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Chelsie + Derek | Grand Teton Styled Elopement

One of my favorite shoots to date has been a collaborative Styled Elopement that was put on at the beginning of July. Earlier in the spring, I had connected with another Jackson local, Tiffany, who recently opened up an elopement planning business “Elope Jackson”. Elope Jackson’s goal is to help soon-to-be bride’s define their version of simplicity. So whether you want to elope and have a beautiful arch and tablescape, or focus on the details such as your dress or vows, it’s about making your day about you. Tiffany is so passionate about this vision and can help every couple thinking of eloping discover what matters most on their day. For some time, we traded back and forth ideas and eventually settled on a simple yet elegant, boho theme.

Nia, with Historia Florals, created some absolutely stunning pieces for the styled elopement. She is somewhat of a legend, known for her gorgeous bouquets and other floral arrangements. Her work was recently featured on the winning cover of Rocky Mountain Bride Wyoming. Her pieces that decorated the arch, as well as the wild, romantic bouquet and matching boutonnière were nothing short of perfect at the shoot.

Big Day Decor provided the beautiful arch which framed the Tetons and our stunning couple beautifully. Sarah and her husband Jacom, who own the business, hand-craft a variety of arches and have a wedding decoration business. I can’t recommend them enough, they provide quality, unique elements that bring your day to life.

Last but not least, our amazing couple, Chelsie + Derek are what brought it all together. They’ve been together for years, and are artists and creators themselves. Derek is a tattooist and is incredible at what he does. Chelsie is a baker and owns Fifth Wheel Donuts. Her delicious baked goods make my mouth water every time! She bakes fresh treats daily and you can place orders for pick up. She even brought beautiful donut holes to the shoot. The beauty of eloping is if cake isn’t your thing, you can do donuts, or whatever sweets your heart desires.

When everything was brought together for this beautiful elopement styled session, it was better than I could have dreamed, especially considering the circumstances. Summer in the Tetons brings frequent afternoon and evening thunderstorms, and this particular night was no exception. As soon as we had set up the arch, a storm quickly blew in and it began to pelt rain. Thunder and lightning rumbled all over and we ran to the safety of our cars. We waited for at least an hour as the wind howled outside and lightning continued to strike around the mountains. Eventually, the worst of the weather passed and we were able to start. At this point, we had little daylight remaining but we made do with what we had. Chelsie and Derek were nothing short of relaxed and easy-going, despite the hiccups. Tiffany was also a sea of calm and ready for whatever came. The people I was able to work with on this shoot, as well as the crazy weather made for an exciting, memorable night that I won’t forget.

When you elope, no matter how much planning you do, there are always going to be unknowns. Although this can be scary, the best thing you can do to have peace of mind as a couple is hire professionals who are invested in your day and will be there, no matter what happens. At Made in the Mountains Photo + Film, Scott and I are prepared for whatever comes. Rain, shine, or snow, we are ready to provide you an experience that will last a lifetime. From backup plans for weather, or anything else thrown your way, we’ve got you.

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