Alex and Kami were drawn towards an elopement because they wanted to enjoy their special day in a beautiful place without the cost of a big wedding. They wanted to be able to focus on one another and celebrate with a few of the closest people in their lives. After looking over the extensive list of locations where small weddings are permitted within and around Grand Teton National Park, they ended up deciding on the Wedding Tree. A stunning location located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest with beautiful views of the Teton mountain range.
Pre-Ceremony Festivities at Snake River Brewing
These two started their amazing day at Snake River Brewing, one of our favorite breweries in town. Merely 10 minutes before they arrived, there was a huge rain cloud that moved through and it torrentially down poured up until the minute they arrived. Unfortunately this scratched their plans of enjoying a beer outside in the brewery’s courtyard, but luckily the covered patio upstairs was available and they enjoyed a few beers with their 4 guests.
An Intimate Ceremony at the Wedding Tree
On our way to the Wedding Tree, we ended up running into some traffic due to a moose sighting off the side of the road. This is something you always want to account for when having your elopement in a place where there is tons of wildlife. Always plan for extra time just in case. Once we arrived at the Wedding Tree, there wasn’t a single other person or car in sight, which was exactly what Alex and Kami were hoping for. We met up with their officiant, and walked up to the ceremony area and they began to say their vows. We had somehow beat out the rain for their ceremony, and we were greeted by partly cloudy skies with magnificent views of the Tetons.
Picnic on the Mountain
After their beautiful ceremony at the Wedding Tree, the group ventured off to one of our favorite picnic spots that provides stunning unobstructed views of the whole range. They set up a few lawn chairs and a cooler to sit back and relax while they munched on some amazing snacks made by the bride and groom’s sister in law. She knocked it out of the park with these snacks, they were so yummy and well done! It was windy as heck, so we had to sneak down the hill into a protected area so they could eat, but we snuck Alex and Kami back on the hill for a few epic shots of the two of them, and this photo set may very well be one of our favorite photo sets ever!
A Sunset First Dance at Mormon Row
We chased the sun all the way back to Mormon Row where Alex and Kami took a few more bridal photos together and shared a glass of champagne with their guests. It was magical to watch the sunset behind the mountains. Mormon Row is truly one of the best places to do so in the park! They also decided to do a first dance in the field, and invited their 4 guests to come out and join them during their special moment. It was so beautiful to watch all three couples dancing together in front of the Tetons, and we even got to see some funny dance moves from everyone too. They finished the evening with some cake from Albertsons (seriously one of the best places in town to get an affordable last minute cake.)
Why the Wedding Tree is one of the best places to elope in Jackson, Wyoming
The Wedding Tree is such a special place to elope in the Jackson Hole area. It provides scenic views of the Teton range along with a beautiful landscape in the surrounding area. It also is one of the most private areas that you can elope, as not many people know about it, and you also need a permit to secure the spot for a wedding. This means no other weddings or photo sessions should be taking place during your ceremony. You can find more information about how to secure a time slot for The Wedding Tree here, and you can reach out to us (a Jackson Hole elopement photography and videography team) to capture your special day here!