Dakota + Sean | A Snowy Elopement in the Mountains | Alma, Colorado

April 16, 2019

Ready for something epic? This past weekend Scott and I traveled to Alma, Colorado to capture the elopement of Dakota and Sean. To say it was breathtaking would be an understatement.  Dakota and Sean’s relationship started in college almost 5 years ago when Sean sat next to Dakota on the first day of class. Dakota says she remembered seeing him walking in the room and her heart nearly beating out of her chest. A month later, they were dating.  A few years after, Dakota asked Sean what he wanted for his birthday. He replied, “All I want is you.” Later, while at a birthday dinner with their parents, Sean made things official by proposing with a little help from Percy the family dog who had an engagement ring tied around his neck.  Which is fitting, because this couple love dogs more than anyone I’ve ever met. Their dream is to one day open a dog rescue and I can’t think of two people more perfect for the job.

Dakota says her relationship with Sean has been the most thrilling, challenging, and rewarding experience of her life.  And what better way to celebrate such an event than with an elopement with their family in the mountains of Colorado? Dakota’s mom, Andrea and I have been friends for several years. She has been my biggest cheerleader, supporter, and encourager (I’m not sure that’s a word…) in my photography business. When I decided to start doing photography professionally, understandably there were people in my life who thought I had lost my mind. Whenever I felt discouraged or started to doubt myself, Andrea’s support helped me push through it and I am so grateful to call her my friend. So, I was thrilled when she asked Scott and I to come along for this adventure.

The family rented out a beautiful cabin high in the mountains for this special weekend and Scott and I had the pleasure of spending several days with Sean and Dakota’s family. I can tell you they are some of the most kind and funny people you will ever meet. Dakota and Sean are blessed to have such a caring and supportive family standing beside them as they start this journey together. The day of their wedding, the unpredictable mountain weather came in full force, blowing in several snow storms, but the day could not have been more beautiful. Sean and Dakota said their vows they wrote to each other among the pine trees and the snow while their family looked on. Afterward, we roamed the mountains and found some amazing spots for portraits before ending the night with a meal together at a local restaurant. As you’ll see, the day was nothing less than perfect.

Congrats, Dakota and Sean! Scott and I are so happy for you and we can’t wait to hear about your honeymoon through Colorado when you return!




  1. Carol Harper

    April 16th, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Such beautiful pictures! Am so happy for my grandson and his bride. Glad she is a part of our family! Love them both to the moon 🌝 and back😘😘

  2. Michael Doogs

    April 16th, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Very Beautiful. May the Lord watch over the two of them and shape them as He did with the beautiful scenery He provided for their special day. I Love you both. Congratulations.

  3. Airianna

    April 16th, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    These are absolutely stunning! Congrats!!

  4. Mom and dad

    April 16th, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    May the two of you always look at each other with the same love and dedication to each other as you did that day. Dad and I are so proud of the couple you two have become, and will continue to be. Remember that no marriage is perfect, and always find a way to work through whatever comes your way.

  5. Becky

    April 16th, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Stunning pics of your wedding day! Congratulations!

  6. Andrea

    April 19th, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Your words made me tear up! You are an amazing photographer, and I am lucky to have you as a friend. Words can never express my gratitude for the remarkable pictures you captured for Dakota and Sean. You captured the emotions that were felt by the family and every time I see these beautiful images I am going to remember those feelings of that perfect weekend.