Kari & Karin - Helicopter Elopement Photographer - Adventure Wedding Photographer - Lesbian Elopement Photographer - Tofino, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada

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Kari & Karin - Helicopter Elopement Photographer - Adventure Wedding Photographer - Lesbian Elopement Photographer - Tofino, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada

I struggle for words when I think about this elopement. There are some days that you meet the most perfect people, who are destined to be together, and all just feels right with the world when they finally get to say their vows and be officially married. 

Kari & Karin are the actual definition of an adventurous couple. They met 11 years ago at the airline where they both work and have traveled literally all over the world together thanks to their free flights and flexible schedule. They love traveling, camping, hiking, scuba diving, and mountain climbing. Last year they climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and got engaged on the summit! Basically, this couple truly knows how to live adventurously—and for me, meeting them was like finding two long-lost friends who I have really just known forever—we had the most incredible two days together frolicking around Tofino—an absolutely nostalgia-inducing little adorable beach town on Vancouver Island. 

After a plane trip, a car drive, and a ferry ride, I got into town and Kari & Karin took me on my first experience of whale-watching. We got all suited up in crazy astronaut-like attire and got on a Zodiac. We got sprayed with cold seawater as we saw numerous grey wales spouting around us. We then of course stopped at Tacofino for all their taco deliciousness and ended the evening with a casual shoot exploring Long Beach—finding sand dollars, and climbing over rocks to watch the sunset. 

On their wedding day, they got ready together in their cozy beachside lodge and we stopped for Chocolate on our way to the airport. We met up with the most awesome helicopter pilot, Jason from Atleo River Air Service, who flew us up to the top of a glacial mountain overlooking the whole Clayoquot Sound. They said their tear-filled vows and laughed along to a ceremony that was specially customized by Karin’s sister. After they were finally officially married (YAY!!!!) we got back in the helicopter and flew over a nearby glacier and then back towards the sound. As we were headed toward a little uninhabited shell island for a picnic, we spotted another grey wale from the air that was spouting!

We landed on our own little private shell island and had a picnic with some sea otters and explored around. After our exploration we flew back to the airport. On our drive back to the lodge we spotted a little rainforest hike on the side of the road and decided to go adventuring. We finished up THE most perfect wedding day by riding cruisers bikes on the beach and hiking toward a rocky point on Long Beach. When we reached best view and while the sun was setting, I had Kari & Karin lay out a blanket to do some cuddly sunset photos—I pulled out a laptop from my camera bag that had a surprise video toast from their family members ready to play. It was a perfect way to end the most jaw-dropping, and heart-melting elopement day with the two most incredible people. 

Kari & Karin—thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me be a part of your mind-blowingly awesome helicopter elopement. I cannot express the gratitude I feel to get to call this my job—you literally made all my dreams come true. 

