Small Telluride Wedding in The San Juan Mountains

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Small Telluride Wedding At A Private Horse Ranch | Adventurous Weddings IN Telluride

Pretty sure we’ll never get over how incredible this intimate little Telluride wedding was. Not only did it take place when the fall colors were absolutely GLOWING in the San Juan mountains, but the weather, landscape, and people could not have been more amazing. And did we mention it took place at the private horse ranch where the bride first learned to ride horses?!

We love intimate mountain weddings because they really give our couples the chance to be adventurous while still having their favorite people there for their small wedding. And that’s exactly what these two lovely humans did for their Telluride wedding.

We arrived the day before the wedding and were able to ride the gondola up in the evening to see that classic Telluride sunset. The alpenglow from the top is probably just about the most magical thing to witness. Living in Colorado, we’ve seen our fair share of mountains, but there’s something about the San Juan Mountains that just takes things to the next level. They’re just taller and more jagged than anything you run across on the Front Range.

While I love Colorado’s other mountain towns, I’m pretty sure Telluride weddings are officially my favorite.

view of the San Juan Mountains before an adventurous small Telluride wedding in September
view of the San Juan Mountains before an adventurous small Telluride wedding in September
view of the San Juan Mountains before an adventurous small Telluride wedding in September
view of the San Juan Mountains before an adventurous small Telluride wedding in September
view of the San Juan Mountains before an adventurous small Telluride wedding in September
view of the San Juan Mountains at the top of the gondola before an adventurous small Telluride wedding in the fall
view of the San Juan Mountains at the top of the gondola before an adventurous small Telluride wedding in the fall
view of the San Juan Mountains at the top of the gondola before an adventurous small Telluride wedding in the fall
view of the San Juan Mountains at the top of the gondola before an adventurous small Telluride wedding in the fall

Getting Ready At Home In The Mountains of Telluride

The bride and groom got ready for their Telluride wedding at the bride’s parent’s cozy home in the mountains right outside of town. The aspens were in full color change…just about the most vibrant yellow color possible and the perfect start to this intimate little Telluride wedding day.

Telluride wedding details at a cabin in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
Telluride wedding details at a cabin in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
Telluride wedding details at a cabin in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
Telluride wedding details at a cabin in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
Telluride wedding details at a cabin in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
adventurous groom getting ready before his small Telluride wedding at a horse ranch in the San Juan Mountains | photo taken by Telluride wedding photographers
adventurous groom getting ready before his small Telluride wedding at a horse ranch in the San Juan Mountains
adventurous groom getting ready before his small Telluride wedding at a horse ranch in the San Juan Mountains
adventurous groom getting ready before his small Telluride wedding at a horse ranch in the San Juan Mountains
adventurous groom getting ready before his small Telluride wedding at a horse ranch in the San Juan Mountains
aspen trees changing colors outside of a cabin in the San Juan Mountains during a small Telluride wedding
Telluride wedding details at a cabin in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
Telluride wedding details at a cabin in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
Telluride wedding details at a cabin in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
Telluride wedding details at a cabin in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
Telluride wedding details at a cabin in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
Telluride wedding details at a cabin in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado
adventurous bride getting ready before her small Telluride wedding at a horse ranch in the San Juan Mountains
adventurous bride getting ready before her small Telluride wedding at a horse ranch in the San Juan Mountains
adventurous bride getting ready before her small Telluride wedding at a horse ranch in the San Juan Mountains
adventurous bride getting ready before her small Telluride wedding at a horse ranch in the San Juan Mountains

First Look At The Valley Floor Before The Small Telluride Wedding Ceremony

The bride grew up in Telluride and knew exactly where she wanted to have her first look: this perfect little spot with a full view of the mountains of Telluride and a little creek running through the area. We absolutely love it when couples incorporate places that have meaning to them, so we loved that this was the spot that these two chose for their first look before heading to the horse ranch for their Telluride wedding ceremony.

adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
adventurous first look in the mountains of Telluride Colorado before a small Telluride wedding in Colorado
view of the mountains of Telluride before a wedding at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa

Small Telluride Wedding Ceremony At The Horse Ranch

The small Telluride wedding ceremony took place on the edge of the horse ranch, with an incredible view of Mt. Wilson, one of Colorado’s many fourtneers. And the bride’s parent’s pup Cleo made her grand debut as the ring bearer and “dog of honor.” You can see her strutting her stuff throughout the ceremony and reception. Such a cutie. 

