Summer Boreas Pass Elopement – Colorado Mountain Adventure Elopement Photographer

The magic of a sunrise elopement in Colorado’s mountains.

Where do I even start with this incredible, heartfelt, carefree, colorful Boreas pass elopement? Probably with our heroes, Carrie and Brook, who braved a very early wakeup call for their sunrise hiking elopement. No, wait, that isn’t where the story started! The newly-engaged couple contacted me near the beginning of this year to snag some epic engagement portraits in May. Then we all know what happened- their planning got wrapped up in the worldwide pandemic, but they soon realized that an intimate elopement in Colorado was more their speed anyway, so they upgraded to an elopement photography package. We shuffled plans and locations several times over early summer, until we found an elopement location and plan that included their two dogs (a must!), a hike with great views we could complete within a few hours, and even a little bit of cell reception so they could connect with their wider circle of family and friends on zoom. That’s the beauty of elopements- you can find a place to elope in Colorado that is exactly what you always wanted. When the day arrived, they got dressed in the pre dawn light on opposite sides of the old cabins at the summit. We did a sweet first look and then, hand in hand, they started up the mountain. As soon as we hit the trail, everything felt just right. “Oh yes.”, they said, “this is what we wanted.” My heart just jumped! The early August wildflowers showed up in their full splendor – absolutely carpeting the side of the mountain and surrounding us on the narrow path the entire way to the pass summit. We had to keep stopping to point out the rainbow of colors, with the sweethearts also taking turns naming the distant peaks they’d climbed together. At the top, our jaws dropped at the spectacular valley before us, which lead to the couple’s home near Bailey. Carrie and Brook took turns reading out their hand-written elopement love letters to each other, and before long the tears were flowing. I loved that they got a chance to privately speak their hearts to one another, holding hands, with only the mountains as witnesses. Colorado hiking elopements are so freaking cool! We hiked back down together and met up with a few close family members. Both moms took turns officiating, so the elopement ceremony was perfectly personal.

And yeah, Brook’s boutonniere wouldn’t stay upright. And there are dog leashes in everyone’s hands at all times. The kombucha was sadly forgotten at home. Champagne got all over Brook. And I tripped backwards, flailing over a tree stump for about 15 seconds, landing flat on my back and my cameras hit me in the face in front of everyone. But this family, y’all, were so incredibly sweet and checked in on me to make sure I was okay and all my teeth were intact (they were.) They even gave me my own hand made face mask to match the small group, and now I wear it all the time because it’s the most comfortable one I own. At the very last moment, Carrie’s dog slurped his way to the bottom of her champagne glass in a hilarious moment you’ll have to see to believe. If I could redo this day all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing, and hopefully your takeaway from these Boreas pass elopement photos is a group of people, brought together by love, having the absolute time of their lives. Maybe that sounds cheesy, but that’s ok with me. Congratulations on your Boreas pass mountain elopement!

ELOPEMENTS | Colorado & Beyond| CONTACT

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