Brides Kari and Karin were some of the most non traditional brides. They opted out of a large church wedding and took their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae on a wild adventure through Tofino, BC Canada for their intimate elopement.
Both brides were smiles and nervous giggles as they had their hair done in preparation for their intimate and adventurous helicopter elopement through Tofino BC Canada with their traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae with them to capture each moment.
In true Kari and Karin fashion they threw tradition to the wind and eloped in an epic adventure through Tofino BC Canada. Their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae close at their heels to capture each intimate moment.
Kari and Karin sat on the porch overlooking the Tofino beach on the morning of their elopement as they wrote their intimate wedding vows together. Their intimate adventurous elopement through Tofino BC Canada photographed by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
Kissing her bride to be as they finished getting ready together at their rental in Long Beach, Tofino BC. This adventurous helicopter elopement photographed by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
Helping each other with the details of their dresses, Kari and Karen were almost ready to head out on their epic helicopter elopement adventure in Tofino, BC Canada. Photos by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
Keeping with their tradition of non-traditional wedding gear, Kari and Karin donned their most comfortable tennis shoes and boots for their adventurous elopement through Tofino BC with their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
With the sun shinning down on them they drove to the hanger where they would be taking off for their adventurous helicopter elopement through Tofino BC with their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
They pulled up to their trusty steed for their adventurous elopement, a helicopter surely is the coolest way to be delivered to your ceremony location! This epic intimate elopement through Tofino BC captured by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
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Buckling in to the helicopter, Kari and Karin got ready to take off on the adventure of a life time. Their epic adventure elopement through Tofino BC captured by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
These brides were all smiles while flying high above Tofino BC on their adventurous helicopter elopement. Photos by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.  
Tofino BC is one of the most stunning views especially from the sky. This adventurous helicopter elopement captured by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
They flew inland toward the high alpine terrain of Tofino BC. The snow capped mountains a stunning backdrop for this intimate elopement. Photos by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
Trekking through the snow in their wedding dresses, bouquets in hand, these brides made their way to their intimate and private mountain top ceremony location in Tofino BC with traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae in tow. 
They wandered just beyond the snow out to a rocky overlook where they were about to wed. This intimate and adventurous elopement through Tofino BC by helicopter photographed by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
With their officiant standing with them overlooking Tofino BC, Kari and Karin said their intimate wedding vows at their adventurous helicopter elopement with photographer Maddie Mae snapping away. 
These stunning brides held hands and laughed as they began their intimate elopement ceremony high in the mountains of Tofino BC. Photos by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
As their officiant read on both brides got emotional. This intimate and adventurous helicopter elopement through Tofino BC photographed by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
Breaking the mood, Karin began her handwritten vows. Her sense of humor is what Kari first fell for. This intimate Tofino BC elopement captured by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
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Sealed with a kiss! Kari and Karen shared their first kiss high above Tofino BC surrounded by sunshine and snow. Their adventurous intimate elopement by helicopter captured by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
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Facing the world and letting out a yelp of delight! Kari and Karin high above Tofino BC were married in an intimate elopement ceremony. They got to their location by helicopter making this easily one of the most adventurous weddings. Photos by Maddie Mae. 
Continuing on their adventure, Kari and Karin ran through the snow back towards the helicopter so they could move onto their next location in Tofino BC. Photos by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
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On their way back to the helicopter, Kari and Karin paused in the warm Tofino sun to share a sweet embrace above a glacial lake. This adventurous elopement captured by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
Sinking in the fluffy snow, Kari and Karin ran downhill to the helicopter that was to take them to shell island on their adventurous elopement through Tofino BC. Photos by intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
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This adventurous helicopter elopement through Tofino BC for two non-traditional brides was photographed by traveling intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
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Kari and Karin were all smiles and excitement throughout their adventurous elopement through Tofino BC. Photos by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
The left the snowy mountains behind and moved onwards to an island overlooking the Sound. This helicopter elopement through Tofino BC captured by intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
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Flying over Cox Bay Kari and Karin were having optimum luck and got to see a breaching gray whale! This adventurous helicopter elopement through Tofino BC was captured by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
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Kari spread a blanket out on the beaches of a deserted island they found in Cox Bay in Tofino BC so she and Karin could enjoy a private picnic amid their adventurous helicopter elopement. Photos of this intimate summer wedding by traveling photographer Maddie Mae.
They shared sandwiches, chips and some special chocolates that Karin has specifically gotten for Kari. They enjoyed their meal in private on a deserted island in the Sound outside Tofino BC. Photos of this adventurous helicopter elopement by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
The continued wandering around Cox Bay in Tofino BC after their private lunch on a secluded beach. Kari and Karin celebrated their marriage by eloping via helicopter with their traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
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They headed back towards Tofino proper. The view a sea of green pine trees butted up against a rocky beach. Kari and Karin threw tradition to the wind and eloped all around Tofino via helicopter. Photos of their intimate elopement by Maddie Mae Photography.
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They wandered into the lush green forest that butted up against the beach in Long Beach Tofino BC where they had landed after their epic helicopter elopement. Photos of these adventurous brides by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
Kari and Karin stumbled and hopped over branches and moss patches as they went deeper into the forest. Their adventurous elopement through Tofino BC was photographed by traveling intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
The sunlight filtered through in spot lighting these gorgeous brides as they paused to listen to the waves hitting the rocky beaches where they had just come from. This intimate and adventurous elopement through Tofino BC captured by traveling photographer Maddie Mae.
They came upon a path that lead them deeper into the thicks of the woods, as they ran the echos of their feet and giggles filled the forest with sound. Photos of this playful and adventurous wedding by traveling elopement photographer Maddie Mae.
Afternoon light in a forest is already magical, but add in some love and laughter and there could be nothing better! These stunning brides eloped in Tofino BC traveling by helicopter with their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
The found the end of the path and paused with the light making them glow like forest nymphs. This romantic adventurous elopement via helicopter through Tofino BC was photographed by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
Kari lead Karin out the woods and down towards the beach of Tofino BC. The afternoon sunlight making them glow as they adventured on their intimate elopement. Photos of their epic adventure by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
The climbed down from the forest onto the rising tide of Tofino beach. Photos of this helicopter elopement through BC Canada by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
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They grabbed some rented bikes and went cruising down the beach in Tofino BC. Photos of this epic elopement by traveling wedding photographer and adventure junky Maddie Mae.
They parked their bikes off against the cliffs and kept wandering along the jagged cliffs of Tofino beach. Photos of this adventurous helicopter elopement by traveling photographer Maddie Mae.
Kari and Karin were full of energy and continued on their adventure by wandering down the rocky cliffs to the Tofino beach as their intimate elopement was coming to an end. Photos by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
They ran onwards down the beach as the sun began to set in Tofino BC. Their epic adventurous elopement captured by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae.
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The ladies unfolded a blanket on the rocks above the beach as the sun started to set over Tofino BC. Thinking they were just going to watch the sunset their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae had a surprise from back home for the brides. 
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Their families surprised them on the day of their adventurous elopement by asking their intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae to deliver a video they had made for Kari and Karen. 
Their families wished them a lifetime of adventures knowing that although they couldn't be a part of their wedding they knew that Kari and Karin had held the ceremony that was perfect for them. Photos of this intimate elopement through Tofino BC captured by Maddie Mae Photography.
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Their families spared them nothing, making sure to include the embarrassing stories they would normally tell at a wedding. Photos of this intimate elopement through Tofino BC captured by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
The sun went down as Kari and Karen finished watching the surprise video from their families back home. This adventurous elopement through Tofino BC captured by intimate wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 
Tofino BC is an incredible location for an intimate wedding or private adventurous elopement. This day long adventure captured by traveling wedding photographer Maddie Mae. 

