me with. All around me was stillness, serenity and beauty. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
Rachel and Parker to escape to the beautiful mountains of Colorado and get married, just the two of them. So that’s exactly what they did. They hopped in the car and headed towards Colorado. I met them on the side of the road and we walked together to a beautiful area that overlooked some of my favorite mountains. The air was cool (almost cold, but not quite!) and the wildflowers were in abundance. We found a great spot for their ceremony and then we spent the rest of our time together exploring around and remarking about how perfect the day was. The skies looked a little stormy, but the rain held off. I loved the lighting and the dramatic clouds, it truly was a perfect evening.
A few favorites…