Jackson Hole Elopement Dress Tips

Summer wedding season is here! And as a Jackson Hole photographer I am excited to share the best wedding tips for your Jackson Hole elopement dress. Today, I’ll be giving you advice for the right way to dress, specifically for a Jackson Hole elopement, so that you will be comfortable, fashionable and can explore easily. Even so, these tips come from a lot of experience with eloping couples, so I think the advice will be useful for you no matter where you’re eloping.

bride and groom holding hands and walking through a valley with the Tetons in the distance taken by jackson hole wedding photographers

Pick the Right Fabric for an Elopement Dress

When you shop for an elopement dress, pick the right fabric for the job. Your elopement will require a lot of walking “off the beaten path,” and some fabrics will hold up better than others. Here’s a few of my observations.

Jackson Hole wedding day with bride dancing and twirling in her wedding dress on the beach of String Lake


If you pick a tulle skirt, you’ll be happy to find that tulle dries really fast when it gets wet, and it also sheds sand, or fine dirt, well. This makes is more comfortable for you to get those adventurous wedding photos in the lakes and rivers through the Tetons. In turn, a tulle skirt can be a good choice for a Jackson Hole elopement. 

bride standing on the shore of a river in the Tetons with her cathedral veil trailing behind her on the ground as she looks at the snowy Tetons in the distance captured by Jackson Hole photographer
bride in the Tetons walking out of a lake in her strapless sweetheart neckline a-line lace and tulle wedding gown while holding her wedding bouquet with the Tetons in the background behind the lake with tall pine trees


Lace has its pros and cons. It is really forgiving when it comes to dirt, but can snag on the brush and plants. Some laces will snag more, like when the lace doesn’t have a mesh backing to it (Venise/Venetian lace). 

groom picking up his bride on the beach of a lake in the Tetons as her lace elopement dress trails behind her captured by Jackson Hole photographer

Silk and Organza

Smoother fabrics, like silk and organza, don’t snag on brush and plants as much. But, they show dirt much more. Honestly, why worry about a little dirt? It just comes with the beautiful backdrops! In fact, one of my brides, Nicole, mentioned that she was going to preserve her gown with the dirt because it “held memories,” so she felt like she was taking the Tetons home with her.

Jackson Hole photographer captures bride and groom in the Tetons with the groom picking up his bride and spinning her around in a sage brush field with the mountains in the distance

Veils For Your Elopement

Some brides wonder whether they should bring a veil to their Jackson Hole elopement. My response? Yeah, why not! They make for some great photos, especially if it’s a breezy day. If you are unsure of the logistics  of wearing one in the brush, we can always pack it and try some photos with and without your veil.

The Best Shoes for Eloping 

Hiking boots, cowboy boots, sandals and flats work great; any shoe you can really walk around in works for an elopement. Jackson Hole and the Tetons have sage brush to walk through with some hills. Or, you may want to take off your shoes and experience the natural landscape barefoot!

bride and groom walking through the water at a lake in Jackson Hole with the Tetons in the distance as the bride holds up her wedding dress captured by Jackson Hole photographers

Overall, dress so you can move easily! Pick something that makes you feel beautiful and comfortable.

If you and your person are looking to tie the knot during a lovely Jackson Hole elopement, let me capture your memories. Reach out and book today!

Jackson Hole photographers captures bride in a satin gown standing on a lake shore with large rocks surrounding her as she looking out across the lake for her outdoor bridal photos

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