Destination Elopement in the Rockies

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Heather + Forest's Destination Elopement | Getting Married In The Rockies

destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony

I remember the first time I chatted with Heather and Forest about their destination elopement. They were planning on traveling out to Colorado all the way from West Virginia, and with their elopement day less than 2 months away, they were in a bit of a scramble to get everything planned out for their adventure. 

Our conversation was quite possibly one of the most enthusiastic and exciting conversations I’ve had. I could just feel how pumped these two were to come out to the Rockies and get married in the mountains, and their excitement was truly contagious. Now, I absolutely love the Rockies for destination elopements. I mean, sure, I’m biased living out here. But there’s just something so distinct and special about our mountains. It just doesn’t get any better.

So I helped these two navigate the elopement process, and they were able to craft up their dream destination elopement in just a few weeks. Meeting these two in person and seeing how they lit up as their adventurous day come to life was quite possibly one of my favorite parts of the day. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: elopements are in a league of their own. There’s really nothing more cool than seeing a couple have a general, fuzzy idea of what they want their destination elopement to look like and then see them actually live out this day. Can’t beat that.

destination elopement wedding rings
destination elopement wedding rings
destination elopement wedding rings
destination elopement wedding rings
destination elopement wedding rings
blue hour destination elopement photos
blue hour destination elopement photos
blue hour destination elopement photos
blue hour destination elopement photos
blue hour destination elopement photos
photo of couple in the forest during their destination elopement
photo of couple in the forest during their destination elopement
photo of couple in the forest during their destination elopement
photo of couple in the forest during their destination elopement
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow
destination elopement photos in an alpine flower meadow

Destination Elopement Ceremony Next To An Alpine Lake

As the alpenglow began appearing on the tips of the mountains, Heather and Forest began their elopement ceremony. They actually decided to marry themselves, without an officiant or any other witnesses present (one of the many cool things about getting married in Colorado!).

view of thee Rockies at sunrise
view of thee Rockies at sunrise
view of thee Rockies at sunrise
destination elopement ceremony in the Rockies
destination elopement ceremony in the Rockies
destination elopement ceremony in the Rockies
destination elopement ceremony in the Rockies
destination elopement ceremony in the Rockies
destination elopement ceremony in the Rockies
destination elopement ceremony in the Rockies
destination elopement ceremony in the Rockies
destination elopement ceremony in the Rockies
destination elopement ceremony in the Rockies
destination elopement ceremony in the Rockies
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement vow reading during ceremony
destination elopement ring exchange
couple sharing their first kiss during their destination elopement ceremony
couple sharing their first kiss during their destination elopement ceremony
couple sharing their first kiss during their destination elopement ceremony
destination elopement ring exchange
destination elopement ring exchange
destination elopement ring exchange
destination elopement ring exchange
destination elopement ring exchange
couple sharing their first kiss during their destination elopement ceremony

Adventuring On The Trail After TheIR Destination Elopement Ceremony

One of the reasons I love this specific location for destination elopements is because it really does an excellent job of showing off everything Colorado has to offer: high alpine lakes, expansive mountain views with epic alpenglow, and a lovely wooded area nearby. With Heather and Forest coming out to Colorado all the way from West Virginia, I wanted to make sure I helped them choose a spot that really shows off our home state in the best way possible. And this location really checks all those boxes. 

Seeing these two adventure alongside the trail and enjoy every moment of their destination elopement made my heart so happy. The joy on their faces as they experienced the Rockies was quite possibly one of my favorite parts of their elopement day.

destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
destination elopement couple standing by the lake and admiring the mountain view
couple wearing hiking boots during their elopement
couple wearing hiking boots during their elopement
newly married couple running down the trail after they finished their destination elopement vows
newly married couple running down the trail after they finished their destination elopement vows
newly married couple running down the trail after they finished their destination elopement vows
newly married couple running down the trail after they finished their destination elopement vows
newly married couple running down the trail after they finished their destination elopement vows
newly married couple running down the trail after they finished their destination elopement vows
newly married couple running down the trail after they finished their destination elopement vows
newly married couple running down the trail after they finished their destination elopement vows
newly married couple running down the trail after they finished their destination elopement vows
newly married couple running down the trail after they finished their destination elopement vows
newly married couple running down the trail after they finished their destination elopement vows
newly married couple running down the trail after they finished their destination elopement vows
eloping couple dancing at sunrise after their destination elopement ceremony
eloping couple dancing at sunrise after their destination elopement ceremony
eloping couple dancing at sunrise after their destination elopement ceremony
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony
couple walking down a trail at sunrise after their elopement ceremony

First Dance With A View Of The Mountains

We made our way down the trail to the end of the lake, where the land opened up to an open field and a lovely view of the mountains. This is where Heather and Forest shared their first dance together as a newly eloped couple. With the sun beaming behind them, they enjoyed this private little moment to finish off their destination elopement before we hiked back up to the trailhead.

destination elopement first dance in a meadow
destination elopement first dance in a meadow
destination elopement first dance in a meadow
destination elopement first dance in a meadow
destination elopement first dance in a meadow
destination elopement first dance in a meadow
destination elopement first dance in a meadow
destination elopement first dance in a meadow
destination elopement first dance in a meadow
destination elopement first dance in a meadow
destination elopement first dance in a meadow
destination elopement first dance in a meadow
destination elopement first dance in a meadow

P.S. As a destination elopement photographer based in Colorado, I specialize in documenting adventurous mountain weddings. But more than that, I believe in being a resource to couples looking to have their destination elopements out west. As someone who also eloped, I know firsthand what you’re going through, and I’m here to help.

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