Medora Elopement | LGBTQ+ Wedding | Angela + Sarah

Angela and Sarah’s fall wedding in Medora at the Painted Canyon Overlook was wildly unique and simply romantic. The Badlands was the perfect setting for their cliffside wedding vows. These two brides had gorgeous wedding details and I love being creative to make fine-art with the little things they hold dear. Scroll down to see more of this breathtaking Medora elopement.

The wedding details are my favorite way to start documenting the day. While shooting their details in downtown Dickinson near some old silos, I had their details out just snapping away as happy as can be, when a black widow spider almost came down on me!

Brides Getting Ready Together

These brides spent the morning getting ready together but separated when it was time to put their wedding attire on. When our couples get ready together with their friends and family, it sets the tone for a really fun wedding day.

Sarah and Angela’s wedding attire sets the bar high for the most stylish same-sex elopement, their wedding attire is so classic. Angela’s oxford shoes are very dapper and she looks awesome in them.

I never met the girls until their wedding and I instantly felt like I was part of their group. I had the best time and seeing them getting all dolled up for the first look was very exciting. I picked out a mural in town as the backdrop that I adored and it was perfect for them for this special moment.

The First Look

A touching first look in front of this darling mural of the little girl blowing the dandelion in downtown Dickinson, North Dakota. The mural was the perfect setting for this picturesque moment. Angela and Sarah holding hands back to back for their double reveal was an unforgettable moment on their wedding day and filled with many happy tears.

For many couples, the first look is their favorite memory of the wedding day. There are so many benefits to seeing each other before the wedding ceremony. This time together before the ceremony is perfect to get couple’s shots and family portraits out of the way.

Painted Canyon Overlook Elopement

Surrounded by your favorite people at one of the best destination wedding locations in North Dakota, is a perfect day. Small intimate wedding ceremonies with meaningful ceremony locations became the way of wedding planning during the pandemic.

Sunset over the North Dakota Badlands is the perfect time for “I do’s”. Fall sunsets are fast but worthy of the most intimate wedding photos. North Dakota is a hidden gem, it’s so underpopulated that it’s an incredible place to be alone in nature and have a private wedding ceremony. If you’re looking for breathtaking views for your Medora elopement, the Painted Canyon Overlook will not disappoint.

So sentimental to have a dear friend officiate your wedding vows. 10/10 highly recommend it and it’s one thing Jonathan and I wish we had done for our wedding. In the last few years, it has really become popular and for good reason.

The handfasting ceremony is a tradition that makes a beautiful moment for photos. There are many unity ceremonies but the handfasting is a beautiful photo opportunity while doing your vows.

Angela and Sarah had the most emotional vow exchange, the sun was setting quickly in the valley and these moody shots give me all the feels.

Whatever was said here is a secret only they will ever know.

Another very special moment of the day is the walk down the aisle together after tying the knot.

Bridal Portraits After Medora Elopement

Painted Canyon Overlook was the perfect setting for these bridal portraits. The warm fall colors are so romantic and lovely. Candid couple portraits that represent who you are as a couple is the reason I love to create art with my lens every day.

Favorite image of the whole day. 👇 Two brides are better than one.

It was basically dark and hard to see to walk around on the side of this cliff. We had to move fast but these images were worth it. Dark and moody is stunning for this North Dakota wedding. My brides are beautiful, so blessed to have captured this day for them, I love this job!

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