Oh the Tetons. Such a magical place. They truly live up to the hype of being purple mountain majesties. Grand Teton National Park is one of my top recommended locations for eloping in Wyoming; especially if you are wanting mountains (read more on where to elope here
This Texan couple knew they wanted to elope and that they wanted mountains to be a part of that. There's a lot places in this country with mountains, so which spot do they choose? They knew they wanted to have their honey moon in Montana, near Big Sky. So they started looking in that area. During their research they came across Grand Teton National Park. Lindsey said when she saw pictures of the Tetons she knew that was the place!
If you have never made the drive, the drive from Grand Teton to Big Sky is absolutely breath taking. You will go through Yellow Stone National Park. I highly recommend taking your time and soaking in all the scenery. So good for the soul!
Garret and Lindsey just wanted a simple elopement with some of their closest friends and family. They spent the first half of the day just relaxing and taking their time getting ready.
The ceremony was to be held at the Wedding Tree. Just right outside Grand Teton National Park. The Tetons are the perfect back drop! This spot is perfect, especially if you are wanting nature as it is (no influence of mankind i.e. buildings, parking lot, paved sidewalks, etc). There's a small area to pull off and park then just a short walk to the tree.
The tree is absolutely wonderful. The is a majestic nostalgia about it. The things it must have seen all these many years.
When I arrived to the location I met the groom, Garrett. He was with one of his close friends who would also be officiating the ceremony. They were both calm and friendly. I took a look around and then got my things set up. As I made my way back to where the groom was, I saw his parents were there helping with the last few touches of getting ready.
Garrett and Lindsey wanted a first look on the ceremony site. Once we knew Lindsey was close to arriving we tucked Garrett up by the tree. As Lindsey was getting out of the car there was a calmness about her. She a happy soft smile. She seemed so at peace. What I always hope for couples on their special day.
Lindsey made her way to the tree where Garrett was waiting for her. Garrett was facing the mountains so he could not see Lindsey coming up. Once she was ready Lindsey tapped him on his shoulder for their first look. They had a sweet and quiet moment together, just holding one another and talking softly. They both were so calm and relaxed. This was all they needed.
While the couple took a moment to themselves I captured some images of just the two of them. I'm really glad I did because the weather changed quickly. You could see the clouds starting to pick up over the mountains. An incredible sight but also a word of caution as this was going to be an outdoor ceremony. Rain certainly does not have to ruin the day, and if the couple is open to it, there is no reason why two people cannot get married in the rain! For more tips on having an outdoor ceremony, read here .
The remaining guests arrived and it was time to start the ceremony. What I thought was neat with this ceremony was all the guests stood. There was maybe a total of 10 guests so plenty of room to stand where you like and everyone having a view. Having your guests stand does create a simplicity factor, which is one reason why couples choose to elope ( read more for why couples elope here ). I also liked how it brought a sense of unity to the ceremony. We ALL stand here to celebrate and support these two getting married today.
The ceremony was short but perfect. It started to get darker from the clouds moving in, The smell of rain was in the air and the wind started to pick up. The glow in their eyes though only grew brighter. Everything was as it should be to them and that in itself is perfect. I couldn't help but smile as everything unfolded. Lindsey's parents stood just a few feet from them. They held each other, softly smiling as they watched their daughter marry her soul mate. It was a full circle moment. The moments in life we are all grateful to experience but are never promised. It was beautiful.
Shortly after the ceremony the weather changed rapidly. It started to rain and the wind was blowing hard. There was a chill to air and rain as it hit your skin. We decided that family pictures would be best taken at the restaurant. As we made or way back to the cars, I saw Garrett get out an umbrella and hold it over Lindsey. Still with everything going on, they were as calm as could be. Lindsey still had a smile on her face. All they saw and knew was good.
We all made our way into the town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Just outside there national park. They had reserved a small restaurant, Café Genevieve, located in downtown Jackson Hole. The restaurant was quaint. A lovely charm and accommodating energy. Everything was set up and decorated so elegantly. It had the perfect look for an intimate dinner.
The rest of the evening was spent over delicious food, wonderful conversations and just sharing special moments with their family and friends. Garrett, Lindsey and I snuck out to take a few pictures around downtown. The rain had finally stopped so might as well capture a few more moments of these two!
This elopement was a memorable experience. The day was focused on them and because of that there was so much peace and clarity about the day. I wish these two all the best!
Here are a few more of my favorites from the day. Enjoy!
Be sure to watch their elopement video to see it all come to life!