Alcee & Stefan // Custer State Park, Black Hills Elopement

"The longing you seek is not behind you. It is in front of you." - Maz Kanata

Earlier in 2017 Alcee and Stefan chose to do one of my all time favorite things and elope in the beautiful Black Hills! Unfortunately for me, I wasn't able to be a part of that very specific day. :( Despite that, they still wanted to get some awesome photos of themselves all dressed up and and in the mountains! So per request, I made a trip out to The Black Hills and we went exploring in attempt to make something rad! :)

We started the day with a few getting ready photos in Alcee and Stefan's gorgeous Rapid City loft. After that we hopped in the car and made our way into the heart of The Black Hills to shoot in Custer State Park. As we hiked around we managed to find a bunch of awesome spots to work with in the area with dense grassy fields, building sized boulders, and cliff-sides overlooking massive valleys! Through all of this, Alcee and Stefan were total troopers as they agreed to all my crazy ideas of climbing said boulders (in a freaking wedding dress mind you) and going on several mile long hikes all while fighting through the bitter cold since it was early December! I included a few BTS photos throughout so you can see all that we went through haha.

All in all, it was a fantastic day and I can't say thank you enough to Alcee and Stefan for allowing me to document such a monumental moment in their life! Also quick shout out to Alcee's friends Amber and Makenna for coming along to help with makeup and also carrying bags and coats and fighting through the could with us!

Brooke & Clinton // Alaska Destination Engagement Session

"In every walk with nature one receives far more then he seeks." - John Muir

Brook and Clinton seemed to know one thing for sure once they were engaged - they wanted to start off their marriage with a truly memorable adventure and they wanted someone to document it!

Neither myself or Brooke or Clinton had ever been to Alaska before so in a very real sense this was a bit of risk considering we only had two days to explore and shoot and we had no idea exactly where we were going to shoot. I scoured the internet and did some virtual scouting online as much as I could leading up to the trip to get location ideas but there's only so much you can do from your computer. So I decided our best bet was to pick rough destinations and use up all the available time and just drive and shoot along the way. So that's exactly what we did. :)

Below is just a small collection of my many favorites from the two days I spent exploring with Brook and Clinton! Traversing narrow highways through the mountains and along the ocean inlets, hiking through the dense forests, walking around massive glacial lakes, hiking up actual glaciers, and hiking to the top of behemoth mountains were just a few of the things we experienced on this adventure that truly was a memorable experience! 

Bridgette & Philip // Tented Farmhouse Wedding at Enoch Farm

"Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it." - C.S. Lewis

I think it is far from possible to actually put into words what it was like to be a part of Bridgette & Philip's beautiful summer wedding. I'm not actually going to leaving you hanging right there - I'll give you a bit of context of their day.

Bridgette & Philip had their wedding at the gorgeous Enoch Farm, with everything taking place all right on site. To top it off, they had near perfect weather for their day which made the outdoor ceremony, thee white tented reception, and the outdoor dance beneath the stars an even bigger hit! We even managed to sneak in some night portraits at the end of the night too.

With that said, I would say that's enough words trying to describe it. Go check it out! :)