Megan and Mickey’s Oxbow Bend elopement in the Tetons was romantic, stunning and an absolute blast! This couple really made the best of having to reschedule the destination wedding of their dreams. Their easy-going and funny personalities created a beautiful atmosphere for an elopement with their closest family. You won’t believe how much personality and inspiration you will find throughout their wedding day!
Megan & Mickey
Megan and Mickey are probably some of the funniest people I have ever had the pleasure of capturing! Their fun-loving spirits compliment one another so perfectly, making it seem as if they were made for each other. The entire day of their wedding they were laughing and having the best time. And when you consider how they came together, it is clear that their love was written in the stars!
Fate brought these two together in Naples, Florida at a poker night. Megan and Mickey both moved to Naples at different times, and landed in different neighborhoods. However, they had a few mutual friends that invited them both to a poker night. They joke that when Megan threw up on Mickey shoes that night it was the start of their relationship!
As they were casually dating and getting to know each other, Hurricane Irma hit Florida. The time they had together with no electricity because of the hurricane they officially became a couple! This trying time brought them closer together and proved to strengthen the relationship they already had. They still joke that Hurricane Irma’s landing marks their anniversary, and as a result they wanted their wedding to be in September.
Change Of Plans That Led To The Tetons
Much like many weddings after the Covid-19 pandemic, Megan and Mickey’s wedding plans changed drastically! They were originally planning on travelling with family to Italy for Mickey and Megan to say their vows. Megan’s family has a rich Italian heritage and they were all so excited to visit Italy for such a wonderful occasion. So when they were no longer able to travel to their beloved home country, Megan was devastated.
They decided to make the most of the situation and still plan a destination wedding. Megan’s mom mentioned The Grand Tetons and they decided to just roll with that idea! They researched the area and were amazed with the beauty the location had to offer. Around every turn Mickey was in awe with the mountains, constantly raving about how beautiful they were!
Oxbow Bend Elopement In The Tetons
The views on their wedding day were miraculous! This past summer we had a lot of smoke in the Tetons that make it so you couldn’t see the mountains from a distance. But, the visibility of the mountains for Megan and Mickey’s Oxbow Bend elopement in the Tetons was unbelievable! It was a perfectly clear day, which made for the best wedding photos with the Grand Tetons in the background.
For their elopement the couple brought along Megan’s family, which included her two nieces. Because they are so close with Megan’s family they wanted to find a way to incorporate her nieces in the wedding day. Instead of leaning into the tradition flower girl routine, Megan and Mickey went a different route with a creative first look!
Once we got down to the river, the two nieces took a bandanna and blindfolded Mickey. They then turned him around and Megan came down the hill to them. Once she was there, Mickey was turned around and took off the blindfold. It was such a unique and fun way to incorporate the nieces into their elopement.
Oxbow Bend Ceremony
The ceremony was absolutely touching. I loved how Mickey and Megan included their family in every part of the day, but the ceremony was definitely my favorite! During the ceremony Megan’s sister and nieces read different scriptures. It was a beautiful sentiment to their faith as well as their family.
Then the officiant shared a Native American tradition with them. It was a tradition of gratitude that was shown on the couples wedding day to their families. One at a time, each member of their family came up to receive a sunflower. This was a symbol of their thanks to that family member as they began their new life in marriage. It was a tradition that I had never seen before, but I absolutely loved!
Grand Teton Wedding Photos
After their Oxbow Bend ceremony we adventured around the national park to capture more wedding photos in a variety of locations. We went to some of my favorite spots like String Lake and Schwabacher Landing. At every location we were able to see the Tetons so perfectly, as well as have a total blast!
Both Megan and Mickey are so gregarious and fun. The entire time they were cracking jokes, making silly faces and laughing! They really let loose and had so much fun during their bridal session. And as a result you are able to see so much personality shine through in their wedding photos.
This Oxbow Bend elopement in the Tetons was such an amazing day! I loved getting to witness such joy and young love. Every couple I have is unique in their own ways; from their love story, to their expression of love. And getting to know you is probably one of my favorite parts of being a Jackson Hole wedding photographer. Let’s connect and talk more about your Grand Teton wedding day!