Sunrise Elopement Near Keystone – Sophie + David

Eloping At Sunrise In The Rockies

Sunrise Elopement | Sophie + David's Keystone, CO Elopement At Dawn

Sophie and David had originally planned to get married at sunset at one of our favorite lakes between Aspen and Leadville. Well, 2020 did what 2020 does best and naturally changed up those plans. The state of Colorado was basically engulfed in wildfires, resulting in haze and smoke that blocked some of the best mountain views out here. On top of it all, their sunset ceremony was projected to have high altitude lightning storms for a few hours. And while I’m certainly not one to let weather get in the way of someone’s elopement day, high altitude lightning is not something you mess with out here. So just a few days before their elopement, we actually swapped locations to another spot farther away from the fires and changed to a sunrise elopement ceremony instead.

And oh my gosh was it the best decision we could have made. Personally, I love sunrise elopements, particularly in the summer, because high alpine areas tend to have the most stable and predictable weather at this time of day. Afternoon thunderstorms are quite common in Colorado at high elevations. You pretty much always have to be prepared to switch to a sunrise elopement if the weather is looking dangerous. 

I love how Sophie and David totally rolled with the punches and were really excited about the idea of a sunrise elopement…the increased privacy of eloping while everyone is still sleeping, the feeling of knowing you have the whole day ahead of you, getting up into the mountains while it’s still nice and cool and crisp. Can’t beat that. Let me tell you, I’m not a morning person AT ALL, but sunrise elopements are quite possibly my favorite types of elopements. I’ll prep for that early wake up call any day for the perks that come with eloping at sunrise.

To add onto the magic of sunrise, the slight haze in the mountains coupled with the glowy morning light made for one of the prettiest sunrises I’ve witnessed in this spot. It was a morning I’ll never forget.

images of wedding ring in bouquet for a sunrise elopement
images of wedding ring in bouquet for a sunrise elopement
vow books for a sunrise elopement
vow books and rings for a sunrise elopement
vow books for a sunrise elopement
vow books for a sunrise elopement

First Look Before Their Sunrise Elopement Ceremony

We began their sunrise elopement with a first look before the sun had a chance to peek up from behind the mountains. Pretty sure I’ll never get over this view or the smile on David’s face as he spun Sophie around to see her dress in action.

mountains at dusk near Keystone
mountains at dusk near Keystone
bride in the mountains before her sunrise elopement
bride in the mountains before her sunrise elopement
first look before a sunrise elopement near Keystone
first look before a sunrise elopement near Keystone
first look before a sunrise elopement near Keystone
first look before a sunrise elopement near Keystone
first look before a sunrise elopement near Keystone
groom elopement attire
first look before a sunrise elopement near Keystone
first look before a sunrise elopement near Keystone
first look before a sunrise elopement near Keystone
first look before a sunrise elopement near Keystone
first look before a sunrise elopement near Keystone
first look before a sunrise elopement near Keystone
first look before a sunrise elopement near Keystone
groom seeing bride for the first time before their sunrise elopement ceremony
groom seeing bride for the first time before their sunrise elopement ceremony
groom seeing bride for the first time before their sunrise elopement ceremony
groom seeing bride for the first time before their sunrise elopement ceremony
groom seeing bride for the first time before their sunrise elopement ceremony
groom seeing bride for the first time before their sunrise elopement ceremony
sunrise elopement photos on the top of a mountain
sunrise elopement photos on the top of a mountain
sunrise elopement photos on the top of a mountain
sunrise elopement photos on the top of a mountain

Elopement Ceremony At Dawn

It was super important to Sophie and David to have their sunrise elopement ceremony on the date of their eight year anniversary. They said their vows to each other as their parents and siblings looked on. You’ll notice these two also chose to self-solemnize, which is essentially where a couple marries themselves without an officiant present (one of the many perks of getting married in Colorado!).

sunrise elopement ceremony
sunrise elopement ceremony
sunrise elopement ceremony
groom's sister speaking during the sunrise elopement ceremony
family at Sophie and David's sunrise elopement ceremony
sunrise elopement ceremony
sunrise elopement ceremony
vow reading during a sunrise elopement ceremony near Keystone CO
family at Sophie and David's sunrise elopement ceremony
vow reading during a sunrise elopement ceremony near Keystone CO
family at Sophie and David's sunrise elopement ceremony
vow reading during a sunrise elopement ceremony near Keystone CO
vow reading during a sunrise elopement ceremony near Keystone CO
wedding ring exchange during a sunrise elopement ceremony near Keystone CO
wedding ring exchange during a sunrise elopement ceremony near Keystone CO
vow reading during a sunrise elopement ceremony near Keystone CO
vow reading during a sunrise elopement ceremony near Keystone CO
family at Sophie and David's sunrise elopement ceremony
vow reading during a sunrise elopement ceremony near Keystone CO
wedding ring exchange during a sunrise elopement ceremony near Keystone CO
sunrise elopement first kiss
sunrise elopement first kiss
sunrise elopement first kiss
sunrise elopement first kiss
sunrise elopement first kiss
sunrise elopement first kiss

Champagne Toast To Celebrate Sophie + David's Sunrise Elopement

After their sunrise elopement ceremony, Sophie and David popped a bottle of champagne to celebrate the start of their new adventure together. Popping champagne at 12,000 ft elevation is always my favorite. David made sure to give the bottle an extra intense shaking and the champagne explosion we saw did not disappoint.

