December 3, 2018




Lily and I have known each other some time. 12 years to be exact. Funny enough, we had a mildly antagonistic relationship early on. I still remember the first time we met, while I was in undergrad. My brother and his girlfriend at the time brought her over to my apartment to introduce her. I thought she was cute up until I found out she didn’t know how to make coffee. In fact, she struggled so much my first words toward her ended up being a friendly, “Are you trying to burn my apartment down?” After our first meeting, Lily became more of an elusive myth like bigfoot, unicorns, or good looking Birkenstocks. I remember coming home from school on weekends, starving for something warm and home made, only to be told that the infamous “Lily” had gotten to it moments before and left before I arrived. She was always just out of reach, like my mother’s cooking on weekends.

After undergrad, life happened to us both and we saw less of each other but even then, from the beginning, I knew she’d be someone special to me. We didn’t see each other often. That is until a fortunate time about six years ago when we found ourselves in similar situations. Both single and open to meeting someone. Finally, I had the notorious Lily within my grasp. I almost couldn’t believe it and decided to interrogate her. While trying to figure out her intrepid plan to burn my apartment down so many years ago, I instead found out how much we have in common. We share a similar taste in music, in movies, in food, in beer tastes and in the goals we have set out in our lives. We share a similar sense of humor, to the point I’ll start laughing and she already knows what I’m thinking (it’s eerie.) This really facilitated our relationship through the rocky and the smooth and everything in between, to the point I can’t see my life without her.

Eventually (because we never do anything in order) we began to live together, we became a family along with our three amazing daughters, and now, we’re taking the last step to make it all permanent. We’re getting married, buying a minivan and maybe moving to the suburbs too.

While searching for an exciting new minivan, we took a detour and began looking for wedding photographers. This is how we come across Justyna’s work and immediately fell in love with it. Instead of having couples stand in awkward prom poses, we loved the fact that she allowed couples to be themselves and captured their love in the moment. From the second I spoke with Justyna, I knew she would be the best fit for Chris and I. Her enthusiasm and her genuine nature has made our experience extraordinary and I cannot wait for her to capture the most important day of our lives. There is no one whom I would trust more to deliver such breathtaking photos.






About Justyna


Colorado-based adventure elopement photographer Justyna Butler is truly an adventurous soul, specializing in elopements and intimate weddings both locally and around the world. Inspired by the beauty surrounding her in nature, she loves mountains, light, and intimate connections — all of which she combines flawlessly in her images. She not only captures the biggest moments on your wedding day, but also the in-between moments that make your story unique, the ones you’ll want to remember for a lifetime. Hire Justyna E Butler Photography wherever your adventure takes you.


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This elopement is so inspiring! I love how they braved the snow! They look like royalty!!

How have I not seen this stunning winter Dream Lake elopement yet?!? This is seriously so stunning, friend! I love their adventurous spirit!!!

Yay for couples who will hike in winter for us! Rocky Mountain National Park is such a gorgeous place (just saw it for the first time last week)! I love the look of the snow in her hair!!

Omg what breathtaking photos!!!! Makes me almost wish I had a winter wedding! So gorgeous

This is everything . I love everything about this .

What stunning pictures! That looks like it was very chilly to be out there romping around! Very pretty though!

These pics are amazing. I’m sure the bride was freezing her butt off

This is such a pretty photoshoot and a fun adventure! I love her dress with hiking boots. Gorgeous photos in the snow.

as always Justyna those photos are really breathtaking

This is one of my fave national parks ever! You captured some unbelievably gorgeous moments!

these photos are amazing. can’t believe they are real too, now thats commitment!

Catherine Santiago Jose

Wow, those are very stunning photos and I do love everything about this photography most especially the place and the love of the two people shares with you in this photo shoot.

You are amazing! I can’t even believe these photos are real! WOW!!

What a great love story! Your photos are absolutely spectacular

These photos are absolutely breathtaking! Love it! <3

These photos are unbelievable! And I love the niche – destination elopement photography. You’ve helped me escape to a fairy tale!

I really like where and how you cover your photo shoot. It’s like unusual places yet so unique. I just don’t know if if would do that. I hate cold weather

Such stunning photographs, what a beautiful location for a wedding

I felt in love with all your pictures. You look like a snow withe, simply gorgeous. <3

Dreamy photos! So romantic! Snow makes love even more obvious adding up fire to it.


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