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Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Photographer | Sprague Lake Elopement | Ingrid + Cole

June 22, 2017

Details on this day from the Bride herself, Ingrid writes an incredible blog which you can check out here, she posts some real delicious looking recipes(Sugar Spice Fit Life) and she told a beautiful story of the day over there. She did a much better job than I ever could.

“Toward the end of 2016, C and I finally decided to make things legal and start planning the wedding that was right for us. Maybe someone is wondering, why now? Why didn’t you tell anyone? Why didn’t you want all the pomp that goes into celebrating a wedding and beginning of a marriage? For the why – basically I finally got over my marriage issues and C eventually convinced me with his explanations of all of the legal benefits to it. (…I know, we’re super romantic.) So once I was convinced, knowing he would NEVER ask outright, I asked him one evening if we should set a date to get married and make everything legal – and he said “sure”. (The stuff of fairy tales, right?) I didn’t want an engagement ring, just a wedding band, so it worked well with our plans of doing an elopement and not really telling anyone outside of our small group of attendees.

When we talked about getting married, we always pictured something small – maybe even eloping just the two of us. We decided to do a small casual ceremony in which we married/officiated ourselves (something you can do in Colorado) and since the location was remote with restrictions on number of guests, decided to include our immediate families and a few close long time friends. While I have no problem speaking in front of a couple hundred people, C is much the extrovert, and we both love hosting a good party, the decision to get married and how was very personal and intimate to us. We wanted to keep as close as possible to what we needed from the day. Any party later!

C and I arrived in Boulder on a rainy Tuesday evening, quickly changed and went for a nice dinner at The Kitchen. Wednesday was still raining, so we spent the day exploring some of Boulder’s breweries and getting our marriage license. That evening we ate at Bramble and Hare (highly recommend!) before hitting the road to arrive in Estes Park for the evening. Thursday we explored the park and did some hiking and by evening everyone was starting to arrive. We spent Friday enjoying time with people and then went to dinner at Cascades Restaurant at The Stanley. To make everything easy, everyone stayed at Mary’s Lake Lodge in Estes Park for the long weekend.

We woke up bright and early Saturday to get ready for our morning nuptials. Our fantastic photographer, Brittany from Alchemy Creative, arrived at 6am along with my mom and older sister to help with a few last details.

Since C and I got ready together except for my dress, which he hadn’t seen yet, we didn’t have far to go for our first look.

We went down to Mary’s Lake, right next to the lodge before we would set out to the park.

As we drove into the park, the view kept becoming more and more amazing. Early May still had all of the snow on the mountains and we really lucked out with fantastic weather! (It was supposed to rain all weekend. And the following weekend they got 31″ of snow!)

We went over for some pictures at Sheep’s Lakes first – despite all of the rain earlier in the week, the ground wasn’t wet and the water was still enough to capture these gorgeous reflections.

Around about 9am we were back over at Sprague Lake for our vow exchange and to meet up with everyone else. All total we were a group of 24.

We said our vows (which, btw, I completely cried through all of mine) and did our exchange of rings. We did a self uniting ceremony, which was completely perfect for us, but also meant we couldn’t just repeat after someone and needed some scripts.

We did coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. And instead of a cake, did a cinnamon roll tower!

After everything at the park, we headed back to the lodge for some brunch-y foods hosted at the condo rented by my family. Then in the early afternoon we had our official wedding lunch at Tavern 1929 – the food was great and so were the views! Since we’re doing a couple “receptions” later with the rest of our family and friends, we wanted a low key lunch where we didn’t need to decorate anything, no gifts were expected, and everyone could order whatever they wanted off the menu. The Tavern didn’t push us into anything or make any comments once we arrived – me dressed in a white dress. It was the perfect day.” – Ingrid J.

 

See. Told ya, now onto the photos. It really was the perfect day! So lucky get to spend these moments with such amazing + inspiring people!

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getting ready + first look : Mary’s Lake Lodge

ceremony : Sprague Lake | Rocky Mountain National Park

dress: Dreamers + Lovers

suit: Final Stitch

florals : Boulder Blooms

custom mountain etched rings: Waylon Rhoads Jewelry + Ring Paradise

cinnamon roll cake – Cinnamon Cafe

+ Comments

  1. Aryn Baker says:

    This Rocky Mountain National Park elopement is so beautiful! I love their personal touches.

  2. Ashley says:

    I love the Rocky Mountain National Park! And this is the sweetest Colorado elopement! (Are those mountains etched into the groom’s wedding ring? So perfect!) You did a beautiful job documenting their day! Beautiful!

  3. Emily Harvey says:

    Wow, what a dreamy wedding! The scenery could not be more gorgeous. Great photos!

  4. Alyssa Bouma says:

    oh my goodness, what a beautiful Rocky Mountain national park elopement! I love all of their details and that gorgeous dress!

  5. Ashley Durham says:

    Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous wedding at Sprague Lake!

  6. Angela Patrick says:

    These are beautiful. How awesome is it to be a mountain wedding photographer! That view!!!

  7. sarah says:

    Ohhhhh my word! This makes me wish I would have went for an elopement instead of an indoor wedding…. Rocky Mountain national park couldnt be anymore perfect for them

  8. Kari says:

    Aw! I love elopements. So intimate, I wish we got to do more of them. And lucky you in such a beautiful setting! I’ve never been to Rocky Mountain national park but it’s going on my wanderlust list now!

  9. Sharee Davenport says:

    this sprague lake wedding is a dreammmmm! they look like the absolute sweetest couple!

  10. Emily Moore says:

    This Colorado wedding is just stunning! I love all of the details the bride and groom chose for their wedding and you captured it beautifully!

  11. Susan says:

    Oh my goodness a Rocky Mountain National Park elopement!! What an amazing idea and location. Beautiful work I absolutely love your detail shots!

  12. Savannah Chandler says:

    This is a beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park elopement! I love your reflection images, the mountains are so majestic. <3

  13. Valerie says:

    This is so stunning! I wish I had done a Rocky Mountain national park elopement with my husband now haha!

  14. Jess says:

    I love how they chose to do their special day! I swear you should win an award for the best mountain wedding photographer. No one captures those gorgeous sweeping landscapes with their couples in it like you do!

  15. Melissa says:

    What a beautiful Colorado elopement!

  16. Tiara Wilson says:

    This is such a beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park elopement. I am loving that beautiful dress that she chose. I adore how simplistic this wedding is also. <3

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Photographer, mother, eternal optimist - most inspired by music, the great outdoors, and you.

I’m Brittany! mother to a couple blue-eyed, wicked smart kids– tattoo haver – red lipstick wearer – total moment junkie – married to the actual best person on planet earth – whatever the opposite of a green-thumb is *r.i.p every plant i’ve ever owned*
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Whether you’re celebrating with a big affair or keeping it intimate with an elopement, capturing YOUR kind of love is what I strive for.