Grand Teton National Park Fall Wedding | Jackson Hole Elopement Photographer

Grassy field wedding photos with the Teton mountains in the background

How It All Began

Samantha and Dave were planning a big wedding to in Georgia when the covid pandemic spoiled their plans. Since a large celebration with all their loved ones wasn’t an option, they decided to move forward with a small intimate celebration with a Grand Teton National Park Fall Wedding. Samantha told me how she had dreamed of visiting Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park for a very long time so she couldn’t imagine a better backdrop for her wedding.

Covid pandemic elopement in the mountains announcement being held in front of the couple as they elope in the Tetons

Getting Ready

It was so fun to witness the excitement these two had as they got ready. Samantha had many friends that couldn’t be there in person. So to make up for not being there, Samantha’s friends each wrote a letter to her for her big day. It was such a sweet sentiment that allowed each of them to be there in spirit.

bride reading notes and letter as she gets her hair done for her fall wedding in the Tetons

Grand Teton Fall Wedding Special Story

The Gift of the Sixpence

I was actually able to take part in one of the sweetest moments of this day when Samantha’s best friend Sandra found that a special gift she had sent got lost in the mail. The gift had been a handmade sixpence hairpin with some blue beading, meant to be her “something blue” as well as a meaningful “good luck” charm with the sixpence, just like she had for her own wedding. Sandra was extremely sad that not only was she not able to be there in person for her best friend’s big day, but the surprise gift that was so heartfelt would not make it in time!

Sandra contacted me the day before the wedding to see if I could help her find a replacement gift of some kind. She was thinking something blue or meaningful to add to the bouquet… However, when Sandra told me about her original gift, I felt like we just needed to try and get our hands on a sixpence for Samantha!

Miracles are Real

This conversation took place while I was driving through Idaho and on my way to meet up with Samantha, Dave and their whole crew for dinner. Time was tight and my internet/cell reception was spotty, I knew it would take too much time to stop and find coin shops. So I called in reinforcements by texting my sister-in-law to do some googling and calling around while I kept driving… Long story short, the stars aligned for us and we were able to find a beautiful antique sixpence, genuine turquoise beads and a hair clip that I could put together to make a perfect gift for Samantha.

bride getting her hair done in a cabin for her Teton wedding dayWedding day sixpence hair pin with a little "something blue" for the brides fall wedding day in the Tetons

Being able to serve my clients and be apart of moments like this is so SO sweet. My heart is full with love and gratitude because almost every couple I serve are complete strangers to me before their wedding days. But moments like these happen a lot! Things happen that bring opportunities for me to serve them in a big meaningful way and these moments are what create lasting friendships! It’s the best part of my job!

bride doing her makeup with her sister while getting ready for her fall wedding day in the Tetonsbride getting ready with her sisters and mother in a lodge for her fall wedding in the Tetonsmother of the bride prepping the lace wedding dressdetail shot of the brides lace gown hanging in a bright window and the wedding rings against the lace of the gowndetail shot of jewlery that the mother of the bride and the bride share

Mother, Daughter Moment

I love capturing the moment when the bride’s mother helps her daughter into her wedding gown. It’s one of those things that most often brides don’t think about having photographed. As I quietly bring the camera in close to snap a few photos of the process it always causes both mom and daughter to slow down and be present in the moment. That’s when I step back and watch as their eye’s connect. Beautiful, every. single. time!

bride and her mother getting ready, mother of the bride is helping zip up the wedding dressdetail shots of the bride putting on her shoes while getting ready for her Wyoming wedding day in the Tetonsbride getting ready with her sisters and mother for her Teton wedding

Wildlife sightings bring good luck

One thing that happens often when you have a Grand Teton National Park Fall Wedding, is the wildlife that will wonder through the grounds of your hotel. This mama moose and her baby enjoyed their lunch just beyond the patio while the ladies got all dolled up.

wildlife in the bushes of the wedding venue in the Grand Tetons

 

The Meaningful Details

It’s the meaningful touches that you will always remember and treasure most! Samantha gave Dave an embroidered handkerchief that held special meaning to their love story. She also included a tie pin with a photo of their beloved dogs. So sweet!

