Saturday, February 23rd, 2019;

The day my life finally felt complete. Jack and I had always known that we would have an adventurous elopement wedding.

Every moment of our journey was magnificent. From the moment we arrived in Colorado, we were in awe of the beautiful mountains that sounded us.

We happily took the scenic route everywhere on our trip. Jack and I had never taken a trip together out of state and were reviling in these new memories.

From navigating downtown Denver to obtain our marriage license to getting lost on spur of the moment detours, we finally made it to our little rented cabin in the snow.

That’s when I realized: this is it; this is now. ​It was a dark and cold morning when I groggily awoke at 3:00am. After laying there for a few minutes, I realized why I was jolted awake by my alarm so early.

This is the day that I will never forget. Snapping pictures and chatting my with mother via text, the morning was quickly getting away from me.

I knew that we had to leave by a certain time to catch this special light that Justyna had excitedly explained to me previously. ​Jack was ready in an instant.

He has always worn a suit quite well, but today he looked different. So much more handsome than he has ever looked before.

This man was the most handsome man that I had ever seen! Looking at him there, I thought about how much I loved him.

Jack is so very sweet, kind, and funny. A combination not often found in one package. But here he is, and he is my husband. ​


Meeting Justyna was like seeing an old friend. I mean, we had exchanged countless texts after all.

Since Jack and I are from Florida, we had an outstanding amount of questions. Do we need to worry about bears? What about gear?

How do we get the necessary permits and licenses?

Justyna was always quick to respond and more than well informed. And no, there was no need to worry about bears.

As we arrived, Justyna exhumed warmth and excitement. It was a perfect morning and the light was just right.

Her excitement was the fuel to our fire. ​Now, here we were on the side of the mountain. All of my dreams were coming true.

I had imagined this day in my head over and over, but nothing I dreamt of came close to what was really happening.

The snow was perfect. It was not too cold and we had so much fun. There was so much love and romance in the air.

Snuggling up to Jack, I slowed my breathing and took in every moment as best as I could. Jack and I exchanged our vows, danced, and cried all on the side of that mountain, feeling on top of the world.

Arriving as two and leaving as one.



In our attempt to defy social norms, Samantha and I decided right from our earliest discussions of marriage that we would elope and get married on a snow capped mountain.

We mostly laughed those ideas off as unlikely to come to fruition but would be amazing if by some chance they ever did.

As the years of our relationship went by our marriage plans morphed into elaborate, expensive and extremely stress inducing affairs.

So we finally decided to go full circle to our original plan. So even though our families were not enormously thrilled about it, we decided that we would find our snow capped mountain after all!

Samantha found Justyna online and the two began chatting and planning our special day. Before I knew it we were stepping off the plane in Colorado.

After an exhausting drive to Denver, getting settled into our Airbnb and having a 14 hour nap we were ready to get married!

On the morning of I drove us in our rented Jeep up to Sapphire Point Overlook to meet Justyna. Even though I barely managed to keep my outward appearance stoic I was freaking out inside!

I had never driven this high in the sky! We were both terrified, after all we are from Florida where we get excited when there is a 45 degree dip in the road.

But the adrenaline was part of the adventure! I was so happy to be sitting terrified next to my best friend and the person who was about to become my wife.


We finally arrived at the top and Justyna was waiting for us. She promptly introduced herself to us and immediately made us feel at ease.

She was an excellent coach when it came to navigating us through the completely unfamiliar environment.

She made sure we knew what to expect when moving through deep fresh snow and we searched for our perfect spot.

Finally we found it! It was breathtaking. Samantha’s hand slipped into mine. We we were staring at a massive, gorgeous, perfectly shaped tree.

It almost looked fake it was so stunning. The view from there was mesmerizing. We were standing waist deep in fresh snow on the side of a mountain staring down at miles of endless snow covered valleys.

The day was crisp and clean. This was the spot were we wanted to immortalize our union. All the while Justyna was capturing everything.

She did an excellent of vanishing into the environment and making us feel alone. We never felt we had to pose. We were just sharing the most beautiful moment of our lives together.

Every now and then Justyna would give us some gentle guidance in order to get a good picture and then quietly disappear. Similar to how a wildlife photographer operates.

Emotion set in as I fumbled through my vows.


We both cried and laughed and embraced as we pledged our lives to each other. I could not have imagined a more beautiful and perfect moment or a more beautiful and perfect woman to share it with.

