Molly and Mavrick wanted their wedding day to feel intimate and authentic. Molly is finishing her last semester of law school in Iowa, so they decided to skip the stress of planning a big wedding and drive to Colorado to elope in the Rocky Mountains. 

On the morning of their wedding, we met while it was still dark and hiked about a half mile up a dirt road. We climbed up some rocks to find the perfect spot for their ceremony. As they read their vows to each other with the sun rising behind them, it felt like they were the only people in the world. It’s always such a surreal feeling witnessing two people commit their lives to each other, especially with no one else around. It's in these moments I’m reminded how lucky I am to capture such important milestones in peoples' lives. It's an honor and a responsibility that I don't take lightly.

After their ceremony we took some portraits before hiking back to the parking lot. We then drove through the park stopping along the way for some photos before reaching our final destination. This specific area is typically very busy with tourists, but this particular morning we had it all to ourselves. Molly and Mavrick popped some champagne and sipped mimosas as they basked in the warmth of the sun and the spectacular views surrounding them. After a bit more exploring, they signed their marriage license and we parted ways. When I asked how they planned to spend the rest of their day, they said they’d probably go have breakfast, hang out back at their resort, and then make their way to a brewery to watch some basketball.

Talk about a stress-free wedding day am I right? These two stayed true to themselves and didn’t let anyone else’s opinions affect how they wanted to get married. That’s pretty badass.

Congrats, you two!