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Erin & Graham • Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement • Colorado Elopement Photographer • 3M Curve Wedding • Trail Ridge Road Elopement

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Erin & Graham • Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement • Colorado Elopement Photographer • 3M Curve Wedding • Trail Ridge Road Elopement

None of the couples I've ever photographed have been models. Most humans are scared of cameras—but there's nothing more fulling than helping a couple get lost in their love for each other in front of my camera. It's the most incredible part of what I do as a photographer. 

Almost every single couple I've ever photographed has said to me, "We're not super photogenic" or "We're awkward in front of the camera," or sometimes even "We really hate having our photo taken." And rather than put me off... I absolutely love hearing comments like these, because there's so much room for transformation. A couple who has never been photographed professionally before is a completely blank canvas and it's the most fulfilling experience to take a couple on a journey to being completely vulnerable, relaxed, and purely themselves in front of my camera. 

One of the weddings that will forever stick out in my mind as a mind-blowing journey is Erin and Graham's intimate wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park. Through intentionally getting to know Erin & Graham and planning an elopement from start to finish that would reflect their relationship, it was incredible to see the walls tumble down, and see their hearts unfold in front of my camera on their wedding day. The stars truly aligned and the scenery, the light, the weather, the location, and the emotion perfectly blended to create one of the most magical wedding days I've ever experienced. Watching these two cuddle in the morning light in the mountains was awe-inspiring. Their love is passionate, magnetic, free-spirited, and completely unhindered. 

The combination of fearless adventure & passionate intimacy is what drives me from the core of my photographic soul. From their intiamte first look on Trail Ridge Road, to their beautiful elopement ceremony at 3M curve in Rocky Mountain National park, and ending with a casual picnic at a cabin in Grand Lake, Erin & Graham's wedding represents the perfect type of wedding that I love being a part of—and the one I imagine having myself some day. 

