Enchanted French Alps Elopement Shoot | Colorado Elopement Photographer | Destination Wedding Photographer

June 28, 2018

Adventure Elopment in the French Alps

Relationships matter. People matter. Real life matters.

This shoot is a product of relationships forged online and built in person. The stars aligned when I met Laure of Laure Lalliard Design and encountered her creative genius. After a couple months of dreamin’ and schemin,’ I found myself here:

This destination elopement took place in the French Alps.

Nestled at the base of the French Alps is a lush green valley surrounded by magical forests, alpine lakes and one charming 17th century chapel, accessible only by foot. And it’s the valley where my lucky friend Laure gets to call home.

With many thanks to Laure, it’s here that our enchanted elopement story unfolds, melding the wild and whimsical nature of adventurous elopements that I love to photograph with simple, yet sophisticated details that Laure loves to create. It’s where femininity meets the natural romance that the variegated landscapes and rich heritage of the French Alps so inspires.

We curated this shoot to inspire joyful, natural brides who love outdoor adventures and appreciate gorgeous details that matter. During our planning, we landed on a color palette ranging from various shades of cream, gold and green and mostly foraged florals. We think it’s quite the ode to the luxury and beauty of simplicity.

The Couple

Wear your hiking boots for your adventure elopement--it just fits!

This couple eloped in a valley of the French Alps, complete with mountains, alpine lakes and old world churches.

Exchange your vows by an alpine lake in Colorado or around the world.

Exchange your vows by an alpine lake in Colorado or around the world.

Exchange your vows by an alpine lake in Colorado or around the world.

Exchange your vows by an alpine lake in Colorado or around the world.

Adventurous couples choose far out adventurous destinations for their wedding or elopement.

If you're adventurous, why not choose an adventure for your wedding day?

Gorgeous couples portraits during an adventure elopement.

Laure Lalliard Design creates stunning foraged florals for high-end brides throughout France.

Cheers to adventurous couples who choose adventure weddings!

Destination wedding in the French Alps.

French Alps elopement site.

Incredible shot of adventurous wedding couple.

Destination weddings and elopements have the BEST settings.

Pull up your dress and hike through the mud for your wedding.

Creek crossing adventure wedding.

Nature is for lovers.

The Bride + The Pretties

This 17th century church is the perfect backdrop for Riki Dalal's Juliet dress in the Shakespeare Collection.

Soft, feminine details suit even the outdoorsy adventure bride.

Beautiful elopement dress detail.

Romantic bohemian dress by Riki Dalal--the Juliet.

Laure Lalliard Design creates stunning foraged florals for high-end brides throughout France.

A bride on her intimate alpine wedding day.

Beautiful details from an adventure elopement near Geneva.

This gorgeous whimsical tiara by Cecile Bocarra is perfect for an alpine or forest elopement.

Bohemian luxe details on this elopement dress.

Beautiful details from an adventure elopement near Geneva.

The French Alps serve as a stunning backdrop for this intimate elopement.

The Old World meets the New as this elopement bride stands in a 17th century church in the French Alps.

The bride dressed for her alpine elopement in a 17th century church.

Gorgeous luxe bohemian dress by Riki Dalal.

Absolutely stunning French wedding style.

Portraits of a boho bride before her French elopement.

A modern-day Juliet by Riki Dalal--a perfect wedding dress.

Laure Lalliard Design creates stunning foraged florals for high-end brides throughout France.

Elopement portraits in France.

Destination weddings and elopements with beautiful details.

Destination elopement in the French Alps.

Incredible dress for a mountain elopement.

Destination weddings around the world.

Stunning setting for an elopement.

The Details

This table setting is inspired by the rich, lush greens of the French alpine Valley.

The greens and golds of this whimsical table setting pair perfectly in this woodland forest setting.
The flowers for this elopement were mostly foraged from the green valleys of the French Alps.
A simple, sophisticated table setting inspired by the rich, lush greens of the French alps.

Woodland brooche for a nature-inspired bride.

Petra Cakes of Geneva provided a luxe, modern, whimsical cake to complement the natural table scape.

A peek through the trees at this enchanting alpine elopement setting.

Foraged florals for the natural bride.

Beautiful details for an alpine elopement.

Gorgeous details, beautiful foraged florals and a few simple pops of color make for a stunning wedding picnic.

Set a beautiful picnic to enjoy after your mountaintop elopement.

Create a luxe table setting with just a few key details and a simple color palette.

This 17th century chapel was the backdrop of an incredible destination elopement.

Other Vendors:

Florals and design : Laure Lalliard

Cake: Petra Cakes – Geneva

Bridal Salon: Belle en Blanc 

Dress: Juliet by Riki Dalal 

Hair: Louve Kravitz

Makeup: Beatrice Carroz

Ring box: Vœu du Coeur

Jewelry: Cecile Bocarra

More on Cultivating Awesome Relationships around the World

Earlier this year, I struck pure gold with a small marketing group (thank you, Ashlyn!) I participated in. Not only by way of knowledge and strategy but especially in new friendships and relationships. Pair that with inspiration and equipping by an incredible workshop for adventure wedding photographers…et voila! Recipe for success.

You see, Thomas and I plan a “big” trip about once a year and this year was France’s turn. (More on that later.) This time, I planned to bring a dress and find a couple to photograph during our adventures. But amidst our loose plans, I met Laure in my marketing group. When I heard she was a floral and event designer in the French Alps, my heart leaped inside of me and my idea wheels got to spinnin’ even faster. We were bound for France in the spring and I really wanted to do a shoot while I was there. I told her what I’d love to produce, she got on board and put a ton of work in to make this lil’ vision of mine come to life.

But you know what? The best part of all was getting to know a new friend and fellow creative. Staying with her, riding with her, eating with her, talking with her, laughing with her, planning and problem solving with her–all the real life-on-life stuff that the online world can’t replace. Yep, it introduced us, but intentionality brought us together.

Stay tuned for a post recapping our adventures in France! And if you like what you see, I’d love to work with you on planning and photographing the destination or adventure wedding or elopement of your dreams! Contact me today!

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