National Parks are some of my favorite places to photograph couples! And I have to say, Grand Teton National Park blew me away. The majesty of snow-covered Grand Teton and the peaks around it made me feel how awesome nature really is. It was a humbling experience to spend a few days exploring the park and enjoying the beauty. Certainly there’s a lot more trails to hike, lakes to see, and roads to follow in the warmer months, but I absolutely loved visiting in the quiet winter. Yes, it was cold! But 100% worth it. Grand Teton was the perfect location for an amazing adventure session!
Margot + Jesse had just moved to Jackson, Wyoming a few days before our photo shoot. They’ve lived all over the country, and it felt so fitting to do an adventure session at their new home. As I mentioned, much of the park is closed in the winter due to the huge amounts of snow. The weather changes constantly and dramatically in and around the mountains, and our photo shoot day was no different! We started the adventure session at Taggert Lake, a popular snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trail. We had so much fun trekking through the knee-deep snow and exploring the forest of aspen and fir trees. Just when we were thinking about moving to a new location, it began to snow big time! It was a beautiful sight, but with high winds and cold temperatures, it was rough.
One thing I love about adventure sessions is that we can explore and go wherever we think would be fun. Margot + Jesse were so flexible and up for anything! We hopped back in our cars and headed down the road towards sunnier skies. It wasn’t long before the sun broke from behind the clouds and gave us an incredible view of the Tetons! We seriously couldn’t believe how amazing it was. And that’s another thing I love about adventure sessions – we’re not in a hurry, so we can stop and really enjoy the beautiful things we see along the way. We stopped at an overlook again for another awesome vista of the mountains, and then headed over to the famous Snake River Overlook. One of Ansel Adams’ most well-known photographs was taken from the same spot where we were shooting. Another humbling experience!
As the sun began to set behind the mountains, we wrapped up what I would say is one of my favorite photography sessions to date. Jesse + Margot were so much fun to hang out with, and really let their love shine through in the photos. And the scenery of the day was awesome! Can you imagine how amazing a winter elopement would be at Grand Teton National Park? And while I haven’t visited in the summer (definitely high on my bucket list), I’m sure there are even more incredible locations for an adventurous wedding that time of year. If you’re looking for an epic mountain location for your elopement, adventure wedding, or vow renewal, consider the Tetons!
If you’re planning a Wyoming or National Park adventure wedding or elopement, check out these amazing location ideas and this guide on how to plan an elopement. I’d love to share with you tips and ideas from being an adventure elopement photographer, so please get in touch if you have any questions!
Stay adventurous, friends!
Hey, friend! I’m Julie – an adventure wedding & elopement photographer who loves the outdoors and traveling! My photography is fun and heartfelt while highlighting the beauty of love and nature. I’m based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but wedding photography takes me throughout the southwest, to national parks, and all over the world! To find out more about destination wedding photography, check out my travel page. And if you want to get some great elopement planning tips, check out planning and advice section of the blog.