Ruthanne+Zouboukos

Our life is built around spontaneity, adventure, good road trips and laughing at our dog. Seriously, all of our best memories involve 2/4 of those things.

Falling in love with my husband was unexpected, fast, and powerful — as most love stories generally are. I went from settling into life alone and loving it, to being terrified of life without the man I love so much. I wouldn’t have it any other way, though.

Marriage is literally the coolest thing I’ve ever been a part of, and the reason that I’m even on this journey currently, seeking to empower couples like you. The way that I felt after we eloped and were empowered by the people who love us, was contagious. I was so filled with joy and passion for life that I couldn’t contain myself. I had to pass it on. I remember looking at Demetri saying “this is it. This is my thing.”

Photography is an avenue for me to empower you. My business is (and always will be) focused more on building a solid, empowering relationship with my couples than the photos. Because you know what makes great photos? Authenticity. Relationships. Genuine laughter, joy, adventure. I could stick any couple on a mountain and get a few hundred likes on instagram for it. But I’m not here for that, I’m here to help you feel the way that I did, by coming alongside you to help you have the best day ever.


our elopement // august 2017

wedding photos by the amazing  Kirsten Noelle

wedding photos by the amazing Kirsten Noelle

This was our elopement - 13 people, the morning alpenglow, and the love of my life. I’m getting teary-eyed just remembering! And YES, I made my family get up at the crack of dawn and guess what? It was SO worth it.

This was our elopement - 13 people, the morning alpenglow, and the love of my life. I’m getting teary-eyed just remembering! And YES, I made my family get up at the crack of dawn and guess what? It was SO worth it.

ALWAYS ADVENTURING, ALWAYS WITH YOU.

When I think back to what other ways we could have celebrated our love, nothing else would have done our story justice. We are adventurers, through and through. Not just the people who “do it for the ‘gram” or want to visit every place BuzzFeed features. We are the kind of people who long for epic views of places we’ve never seen, enjoy getting lost down a dirt road looking for hot springs, and will probably never own a house because well, we just want to see the world. This is who we are, and our elopement day reflected that. Real talk? I had no idea what I was doing when we eloped. I just knew I didn’t want the extra everything that came with a traditional wedding.

I’ve been through this whole experience, too. I’ve learned first hand that prioritizing the things that matter to us always pays off — and that doing anything in life for the approval of others will always let you down. Our elopement taught me so much, that I decided to take my existing (and admittedly, floundering) photography business and switch gears. I stopped shooting everything that didn’t allow me the opportunity to empower couples to choose what set their souls on fire, and the passion that I thought had fizzled out long ago was brought back to life.

Our story ultimately brought me here. To you.


FUN FACTS:

- Yes, that’s me drinking a whole bottle of wine in front of Mont Blanc. European mountains have my heart, as does French wine. Just ask.

- We summited Mt. Whitney with 48 hours notice, 5 days before our honeymoon. No training, no prep. It was really rough, but we did it.

- MountainHouse freeze-dried biscuits and gravy is the best freeze dried backpacking meal on the planet, and I will fight anyone who argues.

- I split my lip open when I was 7 playing Indiana Jones with a hose hanging off of our back porch. My parents should have taken that as a warning sign that I’d be a handful.

- Demetri was in Japan on a ski trip when I picked our dog Scout up. I asked if he’d be okay with it, but really, he didn’t have a choice.

- I was homeschooled from 1st-12th grade. No, I didn’t wear denim every day of my life and yes, I tuned out just fine. (I think)


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