Today, I bring you on the blog one of the most incredible wedding and elopement locations in Wyoming. If you are dreaming of a Grand Teton National Park Wedding, I have included some planning advice, some of my favorite ceremony locations, and even some of my favourite people to work with if you are on the hunt for other vendors. If you are new to me, please make sure to check out my wedding and elopement photography packages here. I would be thrilled to tag along and photograph your next adventure. It’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun. Ready to book? Reach out here and I will get your date on my calendar! I will travel anywhere in the United States and beyond!
When planning your Grand Teton National Park Wedding, the first step is choosing a location for the ceremony. Luckily, I have gathered a few photos of my FAVES – for the most part, we can find a private spot and have a beautiful backdrop included. In Grand Teton National Park, we can find almost anything you imagine: wilderness, rivers, lakes, mountains and endless trees. Keep in mind, you do need a special events permit to host your wedding in the park. Don’t stress, you can apply for that here.
Schwabacher’s Landing is by far one of my favorite places in Grand Teton National Park. The water is almost completely reflective of the Teton mountains. It makes for THE most incredible wedding photos. Schwabacher’s Landing is located right on Snake’s River, where the terrain from the mountains starts to flatten and you can get up close and personal to the river. The water is calm and the vibe is right.
Mormon Row (this area is also often called Antelope flats) is just north of Jackson and definitely worth the stop for some wedding photos. If you can picture the old rustic barns and wide open fields (with the most picturesque view of the Teton mountains), that pretty much sums up Mormon Row Historic District. The mountains look even more dramatic (and incredible) against the completely open space.
You might be surprised to hear that The Wedding Tree is actually only a short five minute walk from the nearest parking lot and has a spectacular view. I love when couples are ready to throw on their hiking boots but if that’s not for you, you definitely don’t need to sacrifice the view. In some cases, no permit is required for small elopements but they do ask you contact them ahead of time (a few restrictions may apply) to ensure that a permit is not needed or to reserve a date and time to make sure you don’t run into other couples.
Leigh Lake is one of the incredible glacier lakes in the center of Grand Teton National Park. It’s much smaller than Jackson Lake and located just north of Jenny Lake. Leigh Lake is ONLY accessible by foot or boat so I’m clearly a fan. It makes the space feel more intimate and adventurous.
Jenny Lake is actually located super close to String Lake and Leigh Lake but has some different trails and views to check out! There are also lots of wild flowers in the summer time and you can take a dip in the refreshing lake water.
There are so many incredible wedding vendors in Wyoming, so this is by no means all of them, but these are a few of my faves to get you started in your Grand Teton National Park wedding planning journey. One thing you should know about me – if you hire me as your wedding photographer, I have a “ask me anything” policy and I am going to go out of my way to help make the journey as easy as possible. Need help with vendors? No problem. Timeline questions? I got you.
For my adventurous couples wanting a weekend getaway (or longer), there are so many incredible places to stay in Grand Teton National Park. Here are a couple of my faves!
Rustin Inn was where I stayed most recently and it was very nice. The location was great (close to many of my favorite locations in the park!) and I got to photograph this incredible couples’ first look there. The log cabin aesthetic was the perfect vibe to start their day (although I think it’s safe to say – they would look good anywhere!).
Before you decide where to stay, you first need to decide on the feel you want. There are a RANGE of accommodation options – from luxury resorts to campgrounds (and many hotels and lodges in between). For a more luxury experience, check out Snake River Lodge or Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa. Or, if you are really looking for a splurge, there is always Four Seasons Jackson Hole. For something more moderate (but still completely wedding worthy), I love The Alpine House, The Lexington at Jackson Hole, or SpringHill Suites. The reality is, there are many incredible hotels in around the same area and as I’m sure you already know – it’s who you are sharing the room with that really counts 😉.
If you are planning a wedding or considering eloping in Grand Teton National Park, can I just start by saying you are making a really great decision? If you’re curious about what I would be like as your adventure elopement photographer, this is how I work. All I want to do is take authentic, high quality images for couples on their wedding day. All I want you to do is relish in the moment. If that’s what you’re into, you can start the conversation here. I’m literally always ready for the next adventure!