Capturing these meaningful details for their Grand Teton National Park Fall Wedding makes all the difference! The little details that have been thought over and planned for months add so much personality and sentiment to the day. With this wedding day being moved around and turned into an elopement because of covid I felt it especially important to capture the parts of their day that they were able to keep despite the changes.

detail shots of the groom getting ready groom putting on his shoes and tieing his laces with buffalo socks

groom and his father putting on their ties for the fall Teton wedding

groom and his father buttoning their suit coats together while standing in front of a stone wall in the Tetons for the grooms fall wedding day

Samantha carried a family heirloom necklace down the aisle as her “something blue” just as her grandmother, mother, and sisters had done before her. This meaningful detail was something that held value to so many people and generations. It was beautiful to see how connected this family is.

Samantha’s mother was even there to walk her down the “aisle” pathway and witness the sweet moment Dave and Samantha first saw each other as she gave her away. It was such a wonderful moment for her mother to witness first hand.

bride and her mother and sister all holding a turquoise owl charm that has been passed down through the family

photo collage of a ceremony in the Grand Tetons during the fall with bride and groom elopingbeautiful bride in a lace gown smiling at her groom as he wipes away tears during their fall wedding at Grand Teton National ParkGrand Teton bridal party standing at the ceremony for the bride and groom in the woodsbride and groom in front of the Tetons holding hands and bowing their heads as their officiant read a prayerGrand Teton fall wedding ceremony in front of the Tetons mountain range, the bride and groom hold hands and share their vows

Celebration!

They celebrated by popping champagne and dancing! Samantha even surprised Dave’s mother with a special song for her and her son to dance to. This was a tradition that she didn’t think she would get to do with the circumstances of the unconventional wedding. You can see how much she was touched by the sweet gesture of her daughter-in-law.

wedding party and family having a drink together in the Grand Tetons for the bride and grooms wedding daybride hugging her her mom and sister on her Grand Teton fall wedding daybride and groom taking selfies together at their fall wedding in the Grand TetonsGrand Teton fall wedding photos with family giving hugs and congratulating the married couplebride and groom dancing and laughing on their Grand Teton wedding daygroom carrying bride as she has one hand in the air and the other arm around his shoulder, they are in front of the Grand Tetons

As the sun was beginning to set we ventured off to get photos at a few other stunning backdrops.

Grand Teton national park fall wedding with bride and groom holding hands and walking away from the camera on a dirt trail next to a streamGrand Teton bridals with bride and groom dancing by a river Grand Teton National Park fall wedding day with bride and groom standing in front of a river with tall trees and the Tetons behind them

This incredible bouquet was created by the talented ladies of Fleur.

bridal detail shots of a Grand Teton National Park fall wedding bridal bouquet with coral and peach florals and lots of greeneryGrand Teton National Park fall weddingwith bride and groom holding each other by the waist and kissing in front of the Tetons with a creek near themdetail shot of the bride walking while holding up her lace gown so that it doesn't drag on the gravel floor in the TetonsGrand Teton bridals wit ha bride in a lace gown walking through a brown field in the fall Grand Teton bride and groom embrace each other with their eyes closedbride wearing her wedding dress and a brown coat while holding her wedding bouquet, she is holding her grooms hand while walking across a dead field in front of The Grand Tetons on their fall wedding dayGrand Teton wedding in the fall with the bride and groom next to an old farm house kissing and holding hands

When I asked Samantha and Dave if they felt like they had missed out on anything from opting for this intimate elopement over the big Georgia wedding they said “absolutely not! This was better than we could have ever dreamed.”

I loved getting to know this couple and being part of their Grand Teton National Park Fall Wedding. Capturing love stories and emotions is what I am passionate about! I can’t wait to get to know you and your story. Reach out and let’s talk about your wedding day!

bride and groom on their Grand Teton wedding day standing next to a welcome sign to the national park kissing each other with their arms in the air

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