Your elopement is not a backup plan, it's not plan B, it's not you running off to Vegas. Just because you're eloping, doesn't mean it shouldn't be as celebrated and special as a traditional wedding. In fact, it should be even more special and unique. Because it's intentional and focuses on the most important part of marriage. You and your partner. 

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how to elope in Denver

Colorado is one of the most incredible places to elope, not only can you marry yourself (no guests or officiants needed) but there are so many incredible locations and backdrops to get married. Whether you are wanting to say your vows on top of a mountain, next to an alpine lake, surrounded by a forest or tucked away in a courthouse– Colorado has it all. So if you're wanting to elope in Colorado, take a look at these steps!

Once you have a date and location, it's time to secure the rest of your vendors.

secure your vendors


There are so many places to elope in Colorado. Make sure you secure the necessary permits!



Your photographer will be able to help you location scout and plan, so it's best to secure them early!

book photographer


Chat about your priorities with your partner– what backdrop do you want, how many guests, etc.

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Don't forget this step! You can grab your license up to 35 days before your wedding day.

obtain a license


the process


start the planning process

When dreaming up your elopement, no plans are too far fetched– the world is your oyster! Think about what is important to you and your partner and how you want to infuse your personalities into your wedding day. 

Some questions to ask yourselves: 
  • Do you want guests at your elopement?
  • Do you want an outdoor location?
  • If you want the outdoors, do you love the mountains? Lakes? Forests?
  • Do you want to get ready together?
  • Do you want to do something after your ceremony? Dinner? Hiking? Spa day? 

find your photographer

Your photographer is one of the biggest decisions for your elopement day. I help all my couples find the perfect location and plan the general flow of their day. You want to choose a photographer whose style you love but also whose personality you really vibe with. Likely they will be with you the whole day! You want to make sure you choose someone you really get along well with! 

When choosing your photographer, ask some of these questions: 
  • How long have you been photographing elopements? 
  • What part do you play in helping us plan and scout?
  • Do you have vendor and location recommendations? 
  • How would you describe your photography style?

choose a location

Choosing a location is probably the most overwhelming part of the elopement process. But fear not! All my couples receive access to my exclusive location guide that has all my favorite Colorado elopement locations. 

When choosing a location, think about these questions: 
  • How far are you willing to travel? 
  • What kind of scenery are you wanting? 
  • How private of a location do you want? 
  • Are you willing to pay for fees for a permit?
  • How accessible do you need your location to be?
  • How long of a hike are you willing to do?

secure your Denver vendors

Just because you are having an elopement, doesn't mean that you shouldn't have a dream team helping you plan and execute the perfect elopement day! Make sure you reach out to vendors well in advance to ensure they're available for your date. 

Some vendors to consider for your elopement day: 
  • Planner
  • Florist
  • Officiant 
  • Private chef
  • Hair and/or Makeup Artist


obtain your marriage license

In order to be legally married in Denver, you must obtain a marriage license. 

Here's the detailed breakdown: 
  1. Visit a Colorado county clerk on a weekday– you might need to schedule an appointment. Make sure you bring with you: A valid ID (passport, drivers license), Social Security Numbers, and $30. 
  2. Your license is good for 35 days, so make sure you don't obtain it too early! On wedding day fill out the date and location. 
  3. Return in person or by mail to the county clerk who issued it within 63 days. And don't forget to make a few certified copies while there, they cost $1.25!

Fun Fact: If you are coming from Texas you can get a Texas marriage license while at home but get married in Colorado!

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Denver Elopement Locations

As a Colorado elopement photographer, I've been to a lot of elopement locations! Colorado has so much diversity in it's landscapes, whether you picture yourself eloping on a mountain top or beside a lake, Colorado likely has an elopement location for you! Keep in mind permit fees, privacy and guest count when deciding on your Colorado elopement location. I you haven't chosen your location yet, consider one of these spots! But with all elopements, I am happy to scout and find the perfect spot for you!

