Levi Tijerina

Denver – Colorado, USA.

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30
Oct 2013

Beth + Tyler

Simple Countryside Wedding in the Middle of Nowhere

Not much to pin today for those detail lovers, but quite a lot to think about! This couple (they happen to be photographers themselves) questioned every wedding tradition, separated the things that made sense or meant something to them from the others, so they would end up with a wedding that really correspond to them! They had their wedding in the middle of nowhere (which I love – please stop with municipal halls), I also love that there’s very few details and just the surrounding nature! Photography by Levi Tijerina.

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The wedding took place at 10,000 feet outside of an aspen grove in the heart of the rocky mountains of Colorado on June 22, 2013. An 1.5 away from any civilization with no cell service! This is a little anecdote about the wedding, that I think every bride and groom to be should read!
Tyler and I aimed for authenticity. Weddings today seem to come with certain expectations- a check list of what to do and don’t do- but I feel like we’re often disconnected from the point of it all. We tried to look at every piece of the wedding and ask “What is the point of this? & how can we do it to ensure that that purpose shines through?” In other words, we wanted to reclaim what a wedding can be. Like the bouquet toss and cake cutting…I didn’t feel a need to have it, so we didn’t. When thinking about our ceremony- the purpose was to have all of our friends and family join into our commitment to one another, so we had them form a circle around us. These little changes were subtle at times, but it allowed us to reconnect to the magic and spiritual nature of the day.

 

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Name one thing you regret…

I regret not having more time with friends and family. It felt like such a rush from the time that everyone arrived. I wish I would have planned a little more time to just go hike with my brothers or go out for coffee with my friends from out of state.

 

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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

I can’t personally be proud of this, but my bridesmaids surprised me with a tent in the middle of the aspen grove for me to put my dress on in. It was incredible! Nature is such a powerful aspect in my life, so to get ready for my wedding day in the middle of the grove was truly surreal.

 

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The word of the photographer.

Beth and I have been friends since I first moved to Colorado–she’s a fellow photographer in the community and reached out to me early on. When she asked me to photograph he wedding, I was pretty surprised, and honored, and when she told me about the wedding her and Tyler was planning, I was very excited to be on board. Their wedding was entirely ‘them’ and fit them perfectly. All of their favorite people, celebrating in the Mountains in the middle of nowhere. It doesn’t’ get better than that. Much thanks to my friend Drew Willingham for jointing me for this wedding.

09
Sep 2013

Tara + Joe

Beautiful Icelandic Elopement

A few weeks ago, I had to remember our wedding again; a Brazilian blog asked to publish it and wanted to know what motivated us to have the wedding we had. It was pretty clear to me: we wanted it to be one big party – no map table and no defined hour to eat, we wanted people to dance and have fun with us! Though eloping wouldn’t have been an appropriate option for us, I happen to totally understand couples that decide to go for an elopement: nothing to care about, no one asking you to pose on a photo with her while you’re trying to reach the buffet… just you and your beloved one and the pure feelings that go with the “Yes I do”. Tara and Joe decided to get married in Iceland—my dream destination!—and reading their photographer Levi’s words gave me goose bumps: what an honour it must be to be the only witness of something like that! Photography by Levi Tijerina.

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The wedding took place June 30th, 2013 around midnight, at Budir, Iceland.
Joe and I met while we were both working at the Guggenheim museum in New York. I had recently moved to New York and had been living in Italy for many years before that. I told Joe on our first date that I would be moving back to Italy as soon as possible, which is what I did. We spent one year apart but as soon as I returned we knew we never wanted to be apart again, and Joe proposed. We just wanted to be married, so within a couple weeks we married at city hall, and decided to plan a church ceremony for the following year. After many fruitless attempts to plan a wedding in New York, we finally decided to plan a honeymoon, and have a private church ceremony somewhere along the way. When I found the church at Budir in Iceland, everything fell into place naturally.
We were married under the midnight sun at Budir, near the Snæfellsjökull glacier (a glacier on top of an extinct volcano) which is believed by many people to have mystical power. We were told on our wedding day to make sure to stare at the glacier. When I turned around to look out the door of the chapel I noticed the glacier was framed perfectly by the church gate.

 

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Name one thing you regret…
Nothing. When we first got to Budir I was afraid I should have planned out the flowers better, however we picked wildflowers for a bouquet/boutonniere just before the ceremony, and they turned out beautifully.

 

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… And one thing you’re really happy about/ proud of.

We wrote our own vows, which made our private ceremony really intimate and special.

 

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The word of the photographer.

The first time I got a chance to talk with Tara and Joe was over Skype. After our initial conversation, though, I knew that their wedding was something that I had to be a part of. An amazing location, like Iceland, is fantastic, but being able to document a story that you get to be a part of is something ethereal. I was privileged to be one of the only witnesses present for their ceremony. That kind of trust is incredibly humbling and to this date that has been on of the most meaningful weddings I’ve ever been asked to document.
In addition to that, though, Tara and Joe are incredibly gracious and adventuresome people and we spent the entire evening driving along the western coast of Iceland photographing and taking everything in. It really was an awesome way to document their wedding and explore the country. I mean, we picked Tara’s bouquet from the side of the road; it doesn’t get more incredible than to have that kind of adventure-as-you-go mindset. Everything–the people, the location, their vows–it really had a transcendent feel to it. It was like a physical analogy of what marriage is, you know? Something so much bigger than yourself.

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