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This American groom and his Australian bride found one another when fate brought them both to Japan.

Vivian was in Tokyo teaching English when Alex happened to be stationed in the very same city with the military. It was simply meant to be. The mountains were calling, and the couple eloped in Silverton, Colorado where they said “I do” with only their photographer, Amy Painter, in attendance. They relied upon “Rock-Paper-Scissors” to decide who would read their vows first and enjoyed their first moments as husband and wife with a bottle of champagne and the most spectacular views.

When Amy asked the bride to describe Alex in one word, Vivian said, “Alex is ‘home’. I have moved a lot in my lifetime, and I have come to [realize] that being ‘home’ is not a particular place but a person. He is that person.”

Photography by Amy Bluestar Photography

“The couple knew that they wanted a mountain elopement, and they found their special spot in Silverton, Colorado. They said ‘I do’ on a secluded ridge high above the trees… after the ceremony, they broke open a bottle of champagne and celebrated, just the two of them, with mountains cascading from every direction.”

[Amy Painter, Photographer]

“Vivian and Alex are two people who were meant to find each other [from] opposite sides of the world… The day they met is the last day they ever spent apart.”

[Amy Painter]

“Some people think that you need to have a big fancy wedding with tons of details and hundreds of guests to have a special day, but sometimes all you need is the special person you love and a bottle of champagne.”

[Amy Painter]


Florals | April’s Garden

Thank you to Amy for sharing this session, and congratulations to Vivian + Alex!

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