Beth & Liz's Grand Teton Wedding

June 26, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Beth & Liz's wedding was a wedding of firsts for me

  • First wedding in a US National Park
  • First wedding I've shot in snow
  • First wedding that's been photobombed by tourists

I met Beth four years ago at the Manhattan Pride Parade. At the time, she was just the crazy yelling girl. Over the last four years, we've become friends through our Facebook connection, and I've been able to work with Beth on several other projects as well. When Beth & Liz decided to marry, they've since told me they were hesitant to ask me to shoot their wedding in Grand Teton National Park. When they did, I took almost no time to say yes, and I'm so glad I did! This was yet another fantastic wedding proving that my clients really are the best.

Liz & Beth were surrounded by 30 friends when they said their vows. There were countless other people around as well, and as snow fell lightly as they walked to the ceremony location, there wasn't a single person, in the wedding nor on the deck of the Jackson Lake Lodge, who wasn't smiling. In fact, two tourists even took the chance to photobomb the wedding by taking photos in front of the ceremony location with the wedding and the Teton Mountain Range in the background.

Once the wedding completed, Beth, Liz, and I headed out into the park for their portraits. Even though it was cold (it had, after all, just snowed) both were troopers and did their best to look warm before the camera. As we finished up and headed back, Beth asked me "Can we get one more shot?" "Of course!" I said, "what's that?" "I want a picture with a Park Ranger!!!" As we drove through the gate back into Grand Teton National Park, we stopped and Beth and Liz posed with the ranger for  a quick photo.

At the end of the day, all of the wedding party gathered at Colter Bay in the park to gather around a bonfire, toast marshmallows, and sing camp songs as the sun set over the mountains. This whole photographer gig really does have its benefits.


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