Wondering how to plan an elopement in Colorado? We’re here to help! As two born and bred Coloradoans who have explored this state our whole lives and have planned 200+ elopements for couples in Colorado, we want to make sure you have all the information to make your Colorado elopement as adventurous as you are.


What is an Elopement?

The Best Time of Year for an Elopement in Colorado

How to Legally Get Married in Colorado

How to Pick a Location for Your Colorado Elopement

What Time of Day Should I Plan My Elopement For

How To Plan Your Colorado Elopement (Before, During & After)

Should We Invite Guests To Our Elopement?

What to Wear for Your Colorado Elopement

What to Pack for Your Colorado Elopement

How to Make Your Elopement Day Unique

Make it Official and Start Planning

wedding couple dancing in the rain next to a mountain lake during colorado adventure elopement

What is an Elopement?

Elopements have been around for a long time. But traditionally they get a bad-rap. It wasn’t until recently that people started viewing elopements as a way to get married for couples who want to ditch the traditional wedding day. Do you value experiences over things? Do you sneak away on an adventure any chance you get? Do you love to try new things? Are you the couple who chooses to explore the great outdoors over a city any day? Does your favorite day involve some dirt, fresh mountain air, and incredible views? If you answered yes to those questions then an elopement in Colorado is right up your alley!


A Colorado elopement is for couples who…

  • Want to be more intentional on their wedding day instead of getting sucked into what society says you have to do
  • Don’t like being in front of large groups of people
  • Are adventurous at heart and want a wedding day as adventurous as you are
  • Like to be outdoors in nature (hike, bike, camp, kayak, 4×4, explore)
  • Want to create a day that feels authentic to who you are


Not at all? While there are definitely some benefits to hiking on your elopement day (like getting away from the crowds and accessing locations you can’t get to otherwise) we realize that it’s not everyone’s cuppa tea. We encourage our couples to think of the best day you can dream of! Maybe that’s trying something new and going on a hot air balloon ride at sunrise. Maybe it’s renting kayaks and exploring a mountain lake (like Jake and Caiti did!). Or, perhaps you are the kind of couple who wants to 4×4 to the top of a mountain pass (like Sarah and Joshua did!). No matter what, as long as you are adventurous at heart and love new experiences, we can help you plan a wedding day as adventurous as you are, hiking or not!

lgbtq couple running in the snow across a field of snow at lake dillon winter elopement location near breckenridge

What is the Best Time of Year for an Elopement in Colorado?

The cool thing about Colorado is it is pretty freakin’ awesome all year round! We photograph elopements in Colorado every single month of the year. So, depending on what type of people you are and what you love to do, you’ll definitely be able to find a season that’s right for you. Below is a brief description of each season in Colorado. For more detailed information about the best month to elope in Colorado, head over to this blog post!

wedding couple snowshoeing with backpacks in a snowy forest during winter elopement in colorado


Winter is our FAVORITE elopement season here at We, The Light Photography! We consider the winter season November – April in Colorado. At higher elevations in the mountains, winter (and a chance for snow) can even spill over into May and June! Winter elopements are great for couples who want the most privacy (trails tend to be less busy in the winter), get giddy about the chance of saying your vows in a snow globe, and don’t mind a little cold. But, keep in mind that many mountain passes and roads do close for the winter season around October-November and typically open by Memorial Day weekend. Check out Amanda and Joe’s winter elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park.

bride and groom holding hands and standing on rock next to Rifle Falls at waterfall elopement location in colorado


Spring in the mountains of Colorado is still winter. Our snowiest month of the year is historically March. So don’t plan an April/May wedding thinking spring flowers and be surprised when it snows! When planning spring elopements in Colorado, we typically have similar suggestions to winter.

