Leona Campbell Blog | Colorado Wedding & Elopement Photographer
Colorado elopement and wedding photographer specializing in creative wedding photojournalism for adventurous couples. Based in Denver and Boston and available for engagements, weddings, and elopements worldwide.
I was thrilled when Erin and Kevin reached out to me about photographing their elopement last summer, which they envisioned as a sunrise ceremony in the mountains of Colorado. They were going to be flying in from Alabama, and making an adventurous trip of it—eloping, and then road-tripping through Colorado for a few days. After exchanging excited emails for a few weeks, we met the morning of their elopement on the side of a mountain in the deep darkness of pre-dawn. (One of the great things about eloping in Colorado is the option to have a self-solemnized ceremony. If you want to get married on a mountaintop at dawn, you don’t need to find an officiant who’s willing to go with you—just a photographer!)
We hiked out to a lovely vista, where Erin and Kevin exchanged their vows in an emotional ceremony as the first sunbeams crested the horizon. After their ceremony, we drove further up the mountain for a few photos at the top of Mount Evans, where we were greeted by a small herd of bighorn sheep, strong winds, and blowing snow. Even so, Erin and Kevin were totally up for getting out and taking a few photos at the summit. Indeed, for couples who are willing to brave a little wind or snow, it can make for some of the best photos! Leaving the wintry summit behind us, we drove back down below the tree line to Echo Lake to sign the marriage license and take a few portraits in the warm sunshine.
As the three of us drove around the mountain that day, chatting and laughing in between braving the wind and snow and gawking at big horn sheep—I kept thinking how thankful I am for couples I work with: incredibly kind and generous-spirited people like Erin and Kevin, who welcome me into their story for a brief time, and entrust me with the telling of it.
A few summers ago, Austin and I spent some time exploring the Tyrol region of Austria. We trekked for about a week on the Berliner Höhenweg, taking in the stunning scenery while experiencing the full range of alpine weather, from snow to sun and everything in between. But of course, the highlight of any trek in the Alps is the opportunity to stay in the mountain huts. There are few things more wonderful than sitting around a lively table, eating hearty food, drinking delicious beer, and enjoying good conversation with your fellow trekkers. Each hut has its own unique character, but all provide a cozy welcome at the end of a long day. The huts also provide ample opportunity to ponder the question of whether it is possible to consume too much Kaisershmarrn (we concluded that it is not).
Following our trek in the Zillertal, we made brief detour to Vorarlberg to the charming town of Lech, where we rented an apartment for a few days while exploring various day hikes in the region. Between the vibrant wildflowers, glassy alpine lakes, and the beautiful free-ranging horses, we found ourselves wishing we had more time to explore this magical region. But I suppose that’s just an excuse to plan a future alpine hut trek!
Caroline and Ben’s beautiful seaside wedding exemplified everything that I love about photographing small, intimate weddings. Surrounded by only their closest friends and family, they exchanged their vows in the tiny chapel of St. Gabriel’s in Marion, followed by an intimate dinner at the Beverly Yacht Club just down the street. But as beautiful as the chapel and the yacht club were, it wasn’t the setting that made this wedding a photographer’s dream. Caroline and Ben moved through the day with a wonderfully relaxed, easy grace. Like so many of the couples I work with, they didn’t approach their wedding with some pre-packaged notion of a “perfect day”. As a result, they weren’t unduly stressed—they were simply thrilled to be getting married, and to be celebrating with their closest friends and family in a place that was special to them. That unencumbered joy made for some amazing photos as they interacted with each other and their guests.
“Microweddings” are becoming ever more popular, and while Caroline and Ben’s guest list was a little bit larger (at around 50 guests) than is typical for a microwedding, their celebration still retained many of the characteristic microwedding elements. I hope it can serve as inspiration to anyone considering a simple, intimate wedding celebration.
The grounds of Glen Magna were abloom with reds, yellows, and blues that seemed to glow in the late afternoon sun as friends and family gathered to celebrate Katie and Sam’s wedding day. These two had an irresistible charm in their soft and steady presence with each other as they exchanged their vows amidst the beauty of the rose garden. And as the afternoon sun faded into evening, the celebration swelled into a joyful, rollicking dance party that lasted well into the night!
I'm so incredibly fortunate to work with couples like Michelle and Tim. I had a great appreciation for their laid-back vibe and tongue-in-cheek humor from our very first meeting, and I were so thrilled to have the opportunity to document their beautiful wedding celebration. The stately grounds of the Connors Center echoed with raucous belly laughs giving way to moments quiet tenderness, as they joined their lives in an interfaith ceremony that drew upon elements of both their Jewish and Christian heritage. Here are some of my favorite images from the day.
Sarah and George’s engagement session this past July in Portsmouth, NH, was graced with an easy breeze that carried sounds laughter and Prescott Park’s open-air theater. We had a great time strolling together through the historic downtown with this elegant pair, and can’t wait to photograph their wedding on New Year’s Day!
Austin and I are always looking for excuses to venture out to the West Coast, so we were absolutely thrilled when Erin and Greg asked us to photograph their wedding in Ojai, CA. Set in a stunning valley encircled by the Topatopa Mountains, Ojai is an incredibly quaint town, graced with beautiful scenery, orange groves, lovely pink sunsets, and an annual lavender festival (which just happened to coincide with the wedding day!). Friends and family gathered to celebrate with Erin and Greg at The Ranch House—the perfect setting for their fête, with its beautiful Japanese gardens, winding bamboo-lined paths, and koi pond. After the ceremony, we stole away for some sunset portraits overlooking the valley, before heading back to join in the fun…not dancing, but karaoke! I absolutely loved that Erin and Greg chose to celebrate their wedding in a way that felt authentic to them. It was so clear that their guests were having a fabulous time, and that made for some amazing photos. Here are a few of our favorites from the day.
We first met Lesley and Ian for an engagement session last summer that took us (and their adorable pup, Rooney) to some of their favorite spots, from the Cambridge Brewing Company to the Esplanade. Their love for each other, and their fondness for the city were so clear—and we were absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them on their wedding day. The celebration started with a beautiful ceremony, where Lesley and Ian exchanged their vows under the soaring modern gothic arches of St. Ignatius Church at Boston College. A short ride across town brought us to Dorchester, where friends and family gathered together for a stunning reception at Venezia as the sun set over the Boston skyline. It was a beautiful, meaningful celebration of Lesley and Ian's love for each other and Austin and I feel so fortunate to have been the ones to document it. Here are a few of our favorite images from the day.
Weather reports sometimes stir up worries for clients in the days before a shoot. “65% chance of rain? That means we should reschedule, right?” Not necessarily. The thing about storms is that if the timing’s right, they can make for a quality of light unattainable at any other time. That was what happened with Brynna and Andrew’s summer engagement session at World’s End in Hingham, MA. Although a big storm was predicted for that day, we talked it over and decided to wait and see what would happen. Fortunately, it started early in the day and passed by the late afternoon, having cleared out the air and leaving behind a few clouds that came together for a stunning sunset over downtown Boston. Not that these two needed any supplementary radiance—they exuded quite a lot of their own! We look forward to photographing their wedding at the Willowdale Estate next spring!
The early spring day was warm down on the South Shore, and a gentle breeze from Maquan Pond steadily graced the lodge. Seated on the porch were all the people Katie and Jamie hold most dear, whom they had gathered for a camp wedding that was relaxed, intimate, and above all authentic to the life they’ve begun to build together. As we took in the scene, we were struck by how, by their very presence, this corner of nature already so lovely became something more. Here are some of our favorite images from the day.