about the skyewater photo + film team

Intuitive, artistic, supportive.

Skyewater Photo + Film is a photography and videography team based in Washington and Colorado, specializing in adventure elopements and destination weddings across the globe, with a unique focus on locations and venues that feature the element of water.

Collectively, we’ve captured over 200 weddings and elopements, and have traveled thousands of miles to explore this beautiful planet of ours.

Our favorite part? We love that our jobs give us the chance to bring our passion for storytelling and the environment together in such a meaningful way for others.

what skyewater means to us

We believe that love, like water, is necessary for life.

It’s a strong and powerful force, but also a comforting and peaceful one. It heals and nourishes us. It can make us feel alive, yet calm, all at once. Water has the ability to move us, both physically and emotionally, in ways we may not be able to put into words . . . just as love does.

Water has also moved and shaped the landscape of our planet in a variety of ways. Bodies of water support the areas with the greatest biodiversity on our planet. Water is so powerful, even places that are now dry— deserts, mountains, canyons— still show impacts from water that used to be there millions of years ago (in the form of rain, snow, rivers, lakes, floods, and glaciers).

Skye is a beautiful Scottish word that can simply mean cloud or sky, but also means adventurous or free-spirited. By combining these two ideas, our photo and video brand evokes the unique and authentic wedding day experiences we offer to couples who want waterscapes and the natural world to play an important role in the celebration of their marriage.

our team

MEET KAITLYN

Owner, award-winning photographer, cinematic videographer, and your planning assistant

Born in Florida, but with years of experience living in the mountains, Kaitlyn is happiest wherever the water is, from the coast to the alpine lakes and waterfalls, or ancient springs and rivers. She currently lives on the road with her husband and pup Bruiser in their RV, as they search for their dream property in Washington state. 

Eloping is also what Kaitlyn wished she would have done with her husband back in 2016, and now aims to help other couples find the most authentic wedding day experience. However, Kaitlyn + Vaughn did have a pretty epic honeymoon adventure: road tripping across the country in an RV for six weeks! Today you’ll find her traveling in her gray GMC Sierra named Bruce (after the shark in Finding Nemo) which is often towing their 32-foot camper to places all across the West.  

Kaitlyn’s expertise and knack for focusing on genuine, heartfelt moments has won her three Fearless Awards, and has helped over 100 couples cherish memories from their wedding day over the last 10+ years.

PARTNERS

Working with some of the best photographers + videographers in the business.

Kaitlyn’s built a solid network to partner with other talented creatives, who often join us on our elopement and wedding days. Every one of them is here to help you have a relaxing yet exciting experience on one of the most meaningful days of your life.

Sometimes Kaitlyn will be in the photo role . . . other times, she’ll be your videographer. What never changes: love, unwavering support, guidance, and a calming energy that allows you to be fully present and unapologetically yourselves.

our giving back program

Each time a couple books with us, we donate a portion of every package sold to four organizations.

These organizations support clean water programs (for people and the earth), outdoor education and experience, and research and conservation efforts.

what it’s like to work with us

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Ryan + Brittany

Kaitlyn was our first and only choice for photography for our elopement. We started hiking at 4am and she was there without complaint waiting for us at the trailhead. She did an excellent job of calming our nerves before the ceremony and at the start of the shoot. We never felt rushed or hurried through the entire day.

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Hannah + Daniel

Rebecca did an awesome job of making us and our family members feel comfortable. She guided us on all of our poses while being so kind and patient with us and we had such a fun time! The evening was so beautiful and we couldn’t have hoped for a better experience. Cheers to photos that will be with us for a lifetime!

Kristina + Logan

I am so glad that we stumbled across Skyewater Photo + Film! I can’t say enough about how professional and friendly the team is. The quality of work that they produce is outstanding! The photos and videos will be treasured forever. I simply cannot recommend them enough!

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meet us on the road

From regional camping trips to international adventures, we’ve got several amazing trips planned every year.

Get special discounted rates by meeting us in places we’re already planning to be!

answers to common questions

This is a great question for our initial phone call, since we can help guide you once we know more about where you want to go, how many guests you’ll bring (if any), and/or any other activities you want to do during your day. Typically, many of our couples start with 6-8, and you can always add on additional time after booking.

Our goal is always to help you celebrate a day with plenty of time, so you aren’t feeling stressed, rushed, or “on the clock.” We want you to look back on this day for years to come and remember how amazing, fun, and easy going it was from start to finish.

The best time to book our team for your big day is as soon as you have a date or general timeframe in mind. We often get booked anywhere between 3-12 months out, especially for popular dates during summer and fall. We are also often the first vendor (or only vendor!) couples reach out to, since we guide them with location options, vendor recommendations, and a whole lot more.

Absolutely. While many of the more secluded locations offer privacy for those willing to hike a few miles or more, there are dozens of easy-to-access locations across the U.S. that still make for fantastic backdrops. However, the easier spot it is to access, the more crowded it is likely to be. This is why we highly recommend that most of our couples elope on weekdays and/or early mornings if possible. And in case it helps, you can always opt for something else to help you get to a more private location (think: boat, plane, helicopter, 4×4 vehicle, etc.).

Of course! If you have more than 8-10 people in your group, we do require some form of reserved space somewhere, whether that be a venue, a rental home, national/state/city park, etc. We can also help you find dog-friendly locations, too!

YES, YES, YES! All of our team members are 100% supportive of any and all LGBTQ+ couples. We’ve also been published in Equally Wed, and wholeheartedly believe love is love is love.

We are fully insured and can provide a copy of our declarations page to wedding venues, national and state parks, or other locations should they require it. 

We also have a few annual permits for locations we commonly visit throughout the year, and can easily obtain a photo/video permit for your individual date and location if need be. 


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