Robert and Thomas are a relaxed, easy-going couple and they wanted their wedding day to reflect just those qualities. They wanted to wander together, take whatever mother nature threw a them, and say their vows somewhere inspiring.
New-ish to Colorado, the two chose Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park for their elopement because it had a rugged mountain feel. We had planned to be above treeline by sunrise so they could say their vows with the alpenglow, but we had a very wet and early fall this year, so Trail Ridge Road was closed well below treeline.
Rolling with the punches beautifully, we decided to watch the sunrise from an overlook, then hike up Trail Ridge Road for 3/4 of a mile or so and see what kind of viewpoints we would find. The decision to hike up was perfect for us, as it meant that the only people we saw for over an hour were the RMNP rangers.
We found souring trees, snow covered mountains, golden aspens, and snowflakes on our hike, all of which created the perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding day.
Finally we drove back down Trail Ridge Road, nabbing an open field with views of the misty mountains, for Robert and Thomas’ vows to each other. Despite the rain, the two shared quiet, thoughtful moments together and at the end of their vows, shared their first kiss a married couple.
I could not feel more blessed to have met the two of you and it was such an honor to celebrate with you!
Did you know that you can marry yourself in Colorado? Its called self-solemnizing and its one of the best parts of an elopement here. It means that elopements are truly personal, intimate, and private.
Considering getting married in Rocky Mountain National Park? Unfortunately you can’t elope on Trail Ridge Road anymore, but there are other beautiful sties in the park! Check out the other spots in the park on the Rocky Mountain National Park Wedding Venue Page.