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About Colorado Elopements

If there’s a better place to elope than the Rocky Mountains, we’re not sure where is it. Whether you’re a Colorado Native or coming from elsewhere, Colorado is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places on the planet to tie the knot. We’ve included some of our all-time favorite Colorado elopements and small weddings below (and a few from other destinations as well).

There are countless reasons why couples love eloping in Colorado, but first and foremost, the Centennial State is absolutely chock-full of epic photo locations. Eloping allows you the time and flexibility to explore areas that you probably wouldn’t have the ability to travel to during a big wedding with a timeline and tons of guests. But when it’s just you and your “to-be” along with your weddings photographers you can take all the time you want to get to those really epic locations. Also, you can self-solemnize in Colorado, which means you don’t need an officiant to marry you.

Also, Colorado is super laid back and eloping is also super laid back. So when you combine the two, you’re in for one relaxing wedding day. Don’t get us wrong, we absolutely love big weddings, but they can be a bit hectic for the couple at times. If you’re looking for a more stress-free wedding experience, eloping but be just what the doctor ordered. You don’t need to stick to any sort of timeline and you don’t have to worry about keeping your family and guests entertained while you go off to take photos.

If we haven’t sold you on Colorado elopements yet, take some time to peruse our galleries below to get a sense of the types of photos you can expect to receive. And don’t worry, we handle all of the logistics and location scouting, so the only decision you’ll have to make is what to wear. Feel free to reach out anytime if you have questions for us. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Grand Teton Elopement

As the last stop on our epic Mountain West Road Trip, after photo shoots in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Summit County, Jesse and I headed northward for Heather and John’s Grand Teton elopement. We already knew their wedding was going to be a good time. After all, not every couple will travel…
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Vail Elopement

We seriously get all the best clients. Like Ashleigh and Tony, who proved that they’d not only follow us into a desert for their White Sands National Park Alt Session, they’d trek to the top of a mountain for their Vail elopement!
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Intimate Colorado Elopement

It’s kind of an understatement to say that weddings have changed in the past few months. But in spite of a global pandemic, it’s so heartwarming to see couples finding unique ways to celebrate, like Madeline and Steve did with their intimate Colorado elopement. Originally, Madeline and Steve’s wedding was already going to be fairly…
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Eloping in Colorado

A couple weeks ago, we wrote a post about whether or not you should consider having a small wedding to stay safe in the time of COVID-19. Event sizes are likely to be limited for the foreseeable future, which means that if you’re getting married this summer, you might need to either whittle down your…
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Should We Have a Small Wedding?

A couple weeks ago, we wrote a post with some tips on how to handle postponing your wedding due to Coronavirus. But what if you don’t want to wait another year to get married? Another option is to whittle your guest count way down and simply have a small, intimate wedding. Depending on how things…
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What if I have to postpone my wedding due to Coronavirus?

Uncertainty seems to be the operative word to describe life at the moment. COVID-19, a.k.a. the “novel coronavirus” has affected us all in one way or another and for most of us, we’re navigating uncharted waters. So this begs the question, “What if I have to postpone my wedding due to Coronavirus?” There’s a lot…
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Tapestry House Microwedding

There are so many things I love about Alli and Shawn and their Tapestry House wedding, I don’t even know where to begin. Maybe with the most obvious? They feel the same way we do about white dresses in that they’re not a requirement for a wedding. Alli actually told me about the dress she…
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3M Curve Wedding

For the second time in four days, Jesse and I found ourselves driving the familiar road up to Estes Park. This time, we were headed into the mountains for Kaylena and Dustin’s 3M Curve wedding inside Rocky Mountain National Park. Kaylena and Dustin live in Oklahoma, where Dustin is a farmer. Due to his schedule,…
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Black Canyon Inn Elopement

I doubt it’s a surprise to anyone that my favorite thing about living in Colorado is all the amazing views of the mountains. There are far too many epic vistas to count. With each new wedding, however, we do our best to find a spot we’ve never photographed before. Jean Marie and Jamie’s Black Canyon…
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Lily Lake Wedding

In the span of a week, Colorado went from snow to 90-degree weather. So Jesse and I were excited to escape the heat of the city for Jamie and Dane’s Lily Lake wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park last weekend. Lily Lake is one of our favorite spots in Estes Park. We first discovered it…
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St. Lucia Destination Wedding

Sometimes things go “wrong” at weddings. Most of the time, it’s little things, like the ring bearer refusing to walk down the aisle when it’s go-time. Other times, it’s bigger things, like an eye infection, a sister with a broken leg, and a rogue sea urchin. But the true test of a couple is how…
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Texas Winery Wedding

If you read this blog regularly, you’re probably aware that we’re big advocates of doing what you want at your wedding. We see this play out in lots of ways – renting Big Buck Hunter or stage diving in your wedding dress, for example. For Aekta and John’s Texas winery wedding, it meant closing the…
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