If George and Amal Clooney were going to elope… I feel like it would look a little something like Rachel and Clay’s elopement in Jackson Hole, Wyoming! Talk about a chic couple bringing in a flair of style and luxury to their special day!
These two set the perfect example of how you can have a fun, outdoor elopement that doesn’t sacrifice fashion. Clay’s suit was so stylish, while also providing comfort and ease! Rachel had a beautiful dress that flowed with every movement, making it easy to get around in. Plus, the length of her bridal dress allowed her to throw on a great pair of hiking boots, so she could safely navigate the terrain of the Grand Tetons National Park. Honestly, to me, this is one of the biggest benefits to having a long wedding dream.
Wedding Ceremony at Schwabachers Landing
For their ceremony, Rachel and Clay traded vows at Schwabachers Landing in Grand Teton National Park. A popular location for couples just outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This is a common location due to it being an easy, short jaunt that still has a beautiful view of the Tetons and a reflection on the water.
This summer was one of the smokiest summers I have ever seen. Most days you couldn’t even see the mountains due to the thick smoke rolling in from fires across California, Washington, Montana, and even a few around Wyoming. We were so lucky to not have had many of our own, and I am deeply grateful for that. Rachel and Clay lucked out with some of the smoke clearing out a bit, so we could at least see the mountains peaking out.
During Rachel and Clay’s ceremony, the couple chose to read their own vows, and I was brought to tears by the depth of Rachel’s vows. As someone who is not gifted with words, I always appreciate when someone else is.
Rachel & Clay’s Elopement Photos
After their intimate ceremony under those smoky Tetons, they shared their first kiss as husband and wife before we headed off for adventure photos! I like to stop at least a couple locations after the ceremony, so that the couple has multiple options to choose from when they’re framing pictures and showing off their elopement.
We started by taking some photos around Schwabacher first, and then made our way to one of my favorite spots, Cascade Canyon! The view here is just absolutely beautiful, and I am dying to do an adventure hike session with a couple who wants to get married after hiking in (hint hint, if you want an adventure, let me know, because I can plan all kinds of adventure weddings & elopements).
Lastly, we headed over towards the Jenny Lake area where the sun shines through the Teton range and across the Lake. I love that water lovers can also incorporate that into their weddings around the Tetons since the area has tons of beautiful lakes surrounding the mountains!
Shout out to Elope Jackson who planned the ceremony and helped the couple get all legal permits set up! It is so important to have your ceremony registered and properly permitted so that you can legally get married in the park!