Why You Should Consider Eloping | Colorado Styled Mountain Elopement | Rocky Mountain Wedding | Colorado Elopement Photographer
Colorado is one of my favorite - arguably my top favorite - states in the U.S. Growing up, my family almost exclusively drove instead of flew to vacations. Colorado was about a 12 hour drive and we made it numerous times to go out and visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins who live there! They own a home in Dillon, CO, and I just love the Summit County area!
We’ve hiked around Lake Dillon, visited the mountains in Breckenridge, kayaked in Frisco, and listened to live music at Copper Mountain resort! It’s truly one of my favorite places! My husband and I had a Breckenridge intimate wedding last year - which reminds me I should totally blog that - and it was the most magical week and day. So when searching for a romantic, beautiful, and adventurous elopement location - look no further than a Colorado elopement!
We hiked up to this cliff-side location near Lake Dillon for Christina and Jeremiah’s styled elopement! Eloping has plenty of appeal to many couples. Maybe they don’t have a lot of friends and family that could easily travel to one place so throwing a big wedding isn’t an option. Maybe they DO have a lot, but the thought of planning - and paying - for a party that big seems incredibly daunting. Eloping can certainly be the right fit for you if you feel alive and awakened in nature, you want a more intimate approach to your wedding ceremony, and are simply concerned with getting married versus details.
Big weddings can be great and fun, and there’s a reason they’re so popular - and eloping can be just as fun! I want couples to know it’s an option for them. Just because you’re not having a big ballroom wedding doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate your elopement! Pick a spot that’s meaningful to you - where your family vacationed, where the proposal happened, or a spot you’ve always talked about traveling to together! You can be as fancy or as simple as you want with your wedding attire, and details like bouquet, vow books, stationary, etc! You can have the most gorgeous outdoor picnic complete setup with fresh greenery, candle sticks, and beautiful throw pillows for a bride in Rue De Seine with a big, wild organic bouquet. You can also buy the $50 white dress, a grocery store/farmer's market bouquet of flowers and eat at your favorite low-key restaurant. The beauty of an elopement is that there is very little precious and you two are solely in charge of the decisions and details of the day.
People often think "eloping" only means courthouse wedding, or a far-away beach destination. That's not the case anymore, though plenty of really rad couples do that as well! You could elope in your favorite neighborhood park, on a chill beach only locals go to, surrounded by the gorgeous mountains in RMNP, under a natural red rock arch in Utah, or on the cliffs in Ireland. These might sound exotic or unattainable, but often times doing a destination elopement for the two of you costs much less than renting a venue and throwing a party for 300+ guests. This was one of the main reasons Chance and I chose an intimate, destination wedding.
Finally, one of the most important pieces of your elopement, choose a photographer you CONNECT with. That you will actually enjoying spending time with on this intimate day only few are invited to. Someone who cares about your relationship, and preserving the memories of this special day for you to relive year after year by looking at these photographs.
If you want to learn more about elopements or are looking for a Colorado elopement photographer, I’d love to hear from you! Along with photography coverage, your package includes planning advice, vendor recommendations, and location suggestions/scouting - I know some pretty rad places ;)
Enjoy this gorgeous spring day in the Rocky mountains of Colorado! I’d love to chat with you if you’re looking for a Colorado elopement photographer!