Clara & Tim

OH MY GOODNESS. I’ve been waiting months to share this styled elopement session with you all! Although I was hoping to get these photos published somewhere (and maybe they still will be someday), I decided it was time to go ahead and share them! <3

I had this vision for a non-traditional elopement at Great Sand Dunes National Park ever since my first trip there over a year ago. It is by far one of the most unique places in all of Colorado, and is definitely a stunning location for anyone looking to elope!

The theme I pulled together was the idea of love being like an “oasis in the desert,” so we used a bright green dress from ASOS for Clara, and we had Tim dress up in a white button up with navy slacks — no tie, no veil, just cooler colors and a more laid back vibe than your traditional weddings. I also knew just how much that dress was going to stand out among the warm tones of the sand dunes, and it came out SO beautifully, including the florals Arrangements with Marzeyeh provided for our styled shoot!

And despite the shoot looking warm, it was absolutely freezing. We woke up for the sunrise before 6 am, and temps were around 20 or 25 degrees before the sun rose. Clara and Tim were such courageous models and braved the weather for some of my now all-time favorite portraits!

PS – You can see other stunning model work of Clara on her website!

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Eloping at Great Sand Dunes? Hire an Adventure Wedding Photographer!

Kaitlyn at Katogenic Photography is an intimate wedding and elopement photographer based in Colorado. Whether you’re looking for a creative set of engagement portraits, an adventurous wedding photographer, or a fun bridal/trash-the-dress session, contact Katogenic Photography for your photography needs!

11 Comments

  1. Savannah

    Oh how I love the Sand Dunes! We have property in the San Luis Valley, and visiting the Dunes is one of my favorite things to do in the Southern Colorado area. What a beautiful styled elopement in the desert! The color of her gown against the sand is spectacular.

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    • katogenic

      Thank you! I’m jealous you have property out there! <3

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  2. Taylor

    The Great Sand Dune National Park is absolutely one of my favorite places in all of Colorado – and obviously, that’s saying something! The Sand Dunes are the perfect place for a unique and adventurous elopement!

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  3. Hans and Roxes

    We never have the chance to make a session in the sand dunes, you did it so great. Whart a beautiful light for the dawn. She kill it with that green dress. Asos is a great brand and have great suits for grooms too!

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  4. Henry Tieu

    I’ve been dying to visit this place. The sand dunes here is insane. You’re amazing

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  5. Justyna Butler

    Sand Dunes are just magical for a styled adventure just like yous!

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  6. Nicole Daacke

    This Great Sand Dunes National Park session is fire! What a cool spot for a session, or even an elopement!

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  7. Sydney

    I love this desert elopement, it’s such a beautiful landscape! I also love her dress with her red hair, KILLER!

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  8. Lindsey Clawson

    Omg I am obsessed with sand dunes!! Can’t believe this is in Colorado, such a perfect place for an elopement!

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  9. Cassandra O.

    That sunrise over the dunes is everything! The Great Sand Dune National Park is by far the wildest place to elope in Colorado! I mean you get the backdrop of the epic mountains paired with barefoot on the sandy dunes vibes… is there anything better?!

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  10. Jenae

    I just love the Great Sand Dunes! Especially for such a gorgeous styled shoot! Her coloring and that dress are awesome- and I actually loved the the Black and whites too!

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