Sam and Jeff’s wedding was originally planned to be held at the picturesque resort town of Dunton Hot Springs, but when COVID logistics got in the way, they moved it Telluride, where Sam’s dad has a home. This meant that they were able to get married in the church where all of Sam’s other sisters had been married as well! Still, they wanted to make their wedding unique and honor their love of nature and their commitment to each other in their own way, so they decide to share their vows, just the two of them, on a peak in the mountains nearby. And wow were those mountain views gorgeous! P.S. check out the wedding romper Sam wore for her vows, and plus her wedding dress for the church ceremony, I am obsessed with them, since they are both the epitome of the perfect laid-back luxury wedding look in my opinion.
Sam also kept the thread of exploration and celebration in nature going by ending the weekend with a surprise for Jeff – a private helicopter ride to explore more of the Telluride landscape! They had been thrown a lot of logistical hurdles, between having to switch venues (and cities) and having to find a new priest when their family priest got COVID right before the wedding, so I thought it was really sweet that she chose to surprise him with something fun, adventurous, and special for just the two of them to cap off their weekend.
I love this silver lining of COVID weddings – they often bring us closer to home and to what is most important. For Sam and Jeff, that was creating an intentional future together, keeping their celebration family-focused, and keeping adventure alive throughout, so it was really touching that they were able to tap into a family tradition while still putting their own spin on things.
I’m not going to lie, the day was a lot of work, since we were moving between locations a lot and going up on the gondola to the peak for both the vows/portrait session and the family photos, but it was SO worth it. It inspired us to want to photograph many more micro-weddings, elopements, and destination weddings. One thing that struck us about this wedding, and we’ve seen in general when we have worked as a micro wedding photographer, is that having the less structured timeline gives so much more room for real moments. On a traditional wedding day, there is usually a lot of structure because so many logistics need to be planned for, so there can be more expectations about what you have to do and less time to just be present. Whereas with Sam and Jeff, you could tell that they wanted to be intentional about creating a special and memorable moment for themselves and their families and move into this next phase of their lives very consciously. They knew what was most important and what wasn’t, plus they had a small group celebrating with them for wedding standards, so they were able to go with the flow on the logistics while keeping the emotional core of the celebration front and center. And man did they have a lot of logistical hurtles thrown at them, but they navigated them all with an impressive level of fun and kindness. So this wedding really inspired us to remind couples that you can throw out the strict timeline if you want to have a smaller celebration instead that gives you more time to really have fun and connect deeply with the day. Go check out the photos, and especially the video, to see what a micro wedding can really look and feel like – you might be surprised how sweet they are.
So if you’re thinking of having a micro wedding, give us a call! We might be considered “LA wedding photographers”, but we LOVE to travel and will come adventure with you in a heartbeat. We’ve had our eye on shooting outdoor adventures in locations like Iceland or New Zealand for a while, or something a little more tropical like going back to Bali, Tulum, or Hawaii now that it’s winter. Plus we’ve been inspired by all things minimalistic European in our shoots recently, so we’d love to get to Barcelona, the Dolomites in Italy, or even Santorini soon! Basically, if you’re going somewhere gorgeous where the outdoors meet the finer things in life, count us in.