If you’re interested in having your mountain adventure elopement or intimate wedding in Colorado, this guide will cover it all. From potential locations, licenses, & permits, I’ll cover everything you need to take into consideration, along with how to book the elopement photography (or videography) package you actually want, and that fits your specific day!
HOW TO ELOPE WITH EASE
THE BASICS OF ELOPING IN COLORADO
WHAT EXACTLY IS SELF SOLEMNIZATION
& HOW DOES IT WORK?
Colorado is only one of three states in the country that allows self-solemnization wedding ceremonies and requires no witnesses to be present or sign your license! In other words, you & your partner have no obligation to have anyone other than yourselves present on your elopement day to direct your ceremony or act as a witness. That’s right. You can literally show up, go to the mountains & have one the most epic wedding days, just the two of you!
If you’re wondering what this looks like or how a ceremony works with no officiant, it comes down to what you want to make it! While most couples say personalized vows, it’s also very common to read letters from loved ones who aren’t present or to incorporate a special part of your relationship into your ceremony.
It doesn’t have to be very long, detailed, or wordy, just however long you feel is appropriate to express your devotion to your loved one. I’ve photographed elopement ceremonies that have lasted anywhere between 5 and 25 minutes, with most of them being in the 10 – 15-minute range.
GETTING YOUR COLORADO
Getting a marriage license in Colorado (regardless of your state residency) is actually a really streamlined & simple process! Currently, in most* counties around Boulder, Denver, and the front range, allow you to request your license via an online form, then schedule the date and time that you are ready to pick it up. You will then show up for your appointment, show a valid ID & you’ll be good to go! All Colorado marriage licenses cost $30 and can be used within 35 days of being issued.
While I cannot apply for or pick up the license for you, I’m always more than happy to help find the most convenient place for you to get your license!
*Boulder County (along with a couple of other counties) require you to have a Colorado address in order to receive a marriage license.
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jUST REACH OUT AND I'D BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO!
There are countless beautiful locations to pick as the backdrop to your adventure elopement background, and Colorado is hands down one of the best & most beautiful places in the country. While this is the case, if you’re not familiar with the area you’re thinking of eloping, it can seem like a real needle in a haystack situation. So much beauty, so many options, but I’m always here to help!
I love getting to help couples find the perfect location for their elopement, as I’m always down to go somewhere new, or take you to my favorite spots! If you’re interested in a location that neither of us has been to, I’ll do the research & scouting to make the day as smooth as possible.
To begin the process, I'll ask a few questions to find what the ideal place would be for your elopement. Do you have any geological features or characteristics that you would like featured in your location? (ex: and alpine lake with trees, a meadow with big mountains in the background, etc.) Once you fill me in on your vision, I can recommend locations that match your description until we find the perfect place!
Colorado has a great network of National & State Parks as well as National Forests and privately owned lands (though it may not seem like it). While there are many locations that require no permits or reservations, there are quite a few that do in order to ensure the upkeep and beauty of the area.
One of the services my elopement packages include is researching the proper permits to ensure that your elopement day goes as smoothly as possible and obtaining them if you wish! It can be quite the hunt to go through the application process for some locations, and if I can take that off your plate I’m always more than happy to!
TAKING THE LITTLE THINGS OFF YOUR
PLANNING SCHEDULE SINCE 2016
A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE ELOPING
YOU DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE EVERYTHING BEHIND
After shooting bigger weddings of +200 for several years, I found that many venues offer the same experience to everyone. It wasn't personal, and felt more like a production rather than a celebration tailored to each couple. I'm committed to helping you build the perfect experience & capturing your love story that you'll cherish for a lifetime together.
Maybe you want to hike 10 miles, maybe you want to walk a few feet from the parking lot. Maybe you want a more laid back urban setting. Regardless the backdrop, I'll work my hardest to make sure it's the most memorable day of your life. We'll leave behind the stresses of a traditional wedding day & truly make it a celebration of your own.
Eloping is often times viewed that you have to leave everything & everyone else behind, but more often than not, most couples have friends & their family with them! You'll still be able incorporate your loved ones & the things that matter most to you, but we'll leave behind some of the more traditional details & decisions that can clutter the day.