If you’re planning a destination wedding, hiring an experienced photographer is a must. Over the years, I’ve had some incredible experiences capturing memories of couples as they’ve said their vows.
It’s important to communicate your vision with your photographer. Discuss the location and any specific shots that are important to you. Your photographer will use this information to plan the perfect photo session for you.
Recently, I traveled to Breckenridge, Colorado to photograph Lacey + Dylan’s nuptials, and it was nothing short of amazing! I put together this list of things you should know about having your photos taken during your destination wedding.
When you have a destination wedding, you open yourself up to a world of new photography opportunities. You can take advantage of the unique scenery and architecture in the area to create one-of-a-kind photos that you couldn’t get at a traditional wedding venue.
The Sapphire Point overlook is a popular spot for couples who want to capture the stunning Rocky Mountain views.
Or, if you’re looking for something more adventurous, we can hike into the mountains for a special photo session.
On your wedding day, there are a lot of emotions running high. Between the nerves, the excitement, and the stress of the day, it can be tough to get everyone to slow down long enough to focus on formal portraits.
By taking your formal portraits the day after your wedding, all of the formalities are out of the way and you can enjoy your time with your spouse.
It is a little different, but you have the opportunity to
Colorado is one of my favorite destinations. Taking these photos of Lacy and Dylan was a complete dream. Plus, I love when my couples are willing to follow my lead and not afraid of a little work for some incredible scenery.
It is essential to choose a photographer who understands the weather and how it can affect your photos. For example, in Colorado, the sun sets quickly behind the mountains.
I always make sure to scout locations in advance so that I know where to go and when to be there. We had to plan properly to take advantage of the beautiful golden hour light.
In January in Colorado, it is frigid. When I did this photo session, it was about 45° Farenheight, and Lacey was a real trooper.
We knew we would be in the snow, so before she packed her bags for the trip, she got the perfect coverup and this adorable hat to add some of her personality to the photos.
One of the best parts about having a destination wedding is that you can be more adventurous with your photography.
If you’re getting married at home, you’ve likely seen ALL of the popular photography locations near your venue. But when you travel for your wedding, everything is new! This allows you to try something unique and create truly one-of-a-kind memories.
When we came to this mini brick wall and the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains in the distance, I knew it was time to create something magical.
This is why I ask my couples to trust in my expertise. Putting it into words never really works, but when I showed them the different angles and the landscape vs. portrait views, I knew they were happy with this choice to come out the day after! Not to toot my own horn, but GOSH…I love these moments!!
When you have a destination wedding in the mountains, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the landscape and environment. Use it to your advantage.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to using your surroundings to enhance your photos. The key is working with a photographer who understands your vision and knows how to make the most of what your location has to offer.
With a little planning and creativity, you can end up with truly one-of-a-kind wedding photos that will be cherished memories for years to come. And who knows – maybe even inspire other couples to take their own adventure!
Talk to me and let’s find your perfect location for a destination photo session.
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