The Grand Teton National Park joined the rank of National Parks after Congress struck a deal to protect the land. This beautiful national park has almost one hundred years of history as a visitor attraction. It also continues to make new history for many couples who choose to host an elopement in Grand Teton National Park.
How We Met
Nick and Julie first were connected to me through another past client referral. After photographing Julie’s graduation portraits in 2020, Nick and Julie were soon after engaged. They reached out for an intimate and chilly fall engagement session late in 2020. After we had finished their e-sesh, we sat in their home and spoke about wedding plans!
Pitching an elopement in Grand Teton National Park
Originally, their thoughts were to host an intimate party at their homestead with their close friends and family members. But I could tell that this wasn’t something that was bringing them so much joy. Nick and Julie love the outdoors, nature, and more introverted and intimate-style people. So why host something that wasn’t’ going to make them happy?
I asked if they’d considered eloping and threw out a few ideas. Sharing that Wyoming was home to some exceptionally beautiful mountains, I suggested Grand Teton National Park for their elopement. They seemed to light up and that was that. I put together some connections for local vendors and a price estimates to make eloping easier and the rest fell into place!
A Perfect Elopement in Grand Teton National Park
Their elopement in Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole was literally perfection. Their closest family members and friends attended. They drove the 21 hours it is out there, braving heat, humidity, bugs, and course, miles of Midwest corn fields.
We spent the day before their elopement checking out their ceremony location, The Wedding Trees. The Wedding Tree is located just outside of Grand Teton National Park. We even hosted a little adventure shoot the day before their wedding!
The day of their elopement we met at their hotel for prep and between photos. It was such a chill and perfect start to an elopement day. They ordered lunch, had her hair and makeup artist meet her at the hotel and enjoyed a little champagne too.
The view, once at the Wedding Trees was absolutely breathtaking, with the mountain range just in the background. Nick’s dad joined the wedding team and as an officiant, married them on the spot. The rest of our time in Grand Teton National Park was spent adventuring to places like Mormon Row. We also visited a brisk and icy mountain stream that we braved across for some beautiful last minute portraits.
The couple celebrated their wedding day dinner in Jackson Hole and honeymooned with fishing, hiking, and exploring. They spent a few days in Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Parks seeing all of the jaw-dropping locations.
I am so grateful to have been a part of this amazing trip. Keep an eye out for a future blog on how to elope in Grand Teton National Park!
Congratulations, Nick and Julie! I cannot wait to see what new adventures you have next! (And give Sweet Peach a pet for me!)