Let’s dream for a second. Imagine what it would be like to have an intimate adventure wedding or Colorado elopement day that looks however you want it to look. No expectations. No rules. No one telling you what your wedding “should” and “shouldn’t” include. No overly-rehearsed, overly-planned wedding events and activities. Just you and your partner celebrating your love in a way that feels true to both of you. You can have that. And we’re the adventure wedding photographers who can help you bring that day to life.
You crave an adventure wedding day that’s true to your specific story and not a manifestation of what the wedding industry tells you your wedding day should look like. You are fully on board with the idea that an adventure wedding or elopement day is the reflection of your distinct story and life experiences. The last thing you want is your wedding day to feel like some boring copy of everyone else’s. You’d rather do your own thing.
The idea of planning a large wedding gives you anxiety. You two don’t love 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. You’d rather this moment be private; a place where you two can be vulnerable with each other.
You’ve been told countless times from friends about how quickly their wedding day went by and how it felt like a rushed blur. This is one of the biggest days of your life. Why would you want it to go by in an instant? You know you’d rather spend your time savoring every moment of your adventure wedding or Colorado elopement, and spend less time chatting up your third cousin Jimmy.
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 spend your free time on outdoors adventures together, even if it’s simply stringing up your hammock in the backyard to read a good book. You’ll pass on the indoor, manicured, stale venues. They just don’t feel like “you.”
Your adventure wedding or elopement day doesn’t have to be dictated by the expectations and made-up, nonsense rules of the wedding industry. At the end of the day, your adventure wedding is a representation of YOUR relationship. There will always be people providing their unsolicited opinions on what your adventure wedding or Colorado elopement day should look like, but if those opinions don’t light your fire, free yourself of that pressure. Nobody should have to feel pressured to have a big, traditional wedding if they don’t want one. Your adventure wedding, your rules. How empowering is that?!
As Colorado elopement photographers and adventure wedding photographers who specialize exclusively in small adventure weddings and Rocky Mountain elopements, we’ve got your back. We understand what you’re going through, because we also made the decision to elope in Colorado and ditch our own almost fully-planned traditional wedding. And 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,” we have you covered. We know this adventure wedding and elopement process can seem scary and overwhelming, which is why we’re here to help. Your elopement should be the start of your best adventure yet. Let’s make that a reality.
Oh hey, Sheena here! I’m the lead elopement and adventure wedding photographer over here at Sheena Shahangian Photography (and that dork smiling like a total goof at my brand spankin’ new husband after we eloped in our favorite Colorado national park). My husband Ed and based 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 mountain elopement. But hey, we’re biased, since we eloped here too!
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 adventure wedding photographers 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 Colorado 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.
As seasoned Colorado elopement photographers and adventure wedding photographers, we know a thing or two about helping our couples navigate the sometimes choppy waters of ditching the wedding industry’s ridiculous template of what a wedding day “should” look like and figuring out how to plan their dream Colorado 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 elopement ceremony. This is our specialty.
So you’re feeling the vibe here. You're over the wedding industry telling you it's normal to have a large, traditional wedding that costs over $33,000 on average, and you’re thinking, “Hey maybe this Sheena chick can help us do our own thing on our adventure wedding day?” Or you just have a little feeling in your gut that we could be the ones to photograph your small adventure wedding or Colorado 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 conversation all about your adventure wedding or elopement dreams. These chats make sure we do everything in our power to be the best adventure wedding photographers for you, because that’s exactly what your adventure wedding or Colorado elopement deserves.
This is the moment where all of your elopement and adventure wedding photography questions get answered. If you live in the Denver or Fort Collins, Colorado area let us know and we’ll likely meet up at a local coffee shop and chat over some espresso, our treat. If not, we'll hop on a phone call and chat adventure wedding details.
We’ll talk about all the little details of your small adventure wedding or Colorado 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. We'll encourage you to dream big and guide you through what your adventure wedding day could look like (the possibilities really are endless, as cliche as it sounds). And you can get a feel for whether we’re the right adventure wedding photographers for you.
Okay, so now you’ve decided we’re the adventure wedding photographers or Colorado 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 Colorado elopement and adventure wedding photography. One of the biggest reasons our couples enjoy working with us 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. Having been in your shoes with our own Colorado elopement, we never want to leave any couples out to fend for themselves during this elopement process.
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. Easy peasy. 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 activities to do on your elopement day. We’ll help you craft your small adventure wedding or elopement timeline and provide guidance on what to pack with you. We’ll essentially be your guides through this whole adventure wedding process. We've got recommendations on the best hiking boots to wear, what types of layers you'll want to bring along, and all that jazz. We're kind of like those magic 8 balls you likely played with as a kid (minus the often vague, ominous answers).
We want you to feel like you’ve done your love justice by having an adventure wedding or elopement that really gets to the core of why you’re saying “I do” in the first place.
If the idea of having a large, elaborate wedding doesn’t feel like you, you shouldn’t have to have one. And the wedding industry has no right to pressure you into it. And, hey, if you’re scared to make the jump and decide to elope, we get it. We’ve been there, and we’re here to guide you through it and cheer you on while you join the elopement movement!
When we’re not out photographing Colorado elopements and small 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 adventure wedding or mountain elopement.
Whether you’re looking to have a Colorado elopement in the mountains of Crested Butte or a small adventure wedding in Great Sand Dunes National Park, we’re here to help you through all of the little details of your adventure wedding. As elopement and adventure wedding 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.
Not Just Any Adventure Wedding Photographers
As adventure wedding photographers, your elopement day is personal to us. We’re the Colorado 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 (this isn’t some scandalous, quickly planned olden-days elopement after all), which is why we love being guides to our adventure elopement and small wedding couples.
We’re the Colorado elopement photographers texting you about your elopement dress or suit. We’re just as excited about your Colorado elopement or adventure wedding 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.
For couples who’ve chosen the less traditional route of having an elopement or adventure wedding — whether that’s in Colorado or elsewhere — we’re here to help. The wedding industry has spent SO much time making up these ridiculous rules and traditions, simply with the intention of getting you to spend more money on things you don’t need or care for. And frankly, we’re sick of it. We’re here to empower you to do what YOU want on your adventure wedding day, rules be damned.
The Colorado Rockies are our home. We know these mountains like the back of our hand, and we love helping our couples plan their Colorado adventure elopements. Our land is your land, peeps. so let’s get you mountain married!
We specialize in photographing small adventure weddings in the great outdoors. We believe small weddings empower couples to be themselves on their wedding day, which is what makes us so honored to be a part of them. There’s nothing better.
We like to say we’re adventurers first, photographers second. Which frankly, is what we think makes us good at what we do. We live and breathe the outdoors lifestyle, and we make sure our adventure wedding photos show off your adventurous side too.
Not everyone loves tradition, but that doesn’t make your adventure wedding or elopement any less important.
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Empowering You To Have Your Adventure Wedding, Your Way