emily summit mountain weddings owner and lead photographer

Hi! We’re Dave (type 7 on the Enneagram) and Shanna (type 5w4). Surprised by that? Us too. I’m still coming to terms with my type 5isms, but they’ve mostly served me well. This just means that overall you’ll have lots of fun with us and will be well taken care of with not a single detail overlooked.

We have three little boys who have taught us the importance of life’s big (and little) moments, as well as how to function on minimal sleep and dirty hair. They are Neeson, Copeland, and Barnes and they’re messy, loud, kinda stinky, and the reasons why we’re storytellers.

We value real connection & all those in-between moments that you don’t even know are happening. You don’t like stiff, posed photos? GOOD. You won’t get that here. We not only view our clients as friends and work to fully immerse ourselves in their stories - because how much more fun will your wedding day be with us there as your pals instead of just a couple o’ randos - but love when they feel the same toward us. Hopefully you’re cool with our boys’ requests for snacks interrupting our phone calls and their sweet, dirty faces popping up in our Instagram feed. That’s us - chaotic, real, and some days a little out of control.

At the root of it all - here at Summit Mountain Weddings, our desire is to provide an overall experience like none other, making your Colorado elopement day feel exactly you, and to create authentic and inspiring films + photographs to help you remember every single second of it.

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the experience

[ideal couples] [what to expect]


Wondering what kind of couples typically book with Summit Mountain Weddings? Our ideal couples have a connection to the Colorado mountains – they met here, they traveled here for their first trip together, they grew up vacationing here, they got engaged here [that’s us!], they visited once and moved here as soon as possible [also us!]… the list goes on! They value adventure and aren’t afraid of getting a little dirty. They enjoy good beer and overindulging in burrito bowls. They are confidently and apologetically doing what they love and being exactly who they are.

Most of our elopements include 10 guests or less [and are usually truly intimate with just the couple and maybe their immediate family]. We go outdoors with scenic views that are off the beaten path, but not necessarily so far off that it takes the whole day to get there.

We’re here to capture all the best and in-between moments in this awesome + emotional time of your lives. We’re also here to help guide you and provide you with an amazing experience from the time you arrive in Summit County until you leave as a married couple! Connection is a big part of our relationship together - it’s so important that we jive. We love grabbing coffee or a cocktail with couples any chance we get – the more we can connect beforehand, the easier it is for us to capture your story. Let’s be friends - seriously! To make sure we can really get to know one another, we take on a limited number of weddings & elopements each year. We may book elopements as far out as 16 months or as close in as 1 month.