It’s not every day you get to drive six hours to Virginia to photograph a mountain elopement. So when the opportunity presents itself, you jump on it.

Michaela and Max knew they wanted their wedding to be different. No dj, ballroom, catered wedding for them — they wanted to tie the knot in nature, beneath the open sky. Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia was the perfect setting —yes, complete with wild ponies!—for their elopement. So  I met Max and Michaela at Massie Gap on a sunny Thursday afternoon, and together with the minister (and his two kids tagging along, because why pass up a chance to see wild ponies?), we hiked to the top of a mountain field.

The hike was sunny and warm. When we reached the top, dark clouds gathered in the distance and rumbling thunder rolled over the hills. That’s how Michaela and Max said their vows—beneath a stormy sky, against ombre mountains, beside the one they love.

The storm passed, and thankfully never hit us. Golden sunshine took its place, and the rest is history.


Max and Michaela’s Mountain Elopement

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