Dream Lake Elopement | Ali + Tom

Posted On | October 6, 2021

bride and groom standing on big rock peninsula at sunset during Dream Lake elopement

Ali and Tom were dreaming of a quintessential fall Dream Lake elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park, and boy did Colorado deliver!

The bride and groom spent a slow morning getting ready with family at the cutest Airbnb before sharing their first look in the backyard, their loved ones cheering them on from a distance.

We all formed a caravan and headed into Rocky Mountain National Park. After a short hike, Ali and Tom shared their vows with Longs Peak in the background and their family surrounding them. They shared a few dances, popped some champagne, and signed their marriage license, making it official!

After lots of hugs and tears, we headed off on our own to hike to one of the prettiest alpine lakes in the park – Dream Lake.

Typically, fall colors would have been finished by the time their wedding day came, but thanks to a late fall we had last year the leaves were poppin’ and we enjoyed the most colorful hike!

They marveled at the beauty around them, shared a quick post-hike snack, and made it back down the mountain in time to listen to the elk bugle at sunset!

We finished the evening back at their Airbnb with a special dinner made by Granite Table Chef.

Ali and Tom’s Dream Lake elopement is proof that fall in Colorado is always a good idea!

Dream Lake Elopement Vendors: 

Officiant: Keppen at Elevate Wedding Officiant

Videographer: Foster Creative 

Private Chef: Granite Table Chef 

groom getting ready and fixing hair in mirror
groom getting ready and adjusting cuff link
groom getting ready and adjusting jacket while looking out cabin window
bride's wedding dress hanging on a pin tree in the mountains of Estes Park
wedding details of flowers, bride's jewelry, vow books and wedding rings
mother of the bride kissing bride's shoulder after bride gets in wedding dress
black and white of back of bride in lace wedding dress
bride putting on pearl earring in bathroom mirror
bride and groom's gold wedding rings sitting on table in front of wedding flowers
bride walking up behind groom for wedding first look
groom turning around with big smile during first look on wedding day
black and white of bride and groom holding hands and smiling after seeing each other for the first time
bride and groom kissing on wedding day in estes park
family clapping and cheering from afar during couple's first look
groom and family waiting for the bride at wedding ceremony
bride walking down the aisle with mom and dad during elopement ceremony
wedding ceremony at 3M Curve in Rocky Mountain National Park
officiant smiling and laughing during wedding ceremony in RMNP
bride reading vows to groom during elopement ceremony
mother of the bride wiping away a tear during wedding ceremony in RMNP
close up of bride and groom holding hands during wedding ceremony
bride and groom kissing after 3M Curve wedding ceremony
bride and groom celebrating with hands in air after RMNP elopement ceremony
bride and groom and gest laughing and cheering after elopement ceremony in RMNP
family giving bride and groom hug after elopement ceremony
groom wiping tears from his eyes with his family
bride signing marriage license on groom's back with family watching nearby
bride and groom sharing first dance at 3M Curve in RMNP
wedding couple sharing first dance in the mountains
father of bride holding bride's flowers and watching first dance
bride and groom kissing in the mountains
groom hugging family
bride and groom popping champagne with family watching nearby
bride and groom taking a sip of champagne during colorado elopement
bride and groom popping champagne on top of rock in RMNP
bride sitting on tailgate of car in parking lot, wearing her wedding dress and tying her hiking boots
groom bending over to eat sandwich in parking lot
bride and groom hiking on trail with sign to Dream Lake
wedding couple hiking on trail with fall aspen leaves changing during hiking elopement in Colorado
bride and groom looking away at mountains pointing to the peaks during hiking elopement in rocky mountain national park
bride and groom wearing backpacks and kissing beneath golden aspen trees during hiking elopement to Dream Lake
bride leading groom away into a meadow with Hallett Peak in the background
groom holding bride's face in his hands and almost kissing beneath big mountain peak at Dream Lake elopement
wedding couple standing side by side on bridge over a mountain stream with Hallett Peak in the background during Dream Lake elopement
groom whispering something in the bride's ear while smiling
bride and groom dancing on peninsula that juts out into lake at sunset during elopement at Dream Lake
groom rubbing hand on back of neck in the mountains of RMNP
bride holding pink and white flower bouquet and smiling in front of the mountains
bride and groom laughing and holding hands in front of Dream Lake for Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photos
bride and groom wearing backpacks looking away towards Hallett Peak during Dream Lake elopement
groom snuggling bride from behind and both laughing with dramatic mountains and lake in the background during elopement photos at Dream Lake
groom lifting bride off the ground and kissing with dramatic mountain views in the background during Dream Lake elopement
bride and groom sitting on the ground drinking water during adventure elopement in Colorado
wedding couple folding up white picnic blanket in the mountains on their elopement day
view of the Rocky Mountains through a frame of yellow fall aspen and pine trees in Rocky Mountain National Park
wedding couple in wedding attire wearing backpacks staring off towards big mountain views at sunset during Dream Lake elopement

When my husband and I decided to elope, I wasn’t sure where to begin but We, The Light Photography’s website was one one of the first sites I found, and it was full of so much information and inspiration, and the guides they post are so amazing. I knew that by the thoroughness of their site, and how excited they seem for anyone (not just their own couples!) to have a great experience, that this was the right place for us!
We worked with Bailey and honestly I cannot imagine our wedding day without her. We had never been to RMNP, and wanted to choose a location that was new and awe inspiring to both of us- and Bailey guided us the whole way! She planned our day of timeline, answered all my questions, and suggested vendors and just made everything so stress free. On the actual day- meeting Bailey felt like seeing an old friend! She’s just a warm and kind soul, and she was truly a joy to work with. Not to mention the amazing photos she took of us!!
Photos of your wedding day are a very important thing to hold as a memory, but I would highly recommend also choosing vendors who you click with to make your day fun and light and so enjoyable! And that is definitely found at We, The Light Photography. Bailey— thank you so much!! We are so happy.

Ali + Tom

Need a Dream Lake Elopement Photographer?

Meet Larissa + Bailey! As two born and raised Coloradoans who have photographed 200+ couples in 100+ locations across Colorado, we specialize in creating a different kind of wedding day that is just as adventurous as you are. We use our experience and knowledge to craft a different kind of wedding day that feels completely authentic to you. Want to hike to a high alpine lake? We can give you trail options for that! Want to canoe along the banks of a mountain lake? We can tell you the best lakes to do it on! Want to watch the sunset from the top of the world? We’ll lead you to our favorite spots for sunset! Book your Dream Lake elopement photographer today!

In the meantime, be sure to check out our list of Best Places to Elope in Colorado, and our guide for How to Plan a Colorado Elopement!

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Are You Freakin’ REady?

We’re 100% here for whatever day you’re dreaming up. Fill out our contact form to start chatting.

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