Joy & Clint - 4x4 Jeep Off-roading Elopement - Adventure Elopement Photographer - Telluride Colorado Elopement Photographer - San Sophia Overlook Elopement - Bridal Veil Falls Elopement

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Joy & Clint - 4x4 Jeep Off-roading Elopement - Adventure Elopement Photographer - Telluride Colorado Elopement Photographer - San Sophia Overlook Elopement - Bridal Veil Falls Elopement

Most of the time, when people contact me about photographing their intimate wedding or elopement, they have no idea what they want their day to look like. I absolutely LOVE working with couples in this dreaming and planning stage of envisioning what their wedding day could be, and enjoy sharing any experience or advice I have that could help make their vision happen. 

I fully believe that intimate weddings & elopements are the absolute best way to get married. In addition to only having the people that you are closest to witness the powerful and personal moment of committing your life to your partner—you have the freedom to create whatever kind of wedding day is the most "you." Joy, Clint, & I went through so many different ideas, locations, and visions and we were still chatting and collaborating a week before their amazing elopement. They ended up driving Ophir Pass the day before their elopement and deciding that's where they wanted to do their "first look" at sunrise and exchange gifts. I absolutely love the spontaneity and freedom that intimate weddings entail—each couple can create their own adventure and design a day that truly reflects their relationship.

On Joy & Clint's wedding day, we met before sunrise, headed up a fun & sketchy 4x4 road in the dark, and reach the top of the pass just as the sun was starting to turn the mountains pink. Joy changed into her dress at the back of the Jeep, and they saw each other for the first time in their wedding attire just as the sun burst over the horizon and began their incredible adventurous wedding day. They cuddled & cried, danced, and gave piggy back rides all over the top of the pass, and then we drove back into telluride to meet the family for their ceremony. We headed up Telluride Ski resort via the gondola, and they said their vows with their closest family members at San Sophia Overlook. We rode the gondola back down, hopped back in their Jeep Rubicon, and headed up another 4x4 road to Bridal Veil Falls. They wrapped up their day cuddling under the mist of the tallest free-flowing waterfall in Colorado—everything was so perfectly "Joy & Clint."

Inviting me to be a part of your elopement means more than just photos. If you're planning your own elopement adventure (in Colorado or elsewhere), get in touch and I'd be happy to share location, suggestions, and other planning ideas.

