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alyeska ski resort summer anniversary session | alaska elopement photographer

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alyeska ski resort summer anniversary session | alaska elopement photographer

Alyeska Resort, Alaska

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danielle + dillon's adventurous anniversary session | alyeska ski resort elopement inspiration

Wow, these two are absolute gems. We honestly feel so lucky to have spent an evening with Danielle and Dillon in Alaska! We were actually in touch with them late last year to plan an adventure photo session for their ten year anniversary. We’d originally decided on an adventure session in Yosemite National Park, but due to some family events they ended up having to reschedule. We had talked about doing a later date in Yosemite, or even sometime in Moab to align with our travel schedule, but then I mentioned we’d be going to Alaska in the summer and Danielle loved the idea! They decided to make a whole trip out of their ten year anniversary celebration and meet us in Alaska. Danielle and Dillon had a super adventurous trip and even did a glacier tour the day before our adventure session!! We met up with them in Girdwood south of Anchorage, and decided to do their adventure session high on Mount Alyeska with a delicious luxury dinner in the middle!! It was an absolutely beautiful evening, with perfect fluffy clouds and gorgeous golden light. After about an hour of hiking around and soaking in the views, we took a break to eat dinner at the Seven Glaciers Restaurant, which was absolutely delicious!! We joked that we were crashing their 10th anniversary dinner, but they assured us it was all good ;) After an awesome dinner, we headed back out for sunset on the mountain. The views were so stunning, with some of the most beautiful pink colors in the sky, perfectly green grass on the steep hillside, and lovely little white flowers all over. 

Danielle and Dillon are so absolutely amazing together, they truly have one of the sweetest relationships. We photograph a lot of engagement sessions and wedding + elopement couples, but there is something so special about photographing couples celebrating a major anniversary. These two have lived so much life together, fought through hard times and experienced some of life’s greatest joys. The bond between them is so special and was so amazing to photograph. We are so thankful for our evening with Danelle and Dillon, and hope we get to do another session with them on their 20th anniversary :)


We are so excited to be heading back to Alaska next summer, this time for three whole months! After our trip out there this summer, we have a long list of places that would be absolutely amazing for an adventure elopement, intimate wedding, or engagement session! If you’re considering eloping and like the idea of a destination wedding, but want to keep things relatively simple, Alaska is such a good option for your elopement! It was super easy to explore and navigate as a US resident (obviously) but felt like a far-off international destination! The landscape in Alaska is so amazing, you could literally have your elopement ceremony on a glacier via a helicopter and then be up on a gorgeous hillside for sunset wedding portraits within an hour. We found amazing iceberg lagoons, hiked some epic mountain passes, and explore some of the coolest terrain we’ve ever seen! We’ll be booking limited dates during our three months in Alaska next summer, so if you’re hoping to have your elopement or intimate wedding in Denali National Park, Girdwood, Valdez, or any of the other epic spots we explored, get in touch with us as soon as possible!

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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destination engagement session in the mountains | grand teton national park elopement photographer

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destination engagement session in the mountains | grand teton national park elopement photographer

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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maggie + gary's adventure engagement session in grand teton national park | jackson hole, wyoming wedding photographer

Ohhh my goodness where do I even start with these two. From the moment we met up with them for pre adventure session dinner at Dornan’s Pizza and they assured us “they have their pizza order dialed” and then proceeded to order plain cheese (???) to our hugs goodbye a hour after the sun went down and we all chatted in camp chairs as the full moon rose, we were pretty much constantly in stitches laughing until we cried. Our adventure engagement session with them was basically two hours of dogs playing (Charlie and Luke are best friends forever), The Office references (including Maggie and Gary literally acting out my favorite scene in the show…you’ll know when you get to the photos)…(ok hint…”STANLEY BARACK IS PRESIDENT”), and everyone marveling at how majestic the Tetons are. We made sure to pick a spot outside of the National Park boundary so the dogs could run freely, but the views of the Teton range were just as impressive as the viewpoints in the park!

While all of the dog-loving, Office-referencing, complicated pizza order details were super fun about these two, I think the best part is why they were in the Tetons in the first place. While in between jobs, they decided to take off on an epic three-month road trip across the western US (their first time out here!!) with almost no experience camping, road tripping, etc. They just went for it. And they’re absolutely rocking it! We’ve loved chatting with them about road life, the challenges of keeping a dog alive in the middle of the summer, the constant fear of bears in Wyoming and Montana, the ease of eating out but feeling gross about it, and the fun of waking up in a new place every day despite the logistical junkshow that your life has become 😂. If you want to laugh your butt off as some genuine moments of life on the road, definitely follow @lukegoeswest on instagram. Their stories are hilarious.

Seriously though, we’ve made friends for life with these two and are so thankful that our job connects us to couples like them. We can’t wait to see what they do next, and hopefully we’ll see them on the road again soon. Normal life is overrated anyway ;)

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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