Best Elopement & Micro Wedding Photos of 2023

Time for an end of year wrap up and to share some of the best elopement and micro wedding photos this season!

As I sit here reflecting on the passing of yet another year, it’s almost surreal to believe how quickly time has flown by. I’m filled with a mix of emotions as I reminisce about how impactful this wedding season was.

You see, this was my first official year in business for myself after working with Adventure Instead for the last 5 years. I’m so proud of myself for listening to that gut instinct of mine and for starting Story Maker. The initial fear in taking that leap has transformed into a deep sense of accomplishment, and I’m excited for the continued growth and storytelling adventures that lie ahead.

This season I continued to work with the most incredible couples. Each of them shared a common vision for their wedding day: an experience that authentically reflected who they are. We laughed together, shed tears of joy, and shared meaningful conversations. I watched as their eyes lit up throughout their wedding day, how they slowed down to savor their first dance. I witnessed couple just let loose because no one was watching, and when things didn’t go exactly according to plan, I watched them laugh it off and go with the flow. And I did my best to capture all of it.

What’s coming in 2024?

*Drum roll please*

Photo albums

But not just any kind of photo albums. Incredibly stunning heirloom-quality albums from the very best album company I could find. Knowing that the moments from your wedding day will live in this book for generations to come, I didn’t want to sacrifice the quality. The pages are smooth, thick, and seamless. The colors are spot-on, and the quality is unmatched. I’m so proud to be able to offer these albums because I deeply believe in the importance of printing your photos. This is a way to literally put your memories in the hands of your loved ones, and to showcase your most important milestones as art in your home.

So now, when you book Story Maker Photo, you’ll receive a complimentary album design. All you have to do is the fun part of personalizing the cover with your favorite linen or leather.

Film photography

I’m thrilled to have started offering 35mm film add-ons!

Film photography adds a totally different look. It also helps me slow down and artfully document moments in a totally different way than digital photography. The photos come back with an instant feel of nostalgia, and it just warms my heart to be able to blend both mediums into final galleries.

The stoke is high.

Thank you, again

2023 couples, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for trusting me to document your elopements and micro weddings. Thank you for giving me creative freedom, so you could just enjoy yourselves on your day. And thank you for your kind reviews, interactions, and overall support.

And thank you all for being here and reading this now.

2023 on a quick personal note

Over the last year I’ve found time for myself again. Time to oil paint, to go on adventures with friends during the Spring, Summer, AND Fall (my favorite months!), to backpack and do the things that fill my cup. I even got to do a 50 hour adventure race with my best friend, and went on to race in USARA National Championship! There is nothing that energizes me more than these life experiences. Ya know the oxygen mask analogy? I’ve found that the more I live my own life (and not just work through it), the better I can be there + serve others, the more inspired I am, and the more “me” I feel. The joy and balance I’ve prioritized this year has paid off in so many ways.

Lastly, I have some exciting news!


That’s right. We are selling our cute little Estes Park cottage and are under contract for a new home…. 2 miles up the road. 🙂 I hope to share more on this adventure once everything is finalized, and I invite you follow along on Instagram.

Now, enjoy some of the best elopement and micro wedding moments of 2023

Elopement photo on a cliff in Moab, Utah at sunset
Bride and groom laying in a meadow with mountains in the distance
Couple walking down red rocks with a bright blue sky on their wedding day
Bride and groom sharing a first dance outside after dark under market lights
Bride putting on her veil as she looks out the window
Bride and groom holding hands and hiking through the Colorado mountains
Couple walking through a field in Rocky Mountain National Park during the Fall time
Couple walking through a meadow with dramatic lighting on their elopement day
Portrait of two brides at Garden of the Gods on their elopement day
Groom and father of the bride getting ready together during a micro wedding
Bride surrounded by her family during her Colorado micro wedding
Couple walking down to 3M Curve on their elopement day in Rocky Mountain National Park
Dog with a stick in it's mouth and bride and groom in the distance
Bride approaching groom at Bear Lake for a first look on their elopement day
Bride and groom fly fishing in Colorado on their elopement day
Garden of the Gods micro wedding
Couple signing their marriage license in the back of a glowing car
Couple sitting in a meadow and reading letters from family and friends during their micro wedding
Brides dancing on top of red rocks at Garden of the Gods
Romantic black and white image of bride and groom holding hands
Wedding dress spilling onto the cabin floor
Micro wedding celebrations in Crested Butte, Colorado
Couple walking through a meadow with snowy mountains in the background on their elopement day
Bride and groom hiking to Dream Lake on their elopement day
Couple at the edge of a cliff on their elopement day in the desert
Couple climbing up their camper van during their elopement adventure in Colorado
Bride and groom along the river in Grand Lake, Colorado
Couple laying in a meadow on their elopement day
Couple in a forest of lodge pole pines on their elopement day
Bride and groom at their A-frame cabin during their elopement
Bride and groom hiking above an alpine lake in Colorado during their elopement
Bride walking through a doorway with a doormat that says "so happy you're here"

I really am so happy you’re here.

Now, here’s to an (even better?!) season! Want to join in on the fun? Inquire now about your elopement or micro wedding and see if we’re a good fit!

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