When you’re considering a Colorado elopement, you’re probably already familiar with some of the amazing features this state has to offer! Colorado is home to the beautiful Rocky Mountains, 3,422 named mountains, more than 4,000 lakes and reservoirs, 300 days of sunshine per year, and is absolutely perfect for the adventurous couple.
You can experience everything from world-class rock climbing on natural red rock formations, water sports or relaxing in a canoe on one of the lakes, and of course: hiking one of the 58 14ers to take in those incredible Colorado views.
As if you already don’t have enough reasons to elope in Colorado… Colorado is a super easy state to get married in whether you’re a resident or not!
Let’s review 5 reasons why you might want to elope in Colorado in 2022.
1. The scenery is breathtaking
How does it sound to wake up before sunrise, hike up to clear blue alpine lakes, and say your vows surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery and the alpenglow?
What about waking up at your cozy mountain cabin, hiking to a serene meadow and saying your vows amongst the summer wildflowers with pops of purple and yellow surrounding you?
Or, how about a morning hike to see the sunrise, then slipping into a canoe to paddle across a lake together to say your vows? What about eloping on a ski lift in Vail and spending your day on the slopes?
If you and your love are thinking about eloping in Colorado, it might just be for opportunities like this!
I mean, have you seen this place?! Virtually everywhere you go, you’ll have opportunities to view nature’s beauty that will take you out of this world. Endless mountains, alpine lakes, evergreen forests, rivers, diverse wildlife… Colorful Colorado is a beautiful place! That’s just one of the reasons why you might want to elope in Colorado.
You can choose from so many gorgeous ceremony sites to say your vows, and curate an outdoor adventure experience that feels so you.
2. The best Colorado mountain towns
Colorado is filled with the best mountain towns in the country—from quaint Breckenridge to luxe Aspen to the stunning village at Telluride. When you have amazing towns close to your outdoor adventure elopement, you can get the best of both worlds: breathtaking scenery and remote wilderness plus the comfort and fun of a small town.
Colorado Mountain Town Inspiration
You can do your elopement day however you want! That’s the beauty of elopements. But if you’re looking for a little inspiration? Here are a few elopement stories from real couples I photographed during their Colorado elopements.
Telluride – Morgan & Ty
Imagine starting your day by riding in a 4×4 off-road to your ceremony site. You’ll say your vows to one another and have a sweet, intimate ceremony. Then, a few close friends join you for a picnic where you enjoy some local food and perhaps some champagne…
You’ll read a few letters sent by your family and soak in all the love, joy and laughter with your favorite people. Afterwards, you take a gondola up the mountain to watch the sunset and soak in the gorgeous views. You’ll top off your day by heading back to town and having dinner at a fun local restaurant.
Sound amazing? This is exactly what Morgan and Ty did for their Telluride elopement!
What details and activities are special to you and your love? Sometimes it’s the smallest details that make your elopement truly unique!
Aspen – Maegon & Cory
Imagine a sunrise hike followed by the most incredible alpenglow. Playing rock, paper, scissors to decide who says their vows first. Spending a cozy rainy evening cuddled up at your campsite. (Couple’s name) did just that for their special Aspen elopement.
This is just one example of how you can focus on the little details that make your relationship so special.
Vail – Piney River Ranch & Ski Lift Elopement
Piney River Ranch in Vail is one of my all-time favorite spots! Here, you can paddle out in the lake on a canoe and say your vows by the water. Or, hike along a trail and have a private ceremony on a small bluff with a mountain backdrop.
Check out this canoe elopement inspiration for a beautiful Vail elopement that I had the pleasure to shoot.
This kind of stuff is what I live for. And when you’re eloping near one of Colorado’s mountain towns, you can have a unique experience that blends exactly what you and your love want to do: whether that’s immersion in nature during the day and then dinner and cultural events in town.
