elopements /

WEDDINGS /

HENNESSEY PHOTO CO

TRAVEL DATES & FAQ /

BOOK STEPH /

unconventional weddings and elopements FOR STAND OUT FOLKS
digital + film
COLORADO + DESTINATION

SUPER8 STYLE FILMS /

I’m focused on the gritty moments that happen in-between. A hand-written note from Grandma read at your ceremony; the way the light shined on your face when you took your dress down from the hanger; the way your favorite aunt smiled when she watched you walk down your candle-lit aisle; your partner pulling the hair back from your face while you read your vows; a song playing in the background after your mountain-top ceremony, the one you dance to together in the living room when your world feels dark. I'm not into faking it, and if you've made it this far, sounds like you aren't either: let's ruffle some feathers and let everything that makes you a little bit weird, shine a little bit brighter.

COME SAY HEY →

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT /

✶ Comprehensive photography coverage / for timelines that have your needs and a stress-free experience in mind

✶ Firm inclusive values / welcoming all love, all bodies, all humans

✶ Your Quirks & Fandoms welcomed / I'll never judge you for decor, adding nerdy fandoms or ideas into your day, or for your weird, off-the-wall ideas; lean into your weird, because it's celebrated here

✶ Introvert minded / self-proclaimed introvert myself, I'm dedicated to ensuring you feel comfortable throughout your entire experience with me and supporting you throughout wedding planning, including navigating any difficult family dynamics, or mental health concerns or anxiety related to your wedding day as a trauma informed wedding vendor

✶ A documentary and editorial approach / I'll capture true candids by being a fly on the wall, stepping in only as necessary to change light or adjust positions during major moments, with quirky posing inspired by album artwork mixed into your portrait sessions, for a well rounded, storytelling-focused, offbeat gallery and an experience that allows you to actually enjoy your day


✶ A nostalgic, filmy editing style / Your images hand-edited (by me, and never outsourced) in high resolution, captured in a raw, documentary, story-focused style

✶ Digital, 35mm film, and polaroid coverage / a mix of all three for a unique, nostalgic gallery

✶ A NEXT DAY sneak peek gallery / so you can share with family and friends, immediately

✶ Moving GIF coverage / for your real-life Harry Potter moments

✶ Personal Web Delivery / A personal website for gallery viewing so that you can share with anyone, with full printing and download rights

✶ Fairytale Album options / so your legacy lives on

✶ Delivery in 6-8 weeks, promised

✶ Image Security / complimentary image backup for a full year, so you never have to worry (plus backup equipment and liability insurance, of course)

✶ Plus, no travel fees to anywhere in Colorado, Illinois, or Florida (my bases), with domestic and international travel options 

COME SAY HEY →

If you just can't do this without all of your favorite people, I'm there for the whole damn party. I specialize in non-traditional weddings with intentional couples who run towards the unexpected, and plan around who they are (and how it feels, not just how it looks). 

Options range from half day to comprehensive full day coverage, to ensure I'm telling your full story without rushing through those intimate, in-between moments.


Custom wedding packages start at $4,900 for local Colorado wedding groups from 15-150 guests (most couples invest $7-$12k). I travel about 80% of my year both domestically and internationally for wedding events, so don't hesitate to tell me where we're headed. I'm based in Colorado, Florida, and Illinois (no travel fees in these states) with custom packages for destination events.

HELL YEAH

WEDDINGS /

I help couples craft an intentional, out-of-the-box elopement experience in Colorado and beyond (yeah, that means anywhere). I specialize in international full-weekend events and no hike elopements for all bodies (because adventure is for everyone). As your elopement experience Gandalf, I’m committed to helping you along the entire journey, so you’ll never have to be Frodo and Sam alone on a mountaintop. 

YOUR ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE INCLUDES /

throw the rulebook and the planning stress out the window

Your love story was like rolling a critical success, and that means your wedding experience should be, too. Beyond delivering a gallery full of offbeat images of your day, your elopement experience goes beyond photography: including custom experience crafting assistance for a truly non-traditional, unique approach to your wedding day no matter where in the world you go, while finally lifting the overwhelming stress off you (that means no more late-night googling or heading down the rabbit-hole in facebook groups anymore, friend). Custom packages start at $4,600 for local Colorado elopements (groups up to 15 total), with travel packages made custom to your event (most couples invest between $7-$12k). 

