When Rachel and Jason contacted us to photograph their wedding in Flagstaff, AZ, we were beyond thrilled. We shoot the majority of our weddings here in St. Louis, but we welcome the chance to get out of town and see more of our beautiful country. Photographing against a backdrop of mountains was pretty awesome for us :)
Since Jason and Forbis go way back, we already knew this couple would be really fun to work with. Jason and Rachel enjoy all things that are outdoors. They are active, athletic, and adventurous people, and their wedding reflected all of those things. Due to warmer than usual weather, their wedding day was set up a little differently than what we are used to. They decided to get up super early to get some portraits before the heat of the day set in....and we were SO happy they did. They scouted a gorgeous, isolated location and we were able to just explore and create photos of them on a relaxed time schedule. Later in the afternoon, I headed out to the Nordic Center with Rachel so she and several close friends could start setting up. This wedding was truly a DIY effort, and everything came together so wonderfully.
Rachel and Jason's ceremony was held in an aspen grove. They chose to be married by a close friend, which felt so special and personal. The reception was held steps away and included lawn games, an amazing spread of vegan food, s'mores, and an actual party yurt :) The night ended with songs and laughter around the campfire.
What we loved so much about this wedding was the simplicity of it. And what I mean by that is that this wedding was more about the people and less about the things. I think that sometimes people lose sight of that, but this couple and their family and friends definitely did not.
We were so grateful to be a part of this beautiful wedding. Rachel and Jason, thank you so much for allowing us to document your day. We hope you cherish your images forever!
Katie + Forbis