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meet jesslyn

the backpacking elopement 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 and, if/when I do, it's only a little eyeshadow and mascara. I prefer leggings and sweaters to fancy dresses and heels. So, when I was photographing big, traditional weddings, it dawned on me that — while I loved the idea of weddings — I wasn't personally connected to all the pomp and circumstance involved with one. One blurred into the other; the same timelines, the same rehashed traditions, the same excess of stuff. Simply put, I didn't belong.

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Small, intimate weddings in the outdoors were where I found my people, and where my people found me. 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 is what I can only imagine the giddy bridesmaids at the big weddings felt, but ten times better. You don't have 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 and your decisions. That, to me, is the most incredible way to start your new life together.

SO, HI THERE!

i'm jesslyn — the human behind the lens

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

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!

Speaking of experience, I also 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 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.

more than a photographer

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:

  • Picking the perfect spot to say your vows
  • 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 are:

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!

what my couples are saying

Where to begin ... one word to start with would be “Magical”. From our first meeting with Jesslyn, we knew we found “our person” to help with our elopement. Jesslyn is one of the kindest, most thoughtful, and knowledgeable people we found to help us plan and capture our “I Do’s’” at Glacier National Park. She helped us pick locations for our ceremony and other locations to take pictures at. She gave us plenty of options and answered every question we could think of. She captured the beauty of our surroundings along with the beauty of us (the couple). She came to our Airbnb to take photos before heading to the park. Our day couldn’t have been more perfect. It was better than we imagined it could be with such short notice. We booked her late July and got married the first week of October. I should mention that we are not in the area, we came from Florida. It was an absolutely flawless day. She helped us get the permit for the park and knows all the right questions to ask the event coordinator. If you’re looking to elope anywhere in Montana, especially Glacier National Park, our ONLY suggestion would be your one woman show, Jesslyn Marie Photography. You will not be disappointed.

Allison + Daniel — October 2021, Montana

backcountry weddings for the WILDLY in love