engaged couple arriving to their Telluride wedding venue at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
view of the mountains at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa before a Telluride wedding ceremony in September
Telluride wedding ceremony site on Wilson Mesa during a small horse ranch Colorado wedding
Telluride wedding ceremony site on Wilson Mesa during a small horse ranch Colorado wedding
groom walking down the aisle during his small wedding in Telluride on a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
groom walking down the aisle during his small wedding in Telluride on a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
bride walking down the aisle during her small wedding in Telluride on a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
bride walking down the aisle during her small wedding in Telluride on a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
small ceremony for a Telluride wedding in September
small ceremony for a Telluride wedding in September
small ceremony for a Telluride wedding in September
small ceremony for a Telluride wedding in September
small ceremony for a Telluride wedding in September
small ceremony for a Telluride wedding in September
small ceremony for a Telluride wedding in September
ring exchange during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
ring exchange during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
ring exchange during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
vow reading during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
vow reading during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
vow reading during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
ring exchange during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
vow reading during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
vow reading during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
vow reading during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
vow reading during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
ring exchange during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
ring exchange during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
first kiss during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
recessional during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
recessional during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa
recessional during a mountainous Telluride wedding ceremony at a horse ranch on Wilson Mesa

Cocktails And Mingling After The Telluride Wedding Ceremony

Once their small Telluride wedding ceremony wrapped up, the bride and groom joined everyone at the other end of the horse ranch to enjoy some cocktails, mingling, and the 360 views of the mountains of Telluride. You’ll probably notice our good friend Cleo the dog of honor pup wandering around hoping some people would drop her a little snack (needless to say, her mission was a wild success).

private horse ranch Telluride wedding venue in the San Juan Mountains
horse on a Telluride horse ranch during a wedding on Wilson Mesa
horse on a Telluride horse ranch during a wedding on Wilson Mesa
horse on a Telluride horse ranch during a wedding on Wilson Mesa
floral decor for a mountain wedding in Telluride at a horse ranch
floral decor for a mountain wedding in Telluride at a horse ranch
cocktails during a small wedding reception in Telluride
cocktails during a small wedding reception in Telluride
cocktails during a small wedding reception in Telluride
view of the San Juan Mountains during a wedding in Telluride
view of the San Juan Mountains during a wedding in Telluride
cocktail hour photos at a private horse ranch in the mountains during an adventurous Telluride wedding
cocktail hour photos at a private horse ranch in the mountains during an adventurous Telluride wedding
cocktail hour photos at a private horse ranch in the mountains during an adventurous Telluride wedding
cocktail hour photos at a private horse ranch in the mountains during an adventurous Telluride wedding
horse on a Telluride horse ranch during a wedding on Wilson Mesa
cocktail hour photos at a private horse ranch in the mountains during an adventurous Telluride wedding
cocktail hour photos at a private horse ranch in the mountains during an adventurous Telluride wedding
Telluride wedding decor for a horse ranch wedding in the mountains
Telluride wedding decor for a horse ranch wedding in the mountains
Telluride wedding decor for a horse ranch wedding in the mountains
Telluride wedding decor for a horse ranch wedding in the mountains
Telluride wedding decor for a horse ranch wedding in the mountains
Telluride wedding decor for a horse ranch wedding in the mountains
Telluride wedding decor for a horse ranch wedding in the mountains
Telluride wedding decor for a horse ranch wedding in the mountains
plated dinner during a small wedding in the mountains of Telluride
pie and cake at a wedding in the mountains of Telluride
pie and cake at a wedding in the mountains of Telluride

Sunset Photos In The Mountains Of Telluride

After we all wrapped up eating dinner, we went out for sunset photos on the property. 30+ mile per hour winds and the most gorgeous sunset made for just about some of our favorite sunset couples photos. These two had such a blast running around the ranch and being total goofs.

