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post-wedding roadtrip out west | honeymooning in the mountains | national park elopement photographer

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post-wedding roadtrip out west | honeymooning in the mountains | national park elopement photographer

Mount Rainier National Park

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alyssa + horacio's adventurous honeymoon session in mount rainier national park

Alyssa and Horacio chose to do an epic road trip out west for their honeymoon and brought their wedding clothes along for some epic adventure portraits in Mount Rainier National Park! After a few days enjoying and hiking in the park, they met up with us up on the mountain. The conditions ended up being super unique - the whole mountain was covered in fog! Some people might consider this “bad weather” but honestly it was so cool, and so classic Pacific North West! We hiked up the snowfield a little bit for some moody foggy portraits in the trees and with such low visibility it felt like we were in a different world! After that, we drove down the mountain below the fog layer and hiked out into a riverbed with more moody portraits as the fog swirled in the trees above us. They ran around the boulders, climbed on some giant fallen trees, and we ended the day with a few portraits with their rad adventure vehicle that had driven them across the country. We sent them off with some location suggestions for the second half of their road trip and wished we had more time to spend together, we had so much fun with these two!

If you like the idea of an adventurous elopement, but still want to have a wedding back home with your family and friends, you could always consider working a portrait session into your honeymoon! It’s such a cool way to get epic wedding portraits when all the feelings are still fresh, without having to do a destination wedding if that isn’t your thing.

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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post-elopement adventure session in utah | moab elopement photographer

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post-elopement adventure session in utah | moab elopement photographer

Moab, Utah

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michelle + damian's post-elopement adventure session in moab

Michelle and Damian have such a cool story. These two are from Florida, but instead of doing a traditional wedding, or even a wedding at all, they decided to just do a big road trip across the US all the way to Colorado so they could self-solomize on a hike together. Colorado actually has some of the most relaxed marriage laws in the US and they don’t require witnesses, or even an officiant, for a couple to get married! Michelle and Damian loved this idea, but they still wanted some photos to commemorate everything, so they eloped together on a hike in Colorado and then met up with us in Moab, Utah for a post-elopement portrait session. We spent the evening laughing and dancing with them around one of my favorite overlooks in Moab. It was absolutely beautiful! These two are so rad, we loved hanging out with them and when the time came for our session to be over we were honestly bummed to say goodbye!


If you're considering eloping and don't want do deal with ANY logistics, this is possibly the most simple way you could possibly get married. They literally picked up their papers, went on a hike, and when they sat down to sign them they were officially married. How wild is that? We love that they still chose to celebrate with a photo session and hope they will cherish these photos for years to come. If you're interested in booking a post-elopement photo session with us, reach out! We'd be happy to help organize and really take the planning off of your plate!

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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sunset engagement session in joshua tree national park | california elopement photographer

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sunset engagement session in joshua tree national park | california elopement photographer

Joshua Tree National Park

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tamara + jerry's joshua tree national park engagement session | desert elopement inspiration

Tamara and Jerry first reached out to us about photographing their elopement in Sequoia National Park this fall, and after getting that all planned and booked they opted to add on an adventure engagement session this spring! We were so excited, we love when our couples decide to do engagements with us because we get to know them so much better beforehand, and they get comfortable with our adventurous, candid photography style so by the time we’re photographing their elopement, they know exactly what to expect (and we do too!). They were pretty open to whatever we suggested, and wanted to work with our current travel schedule, and considering they live near San Diego we suggested Joshua Tree National Park. Tamara and I agreed it would be so cool for them to have photos in two California National Parks that honestly couldn’t be MORE different, despite both being centered around the epic trees they contain! 

We met up with them in Joshua Tree on a warm spring day and were lucky enough to pick a spot that felt all to ourselves despite the weekend crowds in the park. It was their first time, so we felt extra psyched to be showing them the epic and unusual park. We wandered around, through, and over Joshua Tree’s famous granite rocks, stood amazed at the wild looking trees, and finally were completely blown away by the amazing sunset! It was one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen in the park (if not the best!), and it seemed to last forever. By the time it was over we were all so tired and happy with the gorgeous light show feeling kind of like it was a dream. We loved getting to know these two and are now even more excited for their elopement in Sequoia National Park this fall!


If you're on the fence about doing an adventure engagement session before your elopement, we hope this helps inspire you to go for it! Having some gorgeous photos in a different location, in more "normal" clothes, is such a special experience and is totally different than your elopement day! It's also a great way to get to know us and become familiar with our style. If you want more inspiration for adventure engagement sessions, you can check out this engagement session in Moab, Utah, this anniversary session in Patagonia, or this engagement session in Yosemite National Park.

The Hearnes Adventure Photography is run by Abbi and Callen Hearne, a husband & wife wedding photography team with an emphasis on adventure. They live on the road as full-time nomads in their big white van, allowing them to serve a large portion of the western US including California, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. They believe love is the greatest adventure and strive to create photos that are epic, romantic, true, and timeless.

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