HERE’S THE THING: YOUR ADVENTURE WEDDING DAY IS TOO IMPORTANT TO HAVE A PHOTOGRAPHER AROUND WHO DOESN’T GENUINELY CARE
hey, I’m sheena: your resident over-carer
There are some people in life who think over-caring is a bad thing. And hey, maybe in some respects they’re right, but when it comes to the adventure wedding industry, I don’t believe in doing anything less than putting my entire heart and soul into my couples and their wedding days. Because the way you treat people matters.
Oh, hey there! I’m Sheena, a Colorado adventure elopement and small/intimate wedding photographer based out of Fort Collins, CO. Camping, winding mountain roads, national park hopping, and the sound of dirt beneath my hiking boots are my love language. If you can’t tell, I’m an enneagram 2. If you ask me what my favorite part of this job is, I’d probably say it’s the joy I hear in my couples’ voices when they have that “aha moment” that they can have their wedding their way. That giddy, over-the-moon excitement? That’s my “why.”
I’ve been in your shoes, planning a large traditional wedding that didn’t feel like me and then making the bold decision to plan an adventure elopement instead. That’s why I’m here: to help you make that bold decision too and be there for you when you make that jump. It can be scary to step away from tradition, and I don’t want you to have to go through it alone.
I don’t just throw around the term “Colorado adventure wedding and elopement photographer.” I make it a point of living that life. When I’m not shooting Colorado adventure elopements and intimate, small weddings, you can find me hiking the Rocky Mountains and the high desert with my husband Ed, and our pup Zari. If I wasn’t an elopement photographer, you can bet your bottom dollar I’d be photographing landscapes (alpenglow fanatic right here!). My guilty pleasure? Hands down, it’s taking casual strolls through REI just for the hell of it, and daydreaming about our next adventure (as weird as it sounds, my favorite section of the store is the bagged backpacking foods…strange, I know).
Ya girl just can’t get enough of the outdoors. I'm a curiosity-chasing, mountain-hiking dork who's pretty much always itching to plan my next road trip. Favorite one so far? Our 22 hour trek from Colorado to Jasper up in Canada (with stops in Banff, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks). Ask me about it, and I’ll pretty much talk your head off.
There's nothing that gets me more excited than photographing couples who've chosen to do their own thing on their adventure elopement day (wedding rules are meant to be broken, am I right?!), whether it’s planning your Colorado adventure elopement on the edge of a mountain in a national park or holding a tiny backyard wedding ceremony somewhere in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains with delivery pizza at the reception. I’m all about it.
The pressure of this wedding industry can be nuts at times, with all of these “standards” for how things are supposed to be done. And I know from personal experience, as someone who ditched her traditional large wedding for a Colorado national park elopement (shoutout to Great Sand Dunes National Park!) despite everyone else’s opinions (and boy, were there many!), how tough it can be to go against the grain. But I can also tell you from that same personal experience that when I let go and decided to do my wedding my way, it was the best decision I could have made.
And that’s exactly why I have such a passion for helping my couples build out their dream adventure elopements and intimate weddings on their terms, however that translates for them. I love working with couples who believe that their Colorado elopement or intimate adventure wedding day is first and foremost a reflection of their love, and that it shouldn't have to be dictated by the traditions and expectations of the wedding industry. After all, the real magic happens when you feel in your element during your wedding or adventure elopement.
By the end of your adventure elopement or intimate wedding day, there’s a good chance we’ll basically be best friends. If you haven’t already noticed, I pride myself in being the best third wheel you could have at your elopement or small wedding. So if you want a photographer who will crack terrible dad jokes and start up some dorky dance moves (mine are just about some of the worst, but they’re sure to give you a good laugh), then I don’t know what you’re still waiting for. Let’s get in touch!
And if you want to get a peek at some of the adventures we’ve been on, scroll on down to catch a glimpse of me in some of my favorite places on earth — many of them here in Colorado — with my sweet husband, Ed. If you can't already tell, we're suckers for a good landscape.
Sound like we're meant to be? Let's make some photographic magic together!
P.S. While we are Colorado-based elopement and intimate wedding photographers, we happily travel to adventure elopements and small adventure weddings in different states, so if that’s you, let’s chat! We’re avid and experienced travelers who spend much of our time scouting out some of the best adventure elopement spots beyond our beloved Rocky Mountains, so we’ve got you covered.
Our Personal Adventures
We don’t just talk the adventure wedding talk. We live this lifestyle, through and through.
We love spending our free weekends and evenings exploring the trails to find the best Colorado elopement locations for our couples. From the Colorado Rocky Mountains we call home to the various national parks our country has to offer, we’re there. Chances are, if there’s an unexplored mountain road, we’re somewhere on it. Travel and adventure are our passions, and we love getting to share that passion with our adventurous wedding and elopement couples.
The Best Days Are The Ones Spent Out On The Trails
We’re believers that a day hiking in the mountains is always a day well spent. If there’s a puddle on the trail, you can bet your bottom dollar we’ll splash around in it. If we could bottle up the smell of a campfire and wear it every day, we would. And there’s nothing we love more than chasing down remote hot springs to take a soak after a long day outside.
We don’t believe in photographing adventure elopements simply for the beautiful views (although, we do love a good alpine lake or overlook). We do this because we know how special these places are for our couples. We know that magical feeling that comes with working your way up a trail in the dark to see it magically light up when the sun hits the tips of the mountains. We do it so our couples can have that feeling on their adventure wedding day.
So here we are…getting out there and adventuring in some of our favorite places. And there’s nothing more exciting that getting to share them with you on your adventure elopement day.
Hey! Don’t live in Colorado? We’ll happily work with you to travel to your adventure elopement or intimate wedding. We absolutely love destination mountain elopements and adventure weddings, so if that's you, let’s explore the world together! We also have a Travel Bucket List with the places we would love to shoot elopements at, so if your intimate adventure wedding or adventure elopement takes place in any of these places, we have a deal for you. Drop us a line, and we’ll make it happen.
PUBLICATIONS + FEATURES + BRANDS
We've been lucky enough to have had our photography work featured and published internationally, from wedding and elopement publications to various feature pages and brands. Here's a quick list of some of the awesome places our work has been showcased:
Green Wedding Shoes
Rocky Mountain Bride
Looks Like Film
Ivy & Aster
Wedding Pioneer Colorado
Denver Botanic Gardens
Shoot & Share 2019 Top 100
The Portrait Project
Pendleton Woolen Mills EU
Read Shop by the Merchant
Cooks & Soldiers
Jo David by JD Noble
Sister Photog Community
Shoot & Share 2019 Finalist
HEY YOU, LET’S BE ADVENTURE WEDDING + ELOPEMENT BFFS.
There's nothing we love more than connecting with you guys. We want to build a community with y’all: a place where we can cheer each other on during the adventure elopement or adventure wedding planning process. So it goes without saying that we'd love to meet you guys on Instagram. Don't be a stranger! Come say hi. Extra points if you comment your favorite hiking trail on any of our photos. We can't wait to be a part of your journey.