lgbtq couple saying vows during boulder colorado elopement in the mountains


The summer in Colorado runs from mid-June through August. If you are apt to warmer temperatures, this is the best option for you. Even though down in the city temperatures can be hot and in the 90’s, when you are at a higher elevation in the mountains that 70-80 degree air is perfect! July is one of our favorite summer months for an elopement in Colorado because it’s wildflower season. Do you dream of taking a hike along a trail surrounded by a field of wild columbine and bluebells? Then summertime in Colorado is for you! For couples who want to end the night roasting marshmallows over a fire, like Jake and Caiti did, early Summer is a perfect time to do that! Check out Lindsay + Frank’s summer elopement in Breckenridge, CO

bride and groom dancing on shoreline of mountain lake surrounded by fall colored aspen trees during telluride elopement in colorado


Fall in Colorado is September and October. Yes, November is technically still a “fall month”, but we usually start seeing snow mid to late October and November is very much a winter month in the mountains. Have you ever seen an ocean of aspen trees that turned a golden-yellow hue in the fall in Colorado? Well, gorgeous fall colors and moderate temperatures make fall in Colorado ideal for an elopement. Check out Brittany and Luke’s fall elopement in Summit County.

How to Legally Get Married in Colorado

bride signing the marriage certificate for colorado elopement

So you’ve decided to have an elopement in Colorado. Cue the celebration dance! Now, it’s time to know how to make your marriage official. The good news? Colorado is pretty much the easiest state to legally get married in! Why? Colorado is the only self-solemnizing state (besides Washington D.C.) that couples can legally marry themselves without a judge or officiant and without any separate applications or conditions. What does this mean? That Colorado is the PERFECT place to get married for couples who want to create a wedding day designed around them and not be limited by needing an officiant present.

Basically, you can go to any clerk and county recorders office in Colorado (definitely do your own homework ahead of time because we’re not handing out legal advice!) pick up a $30 wedding permit and you are ready to go. Most offices will give you instructions for filling out the marriage certificate. Bring your certificate with you on your elopement, sign that paper after your vows and you are legally married in Colorado. All you have to do is drop it back off at the clerk and recorders office or mail it back in. The biggest thing to remember is that your marriage certificate must be returned within 35 days of applying for it! So if you head into town early and mail it back when you leave, you should be good to go.

For more detailed info on how to legally get married in Colorado for your elopement head over to this post here.

How to Pick a Location for Your Colorado Elopement

You’ve decided you love the wild mountains and that Colorado is definitely the place you want to have your elopement! The next step is finding the perfect place to say your vows. When choosing your elopement location there are a few very important things to consider:


I’ve worked with eloping couples that have done both, and it’s honestly just a personal choice. I’ve had some couples elope on the same trail where they went on their first date or it’s somewhere they’ve gone to so many times together throughout their relationship that they couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. On the other hand, many of my couples live out of state and have never been to Colorado, or only traveled here a few times. In that case, eloping in Colorado is a brand-new experience for them. If you have a specific meaningful location in mind, let’s chat about the logistics of having your elopement there. Or if you’re up for a brand-new adventure on your elopement day, get in touch and I’ll help you start to find the perfect location.

wedding couple hiking up a mountain with big mountain views in the background during colorado adventure elopement


If you have family or friends coming to your elopement ceremony, you might want to pick a location that a group of people doesn’t have to hike to. This is especially important if anyone coming is disabled or ill, is elderly or very young; these are the types of people that might have a difficult time hiking Colorado terrain in higher elevations and if they are coming to your ceremony, you’ll want to carefully consider their abilities before selecting your elopement location.

View this Point Park elopement that is accessible all year long (and free to rent!). This Dream Lake elopement requires a hike and is more difficult to access.

bride sitting on tailgate tying her hiking boots for her adventure elopement in colorado


Colorado can be quite cold, especially in the winter months – and if you’ve got dreams of a sleeveless wedding gown and your hair blowing the wind, take the temperature into consideration. Even in the middle of August, the top of a mountain peak such as Loveland Pass could see a 30-degree temperature difference than the foothills of Boulder at the Sunrise Amphitheater.

