DREAM LAKE ADVENTUROUS ELOPEMENT I GABRIELLA + ROBERT I Intimate Wedding Photographer I ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER| JUSTYNA E BUTLER PHOTOGRAPHY | ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER| COLORADO MOUNTAIN ADVENTUROUS ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER|INTIMATE WEDDING
We have never been traditionalists, nonetheless, rule followers. Supposedly, there is an unspoken-law in the realm of dating: don’t date your neighbor. Our story is about two next door neighbors who essentially fell in love at first site.
The night we met my roommate, Ali, knocked on Rob’s door to say “welcome to the neighborhood”. Turns out Rob and his roommate had been living next door for months, we just had no idea. That simple knock exposed an impassioned connection and I immediately noticed his eyes. He has these intense blue eyes that still give me butterflies. They get squinty when he has a genuine smile on and I remember thinking he was the kindest, most humble man I had ever met. I knew after our second date that this was the man that would change my life. Rob remembers, “Gabriella was so attractive I couldn’t get over how beautiful she was and I noticed she had this energy about her that was captivating. As we spent more time together, I understood there was so much intellect behind her beauty. She is passionate, adventurous, and she loves me so selflessly. She is my significant other, my better half, and now she is my wife.”
Both of us are committed, fervent and attentive, not only in our relationship, but also in our careers. I work as a registered nurse at a local emergency department and attend the University of Colorado for my Doctor of Nursing Practice in psychiatry. Robert, a US Navy veteran, studies business at Metropolitan State University of Denver and works as an EMT. The long-term plan is for me to practice as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and for Robert to fight fires in the beautiful state of Colorado.
With that said, neither of us had big dreams of a big wedding due to personal preferences and time constraints. An elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park seemed like the only appropriate way for us to exchange vows as we treasure the outdoors and value intimacy. Since Colorado is one of the few states that allow couples to self-solemnize, we were able to marry ourselves in the middle of one of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges. And of course, our fur child, Eleanor, joined in on the adventure. It was a perfect, personal commemoration of love and the celebration will carry on to December when we throw a party in downtown Denver. We could not be more excited to start our journey as husband and wife!
Having Justyna capture our elopement was picture-perfect (no pun intended)! I found her blog as I was casually browsing through elopement postings online. The minute I saw her work, I knew she had to be the one to photograph our big day. My excitement only grew when I met her in person and saw her liveliness and talent. Rob and I were so nervous about the photos only because we are very personal people, and being seen through a camera lens for a couple of hours can seem nerve racking. We felt so comfortable and relaxed despite our initial concerns because Justyna was so incredible. She gave us direction without taking away from our personalities, and she was able to photograph us becoming husband and wife in such a humble and elegant manner. I cannot speak highly enough about this gifted woman. Justyna, you are incredible, and we will forever be grateful for you helping us capture the start of this marriage.