Lauren and Jeff’s Catskill’s Elopement

October 28, 2019

October 28, 2019

We got to the base of Hunter Mountain at 6:30AM on a chilly October morning, watching the outlines of the mountains shift from shadows to colors as the sun started to light up the morning sky. We met Lauren at the bottom of the chair lift and rode to the top of the mountain, just as the sun hit the horizon.

Jeff stood on top, waiting for his love to make her way down the aisle and with ten of their closest family and friends surrounding them, Lauren and Jeff stood on top of the mountain peeks and exchanged rings and vows as the sun greeted the day around us. There ceremony was as symbolic as ever, telling the story of every relationship and the peaks and valleys they climb to get to the where they are and to the point of marriage.

We find ourselves getting chocked up at ceremonies quiet often, its hard not to when you’re listen to two people bare their soul in the purest form, in front of a group of people that love them the most; but this ceremony was that much more personal and raw as they selectively chose who they wished to share such a sacred moment with.

After the ceremony, as their family took the chairlift down, we stayed on top and let the two of them truly take in the first moments of marriage. Allowing them to take a breathe and pause in all the madness, as this moment is so fleeting and the experience of getting married and eloping is so unique and rare.

on top of all the beauty and intimacy, she made her own bouquet from wildflowers that she picked in the mountains the day before the wedding

We took the chairlift back down the mountain to head to Kaaterskill Falls for some adventures and in pure Kelsey form, her clumsiness came in full swing and dropped Liam’s phone 400 feet off the chairlift on the way back down the mountain…but it was allll worth it for the epicness of the entire day, plus Liam got a new phone out of it!

We trekked through the forest, covered in rainbow colored leaves and made our way down to the falls to kick off their marriage and all of the celebrations.

It was so beautiful watching the two of them really live in the moment of their wedding day. Elopements are so special to capture and witness as it is truly just two people, unapologetically doing what makes them happy and feels right, and sharing the most sacred moments of their lives with no one but themselves.

For anyone questioning wether to have a big wedding with all of your family and friends or keeping it small and intimate, to only a selective few or only just the two of you, theres no wrong way of doing it! It’s all about what feels right to you; for the two of us, we couldn’t imagine not having our family and friends surrounding us, as we are both close with our families but we shocked everyone, as they thought we would elope. We did what felt right to us and decided that throwing an epic party with all the ones we love was what was right for us. But in 20 years, when we renew our vows, you better believe well be standing on a mountain peak, just he two of us, bearing our souls to no one else but each other.

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  1. Alex Norton says:

    Love, love, love this. The colors and time are absolutely stunning.

  2. Gabryelle Gonce says:

    October wedding view goals!!!😍

  3. Samantha says:

    Absolutely love this venue and your photos. The natural sights and your touch make it like a dream!

  4. Mikhaila says:

    My husband and I did our photo shoot in the woods too 🥰 So romantic

  5. Janice Rojas says:

    Absolutely amazing how she made her own bouquet out of wild flowers from nearby! Truly a beautiful gesture! And I cannot believe Liam’s phone fell, when I saw your instastory I GASPED and felt the pain! Y’all two are so amazing I know yall didn’t let that phase y’all! Loved all the beautiful photos!

  6. Tejaswini says:

    These pics give new ideas and good learning

  7. Schylar says:

    I love this story! And these pictures are incredible! You guys are beyond talented.

  8. Krystil Hofmann says:

    Love this! You’re right, there’s no right or wrong way to do a wedding! As long as your happy!

  9. Abby says:

    I’m totally exchanging vows on top of a mountain after seeing this session. Too Perfect.

  10. Rhianon says:

    Holy cow these views are STUNNING!!! As is your editing and the emotion you captured!! Such a perfect fall wedding 😍

  11. Kerri Hay says:

    You guys always give me FOMO. I love this!!

  12. Alison says:

    Literally drooling at that lace gown spinning in the woods. 🤤 Kicking myself that I didn’t find you when I was getting married.

  13. Alison says:

    Additionally…. that photo with the bride and grooms bodies with their shoes showing… obsessed! That was one of the main pictures I wanted at my wedding and we didn’t get it. Another reason (besides you’re amazing work and attention to detail) that I wish we had you!

  14. Malina Ibelle says:

    This might be the coolest wedding!! You’ve captured the uniqueness and emotions so perfectly!!

  15. Tatiana says:

    After seeing all these incredible pictures I want my wedding to be like this one. I’m in love! 😍

  16. Laura R. says:

    Makes me want to renew our vows in the fall!!! Stunninggggg!

  17. Melanie Roy says:

    All of your photos are amazing but I’m completely obsessed how you capture the glow of happiness.

  18. Jessica Foos says:

    These trees are a dream! & that dress!! Beautiful work

  19. Michel says:

    Always Magical!!! You guys ROCK!!!

  20. Hannah Adair says:

    Love the uptown wedding!!

  21. Julia says:

    These pictures came out stunning! Something mystical about them ✨

  22. Amanda Baker says:

    This makes me wish a million times over that I had cared more about my own wedding than having people attend. I know someday when we renew our vows, we will do something like this. This spot, these photos, absolutely stunning! You are such a talented duo!

  23. Madeline says:

    Oh my gosh!!! That dress, and that view!!! What beautiful people in front and behind the camera. What an intimate ceremony. Just the people who love you the most there. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  24. Erinn says:

    These are stunning!!! Hunter mountain is such a cool venue and her dress is everything. You guys captured them perfectly

  25. Laurena says:

    These photos are so romantic and really capture the feel of the Catskills! 👏🏼 ❤️

  26. Kayla says:

    That dress, that view, those photos! ❤️

  27. Jannette c says:

    These pictures are everything 💕

  28. Allie Kelley says:

    It sounds like this was such a raw, intimate and emotional packed day. I also appreciate the DIY flowers! Stunning captures.

  29. Casey says:

    What a location for a ceremony. Lucky couple to have such amazing shots!

  30. Arlene says:

    One of my favorite places to go hiking! These photos speak for themselves! You guys are such an inspiration!!

  31. Lisa says:

    The flowers are so pretty and the coloring of the trees are perfect!

  32. Sammie says:

    I love how intimate it all feels, the way you guys captured the couple is perfect! I looove the colors and how the story can be told just through the photos

  33. Courtney says:

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful!

  34. Steph says:

    All the shots look so stunning! BEAUTIFUL!

  35. Alyssa says:

    I’m tearing up!! This is so incredibly stunning. I’m in awe of your magic you two 😍😍😍😍

  36. Victoria says:

    The colors, the mood, these pictures are everything!

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