After we wrapped up sunset photos, we all drove back into Telluride, took the gondola up, and snapped some photos at the top of the mountain. The full sky of stars in the pitch black night made for the most epic photo of these two. But enough said…you’ll have to scroll on down to see. Damn Telluride, you never disappoint.

adventurous couples photos taken at sunset during a small Telluride wedding at a ranch on Wilson Mesa | photographed by Telluride Colorado wedding photographers
adventurous couples photos taken at sunset during a small Telluride wedding at a ranch on Wilson Mesa | photographed by Telluride Colorado wedding photographers
adventurous couples photos taken at sunset during a small Telluride wedding at a ranch on Wilson Mesa | photographed by Telluride Colorado wedding photographers
adventurous couples photos taken at sunset during a small Telluride wedding at a ranch on Wilson Mesa | photographed by Telluride Colorado wedding photographers
adventurous couples photos taken at sunset during a small Telluride wedding at a ranch on Wilson Mesa | photographed by Telluride Colorado wedding photographers
adventurous couples photos taken at sunset during a small Telluride wedding at a ranch on Wilson Mesa | photographed by Telluride Colorado wedding photographers
married couple running through the mountains during their Telluride wedding sunset photos | photographed by Telluride wedding photographers
married couple running through the mountains during their Telluride wedding sunset photos | photographed by Telluride wedding photographers
couple sitting together at a Wilson Mesa horse ranch wedding in Telluride | photographed by Telluride wedding photographers
couple sitting together at a Wilson Mesa horse ranch wedding in Telluride | photographed by Telluride wedding photographers
couple sitting together at a Wilson Mesa horse ranch wedding in Telluride | photographed by Telluride wedding photographers
couple sitting together at a Wilson Mesa horse ranch wedding in Telluride | photographed by Telluride wedding photographers
view of the mountains of Telluride during a Telluride wedding | photographed by Telluride wedding photographers
married couple running through the mountains during their Telluride wedding sunset photos | photographed by Telluride wedding photographers
married couple running through the mountains during their Telluride wedding sunset photos | photographed by Telluride wedding photographers
married couple running through the mountains during their Telluride wedding sunset photos | image by Telluride wedding photographers
married couple running through the mountains during their Telluride wedding sunset photos | image by Telluride wedding photographers
adventurous mountain wedding photos of a newly married couple at sunset during their Telluride wedding | image by Telluride wedding photographers
adventurous mountain wedding photos of a newly married couple at sunset during their Telluride wedding | image by Telluride wedding photographers
adventurous mountain wedding photos of a newly married couple at sunset during their Telluride wedding | image by Telluride wedding photographers
adventurous mountain wedding photos of a newly married couple at sunset during their Telluride wedding | image by Telluride wedding photographers
adventurous mountain wedding photos of a newly married couple at sunset during their Telluride wedding | image by Telluride wedding photographers
married couple walking through the mountains during their Telluride wedding sunset photos | image by Telluride wedding photographers
adventurous mountain wedding photos of a newly married couple at sunset during their Telluride wedding | image by Telluride wedding photographers
adventurous mountain wedding photos of a newly married couple at sunset during their Telluride wedding | photo taken by Telluride wedding photographers
adventurous mountain wedding photos of a newly married couple at sunset during their Telluride wedding | photo taken by Telluride wedding photographers
adventurous mountain wedding photos of a newly married couple at sunset during their Telluride wedding | photo taken by Telluride wedding photographers
adventurous mountain wedding photos of a newly married couple at sunset during their Telluride wedding | photo taken by Telluride wedding photographers
couple kissing at sunset during their Telluride wedding photos | photo taken by Telluride wedding photographers
couple kissing at sunset during their Telluride wedding photos | photo taken by Telluride wedding photographers
couple kissing at sunset during their Telluride wedding photos | photo taken by Telluride wedding photographers
couple kissing at sunset during their Telluride wedding photos | photo taken by Telluride wedding photographers
married couple walking through the mountains during their Telluride wedding sunset photos | photo taken by Telluride wedding photographers
married couple walking through the mountains during their Telluride wedding sunset photos | photo taken by Telluride wedding photographers
married couple walking through the mountains during their Telluride wedding sunset photos | photo taken by Telluride wedding photographers
full sky of stars night wedding photo taken at the overlook in Telluride Colorado | photo taken by Telluride wedding photographers

P.S. As Colorado-based adventure elopement and adventure wedding photographers, we pride ourselves on not just documenting your adventurous Telluride wedding or San Juan Mountain elopement, but helping you plan out all the little details as well — like helping you figure out the perfect time of year for your mountain elopement.

Sure, we pride ourselves in taking killer photos of killer people in killer places, but we’re firm believers that your adventure wedding photographer should be so much more than that. They should be a resource and guide to you during the whole adventure elopement planning process. So if that sounds like your vibe, we’d love to chat with you about your dream adventure elopement.

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