In the wee hours of morning, before the sun has come up Joy and Clint climbed into a Jeep 4x4 with their traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae so that they could have the most private first look in the San Juan Mountains before their intimate Telluride wedding. 
It's just before the sun comes up, when the sky becomes pink that all the magic in the mountains happens. Joy and Clint opted for a private first look in the San Juan Mountains in Telluride for their intimate first look before their wedding ceremony at the Telluride Ski Resort. The only witness to their intimate early morning was their traveling wedding photographer and Colorado native, Maddie Mae.
As the sun started to come over the San Juan Mountains they had come to their perfect private first look location. Joy and Clint adventured with their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae, before their small wedding ceremony at the Telluride Ski Lodge.
Clint patiently waited watching the alpine glow turn into sunrise as his bride got into her wedding gown in the back of the Jeep 4x4 that they had rented for their intimate San Juan Mountain first look with only their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae as their witness.
Joy looked like vintage perfection in her flowing white lace and tulle wedding dress. She wore a delicate flower crown and white hiking boots to top off her mountain bride look. Photos of this adventurous Jeep 4x4 wedding in Telluride by intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
With the alpine glow on the San Juan Mountains behind them, Joy tapped her groom on his shoulder for their private first look above Telluride. Photos of this adventurous couple's intimate wedding by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae. 
Clint couldn't hide his excitement as he turned around to see his glowing bride for the first time as the sun rose over the San Juan Mountains near Telluride where he and Joy were about to celebrate their intimate wedding with only their closest friends and family and their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
Joy and Clint's excitement and affection could be felt for miles as they embraced high in the San Juan Mountains near Telluride where they were celebrating their intimate wedding with a private first look with only their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae with them to snap each affectionate moment. 
Cline was in awe of his stunning mountain bride, donning a vintage style white wedding dress and a delicate flower crown. Joy and Clint opted for a private first look in the San Juan Mountains with only their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae, before their small ceremony at the Telluride Ski Resort with their closest friends and family. 
Clint looked his stunning mountain bride up and down again. He could hardly believe that he was about to marry this amazing woman in an intimate wedding ceremony in Telluride with the San Juan Mountains as their backdrop. Photos of this private first look pre-ceremony by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
Joy brushed the hair from Clint's face as the high alpine winds blew in the San Juan Mountains as the sun rose. This adventurous couple opted for a Jeep 4x4 excursion to a private location above Telluride for their intimate first look before their small wedding ceremony at the Telluride Ski Resort. Photos of this epic adventure by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
They continued on down the private path they had found for their sunrise first look before their intimate wedding ceremony at Telluride Ski Resort. Opting for adventure with their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae, they rented a Jeep 4x4 to find the most secluded location in the San Juan Mountains.
The privacy that once can find in the San Juan Mountains near Telluride, Colorado offers a truly intimate elopement experience . This adventurous couple rented a Jeep 4x4 so they could celebrate their first look alone at Ophir Pass with only their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae in tow.
The reached a spot that perfectly over looked the San Juan Mountains  as the sun came up so Clint could surprise his bride with an intimate wedding gift. Photos of this intimate first look before their Telluride Ski Resort wedding by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
As Clint went to give Joy her surprise wedding gift, she stopped him short so that she too could surprise him with a thoughtful pre-wedding token. Photos of this adventurous sunrise first look in the San Juan Mountains near Telluride by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
Clint flipped through the pages of the book that Joy had made for him as a wedding gift. The celebrated their nuptials with a private first look up Ophir Pass in the San Juan Mountains before an intimate wedding ceremony at the Telluride Ski Resort. Photos of this romantic wedding by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
The peaked over the mountains lighting up this adventurous couple as they exchanged wedding gifts after an private first look up Ophir Pass in the San Juan Mountains. Photos of this epic and romantic wedding by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
As Joy flipped through the pages of the photo book that Clint had just given to her as an intimate wedding gift she couldn't help but giggle as she relived all their previous adventures over again. This intimate first look and private gift exchange pre-wedding ceremony was photographed by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
Joy and Clint said a few private words with the warm summer sun lighting them up in the San Juan Mountains. This adventurous couple opted for a private first look up Ophir Pass before sunrise. They rented a Jeep 4x4 and took their intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae with them to snap each romanic moment.
Running onwards into the bright morning sunlight in the San Juan Mountains, Joy and Clint made their way back to their rented Jeep 4x4 so they could continue with their epic adventurous Telluride wedding day with their intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae in tow.
This adventurous couple was nothing but smiles and giggles as they prepared to say their intimate wedding vows at the Telluride Ski Resort. They calmed their nerves with a private first look at sunrise in the San Juan Mountains with only their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
The wind caught Joys white wedding dress as she spun around to get back to the Jeep 4x4 where Clint was waiting, ready to open the door for her. The sun rising quickly in the sky after their intimate sunrise first look up Ophir Pass in the San Juan Mountains with only their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
They paused their Jeep 4x4 so they could walk in the pink sunlight to look at the views of Telluride below them. This intimate sunrise first look up Ophir Pass was captured by adventurous elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
