Melissa & Jacob’s

Great Sand Dunes National Park Engagement Session

When Melissa and Jacob suggested going to Great Sand Dunes National Park for their engagement session, I immediately knew they were up for an adventure. We hiked through the park, stopping to take in the beauty of the landscape and enjoy the quiet. Melissa and Jacob laughed and smiled and enjoyed every step of the way. We were totally covered in sand by the time the sun went down, but when we saw the Milky Way stretching clear across the sky, nothing mattered anymore, only the magic of all those stars and two people full of love for each other.

The journey began late in the afternoon, with the sun casting a golden glow over the dunes. The soft light created an ethereal atmosphere, perfect for capturing the essence of Melissa and Jacob’s love story. As we walked, the vast expanse of sand seemed to extend infinitely, creating a sense of timelessness. The couple’s excitement was palpable, their anticipation adding to the adventure’s charm. They held hands, their fingers intertwined, and occasionally paused to steal a kiss, their laughter echoing in the stillness of the park.

One of the highlights of the hike was reaching the top of a particularly high dune. From there, we had a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, a sea of rolling sand punctuated by the distant outline of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The view was breathtaking, and it was a moment of pure connection with nature and each other. Melissa’s dress billowed in the wind, and Jacob couldn’t take his eyes off her, his expression one of pure adoration.

As we continued our journey, the sun sunk lower in the sky, casting intricate shadows on the sand. We found a secluded spot where the dunes seemed to embrace us, creating a natural amphitheater. Here, Melissa and Jacob shared stories of their relationship, their voices filled with affection and joy. I captured candid moments of them laughing together, their faces lit up with happiness. The bond they shared was evident in every glance and touch, a testament to their deep love and commitment.

The sky transformed into a canvas of vibrant colors. We climbed another dune to witness the sunset, the horizon ablaze with hues of orange, pink, and purple. Melissa and Jacob stood hand in hand, silhouetted against the stunning backdrop, their love story unfolding in the glow of the setting sun. It was a scene straight out of a dream, and I felt privileged to capture such a magical moment.

When darkness fell, the temperature dropped, and the stars began to appear. The clear night sky at Great Sand Dunes National Park is renowned for its stargazing, and it did not disappoint. We lay on the cool sand, gazing up at the Milky Way, which stretched majestically across the sky. The sheer number of stars was awe-inspiring, and in that moment, nothing else mattered. Melissa and Jacob snuggled close, wrapped in a blanket, their faces illuminated by the soft starlight. The love they shared seemed to mirror the beauty and vastness of the universe above us.

The experience at Great Sand Dunes National Park was more than just an engagement session; it was an unforgettable adventure that Melissa and Jacob will cherish forever. The combination of stunning natural beauty, the thrill of exploration, and the palpable love between the couple made it a day to remember. As we packed up and headed back, covered in sand and filled with memories, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity to witness and capture such a profound celebration of love.

Melissa & Jacob