View Seth and Miranda’s cold but beautiful winter elopement. Or opt for a summer elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Whichever you choose, just remember: there’s no right or wrong answer!

wedding couple dancing on the sand dunes during Great Sand Dune National Park elopement


With Colorado being one of the top elopement destinations in the world, it’s no surprise that many of the places you might be considering for your elopement will require permits. Locations such as Sapphire PointMaroon Bells and Rocky Mountain National Park will require a permit, while others like Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs currently don’t require a permit. Do your permit research before you plan for your elopement because the last thing you’ll want is to deal with a park ranger on your wedding day! (P.S. Permits are something I help all my eloping couples with, so get in touch if you have a question about a specific location.)


Colorado is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a huge collection of 14ers, wildlife, world-class skiing and everything else Colorado has to offer. That said, tourism is huge in Colorado. With tourism comes – you guessed it: tourists! If you want to be completely alone for your elopement, you are likely going to want to consider a longer hike or a less popular location, especially during peak tourism months. Places like Maroon Bells are constantly welcoming people to visit and if you don’t want a huge crowd for your ceremony, it’ll be a better idea for you to consider an elopement with a little bit of a hike. Alternatively, you can always pick less popular locations like Grand Lake to reduce the chances of big crowds.


Dogs are often super important to my couples, but unfortunately, you can’t bring dogs with you everywhere in Colorado for your elopement! There are some parks, such as Rocky Mountain National Park, that don’t allow you to bring pets onto the trails for their safety (as well as your own). So, if bringing your dog is a deal-breaker for your elopement location, you’ll definitely want to check to see if dogs are allowed wherever you are considering. Check out this adorable Sapphire Point elopement with the couple’s husky dog.  

bride and groom riding in sled during dogsledding elopement in colorado


Are you the type of person who loses their breath with the view from the top of a mountain peak? Or, perhaps you think that the middle of a forest, surrounded by giant pine trees is the most magical place. Maybe, you have always loved water and feel most at peace next to a river or lake. We urge you to really consider what type of scenery you want to be surrounded by. The good news is Colorado has pretty much every kind of scenery you can think of: valleys, peaks, lakes, forests, waterfalls, open fields, and even desert. You name it, and Colorado most likely has an option for you. (Except the ocean. we have yet to find one of those in this awesome state! View this foothills elopement, alpine lake elopement, packrafting elopement, sand dunes elopement, or mountaintop elopement for inspiration!


With all the beauty that the Colorado Rockies have to offer, there are actually some locations that are inaccessible during the winter months. Locations such as Independence Pass and Trail Ridge Road close because of the snow and ice and are only available during the summer and early fall months. Other locations, such as Maroon Bells, are flooded with tourists in the fall seeking a peek at the changing aspen leaves. If you’re unsure about which month to elope, here is a blog post that walks you through every month of the year in Colorado and which is the best month to elope.


We love utilizing the internet to find elopement locations, whether it’s on the research side or on the social side of scouting. Google is a fantastic tool for scouting elopement locations, especially Google Maps with street view and Google Earth Pro. I love using these tools because they’re constantly being updated and they help with planning out timing of elopements with sunrise and sunset. Social Media is another incredible asset for anyone trying to decide on where to elope – especially on Instagram! We recommend looking up hashtags, such as #locationWedding or #locationElopement that way you can see what it actually looks like in photographs. Pinterest is another valuable social media that serves as a search engine for scouting the perfect elopement location! Aside from Google, there are some amazing hiking and trail websites that you can use for research. Those include:

Many of those websites also have Trail Apps for your phone, in addition to CoTrex. Finally, utilizing travel guides is always a wise research method. We personally love to use:

close up of bride's veil blowing in the wind during adventure elopement in colorado

What Time of Day Should I Plan My Elopement For

Our average elopement coverage is six to eight hours. Yes, this means we get to spend some time together! No, this does not mean it’s an all-day photoshoot. We typically only spend about two hours on portraits of you two. The rest of the time is spent getting ready, traveling to/from your ceremony location, getting you actually married, and includes any activities you’ve planned to make your wedding day feel like you two. Even though we only spend about two hours on your couple’s portraits, we want to make sure they are the best dang pictures you’ve ever had of yourselves! One key factor in getting you drop-dead gorgeous photos is lighting. As a photographer, we know the importance of lighting and when the best times of day are to capture that magical “golden hour” light.