Erin and Graham's rustic mountain elopement was so gorgeous! And these night before shots have me dying for my own mountain wedding! | Mountain wedding photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Such gorgeous dress photos of this lace and tulle wedding dress! I love mountain weddings!  | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Erin's getting ready photos are just stunning! Such a gorgeous place to elope!  | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
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The elk came out just in time to see Erin and Graham's first look in Rocky Mountain National Park!  | Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photos by Colorado intimate wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
This little marmot was one of the only ones to see Erin and Graham's beautiful mountaintop first look during their intimate elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park!  | Rocky Moutnain elopement photos by Colorado adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Love that these elk came out to see the wedding! Such a beautiful morning in RMNP!  | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Graham is just getting ready to see his beautiful bride for the first time on this amazing mountaintop! Love these elopement photos! | Intimate mountain elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Here she comes ready for her first look on the top of a mountain on the high alpine tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park! | RMNP elopement photos by Colorado adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
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I love this first look in Rocky Mountain National Park! Such a beautiful view! | First Look Tunrad sunrise elopement photos by RMNP wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
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I love this romantic first look on the top of a mountain in RMNP! I can't wait to get married in the mountains too! | High alpine tundra elopement photos by Colorado mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
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It's truly amazing when you have a gorgeous couple, stunning scenery, and perfect weather come together to form the most amazing wedding day. This sunrise trail ridge road elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park is one for the books! Hiking adventure elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Wow! The view at this elopement location in Rocky Mountain National Park is so incredible! | Trail Rige Road mountain elopement photos by RMNP Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
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I can't believe the way the elk are just perched on the mountain side where Erin and Graham eloped! So cool! | Elk wedding photos by Colorado RMNP elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
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This intimate wedding ceremony at 3m curve in RMNP couldn't have been more private and beautiful! Love the idea of a small ceremony like this one! | 3m Curve elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love that even their cat exploration_cat Quandry was there to support Erin and Graham at their mountain elopement in RMNP! | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
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This is such a gorgeous wedding ceremony at 3m curve in RMNP! SO happy for this couple! | This Rocky Mountain National Park wedding location of 3m curve elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
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What a beautiful wedding ceremony at 3M Curve in Rocky Mountain National Park in the Colorado Rocky mountains! Congrats to the happy couple! | Adventure mountain elopement photos by Colorado adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
So happy for this new family! I love this mountain wedding! | Hiking elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
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I can't wait to get married in RMNP after seeing how incredible Erin and Graham's wedding pictures turned out! | Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photos by Colorado hiking wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Wow this wedding is amazing! I can't believe how much I love this RMNP wedding! | Rocky Mountain National park elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
What a cute rustic cabin wedding reception! It reminds me of summer camp! | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love this casual and informal mountain wedding reception in the backyard of a cabin! Erin and Graham really did it right! | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
How incredible is that wedding cake?! I love it for a rustic mountain wedding! | Informal non-traditional-mountain backyard cabin wedding photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
So precious that Erin and Graham had their cat "quandry" or the famous "@exploration_cat" attend their wedding too! | Cat wedding photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love how casual this intimate wedding reception is! Such a nice way to end the more gorgeous mountain wedding! | Mountain elopement photos by Grand Lake wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Beautiful wedding pictures from Erin and Graham's mountain elopement! Such a nice, casual picnic reception too! Casual mountain wedding photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.

Vendor Credits:
Flowers: Lace and Lillies
Ceremony: 3M Curve, Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

Any couple looking to elope in the rocky mountains near Estes Park should consider Rocky Mountain National Park, with only a $150 permit to get married up there... it contains some of the most jaw-dropping mountain views I've ever seen. Contact me for special elopement packages in RMNP.  I've photographed over 20 weddings in RMNP and I would love to help you find the perfect spot for your intimate wedding ceremony!

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Kelsie & Tyler • St. Mary's Glacier Elopement • Idaho Springs, Colorado Elopement Photographer • Self-Solemnization Ceremony

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Kelsie & Tyler • St. Mary's Glacier Elopement • Idaho Springs, Colorado Elopement Photographer • Self-Solemnization Ceremony

