Patagonia really is one of the most incredible places to have an adventure elopement.
Rich and I spent half of March adventuring around Chile and Argentina scouting new locations, shooting elopements, and discovering more and more of what this place has to offer. We found this place on one of our location scouting days and knew that it was perfect for Ashely + Javy’s sunrise elopement and I couldn’t wait to see them experience it in person.
We were staying in an airbnb in Puerto Natales so we had to wake up at 4am to drive into Torres del Paine to make it in time to meet up with Ashely + Javy and then hike into this spot before the sun came up. The weather was pretty cloudy and we weren’t sure what it was going to look like or if we would even be able to see the mountains, but everything was so still and peaceful which is very unusual for Patagonia so I was hopeful. Just before we got to our final spot for the ceremony, we crossed this lake and the sun started to illuminate the peaks in front of us and we all just stood there in total awe. I couldn’t believe it was real. The reflection of the mountains was crystal clear since it wasn’t windy at all (probably the only day of the year that the weather was this still). I didn’t want to change anything about the moment so I took a photo of them standing there with their wedding dress + suit hanging over their shoulders just soaking everything up. Probably one of my favorites pictures I’ve ever taken to date.
I wasn’t expecting that to only be the beginning of one of the most beautiful elopements I’ve had the honor of capturing. Throughout the ceremony I kept thinking about how incredibly still everything was, as if nature was holding its breath while these two said their vows to each other. It was all so incredible. I can’t wait to be back here next year for more 2020 elopements!