David and I just got home from an amazing long weekend away in the mountains. It’s been a busy summer and we both needed a little escape. We headed to Beaver Creek and spent some time fly fishing on the river. We also watched a few sunsets, strolled through the village, caught a concert and enjoyed our time away. It’s amazing how a few days in the mountains can slow down the hectic pace of your mind! We came home feeling renewed and refreshed, I’m so thankful for a few days away! It just so happened that Chris and Amanda were eloping just down the road in Vail so we met up with them for an afternoon as they exchanged rings and vows.

The weather had been so unpredictable all weekend! David and I got caught in a hail storm the day before near Vail, so we all anxiously watched the skies and hoped for the best. Clouds came in and out, as they always do – I love how when you’re standing on top of a mountain, you can literally watch them race by. Although it looked ominous, we stayed dry. The rain held right up until the very end of our time together when a few drops of rain fell as we were heading back. I’m so thankful for Chris and Amanda’s laid back approach to the day and for their willingness to trek through shoulder-high wildflowers with me 🙂

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A bride and groom walk to their ceremony site as they elope in Vail

Couples elopes during a self-solemnized ceremony in Vail Colorado

 

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Grand Lake started out as a summer retreat town for miners, hunters and mountain guides and it has managed to hang on to its laid back mountain vibe. Because Grand Lake is a bit of a drive, so it’s typically less crowded than the busy ski resort towns. Grand Lake is one of my favorite places in Colorado to visit so I was excited that Katie and Austin chose to elope here! I love the water, the abundance of moose and wildflowers, the cute pizza shops and the main street, which still retains an old west feel. It makes a great home base when you have family joining you, like Katie and Austin did. Rocky Mountain National Park is just to the east and the hiking/exploring opportunities are endless!

We had some craaazy weather just before the ceremony. It started with a light rain which quickly progressed to thunder, lightning, hail and pouring rain in just a matter of minutes. Thankfully we were able to take shelter for a little bit and wait out the storm. We kept a close eye on the radar and even though it looked like the storm would eventually push to the north of us, we didn’t waste anytime when it came to beginning the ceremony – Katie practically ran down the aisle haha! Thankfully, the rain stayed to the north and we were blessed with some beautiful light and dry skies for the rest of our time together.

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Thinking about eloping in Grand Lake? Feel free to email me and we can chat more about details! Becky@beckyyoungphotography.com. For more information about pricing and my photography services, click here.

I’ve been photographing elopements exclusively since 2013. It all started with a bride and groom who decided that they wanted to ditch all their big wedding plans and the stress that came with it for a simple afternoon elopement in the sunshine instead. From that moment on, my entire business changed. It was a breath of fresh air for me because the wedding industry had been suffocating me and I was looking for a way out. I was tired of the stress, of the couples who cared more about pretty details than investing in their future marriage, cranky venue coordinators, long days and the constant self-promotion that envelops wedding industry professionals. It just wasn’t me.

That fateful afternoon with my bride and groom changed everything. I came home and I was different.  I walked away from the madness of large weddings and I embraced a new and unfamiliar road. A road full of teeny tiny little weddings and people looking to simplify and do things differently than the rest of the crowd. Little did I know, that decision would prove to be so fruitful, so rewarding, so perfect for me.

Every now and then, I have moments where I realize that I’ve fit into a niche of photography that not only suits me perfectly but allows me to work with people who understand what it means to walk away from traditional expectations of our culture and society and embrace a path that is all your own. I love that we share the values of simplicity, wilderness, independence, peaceful living, fresh air and admiring the beauty of Colorado.

Rachel and Parker’s elopement was one of those moments. As I was walking through a beautiful open meadow with them, I thoughts about just how lucky I am to have this job that God has blessed me with. All around me was stillness, serenity and beauty. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Rachel and Parker to escape to the beautiful mountains of Colorado and get married, just the two of them. So that’s exactly what they did. They hopped in the car and headed towards Colorado. I met them on the side of the road and we walked together to a beautiful area that overlooked some of my favorite mountains. The air was cool (almost cold, but not quite!) and the wildflowers were in abundance. We found a great spot for their ceremony and then we spent the rest of our time together exploring around and remarking about how perfect the day was. The skies looked a little stormy, but the rain held off. I loved the lighting and the dramatic clouds, it truly was a perfect evening.

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a self-solemnized elopement in the mountains of colorado

Gosh I love June in the Rocky Mountains! It’s the only place where you can go from 80 degrees in town to standing in a snowfield just a few minutes later! Allison and Nick got to take advantage of all that Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer during their elopement this past week! The started out with their ceremony at 3M Curve and then spent some time exploring in the aspen trees, a gorgeous meadow and then they finished up on Trail Ridge Road with some beautiful pictures in the snow. I’m in love with every backdrop they had!

Allison and Nick are teachers in the Denver area and they knew that eloping after school got out was the right move for them. They wanted to start their summer off by getting married and now they have a chance to spend the whole summer together as newlyweds! Their good friend officiated their ceremony as they exchanged rings and vows with Longs Peak in the background. What an ideal setting for a mountain elopement!

Allison and Nick had the opportunity to work with my associate photographer Danielle. Danielle joined the Becky Young Photography team as an associate photographer recently after working with us for the last 3 years as a 2nd photographer. Andrea and I haven’t been able to keep up with all the awesome elopement requests that we get so adding Danielle to the team was a perfect way for us to continue to work with so many of the awesome clients that come our way! Danielle absolutely blows me away. Her photographic eye for emotion and details is incredible, I love seeing how she views the world! Not only is she creatively talented, but she is a kind soul who is dependable, trustworthy and full of integrity. I’m so lucky to have her on my team!

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Becky@beckyyoungphotography.com

Becky Young Photography is based in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. I specialize in elopements and intimate weddings for couples who love the great outdoors as much as they love each other.
My style is simple, clean and always reflects the natural beauty of Colorado. I travel all over the state of Colorado photographing elopements and intimate weddings. Most of the elopements that I photograph take place in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Some of the locations I travel to include: Crested Butte, Breckenridge, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Aspen, Snowmass, Telluride, Keystone, Ouray and Vail. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about eloping in Colorado or planning an intimate wedding, I would be happy to answer any questions you have!