couple popping champagne during their sunrise elopement near Keystone
couple popping champagne during their sunrise elopement near Keystone
couple popping champagne during their sunrise elopement near Keystone
couple popping champagne during their sunrise elopement near Keystone
couple popping champagne during their sunrise elopement near Keystone
couple popping champagne during their sunrise elopement near Keystone
couple popping champagne during their sunrise elopement near Keystone
couple popping champagne during their sunrise elopement near Keystone
couple popping champagne during their sunrise elopement near Keystone
couple popping champagne during their sunrise elopement near Keystone

Post-Elopement Mountain Adventures

We spent the remainder of the morning after Sophie and David’s sunrise elopement ceremony wandering through the mountains. We ventured on the trail where they had their ceremony and headed off to one of my favorite mountain overlooks in the area, where they shared their first dance.

Afterwards, we hopped in our cars and drove to a spot about an hour away to go hiking on another one of my favorite trails. One of the things I love about sunrise elopements and just elopements in general is how much adventure time you can fit into the day, and Sophie and David’s elopement was no exception.

couple eloping in the alpine tundra near Keystone at sunrise
couple eloping in the alpine tundra near Keystone at sunrise
couple eloping in the alpine tundra near Keystone at sunrise
couple eloping in the alpine tundra near Keystone at sunrise
couple adventuring in the mountains after their sunrise elopement ceremony
couple adventuring in the mountains after their sunrise elopement ceremony
couple adventuring in the mountains after their sunrise elopement ceremony
couple adventuring in the mountains after their sunrise elopement ceremony
couple walking down a hiking trail together during their elopement
couple walking down a hiking trail together during their elopement
eloping couple dancing in the mountains
eloping couple dancing in the mountains
couple adventuring in the mountains after their sunrise elopement ceremony
couple adventuring in the mountains after their sunrise elopement ceremony
groom spinning bride during their sunrise elopement photos
groom spinning bride during their sunrise elopement photos
groom spinning bride during their sunrise elopement photos
golden hour sunrise elopement photos
golden hour sunrise elopement photos
golden hour sunrise elopement photos
golden hour sunrise elopement photos
golden hour sunrise elopement photos
eloping couple sharing their first dance on the top of a mountain at sunrise
eloping couple sharing their first dance on the top of a mountain at sunrise
eloping couple sharing their first dance on the top of a mountain at sunrise
eloping couple sharing their first dance on the top of a mountain at sunrise
eloping couple sharing their first dance on the top of a mountain at sunrise
eloping couple sharing their first dance on the top of a mountain at sunrise
eloping couple sharing their first dance on the top of a mountain at sunrise
eloping couple sharing their first dance on the top of a mountain at sunrise
eloping couple sharing their first dance on the top of a mountain at sunrise
eloping couple sharing their first dance on the top of a mountain at sunrise
eloping couple sharing their first dance on the top of a mountain at sunrise
eloping couple sharing their first dance on the top of a mountain at sunrise
bride running down a trail
bride running down a trail
bride and groom running down a trail
bride and groom running down a trail
bride and groom running down a trail
bride and groom looking out onto the hazy Rocky Mountains after their sunrise elopement
bride and groom looking out onto the hazy Rocky Mountains after their sunrise elopement
bride and groom looking out onto the hazy Rocky Mountains after their sunrise elopement
bride and groom looking out onto the hazy Rocky Mountains after their sunrise elopement
bride and groom looking out onto the hazy Rocky Mountains after their sunrise elopement
couple snuggling up together in the mountains after their sunrise elopement
couple snuggling up together in the mountains after their sunrise elopement
couple snuggling up together in the mountains after their sunrise elopement
couple snuggling up together in the mountains after their sunrise elopement
bride and groom looking out onto the hazy Rocky Mountains after their sunrise elopement
bride and groom looking out onto the hazy Rocky Mountains after their sunrise elopement
bride and groom looking out onto the hazy Rocky Mountains after their sunrise elopement
couple standing by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple standing by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple standing by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple standing by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple standing by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple standing by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple walking by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple walking by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple dancing lakeside after they eloped at sunrise
couple dancing lakeside after they eloped at sunrise
couple walking by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple walking by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple standing by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple standing by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple standing by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple standing by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
couple standing by a lake near Breckenridge after they eloped at sunrise
bride twirling on a rock by a lake in Breckenridge
sunrise elopement photos of a bride snuggling up to the groom's back
sunrise elopement photos of a bride snuggling up to the groom's back
sunrise elopement photos of a bride snuggling up to the groom's back
sunrise elopement photos of a bride snuggling up to the groom's back
sunrise elopement photos of a bride snuggling up to the groom's back
eloping couple walking alongside an alpine lake
eloping couple walking alongside an alpine lake

P.S. As an adventure elopement photographer, I’m here not only to document your sunrise elopement or small wedding, but help you navigate the little details as well — like helping you figure out the perfect time of year for your mountain elopement.

I believe in being a resource to you while you plan your adventurous sunrise elopement. Why? Because I’ve been in your shoes, with my own elopement too. I know what you’re going through, and I’m here to help.

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