Hiking Elopement in Breckenridge, CO {Caleb + Kayla}

There is something really magical about being in the mountains just before sunrise, it’s one of my favorite things. The stars are still out while you’re driving the winding mountain roads. You step out of the car and you can see your breath in the cold air. The pine trees begin to silhouette against the sky as it gets lighter to the east and you can just barely begin to familiarize yourself with the beauty that surrounds you. I love it because you never really know what you’re going to get once the light breaks. Will it turn into a clear morning with lots of sunshine? Moody clouds and low hanging fog? Filtered sun through the forest? It’s always a surprise, and it was a beautiful surprise on Caleb and Kayla’s wedding day just outside of Breckenridge!

We met while it was still dark out and began our hike up to their ceremony location. I loved the glow of flashlights on the ground as we quietly made our way up through the woods and into an alpine clearing above timberline. Hiking adds a wonderful element to your wedding day because it gets you further into nature and further away from the distractions of the world. The longer you hike, the better the views too!

Caleb and Kayla’s closest friends and family (and their 3 sweet pups!) joined them for the trek up the mountain. We were all amazed at the views, the incredible cloud formation and the freeeezing cold temps! Like I said, you never know what you’re going to get with a sunrise wedding! In Kayla and Caleb’s case, it was a magical combination of fog, rolling clouds, misty sun, happy dogs chasing chipmunks, laughter and celebration. It was a joy for me to join them.

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Vail Mountain Elopement {Paul + Susan}

Sometimes we just have those nights in Colorado. Those summer nights with distant thunderstorms and pink sunsets, where the breeze blows softly and all is quiet and still. They don’t happen every night tor even every week, but when they do happen and a wedding is taking place at the same time, the result is just breathtaking. Susan and Paul had the fortune of their elopement ceremony happening on one of those nights. It was one of those evenings where the pictures don’t even do the beauty justice. Only the human eye can truly capture the range of light and gradient of colors in the sunset. The interesting thing about nights like these is that they usually happen during or immediately after thunderstorms so you have to be willing to gamble with the crazy weather and hope that it all works out for the best. In Paul and Susan’s case, it most certainly did!

Andrea did an absolutely wonderful job photographing Susan, Paul and their family-only elopement. Paul’s two children joined them along with Phil who officiated the ceremony. Vail is one of the premier spots in Colorado for top-of-the-mountain views and Susan and Paul took advantage of it! What a wonderful backdrop for a beautiful wedding ceremony! I love how the lighting and the colors changed as the minutes went by. Each moment looks completely different, I love that! Congrats Susan and Paul!

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Ouray, Colorado Elopement {Scott + Megan}

Colorado is full of locations that are pretty far away from where I live. It’s not unusual for David and I to drive 6-8 hours to reach an elopement location deep in the wilderness. Usually for these weddings, we’ll take a few days (or a whole week!) to explore and hike in the area before the wedding. Ouray is one of my very favorite places in Colorado so when Scott and Megan said they were planning an intimate elopement there, David and I immediately blocked off a full week on our calendars so that we could have some time to explore!

We headed down to the area a few days before the wedding and set up camp along a beautiful river. We spent the majority of our time 4x4ing, exploring old mining sites, admiring the wildflowers, avoiding the monsoon rainstorms and hiking. Mount Sneffels, one of Colorado’s most iconic 14ers was in the area so we decided to climb it since we were so close. Sneffels was the tenth 14er I’ve climbed and David’s 35th summit! We made sure to do plenty of relaxing too, especially before the wedding so that I was fully charged to spend the day with Scott and Megan. We definitely made the most of our time in Ouray!

Scott and Megan also camped before their wedding day, I love that! A couple that can camp together for a week before their wedding is destined to stay together forever 😉 They invited their closest friends and family to join them in Ouray and witness their vows. Their wedding site was in a very remote area so they rented Jeeps to carry their guests up the mountain. Scott and Megan hopped in our 4Runner and we lead the way to a beautiful wildflower field which made the perfect backdrop for their wedding. The crazy weather held off until just after the ceremony when the skies opened up and dumped hail on us haha! Everyone was a great sport about it and managed to stay somewhat dry.

We spent the afternoon together exploring some of the remote beauty that Ouray has to offer. We went to waterfalls, more wildflower fields and areas overlooking the San Juan mountains. After a few photos, we drove over to Telluride and headed to a beautiful cabin where they had dinner and dessert for everyone. It was a great way for all involved to celebrate and enjoy spending time together. What a wonderful day!

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Sunrise Mountain Elopement {Drew + Bryanna}

It takes some braves souls who are willing to elope at sunrise in Colorado, especially on top of a mountain! The temperatures dip pretty low in the mountains overnight and it takes a while for things to warm up so these sunrise elopements can get a bit chilly! Bry and Drew knew that a morning ceremony was ideal for them to take advantage of all their time in Colorado. Why spend all day getting ready for your wedding when you can get up early, have a cup of coffee (or two) and start your day as husband and wife?

Danielle joined Bry and Drew for early morning ceremony. She definitely made the most of the gorgeous morning light! There was some beautiful cloud cover which allowed for some beautiful variations in the lighting – love that! Danielle trekked up to a beautiful alpine overlook with Bry, Drew and their officiant Phil (my favorite, we love Phil!) for their intimate ceremony while the rest of the world was still sleeping away. They explored the trails, soaked in the views and watched the sun warm up the alpine slopes. What a beautiful day! Congrats Bry and Drew!

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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!