Kayleigh Rust

Mallory + Seth

An intimate elopement in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado.

mallory + seth

Elopement │ San Juan Mountains, Colorado │ 08.25.2018

Sometimes it is nice to get out and shoot for the fun of it.  As a wedding photographer, you don't get to shoot your visions at weddings, it's the couple's vision that you're capturing -- which is wonderful!  But for me, at every wedding that I attend, I make little mental notes of all the things that I love the most and keep them with for the future. 

This fall I decided that I wanted to try and bring some of those things that I've loved the most from past weddings + creative visions of my own to life by doing a series of stylized shoots during my down time.  I enlisted the help of some lovely couples and other local vendors to help me, and we had the first shoot in the series this past weekend on August 25th. 

Mallory & Seth actually got engaged in real life 2 weeks prior to this shoot, so it was super easy to capture their excitement, happiness, and love.  Mallory purchased her own dress from Lulu's for less than $200, which is a great reminder to any future bride's out there that you don't have to break the bank to buy a gorgeous wedding dress.  Jess with Grand Fete Design donated the flowers, and yours truly did the bride's hair and make-up. 

I picked one of my favorite areas in the San Juan Mountains that had lots of different landscapes to shoot at.  It was a rainy afternoon, but as a photographer there's nothing I love more than shooting in moody flat light because your images are always on point. I'm so happy with how the entire shoot went and hope that you all love these images as much as I do, and that maybe this shoot inspires some future couple's out there to elope in the mountains!

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Photography: Kayleigh Rust

Venue: San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Florals: Grand Fete Design

Planner: Kayleigh Rust

Hair & Make-up: Kayleigh Rust

Dress: Lulu's, Ocean of Elegance in Ivory