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!

portrait of bride and groom with stage lighting at Crested Butte wedding

Crested Butte Wedding

As anyone who lives in a travel destination knows, there’s the version of your town that the tourists see. And then there’s the real version that only the locals and a select few of their favorite people get to experience. Carrie and Conrad’s Crested Butte wedding weekend was the latter. We started our local’s tour…
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portrait of bride and groom at the boulders wedding

The Boulders Wedding

We don’t walk into every wedding and immediately feel like we’re hanging out with friends. But at Heather and Chris’s Boulders wedding, we did! From my very first conversation with Heather to their flower-filled engagement session to the very end of the wedding reception, it felt like we had known this couple for a lifetime….
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portrait of bride and groom at Grand Lake Lodge wedding

Grand Lake Lodge Wedding

I’m not a fan of trends in general. They become outdated just as quickly as they show up. But post-pandemic, we’ve been seeing a new trend pop up: the epic wedding weekend. If this trend means that more couples get to celebrate the way Jen and Ross did at their Grand Lake Lodge wedding, I’m…
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blue hour portrait of bride and groom in the rain

Spring Wedding at Della Terra

At this point, it’s kind of a cliché to talk about how important being a good team is to marriage. But I’m going to anyway, because Sara and Santana were one of the best examples I’ve ever seen of this, starting even before their spring wedding at Della Terra! From my very first phone call,…
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bride and groom kissing in the snow outside wedding venue

Spring Wedding at The Boulders

Weather in the Rockies can be confusing, even to those of us who have lived here for a while. Take Eva and Joe’s spring wedding at the Boulders, for example. The week leading up to their wedding had sunny and warm weather. But the day of the wedding called for several inches of snow. Luckily,…
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snowy blue hour portrait of bride and groom

Donovan Pavilion Wedding

For the third year in a row, Jesse and I had the honor of spending New Year’s Eve celebrating the beginning of a marriage in a breathtaking location (see 2021 and 2022). This year’s festivities took us to Vail for Melissa and Ben’s Donovan Pavilion wedding. In years’ past, we’ve tried out allllll the New…
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bride and groom kissing under the stars

Della Terra Wedding in Estes Park

Ashley and Eric’s Della Terra wedding in Estes Park wrapped up the bulk of our wedding season, which got me thinking a lot about weddings. And the conclusion I came to is that weddings and quests have a lot in common. They’re both the beginning of a new adventure. But it’s important to keep in…
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nighttime blurred motion portrait of bride and groom

Hotel Colorado Wedding

The Hotel Colorado is known for its many famous guests. From Teddy Roosevelt, who stayed often enough that it became known as the “White House of the West,” to the unsinkable Molly Brown, to notorious gangster Al Capone. At the beginning of this month, it added Kristen and David and their wedding guests to the…
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bride and groom dancing in the woods at fall wedding at Boettcher Mansion wedding

Fall Wedding at Boettcher Mansion

Weddings can be a lot of things. They can be poignant, joyful, exciting, stressful, uplifting – sometimes all of these at once. But the best word to describe Andi and Kevin’s fall wedding at Boettcher Mansion is short and simple: Fun. That’s it. It was just plain fun. Andi and Kevin were fun. Especially when…
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bride and groom holding hands under the Milky Way

Telluride Wedding

Ciara and Jonathan’s Telluride wedding had all the things I love to see in a wedding. Not the details or the view (although those were gorgeous, anyway). After all, when the cake has been devoured and the flowers have withered and the last song has played, the things that remain from a wedding day are…
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bride and groom kissing at mountain lake

Colorado Adventure Elopement

I think the most common question I get during timeline consultations is, “Is it too late to elope?” This is typically asked in jest; the final weeks leading up to a wedding can get pretty overwhelming. But if you’re like Laura and Connor, you probably know right away that a big wedding isn’t for you….
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