Lauren and Johan started their day off catching the sunrise for their Rocky Mountain National Park elopement! We drove up a high altitude mountain pass, just as the first light came through and we could start to see the mountain peaks through the blue glow. Despite the smoky skies from wildfires further away, it was a gorgeous July morning. They shared their first look where Lauren got to show off her gorgeous flowy dress, and then they took in the incredible mountain views. The best bonus of starting your day so early? Zero crowds!
We drove down the mountain pass to one of my favorite alpine meadows in the park. The mountains were stunning, the grass was greener than ever in July, and we saw little purple and yellow wildflowers popping up all over the place. There’s a river that runs through the meadow, and we even saw a herd of elk far off in the distance. The sounds of the birds chirping and the running water… I can’t think of a better way to start the morning of your elopement day!
We drove further into the park to Sprague Lake for their elopement ceremony. Sprague Lake is one of my favorite ceremony sites in Rocky Mountain National Park. The wedding dock is a short walk around the lake from the parking lot, and you cannot beat the views for such an easily accessible location! On Lauren and Johan’s elopement day, the lake was SO calm and still. You could see the trees and mountains reflecting perfectly in the water. It truly provided one of the most incredible backdrops. Lauren and Johan shared heartfelt vows in front of just a few family members, including their two kids. I couldn’t really hear much of their vows since standing a good distance away, but I could see tears in their eyes, which of course made me cry. I’m a huge sucker for all things ‘love’ – obviously!
I absolutely LOVE how you can self-solemnize in Colorado. This means you can have a legal wedding ceremony without an officiant or even witnesses. This is great if you want a super relaxed or low-key ceremony at your own pace.
Lauren and Johan finished off the morning with a ‘first dance’ to music they played on a bluetooth speaker, and then they shared some cupcakes and donuts with their kids. Rocky Mountain National Park was the perfect location for their Colorado elopement!
Videographer: Dylan Crossley
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