Colorado Packraft Elopement | Sierra + Merina
Posted On | July 14, 2022
Sierra and Merina’s Colorado packraft elopement will forever be a day (turned days) that I remember. There are no words to describe how lucky I was to spend not just one day, but an extra unplanned sunrise with these two.
I swear, Sierra and Merina are two people who I would be real-life friends with in a heartbeat if they didn’t live all the way in Utah. They are kind, they are adventurous, they are goofy, and they are just down to earth.
The morning of their Colorado backpacking elopement day the sun shined through the windows as they cooked pancakes and got ready together.
We spent some time around an alpine lake writing out their vows and then started hiking to meet their family at the location for their ceremony. There was a threat of rain in the air and it started to sprinkle as these two shared their vows. Mid-ceremony, it started raining so hard, that we all took shelter and decided to wait it out.
Unfortunately, that stubborn cloud just sat over us with no end to the rain in sight. We made the decision to hike back down and meet up for sunrise to return to the same spot.
Gosh dang, these two made the best of it and that surprise sunrise was well worth the cold and the cancellations the day before.
Sierra and Merina got to soak in the views (sans rain). They blew up a packraft from Backcountry Packraft Rentals and paddled to the middle of the island in the lake where they shared their first dance (and I screamed at the top of my lungs because it was a photographer’s dream to photograph these two).
Sierra and Merina, thank you for trusting me with your love. With your pup. With your day. And thank you for getting up before dawn even though I know you aren’t morning people. Your Colorado packraft elopement is one I will never forget.
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