Choosing where and when to get married is full of lots of decisions. In places like Jackson Hole, seasonal changes make a huge impact on events. We see most weddings and elopements happen in the “high-season” of May – October. This is when the weather is most temperate and all park roads are accessible. As a result, this is also the time frame that the reserved site specific ceremony permits are available. After mid-October, couples need to apply for a dispersed ceremony permit if they’d like to have a ceremony inside Grand Teton National Park.
Another option is to have your winter elopement at Wedding Tree. While this particular elopement took place in late October, we happened to have two snow storms come through in October, so they got a beautiful mix of both fall and winter.
Gabrielle & Chase chose to share their wedding vows at the Wedding Tree in Kelly, Wyoming. This is a beautiful and unique location to get married. It’s inside the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and is intimately nestled away from traffic and tourists. It’s one of the quietest places in the Jackson area that is easily accessible for your ceremony. It has a beautiful view of the Tetons on clear days. There are some cons to having your Winter Elopement at Wedding Tree, like walking through the snow and windy days can be bitterly cold. However, I think it’s a location well worth those factors!
Also, a big shout out to Gabrielle’s hair and makeup team: HMU by Tanya
After they shared their vows at the Wedding Tree, we headed into Grand Teton National Park for additional portraits. I love being about to photograph couples in multiple locations. As your Jackson Hole Wedding Photographer, I know all the best spots!
Our first stop was Mormon Row, where we took advantage of the beautiful open Antelope Flats fields. Next, we spent a small amount of time at the Snake River Overlook. This is where Ansel Adams took one of his most famous (to me at least), photos of the Tetons with the river. Over time, the trees have grown and have shifted so things look a bit different, but you can see why he took time to photograph this view. Our last stop was Blacktail Ponds. Each of these locations are so different in what they offer, you can’t miss any of them!