Colorado elopement

posted 1 year ago in Elopement
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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hissoon :  I am a CO native. Happy you chose CO (best place ever lol). My DH and I did our ceremony at Red Rocks…specifically the trading post. In the back is a beautiful view of red rocks. But of course there are TONS of other places you can elope. If you want more let me know and I can DM you.

I can also send you a few photographers. Here is a link to the photographer I chose: https://www.ahpphotos.com/. He is kinda pricey but for an elopement he may be affordable for you.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

We eloped in Colorado! It was amazing. Our photographer was great and did an awesome job of capturing our relationship and making us feel comfortable! Yellow feather weddings is her business name. We stayed at mount Princeton hot springs resort and went on a hike nearby to say our vows. We then came back and put on our “wedding” clothes and had the photographer meet us after a quick dinner to pop some champagne, cut a mini cake (we got it at beetbox in Denver- it’s vegan.) she then drove us to a few close by scenic views and took some gorgeous photos. She is not limited to this area in Colorado, though, and I’m sure she has lots of good ideas for anywhere you choose, I highly recommend her! 
http://yellowfeatherphotography.com/

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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bubbly2018 :  I have been to a wedding in Mount Princeton. Beautiful choice! Your elopement sounds so romantic and intimate. Makes me wish I eloped.

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Busy Beekeeper

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hissoon :  we couldn’t do Colorado because my Mother-In-Law can’t handle much elevation and we were not eloping. If that weren’t a factor, it would have been either Ouray or Andrews Lake (south of Silverton) though the latter has zero amenities. Gorgeous areas, both. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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hissoon :  Wow, congrats.  I thought you said you decided against marriage because you said you would lose your public assistance?

I’m going to Colorado myself for the first time this May, excited too!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

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hissoon :  oh so glad for you! Congrats!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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hissoon :  Are you both experienced hikers who are adjusted to elevation? I just want to warn you that dream lake can be a pretty serious hike if you aren’t used to the altitude and you aren’t in shape. The Bear Lake trail head starts at 9,000 ft and I’m pretty sure Dream is closer to 10,000. It’s definitely something to keep in mind. Personally I prefer the views at Bear Lake and Sprague Lake to Dream (and both of those are right off a parking lot). 

Depending on the month you go, Bierstadt lake might be a better option. It’s a relatively flat trail (you have to take the trail off Bear Lake, not the main one) and it’s much more quiet. Personally I think the view is way more grand than Dream Lake. However, there are some seriously gorgeous viewpoints along the hike to Dream Lake that would make for some amazing pictures. Assuming you aren’t experiencing terrible altitude sickness, haha

What month are you planning to get married? And how many people are coming? If it’s literally just the two of you and your officiant and photographer, there’s no reason to worry about permits. Go wherever you like! Assuming this is happening in the summer, you can find BEAUTIFUL views right off of Trail Ridge Rd. I’ve seen many people get married there.

Let me know if you have any questions! I don’t think you mentioned a month, but I just want to say mid June is your best bet. It’s still colder so tourism isn’t as bad, and the mountains should still be snow capped. But also the trails will hopefully not be too muddy since most of the snow around 9/10,000ft should have melted already. July and August are tourism hell in any major national park. It’s like the park turns into an amusement park.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

hissoon :  The winds in Estes Park have literally blown me over before. Not sure I’d count on picking up petals. 😂

One more place you might want to consider is Sapphire Point in Dillon, CO. It’s right next to Breckenridge and it’s my favorite viewpoint in the state (outside of challenging hikes). Gorgeous lake, there will be snow capped mountains early June, and there are tons of chipmunks that you can feed. Your kids would love it! And there’s a pretty natural pathway your son can walk you down. Best part is that you don’t have to worry about getting totally altitude sick on a hike, because the view is right off a parking lot. Plus there’s some gorgeous restaurants around to eat at after.

Also since you mentioned Pikes Peak – another to consider is Mt Evan’s. And the lakes at the base of it.

All that to say – RMNP is a beautiful place and you wouldn’t regret going there. I’m so excited for you to see CO for the first time! Just be prepared to take pics at Bear Lake or Sprague if someone in your party gets altitude sickness. Which is not a bad thing… Bear Lake is one of my favorite places on earth. Here’s a picture of a chipmunk there in August. And for funsies, a comparison of me there last week. Haha! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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hissoon :  if you’re already planning on estes park area then I would check out the YMCA of the Rockies. They have several ceremony spots. VERY AFFORDABLE. I am not sure you need a permit so you will need to check with them. My best friend got married in the ceremony spot in the picture below a few years ago and it was breath taking. That specific spot is a little ways up the mountain but it is worth it.

https://ymcarockies.org/home/groups/weddings/

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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hissoon :  But if you are open to other locations, like Red Rocks, below is an ariel view of my ceremony spot on my wedding day. They book very quickly, and also have concerts so times are restricted. I just checked their website and it’s $1,000 for 2 hours to reserve…it was only $500 when we did our wedding years ago. Not sure if you’re still interested but the link is below.

https://www.redrocksonline.com/special-events/weddings-events/trading-post-backyard

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