Colorado Elopement Essentials


Planning your Colorado elopement is one of the most exciting times of your life. With my experience as a Colorado elopement photographer, (I’ve been in this game for over 15 years!) here are five things you just can’t miss for your Colorado elopement. 

Colorado elopement photographer captures bride and groom holding hands during portraits

The Right Shoes

First, and as you probably already know, Colorado’s weather can be unpredictable! Don’t make the mistake of wearing dress shoes from the get-go. A better idea is wearing hiking boots and packing your pretty shoes in a backpack so they’re ready when we reach a good spot. 

P.S. It’s also a good idea to bring jackets, sweaters, and even scarves and gloves in the colder months. If your dress clothes are really unfit for the weather, you can always pack in your ceremony clothes and be prepared for a quick change.

Colorado elopement photographer captures couple walking together after intimate Colorado elopement

A Picnic Blanket

Don’t miss out on bringing a picnic blanket, because it has a surprising variety of uses. First, you can use it as a prop for cozy couple photos by wrapping it around your shoulders. Or, we can throw it on the ground to protect your dress from dirt. Stand on it during your ceremony to create a faux altar. 

Or use it as a huddle blanket to keep you warm in between shots. I’ve even seen a picnic blanket used as a privacy shield to help a bride change into different outfits. This is one essential we always find a need for!

Colorado elopement photographer captures couple hugging during foggy outdoor bridal portraits

Wedding Florals

In a Colorado elopement, some don’t feel it’s necessary to go out of their way to get a bridal bouquet/boutonniere. As an elopement photographer, I wouldn’t skip out on florals. Your bouquet adds that wedding flavor to your elopement, and adds a fun prop to work into the different shots. 

Plus, your bouquet is a great way to show off your style as a couple. Pick an arrangement you like and you won’t regret it. 

Colorado elopement photographer captures couple sitting together during bridal portraits

Man’s Best Friend

If your dog is a part of your family, a Colorado elopement is a great time to bring her along. A conventional wedding venue may bar pets, but out here in the wild, she’ll be right at home. Do remember to bring treats, leashes, and anything else you need to keep your dog comfortable.

An Adventurous Photographer

While you explore out here, don’t make the mistake of getting a timid photographer. You need someone who has guts to go where you go. We work for the right shot! Photographing on mountain summits requires a little effort, but in my opinion, it’s worth whatever it takes! These photos–and these memories—are a special memento of the commitment you’ve made to each other. 

Good luck planning the details of your elopement! Are you still searching for the right Colorado elopement photographer? Reach out!

Colorado elopement photographer captures couple sitting together during outdoor portraits