Golden hour, while not technically an hour, is the time just after sunrise or just before sunset when the sun is low in the sky. On most days during this time (with the exception of super cloudy days!) the lighting is absolutely DREAMY! It has a very soft, dream-like quality that creates gorgeous portraits. This glowy light limits harsh shadows and can help make skin look extra smooth and creates warm, vibrant colors in your images.


Since sunrise changes daily, the best way to figure out what time to start your sunrise session is to look up sunrise in the time zone of that location for the day of your session. We always like to start about 15-30 minutes before sunrise to make sure we are able to get into the perfect position to catch the alpenglow on east-facing mountains and the first glow of the sun. So, if you are planning a sunrise first look or sunrise ceremony, plan to spend some time directly after that focused on your couple’s portraits before we lose that golden light.


Just like sunrise, sunset changes each day as well. We like to time your couple’s portraits to end just after the sun disappears over the horizon. After true sunset time, we may hang out for an additional 10-15 minutes to see if the clouds will light up hues of pastel pinks and orange for a gorgeous photo op. Be aware that in the summer months in Colorado, sunset may not occur until 8:30 or 9:00 pm at night depending on the location! Because this timing is late to go to dinner, many of our couples opt for a picnic or brewery/restaurant earlier in the evening to celebrate before heading out for your couple’s portraits.


Yes! There are a few factors that can come into play when determining when the lighting will be best. The two biggest ones that we run into are locations in the mountains and foothills, and the weather. Mountains can block the sun significantly later in the morning and earlier in the evening than locations with unobstructed views.

When this happens, one of our favorite tools to use to determine exactly when the sun will make its appearance or disappear for the day is Google Earth Pro. Unlike its cousin, Google Earth, Google Earth Pro is a FREE application that must be downloaded to your desktop. It allows you to pull up a 3D version of the location you’re shooting at, enter in the date and time you’re considering for your elopement (be sure to pay attention to time zone!) and see exactly where the sun will be throughout the day!

The other factor that changes the golden hour is the weather. Obviously, if there is a heavy layer of clouds in the sky, the sun will not shine through enough to get that golden light. Don’t fret! That even, gorgeous lighting is also some of our favorite because creates flattering light, we can photograph in pretty much any direction we want (instead of being directed by the direct sun), and colors turn out much more realistic and true on a camera.


While we’re always prepared to shoot in any lighting scenario (and often do when shooting weddings!), we love to set our couples up for the best experience possible and be able to give you photos that are reflective of what you see on our website and in our galleries, which includes choosing a time with the most flattering light. When the sun is high in the sky or directly overhead, it often creates dark shadows on people’s faces, causes a lot of squinting (that sun can be brutal on the eyes!), and is not as flattering. Although we heavily push for sunrise/sunset photos, if mid-day is the only time available, while not ideal, it’s not the end of the world! We’ll simply find a source of shade to shoot under to help soften the light (trees, bushes, or buildings can all work great!)

How To Plan Your Colorado Elopement

You likely chose to elope because you wanted to create a day that felt more authentic to who you two are. You may also have chosen to not have a traditional wedding because of all the stress and planning that goes into a big wedding day. Elopements are definitely more simple in their nature, and you don’t have to pick out tiny, meaningless details like centerpieces, but below are some tips for what you consider when planning your elopement:


Yes, you decided to plan an elopement in Colorado! Now what? Here are the first things you need to get in order before our elopement day:

