with Nate + Amelia
This intimate desert elopement was the thing adventure wedding photographer’s dreams are made of! The first time I met these two we were running around Rocky Mountain National Park shooting their engagement photos about 8 months before their intimate wedding in Moab, Utah. Amelia and Nate had been exploring the area in the days leading up the wedding, crawling on 4×4 trails in Nate’s black jeep. I helped Amelia customize the look of their triangle ceremony backdrop with skulls, plants, and cow-hide rugs. We did a private vow reading between the fins of red rock with their custom vow books and celebratory beers. Their ceremony took place on a cliff overlooking the Sand Flats at sunset, with low hanging clouds surrounding La Sal peak in the background. Being a photographer herself, Amelia’s top priority was amazing and unique portraits of them on their wedding day. We took more than an hour after their ceremony to create together and it was magical. Having that amount of time to explore the area and focus on bride and groom portraits is amazing and leads to some really unique portraiture. This was my second time shooting a wedding in Moab and it never loses the magic of an ancient land with a unique appeal. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to shoot adventurous intimate weddings like this. Clients like Amelia and Nate make me the happiest traveling photographer ever. They weren’t afraid to run around, get dirty, and really open to me while we did hoodrat things together in the desert. Nothing makes me happier than to connect with my clients on a level that feels and acts like friendship, letting me into their love, and staying in touch years after. This intimate wedding will be one of my favorites forever.