3. You can legally marry yourselves without a witness
You know you love Colorado and you want to elope here. But one of the best parts? You can legally marry yourselves!
That’s right…. You don’t need an officiant to marry you in Colorado. You also don’t need a witness to sign your marriage license. This is called self-solemnization which means that you and your partner can legally marry yourselves. Colorado is one of only four states that allow this, and it’s a pretty convenient process. It’s also amazing if you want the mose intimate elopement with just the two of you!
For those of you who want your furry best friend(s) to be part of your day, you can even stamp your pup’s paw print as a signature on your marriage license. You only need to pay the $30 marriage license fee and you’re ready to go! You can even elope the same day that you get your marriage license.
Here’s where to apply for your marriage license in Colorado. And check out my guide on how to elope in Colorado for more details!
4. Adventure awaits wherever you go
Are you ready to get adventurous? How about trying something new together for your elopement? Trying new things together is always a great bonding experience for a couple, and doing it on your elopement day will give you some extra memorable moments!
In Colorado, your adventurous spirits will be fulfilled with the endless variety of things to do together—whether it’s skiing, rock climbing, or hiking your first 14er. Maybe you want to mix things up and go hiking during the day and explore a new town during the evening. What about horseback riding, taking a 4×4 off-roading, or cliff jumping?
No matter how you choose to celebrate your love, trying something new will make your Colorado elopement extra memorable.
If there are clear skies at night, we can even take some astrophotography with the shining stars as a beautiful backdrop.
5. Get the best of everything
From amazing mountain towns to the ease of getting married in Colorado, to the awesome vendors and possibility for adventure… When you elope in Colorado, you can get the best of everything!
When you’re wondering where to start planning your Colorado elopement, a solid piece of advice is to choose your photographer first. They’ll be your right-hand person in helping you find locations and ceremony sites, plan activities, and get in touch with other vendors as needed.
Before you reach out to photographers to confirm their availability and get recommendations, here are some tips for the best times to elope in Colorado.
The best times to elope in Colorado
Colorado weather is known for being unpredictable, so if you’re travelling from out of state, there are some things you’ll need to know.
When you start to plan, start by asking yourself what you’re looking for! Are you into a snowy winter wedding? What about a warm and sunny summer wedding? What about a mild fall wedding where you can say your vows among the bright yellow aspen leaves?
Colorado seasons are a little different weather-wise than what you may be used to, so here’s an overview of what you might expect throughout the year:
January and February are the coldest months of the year, March is the snowiest, and April is up to the elements to decide… You can get snow, sun, rain, or all of the above.
In May, things start to warm up, snow is less likely, and skies are usually as blue as can be.
June is similar to an early spring in the eastern or southern states. It’s warmer, sunnier, and usually beautiful most days!
July and August is summer, so here the temperatures get warmer and the sun can be hotter. You may encounter some quick afternoon thunderstorms, so be aware of that.
September and October start to get cooler, and you might see the first snowfall, especially in the mountains in September. Moving into November, temperatures are getting colder, ski resorts start to open and people are getting ready for winter. You can still catch some fall foliage and it’s a great time for wildlife viewing! December is the beginning of the winter season.
A few bonus tips:
Keep in mind the change in altitude. It might be warm in Denver or the foothills, but when you get up to higher elevations, it’ll be much cooler.
I also typically recommend avoiding major holiday weekends if possible so you don’t have to deal with heavy tourist traffic both on the roads and at your elopement destination.
Planning to Elope in Colorado?
Ready to start planning your Colorado elopement? I know it can be overwhelming when you first start thinking about planning.
When looking for the right photographer to help you plan, execute, and capture your wedding day, find someone whose aesthetic appeals to you. Then, just send them a message!
I always welcome inquiries and offer free consultation calls so you can get to know me before booking. It would be an honor to talk to you about documenting your unique Colorado elopement.
You can also take a look at my Colorado elopement packages here. Let’s plan your best day ever filled with your favorite adventures!
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