Clint grabbed his bride's hand as they began running down the trail of Ophir Pass where they had just celebrated their nuptials with a private first look in the San Juan Mountains with only their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae as the sun rose over Telluride. 
Playfully jumping into her groom's arms like she would when they were first dating brought back all kinds of romantic memories. This adventurous couple threw tradition to the wind and celebrated their nuptials with a private first look at sunrise in the San Juan Mountains and an intimate wedding ceremony at Telluride Ski Resort attended by only their family, closest friends, and their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
Getting in close with the golden morning sun warming their skin, Joy and Clint shared just one more intimate moment before they headed back down the San Juan Mountains where they had just had a private first look and gift exchange with only their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae to capture each romantic second.
In the privacy of sunrise on a nearly private path, accessible only by 4x4, Joy and Clint danced to the beat of their excited hearts before they headed back down Ophir Pass in the San Juan Mountians toward to Telluride where they would be celebrating their intimate wedding ceremony with only their closest friends, family and their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
There's nothing as romantic as a private sunrise first dance in the San Juan Mountains. This adventurous couple was up before the sun in their Jeep 4x4 to celebrate their nuptials with an intimate first look up Ophir Pass with only their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae as their witness.
Continuing on down the rocky path in their hiking boots and wedding clothes, this adventurous couple threw tradition to the wind and celebrated their private first look as sunrise up Ophir Pass before their intimate wedding ceremony with only their traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
They made their way back to their Jeep 4x4 so they could continue down Ophir Pass with their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae. This adventurous couple opted for a private sunrise first look before their intimate wedding ceremony at Telluride Ski Resort.
Looking back to take in all that had just happened to her, Joy and Clint ran back to their rented Jeep 4x4 so they could continue on Ophir Pass on their adventurous sunrise first look in the San Juan Mountains with only their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae in tow.
Before hopping back in their Jeep 4x4 and continuing down Ophir Pass, Joy quickly turned back and playfully jumped in her grooms arms. Photos of this romantic sunrise first look in the San Juan Mountains overlooking Telluride by adventurous elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
They hopped back in their Jeep 4x4 and continued onwards down Ophir Pass in the San Juan Mountains.  Photos of this epic sunrise first look and intimate wedding at the Telluride Ski Resort by Colorado native and traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
Clint pulled the Jeep over,  so Joy could jump out and  twirl in her flowing white wedding dress high in the San Juan Mountains. Photos of this private first look and intimate wedding at the Telluride Ski Resort by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
The wind caught Joy's flowing white wedding dress  making her look like an angel on a mountain top with her handsome groom by her side. These epic bridal portraits in the San Juan Mountains near Ophir Pass taken by intimate elopement photographer and Colorado native, Maddie Mae Photography.
As they embraced high above Telluride in the the San Juan Mountains with the harsh sun at their faces, Clint whispered words meant only for Joy. Their adventurous and private first look up Ophir Pass and their intimate wedding at the Telluride Ski Resort were captured by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
As the sun lit up the valley below the San Juan Mountains, Joy and Clint hopped back in their Jeep 4x4 after their private first look and gift exchange. They made their way back down Ophir Pass with their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae to the Telluride Ski Resort where they would say the intimate wedding vows amongst their closest friends and families.
As they made their way down the rocky 4x4 trail in their rented Jeep, Clint paused to look over as his bride. These adventurous souls were about to embark on the best adventure yet - saying their vows in an intimate wedding ceremony at the Telluride Ski Resort with only their closest friends and family in attendance. Photos of this all day wedding adventure by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
They made their way back down the mountains and into Telluride where they were meeting the rest of their wedding party at the Telluride Ski Resort for an intimate wedding ceremony. Photos of this adventurous wedding by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
Hoping into a private gondola at the Telluride Ski Resort, they were about to meet with the rest of their bridal part and say their intimate wedding vows with the San Juan Mountains as their backdrop. Photos of this romantic mountain wedding by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
They looked out from the windows of the gondola that would take them up to their intimate wedding ceremony at Telluride Ski Resort. The sun shone brightly and the San Juan Mountains even seemed clearer than normal. Photos of this adventurous wedding around Telluride, Colorado by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
There's something special about getting to see the world from above, the way a bird does. This adventurous couple hiked before sunrise into the San Juan Mountains for a private first look up Ophir Pass accessible only by Jeep 4x4. Their intimate wedding ceremony held at the Telluride Ski Resort was captured by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
The gondola's in Telluride are an awesome unexpected adventure for any intimate wedding party goer. This romantic summer wedding at the Telluride Ski Resort was captured by Colorado native and traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
They arrived at the Telluride Ski Resort as the sun rose high into the sky. The jagged peaks of Colorado's San Juan Mountains would be their backdrop for their intimate summer wedding ceremony captured by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
As they made their way from the gondolas to their wedding site, their small entourage all pitched in carrying the details for their intimate ceremony.  This intimate Telluride Ski Resort wedding photographed by traveling elopement photographer Madde Mae.
