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 elopement industry, I don’t believe in doing anything less than putting my entire heart and soul into my couples and their elopement days. I truly, deeply care about your elopement. Your day is my priority. Because the way you treat people matters.
I’m Sheena, a small wedding and elopement 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 adventurous elopement in one of our favorite national parks instead. I know what it feels like to feel pressured to have a wedding that didn’t feel like our vibe. 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’ve got your back.
Personally, I don’t believe in photographing outdoors elopements simply for the beautiful views (although, I do love a good alpine lake or mountain overlook). And I don’t do it for the sake of being trendy. I do this because I know how special these outdoors spaces are for my couples. I believe in chasing that amazing feeling you get when you work your way up a trail in the Rockies in the dark to eventually see it magically light up when the sun hits the tips of the mountains at sunrise. And I do this so my couples can have that feeling on their day. I want you to experience THAT freedom during your elopement…not feel confined to some stale, indoor wedding venue.
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 camping trip. Favorite one so far? Our 22 hour trek from CO 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. An odometer with a crazy high number of miles on it is a badge of honor in my book.
Life’s about finding the joy in the small things, because the small joys in life can add up to something great (confession: this is a lesson I’ve learned from watching my dog be amazed by all the little things in life). And this is the same mentality I apply to photographing my couples’ elopements: find joy in the little things you want, whether or not they follow traditions. Those small things? Those are the ones you will remember.
Oh man, y’all. The excitement of wandering down a dirt road in the mountains to a secluded hot spring after a long day in the sun? You just can’t beat it. It’s like tracking down little gold nuggets. Sometimes it seems like the outdoor world is becoming more and more popular. Trails are overpacked. Alpine lakes are getting crowded. And I LOVE that so many people are getting into the outdoors and enjoying it for how awesome it is. But when I want to get away from it all? I find myself a remove hot spring and watch the sun set. Nothing better. Especially when there’s a can of cider in my hand (shoutout to Stem Ciders, my absolute favorite local cidery).
I don’t just throw around the term “adventure elopement photographer.” I make it a point of living that life. When I’m not shooting tiny mountain weddings, you can find me hiking the Rocky Mountains and the high desert with my husband Ed, and our pup Zari (scroll on down if you’d like to see some photos of us in our element in the outdoors).
But beyond my love for adventuring, I know what it’s like to feel like the wedding industry didn’t get me. I distinctly remember how crappy it felt when I kept getting told what my wedding day “should” look like, when all I wanted was a simple, adventurous day with a minimal guest list and maximum outdoors time. I literally spent a YEAR planning a large, traditional wedding I knew I didn’t want to have. And I spend most of that time dreading the whole process, until we finally took the dive and had the type of wedding we’d really been dreaming of: an elopement.
Ever since then, I told myself that I wouldn’t let any other couples feel the way I felt. You shouldn’t ever have to feel like your day is something you want to “get over with.” This day should be fun, and it should most definitely feel like YOU. There’s nothing I’m more passionate about than helping you have that day: your wedding, your way. Together we can start a movement and redefine elopements.
We’ve been lucky enough to have had our photography work featured and published internationally, from wedding publications to various feature pages and brands. Here’s a quick list of some of the awesome places our work has been showcased:
Not everyone loves tradition, but that doesn’t make your adventure wedding or elopement any less important.
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