May 30, 2018

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE|BRETT + LAURA

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK ADVENTURE|TRAIL RIDGE ROAD SUNSET HIKE|ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER|ESTES PARK COLORADO|BRETT + LAURA GALLERY

 This time at Spring Alpine Tundra at sunset is truly 100 percent worth hiking around Rocky Mountain National Park, discovering the unpaved trails others might have missed. I remember the day the first time ever I have experienced Trail Ridge Road. The views are absolutely incredible: the melting snow creates little tiny flowing waterfalls, the calypso orchids intense patches dance to the rhythm of the wind in the distance, animals like elk and sheep revisit their summer ranges and migrant hummingbirds return to this Colorado mountain paradise. 

I met Laura at one of the bridal stores downtown shooting “What to expect when shopping for a dress” article for Rocky Mountain Bride. She stole my heart from the beginning and I knew one of those days she will tag along with her love for one of the RMNP adventures

The vision of an alpine adventure…would not be possible without @westerwisp florals. I have discovered this talented florist last year when I shot another epic Colorado destination wedding for a couple from Michigan. Cat created incredible bouquet for Rea and Jake I just cannot resit to share her work with all my beautiful couples! Also, the make up and hair was created by my dear friend and incredible artist, Lisa Bartley, of @graykinhairmakeup Spring Rocky Mountain Trail Ridge trails, fiercely in love couple dancing among wildflowers waking up from the winter sleep just to live 6 weeks…, and a beautiful sunset at the exact spot these two adventured. It was such a dream, see it for yourself.

“Working with Justyna was nothing short of an adventure! Justyna was invested in our shoot from before it even started! Justyna scouted out the perfect spot in Estes Park where the views were breathtaking. She made us feel not only like a million bucks but also comfortable. She knew exactly when to give us instruction for poses or movements to compliments to make us good about the images we were creating. Justyna is extremely talented and passionate about her art, and the images she produced from our shoot were magical. I couldn’t be more satisfied with my experience and time with her!”

Serendipity

Serendipity (n): finding something good without looking for it.

Brett and Laura meeting was pure serendipity. Almost five years ago, they happened to sit side by side at a dinner gathering at the Hard Rock Café in Washington D.C. Brett originally from Seattle and Laura from Kansas City. You’d never guess the paths that led them to the same dinner gathering.

Brett, a young and handsome Marine, was just back from a deployment overseas and enjoying a long weekend up in Washington D.C. with his buddies. Laura meanwhile was in town from Kansas City visiting her sister. She received an invite from an old college friend for her and her sister to join them for dinner and enticed her with the promise that several Marines would be in attendance.

When Laura and her sister arrived there were only a couple seats left at the table, one next to Brett and another on the other side of the table. Laura chose the one next to Brett. Over random small talk Brett discovered that Laura had the new phone that he had been looking at. Because of Laura’s job she was in the know about whether this would be a good phone to get or if he should wait for the release of a newer version. They exchanged numbers and Laura promised to look into the matter and let him know.

The dinner ended and they went their separate ways. Although they were unable to connect again while in Washington D.C., the conversation continued via text and phone calls stretching into the next couple of weeks.

After a few weeks, Brett decided he would ask Laura to be his date to the 239th Marine Corps Birthday Ball which his unit was holding in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She eagerly accepted and began shopping for a ball gown. The weekend was a great success and solidified the start of their relationship. Fast forward three years and we find these two back in Washington D.C. in front of the Lincoln Memorial with Brett down on one knee asking Laura to spend the rest of their lives together. She happily said “Yes!”

Laura and Brett now live in Colorado where they just built a new home together while planning their wedding for the fall of 2018.

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WOW! This is SO beautiful. The Rocky Mountains are so perfect for adventure elopements and also: HER HAIR!!!

Such a beautiful story! This adventure elopement is killer! I love how they walked up in their wedding attire. Nailed it!

omg adventurous brides are the best!!! this Rocky Mountain elopement looks so amazing! you killed it!!

Oh Justyna! You are such an amazing Adventure Elopement Photographer. These are truly beautiful and stunning. I LOVE her boots with her dress!!

The images of her hair in the wind are just gorgeous! This Rocky Mountain adventure elopement is stunning, you always capture your couples in the most beautiful way.

Oh my goshhhhh!!!! How stunning was this moment!! This makes me need to schedule my vow renewal tonight! Thank you for sharing. The colors were amazing!

This Rocky Mountain adventure elopement is so perfect!! I love the hiking poles and how you captured everything in such an honest, gorgeous way!!

These are gorgeous! What a beautiful Rocky Mountain Elopement! I love how she attached her bouquet to her backpack, so cute!

This Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement is so beautiful! It looks like they were super adventurous – her bouquet was gorgeous!

This is a great Rocky Mountain National Park adventurous elopement! You captured their story so well, even the post-holing! Love the little details you captured, from their boots to her flowers!

Gorgeous work, Justyna. The warm tones really compliment the bride, and I love the sense motion. This makes me want to shoot an adventure elopement!

Oh how we love the Rocky National Park- what a stunning location for an adventure elopement! You captured this so beautifully! How special for the bride and groom!!

Oh how I love Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s always such a lovely location for an elopement. Your photographs are always so intimate – I really love that about your work. <3

Wow! What a gorgeous colorado elopement!

I’m so jealous you get to shoot in Rocky Mountain National Park so much! Truly amazing!

I LOVE this Rocky Mountain Elopement! You captured their adventurous spirit so well! I love these intimate Elopements & epic moments!

Gorgeous as always!!! I love the flowers in her bag. Your closeups up them are incredible!

Wow! This is so dreamy. I love the flowers. What an adventurous couple!

Gah! I have been stalking this set and oh my gosh! It is so magical. Such a beautiful mountain wedding, you captured it so perfectly!

Wow, I just love these intimate mountain pictures! You do such a great job not only capturing the epic beauty of the Rocky Mountains, but also capturing their love for each other. And after reading their story it was perfect to end with the photo of her taking a cell phone picture. Great job!!

These are amazing! The bouquet in the backpack is SO cool! I love their story too ❤️

Her hair and these warm tones are to die for!!! Seriously beautiful!

This Rocky Mountain hiking adventuresession is stunning! I love all of the little style details – their boots, the flowers. Amazing job capturing their love for one another!

This Rocky Mountain National Park adventure elopement is so beautiful!!! You captured their story PERFECTLY!

Lauren McCormick

This is so beautiful Justyna, you’ve really outdone yourself! I love elopements, and this Rocky Mountain elopement is perfect! xx

Oh my goodness!!!! Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, Trail Ridge Road is my favorite spot to capture adventure elopements! This made my morning! Thank you so so much! Loved these two adventurous souls and we had so much fun hiking around!!!!! Thank you again!

This trail ridge road adventure is stunning!!! I’ve only seen pictures of it but hope to see it in person soon!

Wow! This rocky mountain elopement was so gorgeous! I love your tones always

Loving the detail shots in this Rocky Mountain Elopement. These shots look like they belong in an REI ad!

Oh my gosh!! These are incredibly wonderful. You are such a great Rocky Mountain elopement photographer! These are seriously inspirational and I loved the colors in her flowers!

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