Since I began my incredible path of photographing weddings three years ago, one of my bucket list locations at which to photograph a wedding has always been the Grand Tetons. It's my favorite place in the lower 48, and Brian and I make it a priority to visit once a year to camp, relax, and soak in the beauty of the area. This year, this little dream came true when Kelly and Stephen asked me to be their wedding photographer. Being from Maryland, they wanted a simple, intimate wedding with family from both sides of the country that could be enjoyed as a vacation in the middle. The Grand Tetons were a new place for them and the perfect spot to share their nuptials.
These two love birds met online in a 3-day experiment that Kelly conducted on OKCupid. Stephen was her third date (out of 3 total dates). They met up at a local brewery (Dogfish Head) in October 2017 and it turned into a life long journey together. The next spring just before Easter, they went for a hike to the King and Queen Seat Overlook Point in Maryland, and Stephen surprised Kelly by dropping to a knee and proposing to her!
They chose Teton Teepee Lodge for family to stay and share the week together. The Lodge is near Teton Canyon Overlook Observation Site with SPECTACULAR views of the west side of the Grand Teton range. The Observation Site was the perfect place for a small ceremony and beautiful portraits. As their wedding day neared, a cold front blew down from Canada. We were all checking weather apps and crossing our fingers hard for a rain-free day! As Brian and I drove up the day before their wedding, we drove through a snow storm but entered the Teton Valley with dramatic clouds and warm fall sunshine. We arrived to the Fin and Feather B&B near Victor, Idaho after a lovely evening in Jackson Hole, and awoke the next morning to a little sun peaking out of gray clouds.
We spent the morning scouting the area for photo opportunities and finally met Kelly and Stephen in Alta to begin their wedding prep. We all opted to move up their ceremony time with incoming rain forecasts. We were so thrilled that the rain stayed away just long enough for these two to get married and spend a little time taking portraits in the shadow of such a magnificent location.
These two included more than an hour for romantic portraits and it was amazing. With such a beautiful place and in love couple, it certainly wasn't hard to let the creativity flow and make great memories!
When asked for their biggest wedding planning advice, the couple replied, "Don't take anything seriously, nothing matters besides your partner and the wedding commitment. Except the photographer. That matters." (gush)
Congrats, you two! I'm over the moon from your wedding and wish you the very best future!
Venue: Teton Canyon Observation Site near Alta, Idaho
Bride's Dress: dhgate.com