3M Curve

Rocky mountain park

The 3M curve has some gorgeous mountains views. It is a little tricky getting there, but once you park you can walk right up. There is a 15 person max. A $300 permit and $25 entry fee are required. 

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Sapphire Point


Sapphire Point is a beautiful overlook that is incredibly accessible. The only downside is it's a hugely popular hiking area so there's very little privacy. There is a $120 permit and can fit 30 people. 

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Twin Lakes

Twin lakes

Twin Lakes Colorado is a gorgeous mountain town about 2.5 hours outside Denver. The town gets its name from the two stunning lakes that sit at the base of mountains. This spot is a bit more secluded and private.

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Sunrise Amphitheater


A beautiful location overlooking Boulder. It is $400 depending on time of year. There isn't much shade at this location, so I highly recommend a sunrise or sunset ceremony. But you really cannot go wrong.

Point Park

Grand Lake

Point Park is a free elopement venue right on the lake with beautiful views of the Rockies. This spot features a small dock with plenty of room for around 15 guests. Because it's first come first serve, I recommend a weekday.

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Garden of the Gods

colorado springs

The Garden of the Gods is one of the most unique locations, it is a stunning spot with the gorgeous red rocks in the background. This location is free and first come first serve, so I highly recommend a weekday elopement.

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When is the Best Time for a Denver Elopement?

Colorado temperatures vary greatly from season to season (and even day to day!!) Here are some weather related tips for your Colorado elopement.

Summer is one of my favorite times to photograph in Colorado
 because the weather is so predictable. Temperatures are relatively mild (especially comparing it to Texas, my home state!)

Spring can be colder than you might think!
Especially if you're wanting to go into the mountains. And there might not be as many flowers and fauna since it takes longer for the winter ice to melt. 

Fall has the most gorgeous colors, but it comes and goes quickly!
Fall is my favorite season in Colorado. The orange and yellow leaves are absolutely magical. But Fall can come and go quickly. Sometimes those gorgeous leaves only last a week. But if you plan it right (and with a little luck) your wedding would be stunning. 

Winter can be freezing or mild.
Winter in Colorado is always a toss up. It can be frigid or mild. Always plan for it being cold. (Layers, proper transportation, etc.) 

my take...

When would I plan a Denver elopement? Go with Summer or Fall! If you're wanting those gorgeous fall colors, aim for late September. Luckily though, Colorado is beautiful all year round– you really can't go wrong!

who to invite to your Denver elopement

Choosing who to invite to their elopement is probably the biggest stressors for couples eloping or having an intimate wedding. But at the end of the day, you are choosing to have a non-traditional, unique and authentic experience with just you and your partner– so you should do whatever feels best to you. 

Some things to consider if you choose to invite friends and family: 

1. Is everyone on your list fully onboard with your decision to marry your partner? Are they fully onboard with your vision to elope and the way you see your day? 

2. Would it be impactful to you to have some of your guests hear your vows? Or is that something you want to be private and intimate? 

3. Is there anyone on your guest list who you're concerned will hijack your day? Make it about them? Provide any unnecessary stress and anxiety for you?

4. Does your ceremony location have a capacity limit? Will you be able to have the day you've envisioned with X number of people or will you need to adjust your vision to invite more people?

5. How will travel and lodging work? Will you need additional resources to include more people?

Remember, this day is about you and your partner. There is no right or wrong answer! I want you to have the best day ever that fully is the day you've envisioned. You've chosen to elope because you want to break free of the stress and norms of a big wedding. So stick with your guns and choose the day that is right for you! 

how to include your family

If you have made the choice that including your family in your elopement or intimate wedding is right for you, then here are some ways to include them seamlessly into your day!

1. Have one intimate ceremony. 
Have one gorgeous intimate ceremony with your closest friends and family by your side to hear your vows and commitment to each other. This can be incredibly emotional and sentimental, and many family members love being able to be present. Keep in mind, depending on your guest count, some location options are not feasible with larger groups. 

