Travis arrived early and lit a fire in the wood stove – the small chapel’s only source of heat. As he waited in the chapel the wind whipped around the outside of the wooden structure and the sun beat down on the slowly shrinking snow drifts that dotted the hillside. He removed his ball-cap and with one shot of whiskey he was ready.
It wasn’t the day they met, floating down a river through the mountains of North Carolina, but shortly after. One day Jackie noticed his smile, and Ethan got lost in her eyes. They found each other and fell in love amongst rapids and tree-lined riverbanks. Ever since they’ve been together, exploring, and learning that home isn’t a place as much as a person to belong to.
-Happy years, and many miles later-
Late nights studying and reading side by side (with Mumford’s antics stealing their attention) they chatted about their wedding and dreamed of a winter elopement. They dreamed of France, and their careers, and the life they would build together… and then they did it.
What better thing is there in this world?
To love as freely as the Wyoming wind.
To laugh under sun kissed pines.
To create beauty side by side with the best in the west.
The forecast called for snow.
All week, flake after flake coated the mountains, the trees, the cabins, and the people. The snow fell with no end in sight. Soft white flurries and ice cold winds made roads slick, nights silent, and wood stoves oh-so-cozy.
Until one afternoon…
They met online. Their schedules, full time work, school, and travel kept them from going out much. They dreamt of big futures, and set their social lives aside. Then by chance, they found each other and learned that there was room in their hearts, and schedules, for something big.
Together they’ve built a life and a home in Laramie, under big Wyoming skies, fixing cars, adventuring, and uplifting each other. They knew they were meant to be together and settled on a date before making their engagement official.
A year ago I had the opportunity to shoot this beautiful styled fall wedding inspirational shoot. The weather was perfect and the mountains were absolutely bursting with fall colors. I completed this last year just in the peak of busy season and got caught up in a whirlwind of weddings, engagements and photo shoots… and didn’t get a chance to post these!
So, considering its a beautiful fall wonderland out there, I figured now was the perfect time to share.