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meet your photographer

I grew up playing in the dirt and mud (and still do). My hair is pretty much in a perpetual state of messy bun. I rarely wear makeup. I prefer leggings and sweaters to fancy dresses and heels. So, when I was photographing big, traditional weddings, it dawned on me that I wasn't personally connected to all the pomp and circumstance. One blurred into the other — the same timelines, the same rehashed traditions, the same excess of stuff. Simply put, I didn't belong.

Helping others bring to life their own truly unique vision for their wedding day — well, it's indescribable. That feeling of SHEER STOKE AND EXCITEMENT for an elopement never gets old! Nobody has to entertain or perform, there are no burdensome obligations — it's simply the two of you in an epic place you love with those who fully support you. That, to me, is the most incredible way to start your new life together.

i'm jesslyn

Adventure Elopement Photographer, Jesslyn Marie, laughs as the wind blows her hair around while exploring Yellowstone National Park on a bright, sunny winter day.

the human behind the lens

what makes me different?

I am passionate about OUTDOOR EDUCATION.
I volunteer my time and expertise to various local and national organizations, teaching others about the Ten Essentials, Leave No Trace, map & compass navigation, and backpacking basics. With all this knowledge, I've put together some amazing resources to help you plan for your day!

Speaking of experience, I also received my degree in Film + Photography, developing not only my technical capabilities but my style and artistic eye as well, while maintaining a level of quality that uniquely captures TRUE-TO-LIFE imagery that you'll love — every time.

As someone who roams the backcountry solo, has taught countless classes on all things backpacking, and is certified in Wilderness First Aid, I'm uniquely equipped to help you have a   FUN AND SAFE elopement experience!

I am an ORDAINED OFFICIANT! If you're wanting an especially private ceremony without a third party to officiate — I've got you covered.

I'm passionate about OUTDOOR EDUCATION.
I volunteer my time and expertise to various local and national organizations, teaching others about the Ten Essentials, Leave No Trace, map & compass navigation, and backpacking basics. With all this knowledge, I've put together some amazing resources to help you plan for your day!

As someone who roams the backcountry solo, has taught countless classes on all things backpacking, and is certified in Wilderness First Aid, I'm uniquely equipped to help you have a FUN AND SAFE elopement experience!

And speaking of experience, I received my degree in Film + Photography, developing not only my technical capabilities but my style and artistic eye while maintaining a level of quality that uniquely captures TRUE-TO-LIFE imagery that you'll love — every time.

I am also an ORDAINED OFFICIANT! No need to hire yet another person to tag along on your elopement day and get you married — unless you want to, of course! — I've got you covered.

YOUR ELOPEMENT GURU

I like to PUSH BOUNDARIES and my goal is to be a resource for those who choose to walk the paths less traveled. You want nothing more than to escape the trappings of tradition and do what feels right for you but with so many vendors saying no to these ideas, it can feel impossible. That's where I step in to emphatically tell you HELL YES! This involves taking amazing photographs for you, but also includes:

• Creating a plan for an unforgettable day
• Being your personal pack mule
• Helping you cross creeks and boulder fields
• Making you world class S'Mores at day's end

You want to RISE ABOVE THE STATUS QUO to create something that's true to you and I will see you through the entire process smoothly and effortlessly, whatever that might entail!

queen of s'mores

I have spent my time around campfires patiently honing this highly acclaimed skill and gleaning techniques from other s'mores masters, thereby perfecting the method in which I produce the quintessential combination of crunchy cracker, melty chocolate, and flawlessly oozy marshmallow for the ultimate s'mores experience. You won't be disappointed!

a few fun facts

I'm a HUGE GAMER GEEK of the board, card, and video varieties. My favorites include story-driven RPGs, puzzle-solving platformers, select FPS games, and Settlers of Catan — because how can you not.

The top five movies I could watch over and over again:

EVER AFTER

WILLOW

THE PRINCESS BRIDE

A KNIGHT'S TALE

THE GOONIES

I have an extremely wide taste in music that ranges from HEAVY METAL TO INSTRUMENTAL CLASSIC. If we're riding in a car together, chances are good that I won't mind listening to whatever you pick out!

backcountry weddings for the WILDLY in love