ELOPEMENTS /

WE'RE IN

A customized Elopement Experience Portal, made for you based on your event, which includes:
✶ A personalized location guide featuring hand-picked ceremony location options for where to say your vows (with an emphasis on no hike or limited hike options, because the outdoors is for everyone), curated for your guest count, activity plans, time of year, and accessibility concerns (and yeah, that means you don't have to hike to get rad views)
✶ Personalized experience recommendations (because you didn't decide to elope so that you can get put back into a box of inspiration seen online, so whether your ideal day is a hike among Colorado's wildflowers, a grungy day downtown, or a group of your favorite people at an Italian villa off the coast, I'll help you craft a day that feels unapologetically your's)
✶ Trusted vendor recommendations from folks that don't suck, who have been personally vetted for inclusivity
✶ Permit and trail information
✶ Packing and gear recommendations (as needed)
✶ Marriage license instructions
✶ Styling guidance
✶ Additional resources, ideas, and tips for your day




CUSTOM ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE CRAFTING ASSISTANCE

You're not going to be handed an 80-page guide and left to fend for yourselves around here. We'll chat collectively through your Experience Portal about ideas for your day, weather, cool new activity ideas, the rad airbnb I helped you find, as well as any questions that may pop up. Plus, you have the ability to schedule a video chat or phone call with me as many times as needed, to talk through whatever you need in real-time. Remember when I said I wouldn't leave you stranded like Frodo and Sam?

UNLIMITED VIDEO AND PHONE CONSULATIONS

I've done this a time or two, and have helped plan events of all sizes, so I know a bit about what it takes to create a timeline that keeps chaos at a minimum, accounts for lighting and scenery, and ensures you have plenty of room to breathe and actually experience your day along the way.

CUSTOM TIMELINE CREATION + curated activity recommendations 

All travel is included anywhere in the state of Colorado (and within 400mi of the Denver airport!), as well as the entire state of Illinois and Florida (my other bases!), or anywhere that's on my current travel schedule within limited dates. I travel for about 80% of my year, so if you have somewhere else in mind, I'm right behind you (both domestically and internationally). Let me know where you're dreaming up and I'll create a custom proposal for wherever we're headed.

ALL TRAVEL INCLUDED (COLORADO, ILLINOIS, + FLORIDA WITH DESTINATION TRAVEL OPTIONS)

ADD SOME NOSTALGIA 

super8 style films /

fleeting feelings pass more quickly without voices

Film is an extension of the way I tell your story--an opportunity for me to pull these moments out of fleeting time, and connect your still images to your memories.

This style of video isn't for everyone--it's a snapshot into the window of your heart, in a sentimental style that leans into a "home video" nostalgia. It’s perfectly-imperfect, and is not meant to replace a more cinematic wedding video, unless that’s your jam–-because it’s mine, too.

The short reels are filmed by hand, by me personally or with my videography partner, and carefully woven into your photo session time. They are shot digitally and delivered in a super-8 style, and are not processed on film; this allows for a shorter delivery time, the ability to film much longer without running out of film rolls, a smaller window for error or loss, but every ounce of the same heart-racing wistfulness you'd expect from watching these nostalgic moments unfold. These films can be added onto elopement days, wedding days, your couple's portraits or in-home session, an adventure session, and even boudoir.

two options

3-5 minute film cut perfect for a nostalgic leap back into the moments of the day. These short reels are shot by hand by myself (or my video partner on your wedding day) and contain no ambient audio from the day. Photo coverage is prioritized, and your video coverage will contain snippets captured in between, from throughout the day. Add onto your wedding or elopement day, your engagement or adventure session. $1,900

SUPER8 STYLE SHORT REEL

20-30 minute documentary film of your day plus the Short Reel highlight film above, with full ceremony and speech/toasts audio included in the full length film. Filmed by my videography partner, for a full videography dedication to documenting your day. From $3,900

SUPER8 STYLE documentary film + SHORT REEL

yOUR COLORADO eLOPEMENT AND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

ADD ME TO YOUR PARTY
( AND LET'S 
       A D V E N T U R E)

You've spent hours looking for a photographer that understands weddings aren't about curating perfect content for a portfolio: they're about people.

