In a world where the wedding industry has all these nonsense rules and regulations on what a wedding day should look like, micro weddings have become a way for couples to take back their day and do things their own way. Forget the stale traditions. Forget the pressure from everyone and their mother. Forget the rulebook and the fluff. Colorado micro weddings like Lindsey and Jim’s strip the day back to the basics. They get back to what weddings are truly about: celebrating the couple.
And while with current events being what they are, we’ve certainly seen an increase in the number of Colorado micro weddings, these small adventure elopements are here to stay. They were here before the pandemic, and they’ll undoubtedly be here after. They are a testament to couples staying true to themselves on their wedding day, and that’s exactly what Lindsey and Jim did here.
Lindsey and Jim chose to have their Colorado micro wedding ceremony on a beautiful hiking trail located on one of the mountain passes they frequently visit. This pass is a place that Jim would frequent for work, and it’s also a Denver favorite for backcountry snowboarders and skiers to visit in the winter months.
They shared their vows by a high alpine lake, with their friend officiating, their pup, Coho, witnessing, and Lindsey’s parents attending as guests. And y’all, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of looking at the photos of their precious pup sitting patiently by their side as the ceremony went on. Such a sweet angel (pro tip: if you didn’t know, in Colorado your dog can actually sign as your witness on your micro wedding day!).
After their Colorado micro wedding ceremony, we hiked back up the trail where Lindsey and Jim shared an epic champagne toast with their elopement guests. And afterwards, their pup helped them out by stamping his paw print on the witness line of their marriage license (one of the many perks of having your micro wedding in Colorado is that your dog can be your witness!).
We spent the rest of the evening soaking in the sunset, scaling rocks, dancing on the trail, and admiring the mountains basking in alpenglow as the sun went down. The view was absolutely insane, and you could even see the smoke from a nearby wildfire coming up from behind the mountain peaks (scroll towards the bottom of the article to see how wild the smoke was!).
It’s been a surreal year out here in Colorado, with the worst wildfires the state has ever seen. But despite it all, Lindsey and Jim rolled with the punches and embraced nature’s unpredictable and wild effects.
P.S. As a Colorado micro wedding photographer, I believe in being more than just a documenter of your elopement day. I pride myself on helping you navigate all the little details as well — like helping you figure out the perfect time of year for your Colorado elopement.
As someone who also eloped, I’ve been in your shoes. I know what you’re doing through, and I’m here to help.
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