colorado elopement & adventure wedding photographers




This Is Your Adventure Wedding


Let’s dream for a second. Imagine what it would be like to have an adventure wedding day that looks however YOU want it to look.
No expectations. No rules. No overly-rehearsed, overly-planned wedding events and activities. Just you and your partner celebrating your love in a way that feels true to you.

Maybe you’ve been planning this large, traditional wedding only because that’s what everyone expects of you. Hell, maybe you’ve been told it’s the only option you have. You’ve been pulling your hair out staring at color palettes and touring venues when you’d much rather be out on the hiking trails or spending your day with your boo in a hammock in the woods. Secretly, you feel like you’re suffocating from the pressure to do things a certain way when all you want to do is have an intimate little adventure elopement in the Colorado Rocky Mountains or your favorite national park. You don’t really care for a fancy cake, elaborate table settings, or having 200 people listening in while you say your vows to each other. No thanks. You’d rather kick off your marriage in a way that feels true to you.

Well if you’ve been looking for a sign to say “screw it” to tradition and choose an adventure wedding or mountain elopement, this is it. As Colorado elopement photographers who specialize exclusively in adventure weddings, we’ve got your back. We’ve helped our couples plan their dream adventure elopements, navigate the choppy waters of explaining their decision to elope to their friends and family, and been with them every step of the way: from choosing which hiking boots are best for your national park elopement to tracking down the perfect remote alpine lake in the Rocky Mountains for you to say your “I do’s.” Your elopement should be the start of your best adventure yet. We’re here to make that happen.




You crave an adventure wedding day that’s true to your specific story and not a manifestation of what everyone else tells you your day should look like. You are fully on board with the idea that an adventure wedding day is the reflection of your distinct story and life experiences.



You’ve been told countless times from friends about how quickly their wedding day went by and how it felt like a rushed blur. You know you’d rather spend your time savoring every moment of your adventure elopement, and spend less time chatting up your third cousin Jimmy.



The idea of planning a large event gives you anxiety. You two hate the idea of 200 onlookers witnessing you sharing this extremely personal moment together. You don’t want to say your vows or share your first kiss with an audience. No thank you.



Whether you’re an avid hiker or a road trip fanatic, you believe nature is the best altar. You feel at home in the outdoors, and you spent your free time on outdoors adventures together, even if it’s just stringing up your hammock in the backyard to read a good book.



So You’ve Made The Bold Decision To Have An Adventure Elopement. Now What?

As seasoned adventurers and Colorado elopement photographers, we know a thing or two about helping our couples navigate the sometimes choppy waters of figuring out how to plan their dream adventure elopement or small adventure wedding. We’re here to guide you through that process, whether it’s crafting your elopement day timeline or finding the perfect pair of thermal boots for your intimate Colorado mountaintop ceremony. This is our specialty.


Avoid feeling like your wedding day is a production and you’re just actors performing a script that someone else wrote

Craft an adventure elopement or small adventure wedding that actually feels like YOU

Have FUN on your adventure wedding or elopement day, because that should always be a given

Feel like you’ve done your love justice by having an adventure wedding day that really got to the core of why you’re saying “I do” in the first place


Meet Me: Your Adventure Wedding Gal


I’m the lead adventure wedding photographer over here at Sheena Shahangian Photography. My husband Ed and I live in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado, nestled right in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Personally, we’re big believers that Colorado may or may not be the most magical state in the US and by far one of the most epic places to have an adventure wedding or elopement.

I’m an adventure-chasing, mountain-obsessed dork who puts my whole heart and soul into helping couples have their dream adventure weddings, both in Colorado and beyond.

I understand how difficult it can be to find the right photographer for your Colorado elopement or small wedding, so I don’t want to scratch the surface with you.

Because honestly, if you’re spending your whole adventure wedding or elopement day with me, I think it’s only fair if you know me through and through. So I’m sharing all the details over on our “Meet Us” page.


Elopement + Adventure Wedding Resources

Interested in getting your hands on all the resources you need to prepare for your Colorado mountain elopement or small adventure wedding? Having been in your shoes recently, with my own adventure elopement, I know what you’re going through.

As Colorado elopement photographers, these are the questions we’re constantly getting asked by our couples. So we’ve made it as easy as possible for you to find the answers to them.

No, this is not one of those Colorado elopement photography blogs where all we do is share images of all of our sessions, although we do occasionally do that.

We much prefer spending our time sharing useful adventure wedding resources with you. Because let’s be honest, nobody said adventure elopement and small wedding planning was easy.

As seasoned adventure wedding photographers, we're here to help smooth out the planning process and share some of our top tips and secrets. We’ll meet you inside the blog!


Our Colorado Elopement + SMALL Adventure Wedding Philosophy

We don’t want to be just any other Colorado elopement photographers.

As adventure wedding photographers, your elopement day is personal to us. We’re the Colorado adventure elopement photographers who take the time to help you plan out the little things.

There’s a good chance this is your first time planning an elopement or small adventure wedding. You’re not expected to know all of the tiny little details that go along with it, which is why we love being guides to our adventure elopement and small wedding couples.

