Allison and Brace had never been to Colorado before, and what better way to experience your first time in the Rocky Mountains than for your own elopement?! A May Colorado elopement means the best of both worlds: greenery and warmer temperatures, AND snowy mountains. They described their vision for the day to be as fun and stress free as possible in nature, while still looking natural being photographed. Looking back on their elopement experience, I would say this was spot on! 😉
We began with a first look at a gorgeous alpine lake surrounded by trees, and Brace’s reaction was the best! They were all smiles – not just for their first look, but the entire day together. Afterwards, they set up hammock right off the lake in the forest so they could just chill and take in the beautiful scenery. For late May, the sunshine felt perfect and the you could smell that incredible ‘fresh mountain air’ smell so clearly. After the hammock hang, Allison surprised Brace with playing the ukulele and singing him a song! She said she had no musical talent, but took the time to learn to play in secret. It was such a fun surprise and special moment for them!
After exchanging their vows at the lake, we went to our next location to sign the marriage license and take sunset photos. This lake location shows off more of the snow-capped mountains, and with the bright spring day, the lake looked SO blue and beautiful! The chipmunks were drawn to Allison; she was pretty much Snow White. 🙂 We finished up the evening at 12,000ft elevation on a snowy mountain pass. The temperature dropped significantly, but it was SO worth it to watch the beautiful alpenglow on the mountains!
Having a May Colorado elopement means being as flexible with the weather as possible. You never really know what kind of weather you’ll have or just how cold it will be in late May. Our first two locations were in full spring mode with greenery and thawed lakes, while our last stop was a winter wonderland! A really cool thing about eloping in Colorado can be experiencing vastly different temperatures and landscapes in a short time period. And my favorite reason for a spring Colorado elopement? Significantly less crowds and traffic! If having as much privacy as possible is important to you and you’re flexible with the weather you have, consider a Colorado elopement in May.
Allison wrote to me saying “I’m envisioning myself barefaced and barefoot in a pretty boho dress”. I’d say she absolutely nailed her original vision as a beautiful boho bride!! I had the absolute best time hanging out with these two and seeing them get married. Allison and Brace, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day and to capture your special moments together!
And some kind words from the couple –
“Lauren is so talented and kind-hearted; I absolutely recommend her for your Colorado elopement. I felt that we were in good hands from the first contact with Lauren. She truly wants to get to know her couples and provide them with an experience that is uniquely their own. Lauren was always willing and enthusiastic about answering all of my questions, and the guide she provided was beautifully made and informative! Lauren felt more like a friend than a photographer on our wedding day, making us so comfortable in front of the camera. She so perfectly captured the most amazing day; these are memories I will cherish forever.”
For more Colorado elopement inspiration, check out this Winter Elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park!
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