Loveland Pass has a special place in my heart and I’ve been waiting for just the right couple to take there. My husband and I had our very first date in this magical place 14 years ago (what!? how has it been that long?). We skied at Arapahoe Basin, a wonderful little ski area that is famous for its east wall chutes and double black diamond runs. It is this area which provides one of the most beautiful backdrops in Colorado! Loveland Pass sits at the top of the Continental Divide, just east of Arapahoe Basin. It’s an alpine wonderland with 360 degree views above timberline.

Jessica and Justin lucked out with unseasonably warm weather for February – it was almost 50 degrees on their wedding day! The Rockies have gotten slammed with snowstorm after snowstorm lately so the warm temperatures and sunshine were a welcome sight that we happily embraced. The snow was still several feet thick everywhere we went so we had to be careful not to sink up to our knees or slip and slide down a snowbank haha!

I love how my job allows me to work with people who plan 12+ months out for their wedding day and also people who plan everything in under 30 days. Jessica and Justin fall into the latter category and I was so happy to see everything come together beautifully for them. It was such a joy to witness such an amazing day with two amazing people.

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I have to say, I’m really loving all these beautiful winter weddings that I’ve been photographing lately! I’ve had so many snowy weddings in the in the last two months, I’m starting to think that getting married here in Colorado in the winter is going to become more popular than summer or fall! Winter weddings certainly don’t come without risks and hazards though…like when your parent’s car gets stuck in the snow on the way to the wedding or when the forecast predicts heavy snow and 20mph winds!

Truth be told, I had one of the nerve-wracking moments in my career as a wedding photographer while on my way to Brittney and Patrick’s wedding in Breckenridge. I typically give myself 6+ hours to drive into the mountains in the winter to make sure I’m on time for the wedding. But this time around, it almost wasn’t enough time. The snow was accumulating so quickly that the Colorado State Patrol shut down I-70 while I was on it. I was stuck and there was nothing I could do. So there I was, with precious little time to waste, stuck in a blizzard on I-70 and no way of determining when I would be allowed to continue driving. Minutes turned into hours and I was almost certain that I was going to miss the wedding completely. Just before I started dialing Brittney’s phone number to tell her about my predicament, the Interstate re-opened and I was allowed to continue my trek towards Breck. Phew, sweet relief! Once my nerves settled, I was able to take in all the beautiful emotion and details of Patrick and Brittney’s wonderful winter wedding.

Brittney and I had been in contact for months before the big day. We tossed around ideas of a summer wedding in Aspen to a winter wedding in Breckenridge. Eventually Brittney and Patrick decided that The Lodge at Breckenridge would be the perfect spot. I love that they were able to stay the night, get ready, get married and celebrate with their families at the same place. That is a wonderful benefit of getting married at a place like The Lodge at Breckenridge – everything you need is all in one place! It also helps knowing that there is a warm backup location inside just in case the weather turned. Thankfully we were treated to softly falling snow, warm temperatures (32 degrees!) and beautiful mountain views so the indoor option wasn’t even necessary. I’m so thankful that I was able to be a part of (and on time to!) this beautiful intimate wedding, congrats Brittney and Patrick!

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Happy New Year my friends! What better way to start 2017 than to elope in the winter wonderland that is Colorado right now. We’ve been getting hit with consecutive snowstorms lately and the mountains have had several feet of snow fall just in the last few days. It’s been glorious (well, the driving conditions haven’t been great, but it sure does make for pretty pictures!). I absolutely can’t get enough of winter, especially winter in the mountains surrounding Breckenridge. Goodness, it is so breathtakingly beautiful here! Just 24 hours before we got there, Breckenridge received about 2 feet of soft fluffy powder. The trees were covered in white snow and the entire area had a fresh blanket of smooth white snow. It was absolutely gorgeous!

Billy and Michelle thought eloping in the snow sounded like the perfect way to start the New Year and their marriage, so that’s exactly what they did! There were a few minor bumps in the road along the way, like officiants cancelling last-minute, a little altitude sickness and Michelle possibly needing a tetanus shot after pinning Billy’s boutonniere (ack!). But all in all, they had a fun day in the snowy mountains of Breckenridge. Michelle and Billy are going to spend the rest of their time in Colorado skiing at Breck, which sounds like the perfect honeymoon to me. I was so happy to be a part of their big day, congrats guys! 🙂

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I’m kind of loving all the snowy mountain elopements that I’ve been doing recently! Snow is my favorite thing ever…I love walking in it, snowshoeing, skiing, heck I even love shoveling my driveway! 😉  Rose and Shawn fully embraced the snow during their elopement yesterday.

They drove all the way to Colorado from Texas – what a road trip! I love that they chose to drive to that they could pace their travels, stop when they wanted to, stay wherever they wanted. Plus, we had a massive snow storm over the weekend and Denver International Airport had dozens of cancelled flights, so they got to miss out on all that stress! Shawn and Rose stayed and got ready in a cozy little cabin on the river in Estes Park. After a few photos at their cabin, we headed into the woods for their elopement ceremony. We found the perfect spot, nestled among the pine trees and evergreens. It just so happened to have a perfect view of the mountains beyond the frozen lake, it was so picturesque!

Rose did such a great job styling her outfit, I give her lots of credit for combining style with functionality.If you’re going to elope in the snow, you’ve got to come prepared and Rose absolutely was! I especially loved her fur-trimmed gloves and her shawl. Don’t get me wrong, she was still cold (with the windchill, it was about 10 degrees!) but she didn’t get frostbite and she looked amazing so I considering that a win!

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Thinking of having a snowy elopement in Colorado? I’d love to chat with you about ideas and plans! Feel free to check out my list of Colorado Elopement Locations or look over my colorado elopement pricing. You can also email me directly at Becky@beckyyoungphotography.com if you’d like to talk! 🙂

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