Gateway Elopement Photographer

Elopements & weddings in Gateway

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Elopements in Gateway are becoming ever more popular as the word about the area is getting out. If you're looking for Moab vibes here in Colorado, Gateway is the place for you! It actually sits only 30 some miles from Moab as the crow flies, but only off-road routes exist between the two. By paved roads it's about a 2 hour drive. Gateway, being so nearby, has all the red rock views and adventures of Moab with none of the crowds. Gateway is also in Colorado, allowing you to self-solemnize your elopement if you wish!

Gateway elopements are wonderful because of our longer season here west of the Rockies. Outdoor weddings can be held most of the year with relatively uneventful weather and warmer winters. While July and August are extremely hot and less recommended, the light does last well into the evening, allowing some of those golden hour celebrations after the heat of the day has gone down. The colors the canyons change as the sun sets is one of the prettiest things in the world.

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Where to Elope in gateway

Gateway Canyons Resort - This exquisite resort campus is host to a spa, vintage car museum, luxury lodging, and helicopter tours. Famously owned by the man who owns Discovery Channel, its campus is the main attraction in town. Conde Nast rated Gateways Canyons Resort #10 Top Resort in U.S. and is an attraction all its own.

BLM Land –  Much of the Gateway area is located on or near BLM land and public areas. Leaving no trace is important on these lands. They offer a free option for venue, with red rock canyons and creeks to explore.

Gateway Glamping - Another newer addition to the venue space in Gateway is this glamping campground with luxurious tents to rent out, and beautiful desert views! It is a smaller "venue" and best serves 2-person elopements.

Thimble Rock Pointe - This A-Frame cabin vacation rental is a great space for getting ready and home-base for your elopement if you don't want to stay at the resort or glamp. It is located up the canyon on the way into the Gateway area, only about a 10 minute drive into town. 

Gateway Canyons Air Tours (Helicopter Tour) - If you're looking for more wild adventure, you can consider the Gateway Canyons Air Tour helicopter tour for part of your elopement day. They can customize a flight for your dream backdrop or just give you a tour of the beautiful spaces you're staying near.

-Beth & Dustin

We used Amanda for our wedding and she is the BEST! Our photos turned out amazing and she captured the feel of our night perfectly. She’s also really fun to hang with. We didn’t want her to leave at the end of the night!

-Allison & Ethan

Amanda is the perfect wedding photographer. She’s efficient, she gets absolutely all the shots you want and those you didn’t even know you want, and she just blended into our event perfectly. The photos perfectly captured the whole day and I feel like I can easily relive it just by looking back at the photos. I highly recommend Amanda.

- Brittney & Brandon

Amanda was absolutely amazing! We traveled from out of state to do a destination engagement photoshoot and she made the planning experience stress free! She helped us each step of the way from the initial contact, to picking a location, picking a date for the perfect snow-covered mountain weather, to the actual photoshoot poses. 

- Kylie & Murat

Amanda did an amazing job on our elopement photos! She was incredibly organized during all the planning and sent incredibly helpful tips and ideas in the months leading up. Plus all her recommendations for other local vendors were fantastic.

I specialize in drinking chai tea lattes, and watching Gilmore Girls reruns! I also specialize in capturing the story & scenery of your celebration.

As a full service wedding photographer in Grand Junction, my mission is to preserve your favorite moments in beautiful images for you to relive those best moments of life that fly by too fast.

A Little About Me...

I believe there’s no better sight than the night sky at 10,000 feet.

I also believe you should be able to be authentically you on your wedding day. Whether that’s an off-beat elopement or more traditional wedding celebration, I strive to capture each genuine moment.

I strive to capture the day as it unfolds, every candid moment to perfectly preserve your story. I’m a fly on the wall and many guests say they never noticed me! However I’m not afraid to step up and make family formals fly by (people need to know where to stand and what to do with their hands!) I’m a happy medium between posed and candid.

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Includes location assistance, travel fees, vendor recommendations, activity ideas, digital files in an online gallery to share worldwide, access to Amanda's 10 years of elopement experience & more!

elopements range from $3-5k



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Let's Meet

We'll hop on the phone or Zoom to get to know each other and talk all about your dreams and ideas for the big day, and how I can help make your life easier.

Planning journey

From there I'll help with location guides, scouting, emergency kit info, permits, activity suggestions, vendor recommendations, timeline creation, group photo lists, and so so much more. I will help you craft the most incredible day, with backup plans because life is life. You'll feel like you've never been so excited or prepared for anything before.



The big day & after

The day is here and you're surprised you're nervous after all this time. I will capture your day in a way that tells the story for you to relive forever. You'll have sneak peaks within 24-48 hours and a full gallery of the whole day within a month or so.

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I'll be in touch within 24-48 hours.

If you don’t hear from me soon, I’m probably in the mountains or desert capturing an adventurous couple.
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