What is an "Adventure Wedding"?

Great question! I get asked this all the time. The simple answer is that it can be whatever you want it to be. Most couples choose an adventure wedding or elopement because nature is their church, or because they'd rather ditch a big, traditional wedding for something that feels more distinctly them.

Some couples choose to hike a mountain they love and get married on top. Other choose to have their ceremony with a small group of friends and family on the beach or at a trailhead, and then celebrate with a day of paddle boarding or a night under the stars and around a campfire. Some spend the day rafting a river with their closest friends, and get married at a secret waterfall along the way. Still others rappel into a canyon and walk through sandstone slots before saying their vows alone overlooking the Colorado Plateau. And some rock climb their favorite route together and got hitched at the summit.

Personally, my husband proposed to me while we were jumping off of Lone Rock on Lake Powell where we had met 8 years earlier, and then we spent our wedding day playing volleyball outside before getting married at a venue on a river in my hometown. You don't have to go big or far, but you can go big and far if you want. I've photographed a couple's ski tour proposal, and then several months later we were mountain biking the same location at their wedding!

The beauty of choosing an adventure wedding is that you don't have to follow a standard or norm. However you choose to do it, make it an experience that is uniquely you!

Bride standing on mountainside during sunset elopement at Alta in Utah

Get outside

Have you dreamt of getting married with a mountain backdrop? There are gorgeous mountain ranges all over and I'll help you create the wedding imagery of your dreams in these spectacular locations.

Newly married couple on a Vermont beach at sunset

Take Action

Are you a water baby and can't image getting married anywhere but the beach? From the lush New England coast to the arid San Diego coast, there is a location that fits your needs. Get married in Big Sur, on the Oregon coast, or have a surf bum wedding in Baja.

Couple holds hands during Arizona desert elopement in the winter

Get lost in the beauty

The canyons of the Southwest and the vast landscape of the desert towers hold an astonishing beauty that has to be seen to be believed. I've drifted around the desert for years and know remote locations that make for perfect elopement locations.

Eloping couple spins on a river in the forest of North Cascades National Park, Washington

experience your wedding day

If tall trees, lush forests, and grand waterfalls call your name consider getting hitched in a forest! Oregon has some of the best, but so does New England. As the trees tower over you, let nature restore your energy.

Here’s What Couples are saying

Married couple runs down dirt road smiling after their small wedding in a tree grove in Florida
Stop your search right now and book Kat for your wedding photography! We hired her for our small wedding in Yosemite, and we could not imagine a better experience. She did an absolutely incredible job.

To start, she did a great job of communicating - both in advance of the event and on location. We always felt like we were on the same page. Very professional and thorough, yet very easy-going and relaxed to talk with.

On the day of the wedding, she did a perfect job of capturing fly-on-the-wall candid moments while also making sure we got the more traditional set piece photos. She was like our fairy photo godmother. She was there to provide a little guidance (to help wrangle family members for portraits, etc), but otherwise just captured our special day as it naturally unfolded. She was on the entire time, watching over us, and it really shows in her photos.

But the most important thing to know about Kat is that she really goes the extra mile for her clients. She scouted out locations for us the day before, she drove us / coordinated a shoot near Glacier Point at sunset. And when it came to the editing, she got us the final photos turned around quickly. We went on an extended 3-week honeymoon and the final photos were in our inbox when we got back. We could not be happier with the experience.

So end your wedding photography search right now, and book Kat. It was one of the best decisions we’ve made.
— Megan & Michael
I am still in awe of my wedding photos and I owe it all to Kat. Not only did she help me decide on a location, she gave recommendations on florists, bakeries, and lodging! There is no way I could have planned our out of state elopement without her. And Oh My God the photos! They are truly works of art, every last one, and believe me there are a ton. The words stunning & breathtaking have been used most by my friends and family. My wedding day was spectacular and my wedding photos show it. I’m already planning an anniversary vacation so I can have Kat capture that day too. If you need an adventure photographer then you absolutely need to check out Swell & Stone. I’m forever grateful that I did!
— A.J. & David
Kat was our wedding photographer. She exceeded our expectations on all fronts. Our photos came out stunning. We are constantly getting comments that our wedding photos are unreal and that the turnaround time for getting previews and our photos was unheard of. Kat really spends the time to get to know your style and capture the shots that are most important to you. She is an AMAZING photographer. I know so many brides who end up disappointed by their photos, and I can say Kat will not disappoint. Her photos are just absolutely amazing and I am so grateful that we chose her for our wedding.
— Kavita & Brice
Stop your search and book Kat. She is fun, professional, REALLY good at this, and goes above and beyond. I can’t say enough. Kat will make dreams that you didn’t even know you had come true. Her photos are just beautiful! She has a great eye to capture the moments. I can look at my photos and relive the joy. She captured our joy!
— Cameron & Rick
Kat shot our wedding and we are sooo happy with the photos and she was really fun and easy to work with. She trekked all the way up to the North Cascades with us to get some spectacular shots in the dead of winter! She was super professional and had lots of good ideas for creative and adventurous shots that really captured our love story and our passion for the outdoors. I would highly recommend her if you want unique wedding photos and you have an adventurous spirit.
— Hannah & Collins
Kat was awesome! We wanted 10 year anniversary photos that captured the beauty of Rhode Island and she gave us just that. Lighthouse, ocean, bridges and cliffs... it was wonderful. And even better was seeing the photos when they came through. They were wonderful!! Still can’t stop looking at the photos and showing them to everyone!
— Makeda & Tej