Sally and Troy had an intimate Wedding Tree Summer Ceremony in Kelly, Wyoming. The day of their wedding was slightly overcast which is my favorite weather for photos at Wedding Tree. Because it’s up on a hill and there are large trees that can cause deep shade, the sun hits a bit differently. When it’s overcast, everything is soft ended and you lose the harshness of direct sunlight.
The wedding couple read their vows privately before their ceremony. They wanted to get some jitters out and not cry as much during the ceremony. They’d already had their legal ceremony before coming to the Tetons, so they shared vows with one another under the trees. It was beautiful to see them sharing vows while being surrounded by their family members.
After their ceremony, we took family photos. Even when you have an small group like this, I ask all of my clients to create a list of groupings they want to have photographed. This helps us to be efficient. A list is especially important when dealing with young kids or individuals who can’t stand for long periods of time.
We don’t want to miss any groupings either! Sometimes in the hustle of doing all the photos, mom or another guest will request a photo that isn’t on the list. We can absolutely do this! But, it’s also easy to get sidetracked and lose where we are if we don’t have a list we’re checking off. For this reason, I print off the list and bring it with me. Then we physically cross off a combination when it’s been photographed. If a couple or a guest ever wants to add a shot we can! We either do it then and in the moment, or write it down so it’s not forgotten.
Our secondary location for wedding portraits was Cathedral Group Turnout inside Grand Teton National Park. This location is a bit secluded while still being easy to access. The view of the Tetons here is different than you get out at Wedding tree or outer park road areas. It gives the wedding couple entirely different photo backdrop. I love the sagebrush here also because I feel like it can “look good” any time of the year – spring through fall.
Let me help you plan your Jackson Hole elopement or vow reading. I’d be honored to be your photographer. Contact me today about your destination photography needs.