Alaska Glacier Walk Elopement Portraits

Steph and Travis originally planned their elopement to happen at a little-known epic location in Southern Oregon. COVID struck the morning of their ceremony with their closest loved ones and forced us to reschedule not once, but ultimately twice! When I mentioned I would be in Alaska during the summer, Steph’s eyes lit up and it was decided that their delayed adventure would happen in one of her bucket list locations: Alaska.

I never really wanted a “wedding”. I’m not one to be the center of attention. I never understood why weddings had to be so big and fancy. When I was growing up I was attracted to the idea of skydiving while getting married. Something unique, intimate and fun, just for the bride and groom. Travis and I always talked about a small intimate ceremony in the Redwoods. Then I found Sam and saw that it could be a whole adventure, doing exactly what makes us happy.

These two love adventuring in Southern Oregon, camping, exploring with their dog Benelli, and living the van life. To keep with the theme, they rented a van to roam around in while in Alaska! We explored places like Hatcher Pass and drove to the only drive-up accessible glacier (okay, you still have to hike, but no helicopter required!).

What do I need to hike on a glacier in Alaska?

Microspikes were donned and provided by our guides, and are often provided by helicopter tours as well! The outfitter we used also requires a helmet while walking, because of the extensive adventuring on the glacier. A helicopter tour often doesn’t require a helmet because you aren’t venturing too far from the landing zone. When you explore a glacier, please use a guide and educate yourself on dangers (like overhanging ice, crevasses, etc.).

Check out their Alaska adventure below!

Are you ready to elope your life?

Let’s create a day for you that’s wild, bold, and full of fun in a dramatic landscape!


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