Growing up on an island off the coast of North Carolina, I was always surrounded by natural beauty. As a kid we spent every vacation road tripping to gorgeous mountains and lakes where we would camp, hike, rock climb, and kayak.
I took my first camping trip before my first birthday, and by eight I was backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. Some of my favorite memories in my life are from being outdoors. Standing atop Pikes Peak with the wind whipping my hair. Biking through Virginia's fairy-tale-like forests. Snorkeling with Hawaii's brightly colored sea life. And perhaps my favorite memory of all: marrying my best friend amidst the aspens in New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
So when you say you’re dreaming of getting married at the peak of your favorite mountain or in the vastness of the desert, my heart flutters. Being outdoors for your elopement gives you the freedom to enjoy the peace of nature, connect with each other, and spend the day having a fun adventure. As I help you plan your elopement, we’ll incorporate everything you love about nature to make this an unforgettable day!
I spent two summers in college working for the Blue Ridge Parkway, and my dad spent his entire career in the National Park Service. I appreciate our National Parks and public lands so much, and I enjoy visiting them as often as I can. I’ve ticked quite a few off the list, but there are always more to see and plenty to revisit!
National Park that took my breath away:
National Park that exceeded my expectations:
Park I grew up at:
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Most memorable National Park:
National Park I most want to see: American Samoa
Parks I've photographed couples at:
Great Sand Dunes
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Julie Haider is an adventure elopement photographer + planner based in New Mexico and photographing destination elopements worldwide.
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