Sam & Jordan’s Elopement-Style Anniversary Shoot

June 14, 2021

When Sam and Jordan asked if we would do an anniversary shoot with them where they put on their wedding attire and frolick around the mountains — WE OF COURSE SCREAMED YESSS. Sam said she wanted to do a photoshoot where they felt like themselves, carefree, and surrounded by beautiful nature. I could not be MORE on board with all of that. So we booked and airbnb near the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains and got to work! Scroll through to see some of our favorite shots from their shoot, as well as a little vlog-style video we made of our shoot day. We had such a blast with the two of them, and I just hope they inspire others to put on their best clothes (or wedding clothes!) and do a photoshoot that you will look back on forever.

We were already having fun while we were driving up the mountain to our destination, we stuck our heads out the window, talked about life, and getting amped up for the photoshoot. When we got to our destination, we took out Christian’s pot and camping stove so we could het up some soup we bought as fuel before the shoot. The soup truly hits different on a mountain top, lol. At the top of the mountain, the boys shared some beers and we hung out a little while we waited for the clouds to part a little bit.

It was absolutely freezing up on the mountain top, and we wanted the clouds to part a little more, so we took shelter behind a hill as we got Sam and Jordan ready. We did everything but put their wedding attire on, but we finally agreed that we shouldn’t wait any longer and they got dressed up! They were absolute TROOPERS because it was so freakin cold, I was bundled up in multiple jackets and I truly was afraid Sam was going to fall over and pass out with how cold it was! But by the pics you absolutely could not tell they were cold at all, I am in awe of their commitment for beautiful photos. LOVE IT.

After the shoot, Sam and Jordan got dressed back into warm clothes and Jordan asked a sweet man near by if he would let us warm up by his fire, it was adorable and wholesome. We enjoyed the last moments of the sunset and the views before heading back to the car and going to our airbnb <3

Overall, it was an absolutely amazing shoot. I love that I get to work with people who want to explore, adventure, and aren’t afraid of a little wind to get some amazing shots. Truly is such an honor to do this as a job, so thank you Sam and Jordan for adventuring with me and letting me capture these memories 🙂

Check out some before and afters from the shoot, every photograph is an art piece and I love bringing the photo to life in the way that I imagine it in my head! It fills me with so much joy!

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  1. Aly says:

    Wow, I absolutely love all the photos that you captured. This shoot looks like it was really fun! 🙂

  2. Aimee Flynn says:

    Oh my gosh this is sooooo dreamy! I love these so much! It looks like they had so much fun and the images are stunning. Great work 🙂

  3. Heather says:

    What an awesome blog! I love your before & afters and how you included a video at the end. This couple is adorable and you captured them so wonderfully! <3

  4. Wow, these photos are SO beautiful! I am so impressed by your editing! I want to be friends with this couple because they seem so fun and down to earth!

    • Christian Antley says:

      Thank you for your comment on my editing, the lighting was so complicated on this shoot so it truly means a lot! 🙂

  5. Kira says:

    Those sliders are SO cool, and what a lovely adventure session, so dope of your couple to embrace the cold and have an unforgettable experience like this. Everyone deserves amazing images like this!

    • Christian Antley says:

      Thank you so so much for your kind words! I really want to shout from the rooftops that everyone can have and deserves beautiful and adventurous photos!

  6. What a fun day!! You all crushed it and I can tell how in love this couple is 😀 Amazing job to all of you!

  7. Allie says:

    Incredible job! I absolutely love how you show the before and after of the edits as well 👏🏼

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