Elopements & Intimate Weddings

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Let me guess…

Maybe you started planning a traditional wedding, but everything felt all wrong.

You knew that as much as they’d be trying to help, your family and friends would ultimately change your ideas and plans for the big day.

The idea of being the center of 100s of people’s attention all day sounds like a nightmare.

You knew that throwing a big party actually meant you wouldn’t have time to see everyone, or spend time with your new spouse.

You believe your wedding day should be an intimate celebration focused on your love for each other and who you are as a couple!

You are not alone, friend

If this is all sounding just like you, choosing to have an intimate wedding or elopement may be the ultimate path for you!

Solomon & Laura | Micro Wedding in Marble

IMAGINE YOUR WEDDING DAY…

 

Imagine your wedding day that’s completely about your love for one another.

Imagine feeling fully comfortable in front of the camera, knowing your photographer will gently guide you to look your best.

Imagine spending your entire wedding day together, exploring an incredible area and doing what you love.

Imagine receiving dozens of images of your best day ever, and getting to keep every one with no extra charge.

Imagine spending a fraction of the money on your celebration, so you can save that money toward an incredible trip or a down payment on a new home.

Imagine having the flexibilty to plan your perfect day, whether that includes a morning hike, a dip in a hot spring, or the most incredible alpine lake backdrop. Your day is fully your own.

Imagine reliving the best day of your life every time you look through your photographs.

 

Sound incredible? Your wedding day can be anything you want.

Your Wedding Day Should Be All About You

Focus on the reason you’re making these promises, and what has brought you to this place!

Eloping can look like anything you can dream. Let’s plan your perfect wedding day.

Elopements

If you want to spend the day just the two of you, or have a few people along as well, that is what I consider an “elopement.” Whether you spend the day exploring the mountains in your Jeep… or hiking with your closest loved ones in Arches National Park… or checking out the local breweries after a dip in a natural hot spring… the possibilities are endless when you create your own elopement celebration!

Intimate Weddings

If you want an authentic, laid-back wedding day but still want to bring more than 20 of your favorite people, that is totally cool! I’m all about celebrating your wedding day exactly how you want to, and for some couples that means having loved ones along for the ride. If you’re having more than 20 people and not planning on a traditional venue, we can explore location options that allow larger groups of people. If you do want a more traditional wedding venue, that’s great too! If you need help finding one, I know some great spaces to recommend depending on your vibe.

Elopements

If you want to spend the day just the two of you, or have a few people along as well, that is what I consider an “elopement.” Whether you spend the day exploring the mountains in your Jeep… or hiking with your closest loved ones in Arches National Park… or checking out the local breweries after a dip in a natural hot spring… the possibilities are endless when you create your own elopement celebration!

Intimate Weddings

If you want an authentic, laid-back wedding day but still want to bring more than 20 of your favorite people, that is totally cool! I’m all about celebrating your wedding day exactly how you want to, and for some couples that means having loved ones along for the ride. If you’re having more than 20 people and not planning on a traditional venue, we can explore location options that allow larger groups of people. If you do want a more traditional wedding venue, that’s great too! If you need help finding one, I know some great spaces to recommend depending on your vibe.

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It’s important to make sure you like my work before you get started on booking your session! Get lost in some of my work and see my vibrant, timeless style.

 

I hear it all the time…

“WE ARE HORRIBLE AT TAKING PICTURES.”

 

But after the day together, couples always tell me how easy, fun, and laid back their time was!

When we got the photos, my husband said, “She made us look like models!” She really did.”  -Rachel & Loren

So what’s the secret? Feeling comfortable with the people you’re with and genuinely having FUN makes all the difference!

 

While I’m debunking some myths, let me add:

 

YOU DON’T HAVE DO CRAZY HIKES OR LOOK A CERTAIN WAY OR LOVE A CERTAIN WAY TO GET AMAZING IMAGES LIKE THESE. Come as you are – you are welcome here.

Abby & Craig | Mountain Biking Elopement
Josh & Tiffany | Mountain Elopement in Ouray
Erin & Bryton | Ouray Ghost Town Elopement
Austin & Ayana | Gateway Canyons Resort Wedding
Abby & Craig | Mountain Biking Elopement
Erin & Bryton | Ouray Ghost Town Elopement
Cullen & Stesha | Sunrise Elopement on the Colorado National Monument
Jennifer & Jake | Campfire Engagement Photos
Abby & Craig | Mountain Biking Elopement
Blake & Emily | Ghost Town Elopement Adventure in Ouray
Marble Distillery Wedding Reception | amanda.matilda.photography
Kayton & Amanda | Moab Elopement at Arches National Park
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About Amanda Matilda | Wedding & Elopement Photographer in Grand Junction
About Amanda Matilda | Wedding & Elopement Photographer in Grand Junction
Hey there

  I’m Amanda

I specialize in drinking chai tea lattes, and watching Gilmore Girls reruns! I also specialize in creating genuine, vibrant, and unique photographs for modern and adventurous couples.

My mission is to beautifully capture the story and scenery of your celebration and to provide genuine, emotional artwork for my wedding photography clients. As an elopement photographer in Grand Junction, I aim to provide the most memorable, simplified and fun experience while helping every step of the way through the planning journey!

FAST FACTS ABOUT AMANDA:

I’m originally from Iowa, and love meeting people with the same connection – it’s a small world!

There is no better sight than a clear night sky at 10,000 feet

One of my bucket list goals is to visit every state, and I’m over halfway there!

My first word was cheese and I’m still an addict to this day

I’m always thrilled to serve LGBTQ+ celebrations!

I believe Black Lives Matter.

If I could only visit one other country in my life, it would be Greece

When I find out jeeps or ATVs are needed to get to your session destination I do a happy dance!

I’m totally a crazy cat lady.

Yes, I have seen the entire Gilmore Girls series (and the new ones!) multiple times, and yes, I’d love to talk about that ending with you!

What is Eloping with Amanda Like?

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.

Allison

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 such a cool person and really fun to hang with 🙂 We didn’t want her to leave at the end of the night!

Beth

If you want perfect wedding photos, as well as to work with a genuinely kind and caring person-look no further!

Molly

Amanda was incredible! She responded within minutes and we were able to “meet” her virtually to discuss our vision. Amanda is friendly, professional, and made us feel comfortable instantly. She collaborated with us to create the perfect vision for our elopement day. When we got the photos, my husband said, “She made us look like models!” She really did. We were able to buy printed photos from Amanda’s website for great prices, too. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer!

Rachel

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Want to see more photo inspiration?

Josh & Tiffany | Mountain Elopement in Ouray
Kayton & Amanda | Moab Elopement at Arches National Park
Julie & Bobby | Moab Elopement at Dead Horse Point
Cullen & Stesha | Sunrise Elopement on the Colorado National Monument
Blake & Emily | Ghost Town Elopement Adventure in Ouray
Pete & Deanne | Adventure Session in Crested Butte
Cullen & Stesha | Sunrise Elopement on the Colorado National Monument
Matt & Becca | Elopement in Grand Junction
Solomon & Laura | Micro Wedding in Marble
Erin & Bryton | Ouray Ghost Town Elopement
Blake & Emily | Ghost Town Elopement Adventure in Ouray
Megan & Chris | Crested Butte Elopement
Trista & Daren | Crested Butte Wedding at the Woods Walk
Josh & Tiffany | Mountain Elopement in Ouray