I love the gorgeous, snowy mountain views at St. Mary's Glacier in the winter. What a nice spot in Idaho Springs, Colorado to have my intimate hiking elopement! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love that this husband-and-wife-to-be brought their dog to their rustic, mountain elopement! Such an intimate way to tie the knot in Idaho Springs, Colorado. | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love how casual this bride and groom's wedding attire is. His casual, hipster plaid shirt looks great next to her flowy ivory dress! | Intimate wedding photos by mountain elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
I want to wear a drapey, ivory dress for my wedding! Love the groom's casual wedding attire too! | Mountain wedding pictures by intimate elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
This rustic, mountain bouquet is so gorgeous. Love the hints of sage green and yellow mixed in with the wild, white roses! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This bride and groom brought their dog along on their hiking elopement in the mountains surrounding St. Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado! How adorable does this pup look frolicking in the snow during the adventurous wedding ceremony. | Rustic mountain wedding photos by adventure elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
The forest surrounding Saint Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado is such a beautiful spot to get married. I love these adventurous hiking wedding photos! | Intimate elopement pictures by mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This bride and groom look adorable hiking through the woods on their wedding day! I love that they even brought their dog along on their elopement at St. Mary's Glacier in Colorado's mountains! | Intimate wedding photos by mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Such an intimate moment between this bride and groom captured in Idaho Springs, Colorado. I love the way this couple is nestled in the whimsical trees of the Rocky Mountains. | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Kelsie and Tyler had such an intimate, mountain elopement nestled in the trees surrounding St. Mary's Glacier. I want to get married in Idaho Springs, Colorado's gorgeous mountain scenery! | Intimate elopement photos by mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
What an absolutely magical winter elopement at Saint Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado! I want to get married in a place that looks so intimate and romantic like the gorgeous Norwegian fjords! | Romantic elopement photos by intimate, mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Kelsie and Tyler tied the knot at their beautiful winter elopement surrounded by the forest around Saint Mary's Lake in Idaho Springs, Colorado. I want to get married on a sunny winter day with a fur shawl over my wedding dress to keep me warm! | Mountain elopement photos by intimate, mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Love this intimate, mountain elopement by the lake at St. Mary's Glacier! I want to elope in such a gorgeous, hidden spot! | Mountain wedding photos by intimate, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
I totally want to bring my dog along on my hiking, mountain elopement! I love how the photographer captured such intimate, romantic moments between Kelsie and Tyler! | Mountain wedding photos by intimate elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Wow. I want a wedding picture just like this one where Kelsie and Tyler are perched on a fallen log overlooking Saint Mary's Glacier! How incredible would it be to elope in the mountains in Idaho Springs, Colorado!? | Intimate, mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love this picture of this bride and groom sharing a romantic moment right before they say their vows on the mountainside in Idaho Springs, Colorado. I want to get married at this intimate wedding location, Saint Mary's Glacier! | Mountain wedding photos by intimate, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
I absolutely love Kelsie's fur shawl and ivory wedding dress. She fits right in in the snowcapped mountains around St. Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado. | Winter, mountain wedding photos by intimate, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
It's the peaceful moments like these that sometimes mean the most. I love this rustic, mountain wedding at St. Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs. | Intimate wedding photos by mountain, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
This special moment between Kelsie and Tyler on their wedding day makes me really want to get married in the mountains! I love this intimate, mountain location just north of Idaho Springs in Colorado's Rocky Mountains! | Rustic, mountain wedding photos by romantic, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
So cute how Kelsie and Tyler brought their pup along to their secluded, mountain elopement in the Rocky Mountains! I'd love to run away with my husband-to-be for such a romantic and intimate elopement experience! | Intimate wedding photos by mountain elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
This adorable couple looks so cute playing in the snow on their wedding day up in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. It's such a great idea to have your intimate elopement somewhere so secluded like Saint Mary's Glacier! | Colorado wedding photos by intimate, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Such a sweet moment shared between this bride and groom. It's so sweet to see a couple who can celebrate their love in such an intimate way! | Mountain wedding photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
It was a cold, but romantic day up in the Rocky Mountains! Kelsie and Tyler tied the knot in a very special way in Idaho Springs at Saint Mary's Glacier! | Colorado elopement photos by intimate, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
What a gorgeous engagement ring and wedding band set! I love the silver wedding bands against the icy background of St. Mary's Glacier! | Mountain wedding photos by intimate, Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love the idea of an intimate, hiking elopement way up in the Mountains! Kelsie looks so warm wrapped in that amazing fur shawl over her flowy, ivory wedding dress. | Colorado mountain elopement photos by intimate, wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love this rustic, mountain atmosphere at St. Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado. This bride and groom eloped in such a beautiful and intimate way! | Mountain wedding photos by intimate, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Kelsie and Tyler are on their way up to the romantic and intimate ceremony spot. I love the wild and whimsical snowy forest in Idaho Springs, Colorado. | Mountain elopement pictures by intimate wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love this gorgeous view on St. Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado. It's such a gorgeous and wild outdoor ceremony spot perfect for a winter wedding. | Intimate mountain wedding photos by outdoor elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
I absolutely love the idea of an outdoor sunrise wedding in the mountains. Such an intimate and beautiful elopement in Idaho Springs, Colorado. | Intimate mountain wedding photos by outdoor elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
This outdoor elopement photographer captured every emotions Kelsie and Tyler felt while saying their vows. I absolutely love this snowy, mountain ceremony location. | Wild, mountain wedding photos by intimate, outdoor elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
What a fun little snowy wedding ceremony up in the Rocky Mountains! I love Kelsie's fur shawl she is wearing over that gorgeous ivory wedding dress. | Intimate wedding photos by outdoor mountain elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
What a precious moment captured of Kelsie and Tyler saying their vows at their Rocky Mountain wedding ceremony. St. Mary's Glacier sure is an amazing spot to tie the knot! | Intimate mountain elopement photos by outdoor wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
They said "I do"! Congratulations to Kelsie and Tyler on their wedding. They couldn't have had a more beautiful location than to hike up to their ceremony spot at Saint Mary's Glacier in the Rocky Mountains. | Mountain wedding photos by intimate elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Kelsie and Tyler are lovestruck after tying the knot in the Rocky Mountains. I absolutely love Saint Mary's glacier for an intimate, mountain elopement ceremony location. | Intimate elopement photos by outdoor wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I totally want to have my intimate outdoor elopement in the Rocky Mountains! Saint Mary's Glacier might be the mountain ceremony spot I've been looking for! | Intimate mountain wedding photos by outdoor elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Even their dog is celebrating their new marriage. I love that Kelsie and Tyler eloped in the Rocky Mountains! | Mountain wedding photos by intimate, outdoor elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Such a beautiful Colorado hiking elopement location. St. Mary's glacier is such an intimate mountain ceremony spot! | Intimate mountain wedding photos by outdoor elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.

