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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There is just something so peaceful and magical about wintertime in Colorado. There is something equally magical about having your elopement ceremony in the winter. It’s quiet, peaceful and still as layers of snow build and build. Everything is so pristine and white. The forest is just a little quieter. The snow falls softly. Winter truly is my favorite time of year! Rocky Mountain National Park tends to be less crowded December through April. Nature seems to breathe a collective sigh of relief as people opt to stay home in their warm houses.

Only a few hardy souls (like Miranda and Ryan!) are brave enough to venture out and elope in the snow and cold temperatures. My winter elopement clients all seem to have a little something extra about them that I just adore. They are a little less fearful, a little more adventurous, and they are always willing to embrace whatever the weather might have in store for them….including snow storms 🙂

Miranda and Ryan eloped in the middle of a beautiful winter snow storm in Rocky Mountain National Park. They walked out onto a frozen lake as snowflakes swirled around and they committed the rest of their lives to each other with an exchange of vows and rings. They did such a great job at braving the cold, I was so impressed with how tough they were! We spent our time laughing, admiring the snow and relishing the fact that it seemed we had all of Rocky Mountain National Park to ourselves. Congratulations Miranda and Ryan!

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Are you thinking of having a winter elopement? Feel free click the links for more information about pricing and elopement locations. You can always email me directly as well if you’d like to chat through ideas about having a winter elopement in Colorado! Becky@beckyyoungphotography.com

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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!