Brainard Lake Elopement | Ashley and Hayden

Lakeside elopement at Long Lake Colorado

Ashley and Hayden came all the way from Virginia for their Brainard Lake Elopement and Long Lake elopement photos.  They met just over a year ago and got engaged in March 2019.  They were really hoping they could officially tie the knot by the end of the year!  Hayden is in the Navy, and on Sea Duty, so the two had to plan their wedding around his fall leave schedule.

Together with about 20 of their family, they made the trek to Colorado for their elopement.  Ashley had done tons of research on locations for their ceremony and fell in love with Long Lake.  Located in Brainard Lake Recreation area, near Indian Peaks Wilderness, Long Lake is stunning.  It feels lush and fresh and features gorgeous views of the mountains.

Unfortunately Long Lake only grants permits for up to 12 people.  So Ashley and Hayden chose to say their vows at the nearby Brainard Lake.  Then they left plenty of time for photos of the two of them at Long Lake.

Brainard Lake Elopement

To start off their day, Ashley and Hayden got ready at their rented cabin.  They drove separately to Brainard Lake, Hayden in their rented red sports car!  I met Hayden in the parking lot near the lake. Together we hashed out the exact spot where they’d stand to say their vows.  Their family made their way down to the shore, then Ashley made the walk down with her bridesmaids and her dad.  There is a beautiful, evergreen lined boardwalk that leads from the parking lot to the lake, that made the perfect start to the wedding aisle.

Their ceremony was lead by a family member and featured traditional vows and a beautiful ring exchange.

After the first kiss, and a round of hugs and kisses, we took advantage of the lake and views for family and bridal party photos. We had just a peak of sunshine during the ceremony and photos, but the skies added a layer of drama and beauty to the views.

Then we all jumped it the car and headed up the road to Long Lake. While their guests wandered and took their own photos, Ashley and Hayden and I chased the light around the lake.  The sun came out in full force, so we were blessed with gorgeous, golden, light for the rest of our session. It seemed like everywhere we went, the light and views were in our favor.  Ashley and Hayden reveled in their newlywed status and wandered anywhere I suggested.

We had such a beautiful day together and I feel so honored to have been a part of their intimate Brainard Lake and Long Lake Elopement.

vow reading at lakeside Colorado elopement

ring exchange intimate outdoor Colorado wedding

bride and groom elope outdoors in Colorado mountains by Colorado Wedding photographer, Jennie Crate

marine groom eloping in Colorado during fall

first kiss by Brainard Lake at Colorado fall wedding

Intimate Long Lake Colorado Wedding guests

bridal party in shades of peach and navy at Colorado outdoor elopement

bride in lace ballgown and groom in Navy military dress whites

bride in long lace and tulle ballgown at fall Colorado lakeside elopement

bride with bridesmaid in peach dress Colorado wedding

bridal party in shades of peach and navy at fall Brainard Lake Elopement

Romantic Long Lake Elopement with bride in lace ballgown and groom in military dress

intimate Long Lake Elopement at sunset

sunset at Long Lake with bride and groom after Colorado elopement

Bride and groom at Long Lake Elopement

bride and groom walk through evergreen forest at Colorado Elopement

sunset over the mountains at Long Lake Elopement Colorado

bride in ballgown by creek in Indian Peaks Wilderness and groom in Navy dress white uniform

passionate kiss between bride and groom at sunset Indian Peaks Wilderness elopement

romanic bride and groom by Colorado lake

intimate moment at sunset Colorado military elopement

bride and groom in military dress at Brainard Lake Recreation elopement

Colorado mountain elopement

bride and groom walk in field with view of colorado mountains

intimate romantic bride and groom elopement

bride and groom in field by Long Lake after Colorado elopement

bride and groom laughing at sunset after Long Lake Elopement

romantic sunset colorado elopement

bride at sunset by Colorado Lake Elopement

bride and groom by red sports car Colorado elopement

Vendors who made this destination Long Lake Elopement happen:

Photography: Jennie Crate, Photographer
Hair and Make up: Wedlocks Bridal Hair and Make up
Dress: Evelyn Bridal
Dress shop: Yours Truly Bridal
Flowers: Stems: A flower shop


Coming from out of state and looking to elope? I provide location help and long distance planning to all of my couples! I want  to make sure your destination elopement goes off perfectly! Let’s talk about your vision!


  1. Wow! WH=hat a beautiful story and a gorgeous capture of their big day! I can def. see why the bride chose this location! 

  2. These are so cute! Looks like such a fun day with just their closest friends & family. And that location!!!

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