Adventurous Blue Ridge Mountain Elopement
And epic hiking Blue Ridge Mountain Elopement! A couple that just knew they wanted an adventure on their wedding day! They found an epic photographer who helped create images that fulfilled their vision. Not every couple wants a big party, and they want adventure, epic views, and a complete experience. This couple had a day they will remember forever!
From the photographer:
When I first hopped on the phone with Jess and Colin to chat about their elopement day. They told me they were considering just going to the courthouse for their day. Why? Mainly because they hated the idea of being posed all day. And didn’t think a full-blown mountain elopement could be as incredible as they looked. They had seen photos of the couple’s “adventure style” elopements. And we’re drawn to them but didn’t fully believe that they could have a personalized and genuine experience. They didn’t want to pay money for a session since they didn’t love being in front of the camera to begin with.
I encouraged them that they found the perfect person for a non-posed elopement day!
I’ve always been a big believer in experience mattering just as much (if not more) than a couple’s photos and video for their elopement days. Vanity metrics don’t matter to me or my couples as much as memories and genuine connection.
Even if you end up with beautiful photos, if that means you’ve been forced into a full day photoshoot on one of the most memorable days of your life, you’re not going to use those photos and videos to re-live those moments fondly. They will remind you of the actual day, and if you weren’t enjoying life at the moment, you wouldn’t deeply enjoy the photos or film of it.
Thankfully these two trusted me, and we booked a full-on adventure day filled to the brim with fun things that were personal to them.
How did they meet?
Colin came with a group of mutual friends to help me (Jessica) move from one apartment to another in Dayton, Ohio. He liked the music I was playing and invited me to a music festival the following weekend. I had worked at a coffee shop early the morning of the festival, so I ended up sleeping on the floor of a hotel room he had with his friends that night because I was too tired to drive an hour home. He would like it to be known that I was offered the bed and adamantly declined, ha. The following day we got breakfast, and the rest is history!
Their proposal story?
We picked out the engagement ring together a few months before the proposal after years of living together and making sure we felt confident, so the proposal wasn’t a surprise. But we both wanted to have a proposal experience – and Colin delivered! He invited two of our close friends to come up to the city to walk at a local park and then dinner. He proposed in front of Lake Erie with two of our close friends taking pictures, then a group of our close friends and family were waiting at one of our favorite breweries to celebrate after.
What they love most about each other
Colin: Her enthusiasm and joy in EVERY circumstance.
Jess: His humor and groundedness
The biggest challenge of planning their day so far?
Our biggest challenge was time. Our jobs kept us busy (primarily because of the pandemic), and it was challenging to carve out time to plan the small details. It was endlessly helpful to have a photographer/videographer who did so much planning and came with solid recommendations.
Favorite memory from their Blue Ridge Mountain Elopement?
It is impossible to pick! The entire day was magic. Colin’s favorite memory is jumping off of a dock in our wedding clothes at the end of the day. For me, it was floating in the mountain lake in life vests taking in the weight of marrying my best friend in a way that felt so authentic to who we are.
Photographer – Evergreen Era Films