MOUNTAIN WEDDINGS

Planning a mountain wedding

There’s just something about mountain weddings in Colorado. The air is clean, the people are happy and the views are breathtaking. And, our course, there are endless outdoor activities to keep wedding guests occupied if they’re coming in from out of town (skiing, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, to name just a few). It’s no wonder that Colorado has become such a popular wedding destination for couples all over the world looking for a secluded location to tie the knot.

From Breckenridge to Durango, Aspen to Vail, Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs, there are countless mountain wedding venues in Colorado to choose from. We often joke that the state is so beautiful, you could pull your car over to the side of any road in the Rocky Mountains and it would be the perfect spot for a wedding.

When planning a mountain wedding, be sure to encourage your family and friends to drink water in abundance and alcohol in moderation, especially if they’re coming in from out of town and aren’t accustomed to being in the mountains. Altitude sickness is no joke! Also, make sure they carpool and/or rent all-wheel drive vehicles. Weather in the high Rockies can be unpredictable throughout all four months of the year. In fact, we photographed a wedding in Breckenridge on the summer solstice a few years ago and it snowed nearly two inches.

We’ve been photographing mountain weddings in Colorado since we moved here way back in 2008 and we have had the pleasure of traveling to every corner of the state. We’ve shot hundreds of weddings during that time, the vast majority of which have been in the mountains. Below, you’ll find just a handful of our favorite mountain weddings from over the years. Take some time to browse and let us know if you have any questions or would like to check our availability for your wedding. We’re just an email, text or phone call away!

bride and groom dancing at Black Canyon Inn wedding

Black Canyon Inn Wedding

Estes Park has always been one of our favorite places to visit, not just in Colorado, but in the entire world. And Black Canyon Inn is one of our all-time favorite wedding venues to shoot. Ashleigh and Alex’s Black Canyon Inn wedding earlier this month will always hold a special place in our hearts because…
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grand teton elopement in jackson hole

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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unique colorado wedding photos | mountain elopement in vail

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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Groom and Groom Under the Stars | Aspen Meadows Resort Wedding | Aspen Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

Aspen Meadows Resort Wedding

When we showed up for Andy and Mate’s Aspen Meadows Resort wedding last weekend, we had a secret. We’d been let in on a not-so-little surprise that Andy had arranged for Mate. Now, Jesse and I are no strangers to wedding surprises. From over-the-water bungalows to Big Buck Hunter to shark-themed first looks, I thought…
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Mountain Wedding Photos | Pine Creek Cookhouse Wedding | Aspen Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

Pine Creek Cookhouse Wedding

This wedding season has been the year of white whales! First, we finally made it to the Stanley Hotel in May. Then we got to take a couple up Trail Ridge Road. And last weekend, we were fortunate to photograph Marissa and Abe’s Pine Creek Cookhouse wedding, just outside of Aspen. How did the Ashcroft…
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Bride and Groom Sunset Portrait | 3M Curve Wedding | Rocky Mountain National Park Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

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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Bride and Groom in Rocky Mountain National Park | Black Canyon Inn Wedding | Estes Park Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

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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Bride and Groom Hiking in the Mountains | Lily Lake Wedding | Estes Park Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

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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Bride and Groom in the Snow | Tenmile Station Wedding | Breckenridge Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

TenMile Station Wedding

Jesse and I have traveled extensively. One of the things that’s stuck with me throughout our wanderings is that every single state thinks that they have claims on the phrase, “Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes.” I’m here to say that Colorado has officially cemented its rightful ownership. Just ask anyone who attended Kristin…
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Bride and Groom Portrait | Stanley Hotel Wedding | Estes Park Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

Stanley Hotel Wedding

I knew I liked Eden and Cade before we ever met them in person. After all, how many people are willing to meet two complete strangers in a remote location, over 1,000 miles from home? (Personally, I’d be worried that I was being lured into an elaborate horror film plot…but I also tend to have…
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Bride and Groom Dancing | St. Regis Aspen Wedding | Aspen Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

Aspen Wedding

Aspen is gorgeous, but it’s not exactly the easiest place to get to. And in March, when much of the country is finally reveling in warmer temperatures, Aspen gets snow. So how do you convince more than 100 of your friends and family to make the hike and brave the weather for your Aspen wedding?…
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Bride and Groom Portrait | Sonnenalp Club Wedding | Beaver Creek Wedding Photographer | J. La Plante Photo

Sonnenalp Club Wedding

Jen and Robert are the kind of world travelers that Jesse and I aspire to be. They’ve been to every continent except Antarctica and I have no doubt that they’ll be checking that box soon. So Colorado, take it as a HUGE compliment that they decided to have their intimate winter wedding at the Sonnenalp…
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