  • Finalize the date of your elopement and the timeframe you’ll be in CO – Colorado is at a high altitude. Especially if you are having your elopement in the mountains, many locations are often 8,000 – 12,000 feet. If you are traveling from a lower elevation area, we highly suggest arriving a few days early to adjust to the altitude. This will give you time to rest up, drink plenty of water and 
  • Decide on location
  • Book your lodging
  • Book your other vendors: hair and makeup, florist, officiant (if you want one!)
  • Explore what activities you can do
  • Pick out your wedding clothes
  • Finalize the timeline


It’s finally here – the day you’ve been planning and dreaming of for a while now. Here are some tips to make it go smoothly:

  • Set your alarm earlier than you think. If you’re planning on doing your own hair and makeup, or hiring a professional, leave an extra half an hour of time. This is the part of the day that tends to push the timeline back. Do yourself a favor so you can enjoy every minute and build in some extra time by waking up 30 minutes earlier than you need to.
  •  Drink lots of water! If you are not used to the high elevation in Colorado, you’ll especially want to make sure you are drinking plenty of water leading up to and on your elopement day. Keeping hydrated is one of the best ways to prevent altitude sickness. Plan to pack at least 1-2 liters of water for each of you to drink for the whole day. Just remember, if you’re not peeing regularly, you are likely dehydrated. 
  • Have your backpack ready to go with all the essentials:
    • Water
    • Food
    • Extra layers for warmth
    • Marriage License (and pen!)
    • Blanket
    • Champagne to celebrate with
    • First aid kit
    • Hand warmers and foot warmers
    • Rain jacket
  • Be up for changing plans and an adventure.
  • Get married – that’s all that matters in the end!


You did it! You did the only thing that mattered – got married to your adventure partner for life! Congrats! Now it’s time to soak it all in. Many couples plan to stay in Colorado for a few days to a week afterward to soak in the post-marriage bliss. Consider turning your trip to Colorado into a honeymoon afterward. Road trip to see a different part of the state (we love Garden of the Gods and Great Sand Dunes National Park). Stay in a fancy mountain resort like Devil’s Thumb Ranch or Mt. Princeton Resort and live it up with room service, a spa treatment or a soak in the hot springs after a hike.

As you’re finding your groove as newlyweds, here are a few things to consider for after your wedding day:

  • Mail your marriage license or drop it off at the county clerk and recorder’s office – many offices will give you a pre-addressed envelope to mail your license back into them.
  • Relive the best moments from your day with a sneak peek from your photographer! You may choose to share these with family and friends to let them in on how you chose to celebrate the day.
  • Announce your marriage to family and friends – whether that’s with a selfie you took after your vows on the top of the mountain or a sneak peek picture you got from your photographer, it’s fun to share the news!
  • Decide who’s going to take who’s last name – or if you two are changing names at all!
  • Print your photos! Yes, technology is super cool these days that you can click a button and see all the images from your wedding day on your phone. But, did you fall in love with a picture of you two at the top of a mountain peak? Then blow that baby up big and order a canvas to hang over your bed so you remember that moment every time you wake up! Thinking of what to gift your family for a birthday/holiday present? A photo album of pictures from your wedding day is a meaningful gift to show how much you appreciate their support in your marriage.

Should We Invite Guests To Our Elopement?

Your wedding day is YOUR day. It’s not your mom’s or your best friend’s day. It’s exclusively a day to celebrate the commitment you two are making to each other (and no one else). With that being said, you get to have complete control over who (or who doesn’t) get to witness that moment. Because you said “screw you” to tradition, you get to decide what feels most authentic to who you two are on your elopement day – including guests.

