Mountain Escape Elopement

December 11, 2013

When I  get the idea to do an inspiration shoot, it soon becomes all I can think about. My Pinterest gets a little more active and my doodles gain more purpose. Early November I had this vision filled with snow, bright red lips and tiny little hearts. A story of a couple escaping from their busy city lives to say their “I do’s” in their favorite little mountain town. A story of love and spontaneity and escape… an elopement.

I knew I had to bring it to life before Christmas. There was just one problem: I forgot I don’t have a direct line with the “weather gods.” And Flagstaff is notorious for weather not cooperating. I found April and Denny (the sweetest most in love couple ever) and we set a date. Then I found some amazing local vendors including Christine makeup extraordinaire, Flagstaff Tuxedos, Mountain High Flowers, and Virginia Smith.

Ten days before the shoot date the forecast predicted high 40s. Five days before it fell into the 30s. And the day before we were surprised with an abnormally big storm that lead to over eight inches of snow on the mountain!  It was wonderful. It was freezing. It was a dream come true. And April and Denny were absolute troopers- I am forever grateful. I am so happy to share a few of my favorite images from this shoot. Please feel free to share, pin, and enjoy <3

And their first toast as husband and wife took place at the infamous Macy’s


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I can’t believe how flawless these two made it look in all that snow! I’d be freezing my tush off. Gorgeous!! She has such a charismatic smile. I’m so glad to see they warmed up with some hot drinks afterward. Love the indoor photos! Beautifully done!

Great job to you AND the models for braving the cold!

Unreal! Great job Jessica!!

These pictures are great. It’s so exciting to see them! Thank you again for the opportunity of working with you.

Such a beautiful couple and amazing images. Thank you for sharing

Oh my goodness – such a gorgeous shoot!! You did a beautiful job, Jessica!!

Gorgeous work as alway Jess!!! Beautiful theme + beautiful couple!

These are beautiful Jessica! I’m always jealous of photogs who get snow! lol We never do in NC! 🙂 Awesome job!