Chassidy + Jake reached out to us in October of 2018 to inquire about photography for their intimate ceremony and traditional reception that was going to be held in Wisconsin.
However, a couple months later, Chassidy emailed us the following message:
“I’m emailing you because we are kind of having a crazy thought and I don’t know if this would be a possibility… I guess first off would you guys be available September 26-28th or are you booked for that weekend?”
Super intrigued, we emailed back that we had a Friday wedding that weekend but a rare Saturday/Sunday opening and asked what her crazy thought was. She responded,
“I really hate wedding planning and kind of just want to go run into the mountains of Colorado and get married.”
Naturally, we responded with an abundance of enthusiasm that we’d be there in a heartbeat! Somewhat taken aback by our response, she made sure that we were serious, and then got to work coordinating schedules between their closest friends and family!
After months of texting back and forth about our excitement, we flew out on September 28th in preparation for Chassidy + Jake’s September 29th mountain elopement.
We woke up with smiles on our faces, headed out for breakfast, packed our bags, and then headed to Chassidy’s Airbnb where she was getting ready with her bridesmaids and mom. They enjoyed mimosas, laughed, and danced with the sunlight and cool mountain air streaming through the windows as the sounds of a gentle river wound just below their balcony.
Having made sure her dress was just right for dancing, we headed to Jake’s Airbnb to capture him and his groomsmen getting ready before heading to the ceremony.
As we followed behind Jake and his groomsmen to the ceremony spot, we wound up through the mountains, far past the point of having phone service. We parked in a small parking lot and then began the short walk to the spot Chassidy + Jake had designated as their altar.
With Jake, the wedding party, and the small group of intentionally chosen family members all in position, we waited in the gusty winds for Chassidy to arrive and begin her walk to the ceremony spot. Once we saw her round the hill, we got the thumbs up that everyone was all set, and we started the music.
With tears streaming and windblown hair, Chassidy + Jake read their handwritten vows nestled amongst their family, friends, and the mountains. A champagne toast and warm hugs with each guest in attendance was the perfect culmination to Chassidy + Jakes vows. We captured family and wedding party portraits, and then everyone headed back to their cars to venture to a taco shop while we adventured with Chassidy + Jake. We explored the area near where they read their vows and then hopped in our car to head higher up the mountain to catch the sunset on the summit.
As the sun lowered in the sky, Chassidy + Jake had their first dance as husband and wife.
With the sun down and temperatures getting even chillier, we hurried back to the car and headed down the mountain to where Chassidy + Jake’s closest friends and family were enjoying tacos and margaritas in celebration of their marriage. Having gotten the sunset portraits Chassidy was dreaming of and with taco orders in mind, they joined their guests to culminate the perfect mountainous elopement.