How to Plan Your Colorado Elopement



Choose a date and a general area of where you want to elope in Colorado and then start dreaming up your big day. What kind of scenery are you going for? Do you want guests? What kind of smells and sounds are you going for at sunrise? What kind of activities do you want to include? Do you want to hike or go off-roading?

It’s important to not box yourselves into the thoughts of what your day should look like. There are NO RULES! Throw out your craziest and funniest ideas and see what sticks. Eloping in Colorado is supposed to be your big adventure, so make it epic!

PRO TIP: Thoroughly explore the elopement locations in my Best Places to Elope in Colorado blog!

Bride and Groom in the Mountains of Colorado


This is the person that is going to be guiding and capturing your Colorado elopement. I recommend teaming up with someone that has helped others elope in Colorado. This person should be able to provide a great vendor list and be familiar with the different areas so they can give you a good idea of the best places to elope in Colorado.

It’s also super important to find someone that you can trust, knowing that this person will help relieve the stress that goes into everything. Your Colorado elopement photographer should be the person that helps you plan, coordinate and photograph your big day! Like some elopement Ninjas!

Bride and Groom Picnic Breckenridge Colorado Elopement


All good relationships start with good communication, and for me, that starts the minute you get in touch with me to talk about your elopement. Building a real connection with my couples is a big part of what I do—we’re going to be adventuring together, after all!

I get to know all my couples with a questionnaire and send over a customized elopement location list and timelines based on their answers. Finding a rad spot is super important and should be unique to you! So I want to hear about your story as a couple and your vision for eloping in Colorado.

Bride and Groom Sunrise San Juan Mountain Colorado Elopement


After you guys settle on your elopement location, you can start to book your travel, lodging and choose your vendors. Don’t put this off because eloping in Colorado is popular, and things book quickly!

PRO TIPS: I would highly recommend coming to Colorado a few days before your elopement, so you can acclimate to the altitude and chill out a bit before the big day. It also gives you a little time to wrap up those last-minute details without being rushed.

As for the lodging location, think outside the box. Colorado has a ton of awesome places you can stay, including cabins tucked into the woods, epic A-frame homes, or if you want to really go balls out, then we’ve got some killer mansions you can rent for everyone to stay at with unbelievable mountain views.

Bride and Groom Hugging at Elopement in Colorado


It’s time to put your vision together and work with your photographer on putting together a timeline for your Colorado elopement. Are you doing a first look? Are you doing getting ready photos? Are you hiking at sunrise or sunset? Are you sharing vows? These are some of the details that you should consider when putting together a timeline.

The most important thing is that your day is everything you want it to be. I work with couples to make sure that the timeline includes everything you want to experience on your Colorado elopement. This is an unforgettable experience about YOU and I want your day to match that.

Bride and Groom Dancing Elopement in Colorado


Remember to make it official before eloping in Colorado. Making appointments online beforehand is always the suggested route and check in with your planner about any new laws. I also suggest looking at courthouses in close proximity to your elopement location to cut down on travel time. When all of this is taken care of, you’re ready to elope in Colorado!

Bride and Groom Marriage License Colorado Elopement


This is it, and we’re going to make the absolute best of it. What you can expect on your Colorado elopement; hiking, laughing, singing (yep, I do it!), and taking in the landscape of one of the prettiest places on the planet! I really do have the most incredible job, being able to capture this day that you’ve made your own.

After you say your vows in this little piece of paradise, the cork will pop, and the champagne will spray, and you’ll fall into each other’s arms. YOU did it! You eloped in Colorado, and I’ll take photos of the most EPIC day ever. 

There’s really nothing like saying your vows in nature’s heaven. Eloping in Colorado is the perfect beginning of your adventure as a married couple. 

Bride and Groom Kissing Breckenridge Colorado Elopement


My name is Sean, and I can’t wait to help you elope in Colorado! I’m a Colorado-based free spirit who has dedicated my life to exploring this wild world and connecting to the people in it.

I know firsthand what an important and personal decision this is—my wife and I eloped to Northern Ireland. You’re trusting me to capture this amazing day, and I make it my responsibility to make sure you have an incredible experience from start to finish.

My passion has led me here, where I can follow my heart and share my love for the outdoors with others on their wedding day. It’s truly an awesome experience, and I’m stoked every time I get to document your day.

When I’m not photographing couples, I love to go exploring with my wife and our corgi.

Sound like the perfect match? Reach out if you’re ready to elope in Colorado!

Last Updated on April 21, 2022 by vowsandpeaks