Fall Telluride Elopement
J&J’s dream idea for the day they married each other was a fall Telluride elopement in a Jeep. Well, holy butts you guys! When you have this good of an idea, you freaking go for it! These two are no strangers to off-roading, as they frequently go on adventures together in their Jeep and also on dirt bikes. However, they had never been to the top of Imogene Pass and never been to Telluride together. So on a perfect September day, I helped make dreams come true as I shot this fall Telluride elopement for Skyewater photo.
Imogene Pass Elopement
If you’re considering Imogene pass for your off road elopement, there are a few things you should know. This is one of the most extreme 4×4 roads in all of Colorado. But the rewards are huge! From the start, the views over the town and across to Black Bear Pass are incredible. The road climbs to Yankee Boy Tunnel, which is a great spot to stop for photos. Most offroad capable vehicles can continue up to the historic Tom Boy Mining town, which is a great place to explore. Then, the road turns to rock, and stock vehicles are just not equipped to deal with the last mile. I highly recommend you did like these two did and rent a Rubicon or a Gladiator to elope at the 13,114′ Imogene pass.
Jeeping Elopement at Imogene Pass
Once at the top, it was epic. And I know that word gets thrown around, but this was 15/10 views. And J&J shared a few tears at the top. The 360 view, and the fact that they had dreamed of this epic location, and they finally got to marry each other – it was an emotional high point for sure. In late September, there was a chance of snow up there or that the road would be closed entirely. But we were totally thrilled with sunshine, no wind, and big blue skies. We simply could not have had a better day. To top it off, the fall colors were at peak and we even found a stand of rare red aspens for some romantic portraits. Hiking boots were the only appropriate shoes for this fall Telluride elopement and she rocked them!
Fall Telluride Elopement Ceremony at Trout Lake
After all the gorgeous mountain portraits we could ever dream of, we drove down to Trout Lake. This lake is usually an amazing spot to elope, but on this day it was completely closed. Road work shut down all access to the area, so we had to come up with a backup plan. Luckily, I’ve written an entire guide on where to elope in Telluride! Just a short drive away is a small area with a similar view to Trout lake. With a new location settled, it was time to marry with just their parents there to celebrate with them. The bride’s mom officiated and then EVERYONE showered them with biodegrade-able flower petals. Emotions were all over everyone’s faces and I loved every minute of it! Congratulations!