Elopement Photographer & Destination Wedding Photography
We would be ignorant to believe that words can explain all the beauty in the world. ” From elopements, destination weddings, engagements and couple’s sessions; I capture the connection you can’t explain, the unspoken love in fingertip touches while in wild wanderings. Eloping or creating destination weddings opens a world of possibilities to connect and capture beautiful memories that tell a couple’s authentic love story in an intimate setting.
Where words fail, images prevail
There are certain feelings that are embedded deep within your memory……moments that are beautiful and serene. A feeling with a name you can’t quite put your finger on and completely indescribable. Those elusive moments that defy linguistic translation is the wellspring of my inspiration. Images serve to make sense where words lose the ability to translate the nuanced emotions of your wedding day.
These moments are alive within you, an admiring glance, the gentle caress of a hand, those impromptu split seconds that are so telling or your affection of one another that ties together what led you to your elopement journey.
the desire to travel to far off distant places, especially the yearning for places you have never been. This term is a combination of two words, “fern” (far) and “weh” (pain) and can be literally translated to “farsickness”.
There is a blindspot in the language of emotion that elopement photography bridges beautifully as a wordless medium. The power of wedding photography and elopement photos lies in the ability to create something that transcends time and preserves the memory that will eventually fail to recall the type of flowers that filled your bouquet, or how your husband held your hand and wiped tears of joy as you said your wedding vows.
Available to travel Worldwide
Destination Wedding | Elopement Photographer in Colorado & TExas
Throughout the ages, humanity has turned to art to celebrate the wordless and untranslatable. Wedding and elopement photography (art)ifacts navigates the full spectrum of all undefined subtleties and embraces their significance as threads in the fabric of our lives.
A story-teller; a person given to or skilled in relating anecdotes, recounting adventures, or the like
Adventurer and Photographer based in the U.S.
Hi! I’m Brittany West!
Often traveling to photograph wandering weddings worldwide and across the U.S. to preserve a couple’s memories is my most cherished task. Combining artistic portraits and documentary storytelling is a stylistic approach that I incorporate into every photoshoot to capture all those moments you want to hold close.
I will forever be grateful for the couples that chose me to document their wedding day. It is because of them that I have witnessed Grand Canyon elopements, hiked the Rocky Mountains before sunrise and felt the ocean breeze at the edge of cliffs in Scotland.
The desire to capture a fleeting moment that cannot be captured. Derived from the term “Momento Morii,” a gentle reminder to be mindful and present.
Much More than Just wedding pictures
There are many variations of what a wedding can look like. An elopement is purposefully small, meaningful with the intention to be a mirror reflection of the couple’s inner selves. It’s less about the performance; the choreographed dances that we’ve seen flood social media, the color scheme of bridesmaid’s dresses, the floral spray on the reception tables or any trivial details that won’t matter 30 years from now.
Elopements are empowering and intentional, designed to live as present as possible in those fleeting moments and about minimizing the pressures of wedding planning while having the support and guidance of an experienced elopement photographer.
Your wedding day will become deeply embedded in memory and your individual brand of connection as a couple while living in the highest states of awe, wonder, and vulnerability deserves to be documented.
The word dépaysement has no direct equivalent in English. It’s commonly translated as a change of scenery, but its meaning runs much deeper. The feeling of dépaysement could be finding yourself abroad in an unfamiliar place or out of your comfort zone. Think of that little rush of fear, excitement, and adrenaline when you arrive in a new destination, and how it brings your own life into perspective.
If the thought of a traditional wedding in a dusty, dated church or an outdated reception hall leaves you less than hyped and makes you feel like the planning process creates a thick mental fog eloping or a destination wedding is the best alternative. Scenic mountains, enchanting forests, serene meadows, or flowing waterfalls are the best alternative for the couple that decides to adventure instead!
ሰማይ በረከት Sema'i berket
Literally translates to “heaven’s carpet,” often used to describe a picturesque natural landscape or breathtaking view. Amharic is the mother language of Ethiopia and has an estimated over 32 million speakers.
"I honestly couldn't think I could think of anyone else I would have wanted to capture our destination wedding, our wedding photos are gorgeous!"
-Isabella & Gabe
Eloped at the Grand Canyon
“She did all the research and made us feel at ease the entire planning process, she created an elopement timeline helped track down vendors, and made sure our guests found lodging for our elopement. Brittany is very resourceful and if she doesn’t have the answer to your question she will not stop until she finds out. I look back on our wedding pictures and still wonder how we got so lucky to have her document this perfect day.”
-John & Amanda
Married in Big Sur
Definiton of Elope-a wedding Beyond Defining
My approach to your elopement photography combines the love story of roaming hearts, where the awe and undefined wonder of your interior wilderness are reflected through your wedding day photos.
Your images are a powerful way to certify and illuminate the love for one another in this place in time. Those images will breathe life into the visual story when all words fail. They will become heirlooms, increasing in value as they pass from generation to generation.
Eloping reclaims marriage in novel environments, and retains the freedoms to consider more than the contemporary traditions for your wedding day. Possibilities become endless!
The belief that destiny or fate plays a part in bringing two lovers together
I help couples that would rather use the wedding opportunity to proclaim their love in a setting that mirrors their interior wilderness instead of showing off their social networks and good tastes. Together using mindful tools and processes we navigate the desires for a more purposeful nuptial journey while co-collaborating your union in nature.