Samantha had never looked so lovely and radiant as she did in that moment. Her hair fluttered across her face as we wiped tears of joy from each other’s eyes.

Her dress matched the fluffy snow around us. As we listened to our song I danced with my snow princess in our snowy love best.

We laid on a blanket and drank pink champagne from Star Wars champagne flutes. We laughed and threw snowballs at each other.

I will remember every second from those moments I shared with her for the rest of my life. I will remember the cold on my skin, the taste of Samantha’s warm lips and the taste of the snow in my mouth.

I will remember the feel of her embrace. I will remember the way the sunlight sparkled off the untouched snow like it was a diamond.

I will remember the smell of Samantha’s perfume mixed with the smell of the mountain wind and the trees.

I will remember the tremble in my wife’s voice as she so gracefully spoke her vows to me. I will remember the silence of the peaceful day.

I am so grateful that Justyna was there capture every one of those magical ROCKY MOUNTAINS COLORADO WINTER ELOPEMENT moments for us.

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  1. What fun and what amazing, beautiful photos! Never thought about an outdoor winter wedding. You all must have been cold, but you still look like you had a great time! My oldest daughter is actually getting married in Colorado this year – but in October, so hopefully there won’t be snow!

  2. Your moments has been perfectly captured. What a lovely way to celebrate your big day. Hoping for the best to this new chapters of your life.

  3. Could you have asked for a more perfect backdrop on this day, I don’t think so Congrats. What a unique why to celebrate your day.

  4. Beautiful photoset! i bet it wasn’t easy to make one: so much snow, it must have been cold but turned out perfect: so much fairy tale like

  5. All your pictures capture the love and fun you have together. It seems like the perfect wedding in winter wonderland. Wish you guys the best! 🙂

  6. Wow, those are really stunning photos and I can really say that I am a big fan of your photography skills, great job!

  7. All of these pictures looks so pretty. Nature is the best place to take pictures.

  8. Now you’ve got me singing Rocky Mountain High while I’m browsing these photos. They are just stunning. Makes me want to go on a winter elopement.

  9. The photos are so beautiful, she looks like an authentic snow queen. I love how they showed their love for Star Wars in the photo shoot.

  10. These photos are just stunning! What an amazing backdrop with so much snow!

  11. Oh my gosh these are beautiful! I want to be friends with this couple, their personalities totally shine through the photos. Makes me want to get married again so I can do a shoot like this!

  12. haha these are so original! Very creative, i will show this to a friend who is also aphotographer! She will love it.

  13. oh my gosh this is truly stunning and those adorable snow boots and earmuffs are just so sweet to add to their winter elopement! what gorgeous photos to have and keep forever!

  14. What amazing photos! An adventurous, fun-loving couple sure makes for a unique photo shoot.

  15. Aw you guys eloped on my birthday! I’ve always said I wanted to elope but my SO is determined to have a wedding. I love how unique and quirky your photos are! And you both look so happy. I’m sure it was freezing in that dress but it was worth it. Beautiful!

  16. Congrats you guys and as adventure freaks this is some crazy next level photography. Love the clicks and love the uniqueness of the whole concept. Wish you two a happy wedded life.

  17. What stunning photos! They’re just so breathtaking and majestic. This are photos that will be shown off and cherished.

  18. wow this rocky mountain location looks magical. Love your beautiful dress and photography!

  19. I love how she has a tiara! She looks like a little princess haha – they are lovely together!

  20. The Bride’s dress is stunning!! I love how you were able to capture the love between these two! And how cute were those props?! My favorite was the garter and the mitts she wore!

  21. Oh my God! this photoset is absolute best from what I have seen here so far. It is ideal in any place. Also the couple is so charming, I feel like their love is overflowing me!

  22. Oh wow, these are some amazing photos. I love the originality of it all and wish you guys the best in your marriage.

  23. What an adorable and fun couple! Love this! Great photos. It looks like you all had so much fun!

  24. How special to get to read the words from the couple! Gorgeous work as always. I love how much fun it looks like they’re having!

  25. Shut the front door!!! Justyna this is my favorite elopement yet!!!! The Darth Vader and Storm Trooper masks stole the show hahahaha. They look like such a fun couple. It looked like a really fun elopement 🙂

  26. So beautiful! I love the details… boots, gloves, poles. My favorite images are of the bride looking a bit serious and absolutely beautiful! Stunning images!!!

  27. Dude. Magical as always. The snow and the mountains and their STARWARS masks literally make this perfect. Obsessed girl!