About Me | Colorado Elopement Photographer | Captured by Marcela

 head due north

I specialize in documenting authentic moments, and capturing real down to Earth love birds.

As an elopement photographer, I want your images to be more than just beautiful. I want them to scream with emotion. I want your elopement experience to be the most connective, intentional, and emotive way to unify your love. 

I'm here to help you craft the elopement experience of your dreams and create unforgettable photos that are full of feeling and help you treasure your memories for a lifetime.

So if you crave a personalized experience that focuses on intentional moments and genuine connection, I'm your gal!

photographer, planning guide, hype woman, ally, storyteller

Hey there, I'm Marcela!

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Things I love about my job

The suitcase life is still my preferred one. Each destination opens up new ways of thinking and a fresh perspective.

22 countries visited

Lilly is an 11-year old blond lab who loves food and belly rubs. Harley is a 6-year old american bulldog who loves shadows and rocks.

Proud dog mom

Before photography, I taught middle school history. Teaching taught me mindfulness and the importance of building strong relationships.

Former history teacher

My husband and I are building a camper van, named Bubba. I'm excited to explore and for the adventures to come. 

Camper van life

I was born in the beautiful alpine country of Switzerland and grew up in Florida. And yes, our main diet is cheese and chocolate.

I'm Swiss, like the cheese

I lead week-long hikes through the Swiss Alps with Carpe Mundo. We stay in alpine huts, enjoy local cuisine and learn about cheese making!

Alpine hiking guide

a little bit about me...

hugger         avid puzzler         traveler         plant lover (but ultimately killer)         adventure chaser         whiskey sipper         mountain hiker         pasta fiend         berry picker         snowboarder         banjo aficionado         pretzel maker         INFJ

hugger         avid puzzler         traveler

plant lover (but ultimately killer)

adventure chaser         whiskey sipper

mountain hiker         pasta fiend

berry picker         snowboarder

banjo aficionado         pretzel maker

So much so that I did it myself.

When my partner and I got engaged and it came time to plan, the biggest goal for the day was to have FUN and for it to be a laid back day that felt like “us”.

The greatest thing about eloping is that it gives you permission to scrap all the expectations, and make up your own kind of day.

So, when June 18, 2018 rolled around, my husband and I woke in the wee hours of the morning. We met our photographer at the trailhead at 3 am. We hiked to the top of a mountain and shared our vows at the sun rose. There were no distractions. It was so beautiful, emotional, and beyond what we had even imagined. After our vows, we headed to our second location, an aspen forest and hung up a hammock and enjoyed a picnic.

That weekend we had a small second ceremony with our family and friends and we went on to party the rest of the weekend. It was so playful, and the absolute best week I’ve ever enjoyed.

I Believe Eloping Matters

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Looking for a photographer to help guide, educate, and capture the most incredible adventure of your life — let’s do this thing.

I lived in a small fishing island called Sand Point where I met my amazing husband.

Alaska

I grew up by the beautiful beaches and I miss the thunderstorms the most. 

Florida

I was born in Switzerland and spent most of my summers visiting my family there.

Switzerland

My summer in Uganda was the most influential time on my life.

Uganda

I love spending my free time outdoors exploring new locations.

Colorado

The jungles of Moyobamba were filled with the most exotic animals and waterfalls.

Peru

Exploring the catacombs was both thrilling and terrifying at the same time.

France

Click an icon above to find out more about each location!

and adventure is in my blood

Travel is in my bones 

Alex, Coastal Elopement

"We loved our experience having Marcela as our elopement day photographer.

What was even more special about our experience was her ability to set us at ease months before our day. Through constant communication leading up to, and during, the day we got eloped. Her personality is that, in just four days time, we felt as if we've known her for years. 

Ah, but you're wondering about her photos. We loved every thing about them especially the raw emotion captured in many of the shots."

Caitlin, Alpine Lake Elopement

"My husband and I have been trying to put into words how simply amazing working with Marcela was.

From the start we could tell she truly cared about us, our relationship, and our story. She asked us so many questions, valued what we wanted, and kept up with the ever changing plans that came along with planning a wedding.

She made us feel so comfortable, made us laugh till we cried, and captured our true wholesome love for each other."

"We loved every moment of the day she helped create. Marcela was the perfect photographer for our adventure elopement! She worked tirelessly to make our adventure into marriage happen after our first options were snowed in! Great Sand Dunes felt like the perfect unique place for two Floridians who met in the mountains.

She made us comfortable to be ourselves throughout the whole day while making her job look effortless and fun. Our cheeks hurt from smiling, laughing and a few tears.

Marcela captured every precious moment! Her photography is absolutely stunning every way! I highly recommend Marcela for your elopement or wedding!"

Amy, Forest Elopement

"Instead of telling us how to pose or interact with each other, Marcela gave us prompts that seemed simple but made a huge difference.

She asked us to talk about our first date. We discussed the weirdest things we loved about each other (which made us laugh) and how we could fulfill each other’s love languages. Amy and I played games with each other and Marcela captured the energy that happened naturally between us.

I love this shoot because it perfectly captures the love we share. It’s incredible to see that love and admiration encapsulated in a photo! Thank you for this!"

Lauren, Sand Dunes Elopement

Chris, Anniversary Session

"The photos we just got back from Marcela are giving me CHILLS!! They are absolutely stunning!!!

She did SO MUCH more than just photograph us — she created special moments that I’ll cherish forever. She encouraged Con & I to genuinely interact & share intimate moments together. She prompted us to tell each other things that we love about one other, ways that the other person inspires us, & how being together has positively changed us.

It was more than just a beach shoot. We ended up giving each other precious, heart melting encouragement & that makes these photos all the more treasured to me."

Andrea, Red Rocks Elopement

"We had a pre-meet with her before the big day which definitely helped me feel more relaxed going into the wedding day. She gave us great suggestions and things to think about to be ready with on the wedding. On the day of she showed up early to help scope out the venue. She was creative to try and pull extra joy into our photographs.

When I look at these photos I see more than just beautiful images. I feel the moments that Marcela helped us experience and the connection we had.

I can't thank Marcela enough! We will treasure these moments forever!"

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KIND WORDS

couples I've worked with

70

5 star
review record 

100

years as a photographer

4

My business is rooted in inclusivity, equality for all, and the inarguable truth that love is love. I am whole-heartedly and endlessly committed to capturing and celebrating your love regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

My Values

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dollars donated to charity

1700

years with my amazing hubby

6

countries visited

22

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