I am deeply in love with elopements... they are truly my heart and soul and embody everything that I love about being a wedding photographer —adventure, intimacy, story & connection. Being invited into someones intimate wedding day is always a great honor—but when your wedding is only 2 people and a dog... that feeling is heightened. Kelsie & Tyler drove out from Kansas to elope by themselves in the Rocky Mountains and I suggested a totally-unique and adventurous location for their winter wedding—"let's have your ceremony on a glacier!" Kelsie is truly one of the most carefree people I have ever met—hiking up to the top of St. Mary's Glacier with her and Tyler, I couldn't help but imagine she was one of those girls who ran barefoot through fields of flowers as a child (as did I!). Their intimate wedding was one that I will always remember. To have the opportunity to witness two people commuting their lives to each other, in a totally intimate and private setting, alone in the mountains with their dog, on top of a glacier is an absolutely unforgettable experience. We hiked up to the glacier in the snow, taking amazing photos along the way, their adorable dog running in and out of the frame, and finally arrived at the top overlooking the glacier lake with mountains in the background. There they pulled out their hand-written vows and tearfully exchanged words of love and their rings, embraced in a kiss, and they were married. The beauty, intimacy, and simplicity of their wedding was overwhelming to me and I will carry the honor of witnessing and documenting their story with me forever.

Being an elopement photographer in Colorado happens to be the best job in the world because we are one of exactly 4 places that you can have a self-solemnization ceremony—which is a legal marriage ceremony without an officiant (also called self-uniting marriage or self-unification ceremony). While they're only able to be performed in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C., self-solemnized weddings are completely legal and valid marriages in the entire U.S. Self-unification ceremonies are an absolutely incredible way to have a completely intimate wedding, with truly just the two of you. To execute a self-uniting elopement, all you need to do is apply for an obtain a marriage license from any county clerk & recorder office in Colorado, fill it out when you elope, and return within 60 days of your ceremony. You can read more about self-unification or self-solemnizing ceremonies here

I'm available for adventurous intimate weddings and elopements for daring couples worldwide. Get in touch with me about creating a two-person adventure for your Colorado elopement in the Rocky Mountains. 

Do you want to have an adventurous self-solemnizing elopement in Colorado? Get in touch with me and we'll start and adventure together. 

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