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Olivia & Justin

Olivia and Justin love traveling together in their vintage camper so a road trip elopement was the perfect fit for them. They traveled up from Florida for a Great Sand Dunes National Park elopement, located in southern Colorado near Alamosa and Crestone and parked the camper outside a rented cabin. From start to finish, everything about Olivia and Justin’s day was intentional, thought out and beautifully focused on them. This elopement might have had the most amazing details of any elopement I’ve photographed with Olivia’s stunning dried wildflower bouquet, which she made herself, her two piece wedding dress, with a fur vest from a thrift store, and, of course, the inclusion of their adorable camper.

We hiked into Zapata Falls, a beautiful quarter mile each direction hike. Being January, the falls were frozen but it made for a gorgeous natural ice castle and stunning scenery for photos. Zapata Falls has a completely different vibe than the Great Sand Dunes National Park, so we got two sceneries in one day and endless opportunities for gorgeous photos. We stopped by the side of the road on our way from Zapata Falls to Great Sand Dunes for more photos of Olivia and Justin inside their camper. Their story is about their love of travel and being together, about exploring and having adventures together, and the camper features heavily into the story.

As we made our way into the dunes themselves, Olivia and Justin hadn’t picked a spot for where they were going to say their vows. I asked them to feel it out and find the spot that felt right. That’s the great thing about being an adventure elopement photographer - there’s no one spot where couples have to say vows because there’s no ceremony spot, no waiting guests. It’s about you as a couple and finding the spot that feels right to you. Eventually, Olivia and Justin settled on a spot in the east end of the dune field, where there are more untouched dunes with stunning mountain views. I mark the GPS coordinates for each couple where they decide to say their vows, so they have the memory of their spot. Olivia and Justin loved knowing the exact coordinates so much, they got matching tattoos of them the next day.

They said their personal, handwritten and very heartfelt vows to each other in a beautiful and emotional ceremony. Everyone cried, including me. After their ceremony, I always give couples ten minutes to themselves to just enjoy the fact that they got married. We don’t take photos; I just let them be. Then they popped some champagne and we watched the sun set across the dunes before heading back to the cabin.

Olivia and Justin parked their camper outside the cabin and built an enormous bonfire. When it was time for their first dance, they played their first song on a vintage record player. With gifted jars of green chile they had picked up in New Mexico in hand, we left Olivia and Justin to dance by the light of the bonfire.