2. Split the day in two.
Lots of my couples choose to have a sunrise ceremony just the two of them and then later in the day celebrate with family and friends afterwards. This is a great way to include those most important to you, but still with the intimacy of a private ceremony. 

3. Have a two day event. 
For those who want it all, have a two day event! You can have a full day of just the two of you, however you envisioned it and then a special day afterwards with your family. And these days don't have to be consecutive! A popular choice is an elopement day however you'd like and then once you return home or after your honeymoon have a celebratory event with all friends and family. You can even read your vows again!

how to include your family if they're not physically present

If y'all have decided that you only want a day with just the two of you, here are some ideas for how to include your family with them physically being present. 

1. Zoom/Skype/ or Facetime them at some point in your day. 

2. Have them write letters and read them during your day. 

3. Have an engagement party before your elopement

4. Throw a reception after your elopement. 

5. Have a photo gallery reveal together. 

6. Gift them albums or prints of your day. 

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recommended Denver elopement Vendors

If you're eloping, your vendor list will be smaller than those planning a traditional wedding, but you're still going to want the dream team of wedding vendors! Here are some of my favorite hair and makeup artists, videographers, officiants and florists. 

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Yes! In fact, my payment structure is already broken up into installments to make my services more accessible. Your payments will be broken up into 5 payments throughout your journey with me. 

To be fair to everyone I can't hold dates without a signed contract and retainer.

Yes! And I offer a 50% discount on them for wedding clients! Engagement shoots are a great way to see how my couples interact on their wedding day. We can chat about which poses you find most flattering and natural. I can see if you are more touchy and intimate or more reserved and traditional, all which will create a more seamless and streamlined wedding day experience.

You'll receive a sneak peek of a few images on social media within 72 hours because I know how eager couples are to see their images! A highlight blog post will go live two weeks after your event. And then your final gallery will be ready in 4-6 weeks. 

There is no cap on images I deliver for a wedding. The amount of images you receives varies from wedding to wedding. But typically you'll receive 60-100 images per hour. 

I am located in Denver, Colorado. But I will travel wherever! Travel and lodging fees do apply outside of a 150 radius of Denver and if your location is more than 3 hours away. I offer discounted rates for certain "bucket list" wedding locations. 

My style is a mix of photojournalistic and traditional. I love capturing candid moments, the authentic smiles, the natural tears, the goofy glances— all the things that make your wedding authentically you. But I also want to make sure that you get the shots you've been waiting for. I want you to have the classic images of you and your partner seeing each other for the first time, or your first dance, or just a big family photo that your mom will display in her home.

Absolutely!! The planning and logistics is something I include in every elopement package. You can choose from an extensive list of locations I've found or give me your vision and I'll help you find the perfect spot. 

Some locations require the couple to secure their permit, but if not I'll also help with all the logistics of permits (you will be invoiced for the cost). 

Yes! Absolutely! Small intimate weddings (less than 20 guests) and elopements are some of my favorite things to photograph! I typically only book these 3 months in advance or on weekdays. 

I will send over a proposal that allows you to choose your perfect wedding package. A $500 deposit will be due upon booking, this retainer is non-refundable and reserves your date. You'll then sign a contract and be officially booked!

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Hey there! I’m so glad you found this wedding guide, I hope it was helpful! I’m a wedding photographer based out of Denver and serving locations across Colorado and beyond. I’m originally from Texas but beelined it here as fast as I could. I’ve always loved the Colorado way of life– the mountains, the food, the people, it’s unlike any place I’ve ever been! Being an elopement photographer here is a dream. I love serving fun and in love couples. If you’re wanting candid, authentic imagery with a creative twist and a luxury experience, I’m your girl! I’d love to learn more about you and your special day! Can’t wait to hear from you!