As the early afternoon light settled in, Joy and Clint's intimate wedding ceremony at Telluride Ski Resort began with only their families and closest friends in attendance. Photos of this mountain top wedding by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
They began their intimate wedding ceremony with heads bowed for a prayer. This romantic wedding at the Telluride Ski Resort was captured by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
Joy's mother began with some words of advice and encouragement for this soon to be wed couple. This romantic and emotional intimate wedding ceremony at Telluride Ski Resort was captured on this warm summer day by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
Joy grabbed her groom's hand as they shared an emotional moment at their intimate wedding ceremony on a warm summer day at the Telluride Ski Resort. This adventurous couple had just privately celebrated with an intimate first look at sunrise in the San Juan Mountains with their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
As they wiped the tears from their eyes, they began their intimate wedding ceremony at Telluride Ski Resort. This romantic intimate wedding was captured by Colorado native and traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
Joy carefully slipped Clint's simple wedding band over his finger, proclaiming her endless love for her soon to be husband. This intimate and romantic summer wedding at Telluride Ski Resort was captured by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
Clint slipped Joy's slender gold wedding band over her knuckle as he proclaimed his affection for her at their intimate wedding ceremony at the Telluride Ski Resort. This romantic and adventurous wedding was captured by traveling elopement photographer and Colorado native, Maddie Mae Photography.
Before they finished their intimate wedding ceremony, they performed a hand-fasting ceremony, a traditional Celtic ceremony performed at weddings. Photos of this romantic Telluride Ski Resort wedding by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
Their officiant literally "tied-the-knot" as he read scriptures from Celtic times at this non-traditional mountain wedding at Telluride Ski Resort. Photos of this romantic wedding ceremony by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
With their hands literally tied together and their families looking on, Joy and Clint said their final "I do's" with the San Juan Mountains as their backdrop at the Telluride Ski Resort. This romantic and non traditional wedding was photographed by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
With an "I do!" they were wed and leaned in for their first kiss as husband and with with the San Juan Mountains as their backdrop at the Telluride Ski Resort with their closest friends and family looking on. Photos of this adventurous Ophir Pass first look and intimate wedding in Telluride by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
Seeming to be a theme of their adventurous wedding day, Joy jumped on her husbands back, affectionately kissing him and truly showing their playful sides. This romantic intimate wedding at the Telluride Ski Resort was captured by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
After their intimate wedding ceremony their bridal party took in the sights of the San Juan Mountains from the open grassy field of the Telluride Ski Resort. Joy and Clint were about to sneak off with their traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae for some intimate portraits near Bridal Veil Falls.
Like true adventurers, Joy and Clint opted out of the traditional church wedding and rented a Jeep 4x4 so they could hike high into the San Juan Mountains before sunrise to share a few intimate moments before their small wedding ceremony at Telluride Ski Resort. Photos of this epic adventure by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
The Telluride Ski Resort is an amazing location for an intimate wedding or private elopement. With epic views of the San Juan Mountains and the infamous mountain town of Telluride just at the bottom of the hill, it's perfect for any adventure loving couple. Photos of this all day elopement around the San Juan Mountains by intimate elopement photographer and Colorado native, Maddie Mae.
As their small wedding party headed towards St. Sophia, Joy and Clint snuck away with their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae for some private portraits at Bridal Veil Falls, a quick hike from the Telluride Ski Resort where they had just said their intimate vows.
Bridal Veil Falls near Telluride, Colorado is an epic elopement location for any adventurous couple looking to throw the traditional wedding to the wind. Photos of this intimate Jeep 4x4 elopement in the San Juan Mountains by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
Joy took her husbands hand and lead him through the tall grass at Bridal Veil Falls where they had snuck off to after their intimate wedding ceremony at Telluride Ski Resort  for some private bridal portraits with only their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
They wandered carefully through the wild flowers at the base of the San Juan Mountains as they hiked their way to Bridal Veil Falls with their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae for some private bridal portraits after their emotional wedding ceremony in Telluride.
Joy and Clint wandered their way around Bridal Veil Falls where they snuck off to for some intimate wedding portraits with their traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae. This adventurous couple celebrated their wedding with an epic Jeep 4x4 sunrise excursion up Ophir Pass, followed by an small wedding ceremony with only their closest family and friends in attendance at the Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado.
Looking like a woodland princess, Joy glowed in her vintage style white wedding dress with her doting husband looking on as they hiked around Bridal Veil Falls for their adventurous post wedding ceremony celebration. Photos of this epic Jeep 4x4 wedding by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
With Bridal Veil Falls crashing down behind them, Joy and Clint paused for one last intimate moment with their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae photographing each affectionate moment. This adventurous duo opted out of a large wedding and said their vows amongst an intimate group of family and friends at the Telluride Ski Resort with the San Juan Mountains as their backdrop.
As their adventurous day wrapped up, Clint lead his wife down the grassy hillside from Bridal Veil Falls back to Telluride where the would continue their wedding celebrations with their closest friends and family. Photos of this romantic and private wedding by intimate elopement photographer Maddie Mae
The San Juan Mountains and the surrounding Telluride area is an epic location for any adventure loving couple looking to celebrate their wedding or elopement in the most intimate way. Photos of this epic Jeep 4x4 elopement by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.

