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Colorado Elopements

As a lover of intimate and connected weddings, Elopements have a special place in my heart. I love that elopements strip away all of the more “traditional” elements of a wedding and focus on the central part of the day: committing to each other in a meaningful and personal way.

Whether you’re planning to say “I do” at the top of a mountain or at the courthouse, choose the elopement path that feels right to you. Let’s design the perfect day together!

Whether you’re looking to elope because the pandemic forced you to change your plans or you always planned to elope, I’m here to help.

This guide includes:

  • How to decide who should be at your elopement
  • What elopement photography looks like under social distancing
  • An example elopement timeline
  • Choosing a location to elope
  • Applying for a marriage license in Colorado
  • The benefits of a self-solemnizing ceremony
coloado elopement planning guide by Colorado Elopement Photographer, Jennie Crate, Photographer

let me help you with the details

intimate first dance at Maroon Bells elopement by Colorado Elopement Photographer Jennie Crate Photographer

Location

The first thing we’ll do is chat about your ultimate wedding vision and I’ll help you brainstorm a list of Colorado Elopement locations that capture the feel you’re looking for.

Trail Ridge Road Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement by Colorado Elopement Photographer Jennie Crate Photographer

Timeline

When you have less moving pieces, you have the flexibility to plan the perfect timeline that lets you relax and enjoy your wedding day to the fullest.

bride and groom walk hand and hand during Mt. Evans elopement by Colorado Elopement Photographer Jennie Crate Photographer

Vendors

I can help connect you to the perfect vendors to help you execute your ideal elopement vision.

Breckenridge Hiking elopement by Colorado Elopement Photographer Jennie Crate Photographer

Photos

I’m all about natural, authentic photos. There won’t be any awkward posing–just the two of you and your real relationship.

6 Hour Elopement Timeline

8:00 – Wake up and enjoy a relaxed and excited breakfast together in your rented Airbnb

11:00 – Start getting ready for your wedding day, drinking mimosas on the porch as you float between getting your hair and make up done and hanging out with your fiancĂ©

1:00 – Do a first look at your Airbnb

1:15 – Take relaxed, fun, connected couple’s photos in beautiful locations as you drive to your ceremony site

3:00 – Meet your officiant and start your short hike to your ceremony location

3:30 – Get married and read your personalized vows!

3:45 – Sign your marriage license and pop open the champagne

4:00 – Take connected, intimate, post-ceremony photos together pulling together the scenery and the light

6:00 – Meet a few of your closest friends for dinner and celebratory drinks

8:00 – Head back to your Airbnb as a married couple!

intimate moment after Long Lake Elopement by Colorado Elopement Photographer Jennie Crate Photographer
bride and groom and kids at Sapphire Point Elopement by Colorado Elopement Photographer Jennie Crate Photographer

“Jennie was great to work with! She captured our adventurous, elopement perfectly! The photos we have are beautiful.”

More Resources to Help

10 tips for getting married at altitude Colorado Wedding Planning Resources by Colorado Wedding photographer Jennie Crate
3 Tips for Writing Your Own Vows Colorado Wedding Planning Resources by Colorado Wedding photographer Jennie Crate
Have your Elopement and your wedding too Colorado Wedding Planning Resources by Colorado Wedding photographer Jennie Crate
7 Tips for Writing Your own Ceremony Colorado Wedding Planning Resources by Colorado Wedding photographer Jennie Crate

Real Elopements

Maroon Bells Elopement photo
Trail-Ridge Road Same-sex Elopement photo
romanic bride and groom by Colorado lake by Denver Wedding Photographer Jennie Crate Photographer
Breckenridge Hiking elopement by Colorado Elopement Photographer Jennie Crate Photographer
same-sex winter wedding colorado photo

I travel all over the state of Colorado and across the US to capture connected wedding stories for
devoted and courageous couples.

Hello!

I’m Jennie (she/her/hers)

a LGBTQ+ Colorado and Denver wedding photographer

I photograph connected weddings for devoted and courageous couples.

I believe the best wedding days celebrate your unique connection with quiet touches, intimate smiles, and heartfelt laughter.

I think that life is better if you know how to rock a pair of purple pants, that cinnamon rolls can be eaten any time of day, and that you should always fall asleep holding hands.

I may be a professional Colorado and Denver wedding photographer, but I have quirks just like you. Read on if you want to know more about me!