I'm a fine art wedding and portrait photographer — creating a space that welcomes creativity and inspiration. Based in Colorado, my work has taken me across the globe.




Why are couples choosing to elope? Well, they’re starting to realize that they have options when it comes to their wedding day. Yes, I said wedding. Elopements are, and should very much still be, considered your wedding day. Even when couples have large budgets and close relationships with their family, they’re starting to notice that the big, elaborate wedding isn’t for them. There are plenty of reasons to elope, and the couples that do, value spending their wedding day together and want their day to be an experience that prioritizes THEM. Planning a traditional wedding involves a lot of people—and, unfortunately, unsolicited opinions as well. It can become overwhelming and stressful! Who wants to worry about that on the most intimate day of their lives? Eloping eliminates that stress and allows you to start your life with an epic adventure because you deserve that!

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying all of this to put down large weddings. Everyone has a preference and a dream of what they want their day to be like, and for those that can’t picture themselves putting on that big party, we want you to follow your dreams too! Now, let’s get into some of the top reasons to elope.



Eloping permits you to create the day that YOU want. You don’t have to follow a certain standard, structure, or itinerary. Don’t want to invite 150 people to your wedding? Perfect, bring your closest crew. Don’t want to have bridesmaids and groomsmen? You don’t have to! Don’t want to have your ceremony in a stuffy wedding venue? Sweet, do it on a mountain ledge looking over a gorgeous meadow. The possibilities are endless, and you and your boo have total control over the look of your day.


According to The Knot, the average wedding cost in 2022 was $30k! I KNOW that can not sound appealing to everyone, and let me tell you, weddings are not getting any cheaper. Eloping gives you the flexibility to allocate your dollars more intentionally. Maybe after, you can use the extra money to have a sweet honeymoon. Not everyone has $10k, $20k, or $30k to throw around for their wedding day, and that’s totally okay. YOU get to decide what is important.

couple standing romantically in meadow


Want to take a helicopter ride to your elopement destination? No, not crazy. This is another perk to eloping over a traditional wedding. We can hike a mountain, do a Jeep tour, hit the slopes, and so much more! When I say dream big, I’m not kidding. There are fewer restrictions and many opportunities when choosing your adventure, and if you need some inspiration, I’m an email away!


It’s hard to be entirely present and in the moment during a traditional wedding day. With all the hustle and bustle, as hard as you try, you still have a million things running through the back of your mind. Are all the vendors on time? Why are my bridesmaids being so obnoxious (if you know, you know)? Then you may have seating plan complaints, no wedding planner, pressure to look great, and the list continue. It’s desirable to have an intimate and meaningful day, and I think sometimes couples forget that the day is about the two of you, not everyone else.


When you have the right vendors, of course. It’s important to do your research when deciding who to choose to be your elopement photographer. Essentially they should be able to help plan your adventure on top of taking epic photos. Once you find that perfect match, planning your elopement should be seamless and FUN!

couple holding hands walking through a meadow


Did my reasons to elope convince you yet? If you’d like to see my packages and pricing click here, or you can get in touch with me by filling out my contact form. Hope to talk soon!

Colorado Elopement Packages

Elopement Packages and Pricing for Colorado
>> Half, full or multi day elopement photography coverage anywhere in Colorado
>> 70+ page Elopement Guide exclusive to Whitney Rae couples
>> Unlimited Consultations
>> Personalized location scouting + vendor recommendations plus created just-for-you activity list
>> Handcrafted elopement timeline
>> Permit and marriage license assistance
>> Optional complimentary officiant service
>> Digital online gallery with full resolution image and printing rights
>> Sneak peek images within 48 hours
Photographer travel fees covered anywhere in Colorado Starting at $5,600

Call it authentic, candid or genuine. Whatever the adjective, I want to create a wedding celebration that resembles you, from the big celebrations and the in-between moments to the images I deliver that help you relive the day for years to come. When it comes to your wedding day, the moments you want to remember aren't always perfect, staged or scripted, they are uncut, raw and true to you.


I believe in

Dorothea Lange

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still”

Words I Live by

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Hello! I feel beyond honored that you've made your way here! In order to give you the best representation of who you'll be spending your wedding day (one of the best days you'll live) with, here's a brief run down!

First and foremost, I'm a mountain gal through and through. I was born and raised in Vail, Colorado and unless it's another mountain town, my husband and I will always call this home. It's the tightly knit community, the fresh air (but really, it hits different here), the scenery and most importantly for us, the recreation + lifestyle. This is something that will always come through in my work, and what I believe sets me just a little bit apart - I am, and will forever be, inspired by the poetry of love in landscapes. 

I have a deep desire to be on the move, to see everything before I don't have the opportunity to, and are therefore happiest when traveling and exploring new places (which I feel so lucky is a part of my work!) 


Spending quality time hiking/biking/skiing/camping with my husband and our two border collies, clocking in some R&R at home or catching up with a friend over a glass of wine/craft beer are things that always sit at the top of the priority list.

If you're in to it- I'm a Libra, A Manifesting Generator (6-2) and an Enneagram 7 Wing 6/8. In short, I'm a people person, an optimist, and for lack of better terms- like to get shit done and make things happen. I'm a feeler, with a strong sense of empathy and sense of what people are experiencing, both when it comes to myself and others. I'm a bit of a goof, a tiny little thing packed with some sass, and ultimately just want to live a fun and adventurous life that's packed with new experiences and people. 

..I guess that's why I do what I do. I feel so grateful to be on this journey of having my own business where I have freedom to curate the life I want to live, where I get to connect with truly so many amazing humans, travel to some really beautiful places, and document that as a whole, as creatively and beautifully as I can for you.

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