Reasons Not to Have Guests at Your Elopement

  • You’ve always envisioned marrying your partner alone, in the mountains, just the two of you
  • You have strained relationships with family members who you know would make your wedding day about them more than you two
  • You want the freedom to do whatever you want on your wedding day and don’t want to be held back by other’s interests or capabilities
  • You feel in your gut that it’s what you want to do

Reasons to Have Guests at Your Elopement

  • You have a few close family or friends that you can’t envision getting married without
  • You’re ok with having your ceremony at a more easily accessible location
  • You’ve always imagined celebrating your wedding day with a few key people who have supported you and your relationship wholeheartedly

How to Include Your Family on Your Elopement Day – Even if They’re Not Present

  • Collect letters from family and friends and build time into your elopement day to open and read them together
  • Have a post-ceremony Facetime call with your family
  • Text a selfie from your wedding day to your family
  • Have a small reception when you get back home to celebrate with family and friends
  • Plan two days of festivities – one day where you two get to do whatever your heart dreams up and one day to spend celebrating with family
wide angle photo of bride and groom walking across epic rock ledge during colorado mountain elopement

What to Wear for Your Colorado Elopement

The coolest thing about having an elopement in Colorado is that you get to do it your way. You literally get to choose which traditions you want to keep in your clothing (like a suite and tie) and which traditions you want to break (like choosing a black instead of a white wedding dress). When it comes to dressing for your elopement day the #1 rule is it feels like you two and a fun way to celebrate your love!

groom getting ready and looking out window during adventure elopement in colorado

For Pant Wearers

If pants appeal to you on your elopement day remember that the perfect suite doesn’t have to be black. This is YOUR day and feel free to express your favorite colors, patterns and self through what you wear.  Don’t be afraid to think outside the traditional box. Consider different colors, patterns and textures. You don’t have to wear all the same color suite. You can mix and match colors and materials.

Most importantly, be sure whatever you choose is easy to move around it. Try out walking up stairs (you’ll likely do a little bit of hiking on your elopement day in Colorado) sitting on a chair and on the ground. Bend over to tie your shoe. These are all important to make sure you’ll be comfortable and soak up all your wedding day has to offer without hiking up pants or splitting a seam.

For Dress Wearers

If you are down to get a wedding dress dirty and compete in the best dirt ombre competition then you are our couple! Since you will likely be having an outdoor elopement in the mountains of Colorado, here are our best tips. There is almost always a breeze in the mountains and dresses with lighter and flowy fabrics pick up that wind beautifully and make for some epic photos. When you’re trying on dresses, give it a twirl, pick it up and see how it flows and make sure you’re comfortable that you could spend a whole day exploring in it.

If you are planning a longer hike for your elopement in Colorado, you may want to pack your dress in your backpack and change at the top. Be sure to skip heavy beading, stiff corsets and layers upon layers of poof to make packing your dress easier.

What Shoes to Wear for Your Elopement

We may argue that your shoes are THE most important attire on your wedding day – especially because you chose to elope in a freaking epic location in the Colorado mountains. The last thing you want is cold feet or a blister because you didn’t wear the right shoes.

If you are planning to hike for your elopement, you will definitely want to skip the flats and wear a durable hiking boot. We love a bride in a dress and boots. Don’t worry, not all good hiking boots look like hiking boots – there are some cute options out there as well! We love DannerREI, and Sierra Trading Post for finding great hiking boots. Just be sure they are supportive, don’t rub weird and are waterproof for creek crossings and mud puddles.

If you are not hiking for your elopement you still may want to consider just wearing hiking boots still. Although it’s not as necessary if you are not clocking miles on your elopement day, hiking boots are an all-around comfortable, sturdy shoe that will serve you well. If you’re not into wearing hiking boots, be sure that the shoes you choose don’t have a heel, have good tread on the bottom (no slick, plastic bottoms), and are waterproof.

Dressing for Cold Weather in Colorado

If you are planning an elopement in Colorado anytime from October through mid-May, you are definitely going to want to layer up to stay warm and cozy on your elopement day. Trust us when we say your day and snapping epic photos in the mountains will be much more enjoyable if you plan for the following:

  • Wear warm layers under your pants/shirt/dress: Investing in warm merino wool base layers is something you won’t regret. If you are concerned about how they will look under your attire, you can find nude, white or black leggings to match. Pro tip: Sometimes base layers create static with the dry air in the winter – just rub a dryer sheet on the outside of your base layer and the inside of your pants/dress so they’re less clingy.
  • If you’re wearing a dress/pantsuit we highly recommend purchasing a coat, scarf, or shawl that you are ok being photographed in. An example may be a fur/pea coat, a faux fur shawl or a scarf to drape over your shoulders.
  • Bring gloves and hats: Fingers and ears are the first things to freeze. You can purchase white, black (or whatever color of gloves you want) gloves to match your outfit (We promise you won’t regret it with the bitter wind).

