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So you want to elope in Durango... But where do you start?

Permits, location scouting, vendor searches... it can all seem extremely overwhelming. Especially if you're not from the area.

I know Durango a like the back of my hand. I guide my couples through picking the location of their dreams, getting proper permits, and creating badass adventures to make your elopement truly memorable.

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So you want to elope in Durango... But where do you start?

With my roots firmly planted in this stunning region – from growing up in Phoenix to college days in Utah, and exploring every nook and cranny of Sedona for five glorious years, to now calling Durango, Colorado, home – you could say the Southwest runs in my blood.

Whether you're dreaming of an intimate elopement or wanting a more traditional wedding outdoors, I've got you covered. For elopers, I'll be your guide, helping with timelines, permits, and recommending vendors so you can focus on soaking up every moment. And for those opting for the more traditional route, don't worry – I've got a separate pricing guide just for you. So, reach out, and let's turn your Durango wedding dreams into reality.

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Durango Elopement + Wedding Photographer

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I'm an elopement and adventure wedding photographer, and I specialize in both digital and film formats. Mother Earth is sacred to me, and capturing the raw beauty of nature alongside the genuine emotions and cherished memories of my wedding clients is my JOY.

Through my lens, I not only strive to showcase the stunning landscapes but also to immortalize the intimate moments and heartfelt connections shared between couples. Each frame tells a story—a story of love, adventure, and the timeless beauty of the outdoors.

Hi, I'm Kristen, your photographer and guide to Durango


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I believe in documenting the real stuff—the laughter, the tears, the inside jokes—as they happen. Your love isn't scripted, so why should your photos be? I'm here to blend into the background, observing and capturing the magic of your day without disrupting the flow or authenticity of the moment.

who want their love documented, not staged


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Fran + Alexis

Kristen helped us through every stage of planning and prepare for our absolute dream of a day. She was readily available through out the process to offer local recommendations for everything you might want for your ceremony/photos as well as things to do in the area outside of your wedding! As far as the day of was concerned we had a detailed outline provided by her to make sure everything went smoothly. The locations she suggested to us were absolutely magical! BUT THE PHOTOS SAY IT ALL - breathtaking!!

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Alma + Zach

My husband and I couldn't be happier that we choose to work with Kristen. She helped plan our day and make everything go so seemingly. She had tons of recommendations for us and that really took a lot of the stress off of us. We were in constant communication leading up to our day and the day of, she didn't miss a single detail.

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Taylor + George

Can't say enough good things about the experience of having Kristen photograph our elopement-style wedding in Sedona, Arizona. She is equal parts professional and friendly, and made the entire experience seamless - from the time we booked with her until the time we got our gallery. She is great with communication at all stages of the process, and we can't imagine what our day would have been without her!

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Kristen + Joe

I couldn’t recommend Kristen Marie more! Not only did she deliver the most beautiful gallery of photos, but she was so wonderful to work with and made me, my husband, and our families feel so comfortable and natural around her. She always had a smile on her face and you can tell she truly loves what she does.

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Julie + Reid

Planning an elopement has the potential to be stressful, and planning an elopement including 2 young kids and a dog adds a whole different level…however, our experience was incredibly easy because of Kristen’s awesome recommendations and guidance with planning an experience that captured what was most important to us. She helped us organize a sunrise hike and captured pictures of our family in our natural element that we will treasure forever. She is SUCH a positive and uplifting person to be around, and our girls still ask when we will get to see her again.

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