The weather may be getting colder in most of the US, but there are still so many great spots to elope! Areas that are usually too toasty to venture in the summer (think Mojave desert in Cali and southern Arizona!) are the perfect place to get married in the winter if you're not into snow. - Advantages to having your adventure wedding in the winter: 1. Since it's typically the off season for most wedding professionals, it's more likely that they'll have your date available! 2. People tend to travel less often than in the summer (and kids are in school), so popular spots tend to be less crowded. 3. And because things are a little quieter in the winter, it'll probably be easier to schedule your own wedding! - Have I convinced you yet that winter weddings are a good idea? I'll be blogging some great location ideas soon!
Nearly a year ago I walked this trail for my first trash cleanup - my bag was filled with discarded single-use plastics, manmade debris from the river, and all sorts of random items. It totaled around 15 pounds. But I am SO happy to say that this weekend I found only a little over 6 pounds of trash! It's disheartening to find trash as you're enjoying nature (or anything, really), but I'm so glad to see that we're talking about the issue more, and making changes. - It's great to clean up trash and to recycle, but what if we were USING less? As we go into this holiday season that is often full of excess and waste, let's think about our impact. Let's keep nature wild!
If being outside in nature brings you joy, why not get married in the wild? Forget convention and what you're supposed to do. Do what will bring your even more joy on such an awesome day. Now, I'm not saying you have to hike 10 miles, but I'm saying you CAN if you want to. There's so much flexibility in adventure elopements that there's really something unique for everyone to do if they want to. - And if you're wondering what to do about the friends and family that want to be there - there's plenty of options and solutions for that too! You can include them in a super intimate ceremony or join them after your private ceremony for a fun dinner. Maybe you want to travel to a destination for your elopement, but include those closest to you with letters or a Skype call. You could even have a more traditional wedding and then do an adventure session before your ceremony or the next day. There are seriously so many ways to do it! - But if you feel your heart pulled to those magical outdoor places, don't let convention stop you from including nature in your wedding somehow. Get out there and enjoy it, together! - Florals: @renegadefloral Dress: @leannemarshallofficial Hair + Makeup: @cjohnsonmakeup Planning + Coordination: @justlovelyweddings
Get out there and chase those sunsets!
I knew Grand Teton National Park would be pretty great, but I didn't know HOW awesome it would really be. So much of the park was closed for the winter, but it didn't matter. Seeing the truly grand peaks and exploring the snowy park was an experience I'll never forget. I felt a connection to this wild place. Anyone else feel this way? Tell me where it was!
Have I mentioned that I LOVE adventure sessions? It gives you a chance to get out in the wild and have some fun together while documenting wherever you're at in your lives right now. - Lei Lei + Mengyu flew from Seattle for a getaway of exploring New Mexico, and decided to do their engagement photos at White Sands National Monument. They played in the sand and enjoyed the crazy beauty of the dunes. And then we watch a spectacular sunset in true New Mexico style! Check out my stories for more from their session and to see the killer sunset!