 A cabin outside Great Sand Dunes National Park where Olivia and Justin got ready for their winter adventure elopement.
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 A hand picked and dried floral bouquet, fur vest, and new white hiking boots were some of the details for Olivia and Justin's winter wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin getting ready for their Great Sand Dunes National Park winter elopement in a cabin and refurbished trailer. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Justin getting ready for his winter adventure elopement outside Alamosa, Colorado at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia getting her hair done and getting ready for her winter elopement ceremony. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Extra layers of clothing, including white leggings and extra warm white socks were important for Olivia's bridal outfit during her outdoor winter elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin before seeing each other outside Alamosa, Colorado for their winter elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Justin knocks on the door of his refurbished trailer for his first look of his bride outside Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin have their first look outside their refurbished travel trailer before their winter elopement ceremony. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin outside their cabin near Great Sand Dunes National Park before their winter adventure elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin hike up to frozen Zapata Falls outside Great Sand Dunes National Park before their winter elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin sit on a log outside Zapata Falls, frozen in ice, during their winter elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin standing on frozen ice during their January winter elopement wedding on Zapata Falls in Southern Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin on the frozen Zapata Falls outside Great Sand Dunes National Park in Southern Colorado during their winter adventure elopement wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Hiking through frozen Zapata Falls on ice, Olivia kept warm on her wedding day with a fur vest and maroon blanket. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin stand surrounded by ice at the frozen Zapata Falls outside Great Sand Dunes National Park for their winter elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Zapata Falls forms a natural ice cave around Olivia and Justin during their winter wedding elopement in Southern Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Ice cascades around Olivia and Justin from the frozen waterfall at Zapata Falls before their winter adventure elopement in Southern Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Cuddling in their refurbished trailer, Olivia and Justin take a few minutes to warm up after exploring frozen Zapata Falls. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin cuddle in their refurbished trailer before their winter wedding outside Southern Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin cuddle and keep warm during their winter wedding elopement outside Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Cuddling inside the trailer they refurbished, Olivia and Justin take a break during their winter adventure destination elopement outside Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin outside their refurbished Fiber Stream trailer for their wilderness wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin's couple photos near their refurbished Fiber Stream trailer that they road tripped across the US in for their Southern Colorado winter elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin run alongside their renovated Fiber Stream camping trailer before their winter elopement at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 A winter Great Sand Dunes National Park Elopement in Southern Colorado near Alamosa
 The sand patterns of Great Sand Dunes National Park in January before a winter adventure elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin run through the Great Sand Dunes National Park for their winter adventure elopement.
 The Great Sand Dunes National Park makes a great place for a winter adventure elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Exploring the wide open Great Sand Dunes National Park in Southern Colorado before their winter elopement wedding ceremony. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin kiss at the Great Sand Dunes National Park before their winter elopement wedding ceremony. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 The only two people on the dunes, Olivia and Justin hold each other close during their winter adventure elopement at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin explore Great Sand Dunes National Park together before their winter elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin walk the Great Sand Dunes National Park together during their adventure elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Walking hand in hand along the dunes before their winter elopement, Olivia and Justin were the only two out for their ceremony. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin run hand in hand as bride and groom before their winter wedding ceremony at the Great Sand Dunes. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 The wind blows Olivia's white bridal skirt as she walks along Great Sand Dunes National Park during a winter adventure elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Running along the dunes before their winter Colorado Elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin have a self solemnizing ceremony for their wilderness elopement at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin read their vows to each other during their self solemnize ceremony at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 The bride reads her vows at their two person small elopement ceremony outdoors at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia cries reading her vows to Justin during their intimate self solemnizing elopement wedding ceremony at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Emotions ran high during Olivia and Justin's private wedding ceremony that was just the two of them in the midst of huge sand dunes in Southern Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin's emotional wedding ceremony was witnessed only by themselves and  their photographer. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin stand on the dunes during their private, intimate wedding elopement ceremony at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Standing along on top of the dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Southern Colorado for a self solemnizing wedding elopement ceremony. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin share their first kiss as man and wife after their intimate adventure elopement ceremony. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Newly married, Olivia and Justin embrace after their intimate elopement on top of the dunes in Southern Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 During their private elopement ceremony, Olivia and Justin exchange rings. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 On top of the dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park, Olivia and Justin celebrate saying their vows in an intimate ceremony by popping a bottle of champagne. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin celebrate their recent vows on top of Great Sand Dunes National Park by popping a bottle of champagne. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Bride and groom enjoy a long walk alone after their intimate self solemnizing ceremony on top of Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Bride and groom walk through the Great Sand Dunes National Park after their intimate elopement wedding ceremony. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 The Great Sand Dunes National Park is a great Colorado elopement venue especially in the winter where you can be totally alone. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Walking along the dunes together after their intimate wedding ceremony, Olivia and Justin explore the National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin take some time to themselves after hiking the dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park during their intimate elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Walking through the desert after their elopement at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Southern Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 The light shines through Olivia's skirt as she spins for her new husband after their self solemnizing ceremony at The Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 The sun sets at Great Sand Dunes National Park for Olivia and Justin's intimate Great Sand Dunes National Park winter elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Driving their refurbished trailer, Olivia and Justin leave the Great Sand Dunes National Park following their winter elopement ceremony. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Cabin lit up at night outside Great Sand Dunes National Park in Southern Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Fire set up outside a cabin in Great Sand Dunes National Park after a winter wedding elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Elopement desert table with a record table, chocolate cake, cookies and champagne for newly married couple Olivia and Justin. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Cake can still be had at elopements! Choose your own wedding traditions to keep or ditch and make your intimate wedding your own. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Newly wed couple Olivia and Justin sit by the fire outside Great Sand Dunes National Park after their winter elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin keep each other warm after their intimate adventure wedding at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Sparks literally fly as Olivia and Justin sit by the fire with each other after their winter elopement ceremony at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Sitting by the fire together in their winter wedding attire after their self solemnizing ceremony. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin cuddle up next to the fire after their intimate adventure elopement wedding ceremony outside Great Sand Dunes National Park in Southern Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Newlywed couple has their first dance outside their refurbished trailer after their intimate outdoor elopement in Southern Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin share their first dance as a married couple by firelight outside Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin share their first dance after their winter elopement ceremony at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Southern Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Dancing by firelight after their self solemnizing ceremony at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Southern Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Cutting the cake after their winter elopement ceremony at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
 Olivia and Justin stand outside their refurbished trailer at the end of the day of their intimate winter wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photo, Adventures Instead.
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