I have to admit, I’m completely enamored by these photos. But before you think I’m just puffing myself up, Mother Nature really worked her magic for this romantically moody shoot. That, and a ridiculously perfect couple! Sophia and Chad escaped to the Grand Tetons for an al fresco mountain wedding, and it was such a pleasure to do their couple’s portraits in Grand Teton National Park – I was in my happy place with this happy couple.
There’s nothing quite like a sunrise in Grand Teton National Park, and we were there to take advantage of it. With elopements and destination weddings, you aren’t restricted by a schedule. You can do what you want on your own time. We agreed that it would be amazing to do their couple’s portraits the morning after their wedding with an intimate sunrise session.
I took them to my very favorite place in the park (which is saying something since the park covers thousands of breathtaking acres). I love this specific spot because it’s a little less traveled, and it features a calm, pristine pond surrounded by golden grass and evergreen pines. The quiet clearing showcases some of the best panoramic mountain views.
On this particular day, the sun had some trouble making an appearance. But the lighting was incredible! The light drizzle made tiny ripples across the pond for an absolutely surreal look – certainly not your average bride and groom photos.
Even better, Sophia wasn’t afraid to venture out, dance a little, and get her dress dirty, so their photoshoot was a dream come true for me. They were so photogenic it almost felt like a staged session! I had the perfect models who seemed to instinctively hit the most striking poses. The morning felt so blissful I could’ve stayed out there for hours taking photos.
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