Ok guys, story time!
Wren and Ryne originally hired me to photograph their wedding here in Alabama but during their engagement session I could sense that something more intimate and adventurous was stirring in their minds. The entire time we were shooting we were kind of joking of doing an elopement somewhere out west. By the time the evening was over I got the impression that they may be serious about this idea. Wren follows along on my travels so she had no doubt that I was serious about helping her find a place that would be truly special for her and Ryne.
The following Monday we met at the local brewery. A few beers in and a couple of suggestions later, they had found the perfect spot. Since they were planning to invite parents and siblings, I suggested that Wren connect with adventurous elopement + wedding planner, Emily Aitken. I had been following her work for about a year and I knew that she could really create the perfect little ceremony for them. I also knew that she would be a necessity for us when it came to choosing the exact location, getting the correct permits and connecting with the right vendors. Let me tell you, Emily did not disappoint! She blew our minds with her style and professionalism. She made everything so easy and as a photographer, I could not have been happier with the backdrops and timeline that she provided for me. I was in a photographer’s dream. Wren was so easy going about the whole process and really trusted Emily and I to give her the wedding of her dreams.
So after a few months of planning we all met at a cabin in Driggs, Idaho. We had a bonfire the with the fam the night before the wedding and I could hardly wait to wake up the next day and shoot their wedding. The next morning Wren’s dad made breakfast for everyone while Wren had her hair and makeup done. Ryne rushed off to Jackson Hole to hang with his family and avoid seeing Wren before she walked down the aisle. We slowly made our way through the Tetons and I felt like my heart was going to explode. I remember working super hard that day, shooting without a second shooter and stressing about it being perfect. By the end of the day, I was so exhausted but in THE BEST possible way. I truly hope I will never forget the feeling that came over me driving back to Jackson from the Tetons that night. It was an actual dream for me. We met the bride and groom along with their families for a dinner at the Glorietta, in downtown Jackson. I had a couple of glasses of wine to celebrate one of the best days of my professional life and then walked across the parking lot to crash. We booked a room at the Anvil which I cannot recommend enough.
Here is a list of the phenomenal vendors that we worked with.
Emily Aitken Events
Buttercream Design Co.