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Making an Adventure

Life has many twists and turns but having someone who would make it feel like an awesome adventure is surely a blessing. This is how Julie and Daniil’s love story feels like.

The pair met through Tinder and took their love for adventure on their first date. They went to a rock climbing gym and their relationship went further from there, not only as belay buddies, but also as romantic partners.

But like rock climbing, Julie and Daniil experienced some challenges. They have been dating for five years before they decided to tie the knot, and in those years, they have experienced living in different cities, studying and graduating, and working in new jobs, yet they made it a point to keep in touch. There was even a time when they broke up, but eventually got back together when they realized they could not really be kept away from each other. Until the time came when Daniil gave Julie a rose with a ring hung on its branch, and months later, they exchanged vows.

The Valley of Fire as the setting of their wedding day impeccably reflected the couple’s love for outdoor adventure. The bride was lovely in her spaghetti-strap dress with a sweetheart neckline, and the groom looked dashing in his grey ensemble. The soft pinks and lilacs on Julie’s bouquet enhanced the simple yet romantic ambiance of the day.

The ceremony was low-key and intimate, exactly how the newly-wed wanted it to be. The photo ops was also a highlight of their day. They had a great time climbing and posing on the rocks for the picture-taking. It sweetly reminded them of the things they enjoy doing together.

Julie and Daniil may not know where life will take them, but now, as a married couple, and as they await the new addition to their little family, it could only get more exciting.

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McKenzi Taylor
McKenzi Taylor

McKenzi Taylor is America’s go-to elopement and micro wedding expert, often featured in small and major media outlets, such as the New York Times. With over 15 years of wedding photography experience, it was after planning her own Las Vegas elopement in 2016 that McKenzi felt her purpose shift into elopement coordination. She started Cactus Collective Weddings soon after in 2017. Since then, she’s become a WIPA board member, and has helped well over 1000 couples get hitched in style around Las Vegas, San Diego and Black Hills.