Are you dreaming of a breathtaking and intimate elopement in the heart of nature? Look no further than Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. This national park offers stunning views of the Teton mountain range and crystal-clear alpine lakes, making it the perfect location for your elopement. As a Grand Teton Elopement Photographer, I have put this comprehensive guide together for clients who are looking to have the best ever elopement experience in the park!
Here are some of the best locations to elope in Grand Teton National Park:
This picturesque location offers stunning views of the Tetons reflected in the Snake River. It’s an excellent spot for an early morning ceremony, as the light is beautiful and the crowds are minimal. At sunrise the mountains are lit up pink and red, and at sunset they are a beautiful golden and blue. Often times you will even see a moose in the water. This spot is my personal favorite.
This is a popular spot for the couple who wants to say their vows within the park and have the Grand Teton view! It is extremely accessible, but not always the most private. You can see ceremony site photos and read more information from the National Park Service about Glacier View Turnout here.
From this spot you are high above Snake River but still getting views of the Teton Range. With paved pathways it’s very accessible, and will be beautiful year round, but especially in the fall. You can read more about the Snake River Overlook and see photos of the actual ceremony site from the National Park Service here.
There are two different locations at Mormon Row, one is North and one is South, both are near Antelope Flats View. The historical buildings at these locations are iconic and have been around for centuries. This area can be more private as it is more open, stretching with wheat fields for miles with the Teton Range visible in the distance. It is less busy than an area like Schwabacher Landing. For more photos and official NPS guidelines on ceremonies at Mormon Row click here.
Jenny Lake is one of the most popular lakes within the park and for good reason, it is beautiful (and busy) all times of day. String Lake, pictured above, is less busy and a great option for eloping couples! Some spots I think would be amazing to hike to include Lake of the Crags Trail (5.0 miles), Taggart and Bradley Lakes Trail (6.0 Miles), and Surprise and Amphitheater Lakes Trail (10.1 miles). I am always down to hike with you both to any of these amazing lakes should you want to elope at the top of these view points!
The weather in Grand Teton National Park can vary greatly depending on the time of year. The park has a high altitude and can experience sudden changes in weather, so it’s important to choose a time when the weather is most favorable. Generally, the best times for an elopement are during the summer months, when the weather is warm and sunny. In the summer, the alpine meadows are lush and green with wildflowers, and the lakes are crystal-clear. In the fall, the aspen trees turn a beautiful golden color. Winter offers a different kind of beauty, with snow-covered peaks and frozen lakes.
Leave no trace is taken incredibly seriously at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Site-Specific Ceremony Locations include most of the ones listed above, Schwabacher Landing, Glacier View Turnout, Snake River Lookout, Mormon Row and a few others. You will need to apply 30 days ahead of your projected date and they will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. I know permits are overwhelming, as your elopement photographer this is something I will help you with to take the stress off of you!
These are for more remote areas in the Grand Tetons! Think going on a hiking adventure to a view point to be married. Because they are more remote the number of people you can have at your ceremony is limited to 12, including all vendors! Locations like String Lake, Jenny Lake, or other trails within the park would fall into this category.
You can view the current updated permit requirements at Grand Teton National Park here. As always, I am here as your Grand Teton elopement photographer to ensure you have the accurate permits you will need for your elopement ceremony.
The average cost of an elopement in the Grand Tetons can range from $5,000-$20,000 depending on how many vendors, activities, and options you want to include as a couple. Permit fees as discussed above will cost around $200. Flights into the Jackson Hole airport can run anywhere from $500 to $1,000 due to it being really remote and small!
From there most eloping couples will include just an officiant, photographer (that’s me!), videographer, and florist! The best part about deciding to elope is there are no rules. You can make your day look however you want in the Tetons, accommodating for most every budget.
Keep reading for lodging recommendations in the Jackson Hole area for your elopement.
Here are a few of the absolute best places to stay while visiting Jackson Hole for your Grand Teton elopement! There are also lots of cute Airbnbs to be found within the town.
Here are just a few activities for you to do on or during your elopement experience!
Now that you are prepared to have the best elopement experience in the Tetons, let’s talk photos! I know I’m biased as a photographer, but they really are the most important thing to consider when eloping. Photographs are the only physical thing you take away from your wedding day. They mean so much when it comes to preserving the memories you make on your day. Here is more information about my Jackson Hole elopement packages and how I can help you! Would love to be included in your day.
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Based in Nashville, Tennessee, and traveling worldwide, Nicole Lenia Kiser is an elopement & wedding landscape focused photographer for the carefree & adventurous couple.