Glacier National Park Wedding, Adventure Elopement Photographer | Brent and Emily

Adventure wedding Photography in Glacier National Park, Montana

Adventurous couple, Brent and Emily, called me and wanted an adventure elopement somewhere in the mountains. Their desire was to hike and stand on a peak overlooking beautiful scenery. They wanted a wedding ceremony with close family away from the crowds. They wanted something epic and beautiful. I typically explore and photograph couples for a few days on my wedding adventures, but this couple simply wanted an epic ceremony with some beautiful photos. After the ceremony in the following days, their plans were to hike and explore on their own as a united family.  As a result, Montana was chosen as the adventure destination and we started planning.

I arrived a little early to hike myself, scope out locations for the future couples, and just to explore Glacier National Park. I stayed at Many Glacier Lodge the first night and met people over food sharing stories. What I found interesting is that many of them had encounters with grizzly bears. One of the couples had run into a grizzly along the trail within 20 feet or so. They had to walk backwards along the trail for about 15 minutes as the bear followed their pace. They even collected other hikers behind them until the group size grew too large for the bear to continue. I saw a few grizzly bears my first day there, but they were busy eating plants.

The next day I hiked near fifteen miles, mostly with a couple I had just met on the trail. They were good people and conversationalists. Not only were we beat up after the trail with blisters, but I would hike the same trail again the next day with my wedding couple. My couple saw the video I posted and loved the area. We had contemplated other trails, but this looked great to them for a private ceremony.

I woke early the next morning to meet them for the hike before sunrise on the “Going-to-the-sun-road. We were all in good spirits and having conversation along the trail. After eight miles, we arrived to our iconic location, taking a break, and preparing for the ceremony. Even though it was hazy from the California fires, along with the harsh lighting from the dominating high noon sun, it was still breathtaking. Brent had his two daughters along and Emily, her two sons. They all took part in the ceremony, dressed up, and ushered in each other. Once Brent saw Emily in her wedding dress, he became emotional. Their first priority was to pray, intertwine hands, and show their completeness and commitment as a family. It was powerful.

They then exchanged vows and rings overlooking the lakes and mountains around us. Their kids watched with anticipation as tears formed. Thankfulness overwhelmed my heart because I was present to witness and capture this unique family’s moment on top of a mountain. I just can’t believe I get to do this with people. After the ceremony, Brent walked over and held his two girls snug for a long time, taking in the moment. Even I was caught up.

We then took a few family photos, captured some bride and groom photos at the top, then prepared to return down the mountain. I had mentioned to the Emily that my brides don’t ever hike very far in a wedding dress and usually change before hiking in or out, even though I did have a Yosemite bride hike to Vernal Falls and back. Emily took that as a challenge to hike the entire eight miles back in her wedding dress, which she accomplished. By the time we reached the trail head, everyone was toast and wiped out.

Our trip was short, but successful. I hope to return to Montana for more wedding and elopement adventures, as there’s more to see and photograph. Congratulations to Emily, Brent, and their awesome family.

 

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Norway Adventure Wedding Photography | Elopement with Sondre & Jennifer

Norway Adventure Wedding Photography
Sondre and Jennifer

 

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Adventure Wedding Photos in Norway

I arrived in Bergen, Norway and it was pouring rain. Jennifer and Sondre were so kind and hospitable. Excitement was in the air to photograph them in the beautiful scenic backdrops we had planned. We set out to hike far in the wilderness to get some epic wedding photos, close to 22 miles. As we were hiking, we discovered the trail was hidden by snow. Thus, we had to turn around. The dangerous cliffs, plus the visibility would be pretty horrible on top of wet hair and droopy makeup that would eventually show.

Since it was pouring rain, my couple said they wanted to fly north of Norway the following day to get some sun. It’s difficult to get images in the rain. Besides, this new mountain region was a destination I had wanted to hike anyway. The locations I had researched were still fresh in my head. I had never seen any couples getting married there, just lonley hikers. Let’s just say I like photograph wedding couples where wedding couples usually have never gone.

The New Adventure

So after a flat tire in the pouring rain late at night on my rental car with bald tires and a fix-it kit that didn’t work on close to 2hours of sleep, we jumped on an early flight and headed to Tromso, Norway. We drove quite a while through the fall colors. After arriving in the general area, we began asking locals for directions to the mountain and started hiking. Up the mountains and hills, we darted upward, not knowing exactly where we were going or the exact mountain I had seen before. However, we finally found it after scouring the mountain. Not only did we find the epic mountain, but the perfect sunset with our adventurous couple.

After staying until sundown, we flew to a different part of the country with little sleep again. Ready to hike to another location for more adventure wedding photos, we fueled up on carbs and crossed many bridges. The day was cut short because my couple had prior commitments. However, we captured what we needed. It was an adventure and I hope to return to explore more areas that are on my list of adventures.

Thank you Sondre and Jennifer for inviting me to capture your wedding photos!

 

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