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Love isn’t black and white but black and white sure is pretty. The Columbia Gorge is filled with insane amounts of green but there’s something about monotone images that bare simplicity.

Jacob and Jessica traveled all the way from Louisville, Kentucky, wanting to tie the knot amongst the massive waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest. I was more than happy to jump on board and was psyched to share one of my favorite places with them.

Waterfall Wedding by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Waterfall Wedding by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
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Waterfall Wedding by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
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What would you do if you fell for a French Canadian who moved to your town for just one ski season?  If you are Sylvie, you would jump right in, showing Annik every hot springs and secret powder skiing stash the mountains offered.  Oh, and you also wouldn’t question the evolution of your love story, even though you’ve never dated women before.

Sylvie and Annik have one of the most unique love stories I’ve come to know and it was truly an honor to document their day.  They wove together a wild community of mountain loving Colorado friends, family members from the US, Canada and Europe. Together everyone celebrated in a rad desert landscape Sylvie and Annik discovered together in Moab, Utah.

The stories told about these two women indicated a fierce love for each other, filled with adventure and embracing what life throws at you no matter what.  On top of their rad love story is Sylvie and Annik’s ever-present ability to find magic in life, even after a car accident leaves your partner paralyzed.

Sometimes we all need reminders in life that you truly can overcome anything.  Sylvie and Annik made their life together happen with fierce confidence in the way they feel when they are around each other.  It’s obvious when you’re near them, even contagious.  Congrats you two!

Enjoy life.

Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
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Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
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Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
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Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
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Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Same sex elopement in Moab Utah. Photo by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
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The Milky Way above Yosemite National Park. #Elopement. #Yosemite #OlmstedPoint Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com

Cody + Amy reached out earlier this year. They knew they wanted to elope in a National Park and Yosemite was easily the common denominator. I’m always psyched to return and log quality time in one of my favorite places on earth! Props to Cody and Amy for braving cold temps as well as my psych for many long exposures in the middle of the night.

I’m looking forward to returning to Yosemite this October for a handful of elopements and climbing shenanigans. If this approach and style of elopement inspires you, check out my travel dates to see if we can line something up. I’m still looking forward to meeting the couple that wants to do something in the backcountry, high on a peak and then ski down. Is that you reading this? I also have Iceland dates on the calendar if you’re feeling super adventurous!

Here’s to life and doing it intentionally. Cheers!

Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Ahwahnee Hotel. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com

Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Ahwahnee Hotel. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com

Yosemite National Park Elopement. Ahwahnee Hotel. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Ahwahnee Hotel. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Ahwahnee Hotel. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Ahwahnee Hotel. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com

Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com

Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com

Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com

Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
Yosemite National Park Elopement. Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com

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The Milky Way and shooting star above Yosemite National Park. #Elopement. #Yosemite #OlmstedPoint Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
The Milky Way above Yosemite National Park. #Elopement. #Yosemite #OlmstedPoint Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
The Milky Way above Yosemite National Park. #Elopement. #Yosemite #OlmstedPoint Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com

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The Milky Way above Yosemite National Park. #Elopement. #Yosemite #OlmstedPoint Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
The Milky Way above Yosemite National Park. #Elopement. #Yosemite #OlmstedPoint Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
The Milky Way above Yosemite National Park. #Elopement. #Yosemite #OlmstedPoint Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
The Milky Way above Yosemite National Park. #Elopement. #Yosemite #OlmstedPoint Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
The Milky Way above Yosemite National Park. #Elopement. #Yosemite #OlmstedPoint Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
The Milky Way above Yosemite National Park. #Elopement. #Yosemite #OlmstedPoint Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com
The Milky Way above Yosemite National Park. #Elopement. #Yosemite #OlmstedPoint Photos by Carl Zoch www.carlzoch.com

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A lot of rad things going on this summer! I’ve settled down back in Hood River, Oregon and have been photographing a lot of elopements (among other shenanigans) in the Columbia Gorge. It has been an awesome process helping couples shape their elopement day. Many are flying in to Portland, soaking up the quirky city life and then tying the knot in the gorge. Others are packing up their car, road tripping to the Gorge and doing the same. Whatever the case, it has been an incredible season jumping on board with couples who are looking for something a bit different and adventurous. It always seems to involve some good hiking, getting ready behind large boulders and of course, sharing good local beer amongst the giant trees and waterfalls.

Hope your summer has been rad. Cheers!

Wahclella Falls Waterfall Elopement by Carl Zoch. www.carlzoch.com

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