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 Kourtney & Gabriel - Crested Butte Colorado Elopement Photographer - Hiking Elopement Photographer - Adventure Wedding Photographer - Self-Solemnizing Elopement

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Kourtney & Gabriel - Crested Butte Colorado Elopement Photographer - Hiking Elopement Photographer - Adventure Wedding Photographer - Self-Solemnizing Elopement

There are few feelings that match the sense of awe and gratitude that I feel when I get to be a part of an elopement. It's such an inspiring and brave thing when a couple decides "We want to have a wedding that truly reflects us. We want a day that is a real and honest representation of who we are, and that celebrates our commitment in a genuine way."

For Kourtney & Gabriel, that meant deciding to do an epic hiking elopement in one of the most spectacular landscapes in all of Colorado.  Their day started driving in the dark—up winding, unmarked, dirt roads, and we met at the trailhead at 3am to start hiking. As the dark turned to dawn while we hiked, we could start to see the beginnings of the pink glow on the mountaintops. We arrived at the perfect vista right as the sun was about to crest over the horizon. Kourtney & Gabriel quickly changed out of their hiking clothes separately, and got into their fancy attire, and saw each other for the first time in their wedding-day gear right at sunrise. It was the most perfect "first look" I think I've ever seen. Filled with emotion, they pulled their vows out of their pockets and promised their lives to each other and were married. We continued hiking exploring the whole area and didn't see another soul up there for several hours (until we hiked down). They celebrated by popping champagne and cheering at the top of their lungs at the mountains, and having a picnic before we headed down. It was the most perfect of wedding days. 

Colorado is actually one of only 3 states in the whole U.S. where this type of wedding day is possible—as it's a "Self-Solemnizing" state. In Colorado, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania (and D.C.) a couple can legally get married without an officiant, or "Self-Solemnize" (it's also called  "self-unification" or "self-officiating"). Colorado doesn't even require witnesses either. Self-solemnization weddings are 100% legal and valid marriages in the whole U.S.—they can just only be performed in those 4 places. It's an absolutely perfect way to have a completely intimate wedding day just the 2 of you.

To execute a self-solemizing wedding in Colorado, all you have to do is obtain a marriage license from any county clerk & recorder office in Colorado,  fill it out when you get married (you each sign as the parties getting married, and again on the officiant line), and then return it within 60 days via mail or in-person. You can check out more info about self-solemization in Colorado here.

Starting before sunrise, Kourtney and Gabriel began their epic hiking elopement through Scarp Ridge in Crested Butte with only their headlamps and their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae with them.
The sun slowly began to peak over the mountains in Crested Butte on this warm summer day giving view to the fields of flowers, the perfect location for an intimate elopement. Photos of this adventurous hiking elopement on Scarp Ridge by Maddie Mae.
With the Crested Butte mountains glowing pink behind them, Kourtney and Gabriel paused with headlamps on to take one last look at each other in the light of dawn. This adventurous hiking elopement photographed by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
The carried their picnic for after the ceremony up the trail where they would eventually stop to change into their elopement clothes for their private wedding ceremony on Scarp Ridge as the sun rose. Photos of this epic sunrise elopement by Maddie Mae Photography.
With the alpine glow giving way to the bright orange hues of sunrise, they had reached their private elopement ceremony location on Scarp Ridge with only their intimate wedding photographer, Maddie Mae as their witness.
Kourtney took one last look at her makeup, making sure she was picture perfect for her private elopement up Scarp Ridge in Crested Butte. She and Gabriel opted out of tradition and picked a ceremony that would truly reflect their adventurous sides. Photos by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
Kourtney giggled as she put on her flowing white wedding dress. She and Gabriel were about to say their vows in private at the top of Scarp Ridge in Crested Butte for their intimate hiking elopement, a true example of what their sense of adventurous love looks like. Photos by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
The sun rose over the mountains in Crested Butte giving away to a rainbow of colors of the hillsides where Kourtney and Gabriel picked for their intimate elopement at Scarp Ridge. Photos of their private ceremony by Colorado native photographer Maddie Mae.
Gabriel waited patiently for his bride in the middle of the meadow with the mountains of Crested Butte shining behind him. He and Kourtney threw out tradition and decided to elope in a private ceremony at Scarp Ridge. Photos by intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
Looking like an angel in the alpine glow, Kourtney was ready to see Gabriel for their first look before their private elopement ceremony at Scarp Ridge near Crested Butte in Colorado. Photos of this sunrise elopement by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.