For couples who’ve chosen the less traditional route of having an elopement or adventure wedding — whether that’s in Colorado or elsewhere — there’s a complete lack of resources to help you sort through everything. We’re here to help you bridge that gap.

We’re the ones texting you about your elopement dress or tux. We’re just as excited about your adventure elopement Pinterest board as you are (heck, we’re even collaborators on some of our couples’ boards). And don’t even get us started on the best national park trails in Colorado to hike for your sunrise elopement ceremony. That’s the stuff we live for. We’ve got you covered.


A Love Letter For The Couple Who Dreams Of An Adventure Elopement

Your Adventure Elopement Day Can Look However You’d Like It To Look

There’s something to be said for the couple who feels like today’s wedding industry doesn’t get them. For the couple who wants to have a truly customized elopement day that feels like “them,” but for some reason the rest of the world seems to have an opinion on how they should be doing things.

There’s something to be said for the couple who craves intimacy over extravagant fluff on their adventure wedding day; who gets excited at the prospect of making their wedding day an exclusive, private, and adventurous event.

These people? Some of them want to get up before the sun rises and hike to their adventure elopement spot, headlamps and lanterns in tow. Some of them think the perfect intimate adventure wedding day starts with taking a soak in a remote hot spring in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. And some of them just want to have a small backyard ceremony with a home cooked meal and good wine afterwards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

These couples are not afraid to wander and to take the path less traveled, especially when that path is a dirt road in the Rockies with mountains popping up in every direction. They appreciate that their adventure wedding day should be uniquely theirs and never dictated by what others expect of them.

They don’t let wedding and adventure elopement trends define them. And if that’s you, we want you to know that there’s no shame in wanting to break tradition and do your own thing on your adventure wedding or elopement day. Be bold and proud of what feels right to your soul.

The wedding industry will try its best to put you in a box, and if that box is not your cup of tea, step outside of it and never look back. This day is about you. And when you reflect on this moment, you’ll realize that it was never about having the perfectly planned adventure elopement or small wedding day.

It was really about having an adventure wedding day that perfectly represents your relationship. If this sounds like you, we would love nothing more than to be by your side during the adventure elopement process: to talk you through finding the perfect elopement location, figuring out which hiking boots are best to wear the day-of, and so much more.


How It Works: Our Adventure Wedding Process

Step 1


So you’re feeling the vibe here. You’re thinking, “Hey maybe these guys are it?” Or you just have a little feeling in your gut that we could be a great fit for capturing your small adventure wedding or elopement. Well what the heck do you do next?

The first step is simply filling out our contact form. Easy peasy. No strings attached. This basically just opens the door for us to have a convo with you and hear all about your adventure wedding or elopement dreams. These chats make sure we do everything in our power to be the best elopement photographers for you, because that’s exactly what your adventure wedding or elopement deserves.


Step 2


This is the moment where all of your adventure wedding and elopement questions get answered. If you live in the Denver or Fort Collins, Colorado area, we’ll likely meet up at a local coffee shop and chat over some espresso, our treat. If not, we hop on a phone call or video chat.

We’ll talk about all the little details of your small adventure wedding or elopement: your goals for the day, the ideas you’ve been dreaming of, the logistics of planning the whole thing, and what elements of the adventure wedding day matter most to you. And you can get a feel for whether we’re the right adventure wedding photographers for you.


Step 3


Okay, so now you’ve decided we’re the adventure elopement photographers for you. We’ve talked all about what you’re looking for (and cracked a few crappy dad jokes the process), the vibe of your small adventure wedding or elopement, and we’ve sent over a proposal going over all the details.

We’re here, always at the ready to answer any last minute burning questions you may have about adventure wedding or elopement photography. One of the biggest reasons our couples love working with us is for their adventure weddings is because we’re there for them, even before they officially book. We know how difficult this process can be, and we’re here to help.


Step 4


You’ve looked over everything, and you’re ready to roll. What’s next? To officially book us for your small adventure wedding or elopement all we need is a signed contract and a 50% retainer. Boom, done. You’re on our calendar. Whoo!

Now we’re ready to dig into the really fun stuff, like helping you find an epic elopement location that matches your vibe and scheming up fun adventures for your engagement photos. We’ll help you craft your adventure elopement timeline and provide guidance on what to wear to your engagement session. We’ll essentially be your guides through this whole adventure wedding process.



Oh, The Places We Could Go…

When we’re not out shooting Colorado elopements and adventure weddings, you can find us on the hiking trails. From national parks, to off-the-beaten-path dirt roads, we’re there. We don’t just do this for fun; we do it for you.

We love finding the best, most epic spots for our couples’ adventure weddings and adventure elopements, both in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and beyond. Scroll on down to see some of the gorgeous places we’ve been to. Who knows? Maybe one of them will be the spot for your small wedding or adventure elopement.


Let’s Go On A Wedding Adventure!

Whether you’re looking to have a Colorado mountain elopement in Crested Butte or a small wedding in Great Sand Dunes National Park, we’re here to help you through all of the little details of your adventure wedding. As wedding and elopement photographers — as well as seasoned adventurers — we make it a priority to be the best decision you make on your adventure wedding day. All you need to do is bring your love. We’ll bring the photo magic.