And my people? They haven't always "fit in" everywhere. And I love that about us.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ME

WE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO
START WITH PLANNING OUR ELOPEMENT. CAN YOU HELP?

Fuck yeah I can, no matter where we go (Colorado or beyond). Planning starts with me getting to know your wants and needs, and then creating your live, web based experience portal. I'll hand-pick locations for where to say your vows customized to the information you provided, and then help you from beginning to end, including sourcing permits, offering recommendations for things to do and ideas for your wedding date, guidance on how to get your marriage license, and custom timeline creation. You're never alone in this, and that's my commitment to you. If you DO need a full service wedding planner, I also have recommendations!

DO YOU ALSO SHOOT LARGER WEDDINGS?

I absolutely shoot larger events (and had one myself!)! I take larger events on very intentionally; if you're a couple that wants to pave your own traditions and is planning with intention, is open to artful and unique posing, and wants to work with me, I damn-well want to be your photographer, and am willing to travel wherever love leads you!

HOW DO WE DECIDE IF WE NEED A FULL SERVICE PLANNER FOR AN ELOPEMENT? WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE ASSISTANCE?

My custom experience assistance touches almost every area of planning your elopement and most couples do not need any additional help outside of what I can provide. However, you are still responsible for the entirety of planning your elopement day, and if you need additional support, I suggest booking with a full service planner (especially for the couples who would prefer to be more hands-off). Since my services include assistance but not full planning services, this means I will not be choosing or booking activities for you, booking your lodging, booking your vendors, or booking your travel; I will be, however, answering questions to help you navigate all of these areas, offering extensive recommendations and ideas, providing resources and recommending trusted vendors, hand-picking location options for you, helping source permits, providing recommendations on how to book lodging, travel tips, a packing list, instructions on how to get your marriage license, and a live-web portal to serve as your elopement guide and portal, where all of your planning resources and communications will be stored. 

DO YOU OFFER VIDEOGRAPHY?

Yes! I offer videography in an 8mm Super8 Style (more information can be found here). If you are looking for a more traditional video style, I also have trusted videography partners I can recommend! 

WHAT KIND OF IMAGES SHOULD WE EXPECT? WHAT’S YOUR EDITING AND SHOOTING STYLE?

I shoot about 85% documentary-style (ie no prompts or poses, pure authentic documentation) throughout your day using story-telling leaning imagery, and about 15% editorial / artful posing when the light and time allows for it (such as during portrait time, etc). For couples that are shy or specifically introverted, this allows plenty of room to breathe throughout your wedding day instead of an insistent pressure to be "cool", "trendy", or "perfect". Expect small moments and details to be captured throughout your day with a lot less "posed" images, with space to actually experience your day. This is achieved by you placing your trust in me throughout our experience together, while keeping a willingness to truly be seen and an openness for out of the box ideas. My editing style is a 50/50 35mm film and digital hybrid, with matching film tones and grain, artful editorial posing inspired by album artwork and movement-lead prompts, and a sprinkle of "what grandma wants" for a timeless, well-rounded documentation of your day.   

DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH THE LGBTQAI+ COMMUNITY AND CAN YOU EDIT FOR DARKER SKIN TONES?

Absolutely, and not only are you welcome here, but you are celebrated: no matter who you are, who you love, or what you look like. Not only am I an inclusive vendor, but I have a ton of experience photographing couples of all types, shapes, sizes, colors, and backgrounds and I'd love for you to be one of them, too.

AROUND
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WORLD 2024

JANUARY

colorado

FEBRUARY

colorado
new orleans, la

MARCH

florida

APRIL

colorado

MAY

colorado

JUNE

galway/dublin, ireland
oslo, norway

JULY

colorado
chicago

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colorado

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colorado

OCTOBER

colorado
vegas, nv

NOVEMBER

colorado

DECEMBER

colorado

WE DONT’ EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START WITH PLANNING OUR ELOPEMENT. CAN YOU HELP?

✶ THE DATES BELOW INCLUDE DISCOUNTED TRAVEL BUT WE CAN ALSO GO... ANYWHERE?