Packing List for Your Colorado Elopement

As you are gearing up for your wedding day, you want to make sure that you have all the essentials to make your day go smooth.

Colorado Elopement Packing List

  • Backpack (to pack all your stuff in – duh!)
  • Marriage License
  • Pen (to sign the marriage license)
  • Vow Books
  • Rings
  • Any other special items for your ceremony
  • Permit (if needed)
  • Mini Bluetooth speaker (be sure to make sure your playlist is downloaded for offline use!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray
  • Warm jacket (wind-proof)
  • Hat and gloves
  • Warm layers
  • First Aid kit
  • Water (we recommend at least 1 liter per person – more if you are going on a strenuous hike)
  • Snacks/food
  • Picnic blanket
  • Hand warmers
  • Headlamps (if hiking near sunrise/sunset)

How to Make Your Elopement Day Unique

We believe in creating a wedding day that feels 100% like you two. You chose to get married in a way that allows you to throw the traditions you don’t like to the side and create a day centered around celebrating who you two are as a couple. This means you don’t have to do any of the standard wedding day things (like getting ready separately or tossing your bouquet) and you can create the best darn day you can dream of!

Here are some ideas on how to make your elopement in Colorado feel unique!

Elopement Ideas for Getting Ready

  • Take a bath together before getting dressed for the day
  • Play a round of your favorite board game
  • Make breakfast and coffee together and enjoy it on your back deck
  • Copy your vows into your vow book
  • Exchange gifts
  • Facetime friends or family
bride and groom smiling as groom puts on bride's wedding band during mountain elopement in colorado

Elopement Ideas for Your Ceremony

  • Play rock, paper, scissors to see who says their vows first
  • Hire a private musician to play your favorite song
  • Have your first dance with the mountains as your witness

Elopement Ideas for Celebrating After Your Vows

  • Toast with your favorite bottle of bourbon
  • Celebrate with mini cupcakes
  • Visit a brewery or distillery
  • Have a private chef cook you a meal
  • Read letters from your loved ones

Elopement Ideas for Epic Photos

  • Go on a sunrise hot air balloon, helicopter or plane ride
  • Stargaze and soak up the Milky Way
  • Explore a new trail on a 4×4 tour
  • Ride a gondola to the top of a mountain
  • Roast s’mores over a campfire
  • Paddle on an alpine mountain lake
  • Horseback ride to some epic views
  • Flyfish in the Colorado River
bride riding dogsled during winter elopement

Elopement Ideas for the Winter

  • Rent snowmobiles
  • Try out a dog sled for the first time
  • Take a peaceful sleigh ride through the meadows
  • Tube down a sledding hill
  • Snowshoe to an epic lookout
  • Ski/Snowboard
  • Visit the Ice Castles in Breckenridge

Make it Official and Start Planning Your Elopement in Colorado

couple holding lamps and kissing beneath a waterfall in colorado during their elopement

You’re here! That means you are serious about planning an elopement in Colorado. The last step is to actually make it happen! We are here to help. As two born and raised Coloradans who have photographed 200+ couples in over 100 locations across Colorado we are ready to make your dream elopement day happen. Yes, we are photographers, but we are also your pack mule, your best friend, your planner, and your guide to having the best dang day in Colorado. If you love new experiences and want to kick wedding tradition to the curb, then reach out to us and we’ll help you start planning a wedding day as adventurous as you are. Now, let’s do the dang thing!





How To Plan a Colorado Elopement: The Ultimate Guide

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