For some seriously drool-worthy pics and an epic sunset – check out this Rocky Mountain National Park elopement inspiration session! Jamauri & Makencee cheers to their love and this amazing place.
If you’ve considered eloping to the mountains, you’ve got to consider Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado!
RMNP is a wonderful elopement destination for a few reasons. There are 11 different ceremony locations to choose from in the park, all with different surroundings and views! You can get married in front of a lake, in a meadow, or overlooking snowy mountain peaks.
Normally, the number of guests you can have at each location varieds. But due to coronavirus, there’s a limit of 10 people in the entire ceremony group for every ceremony location (including bride, groom, and vendors!).
The permit is really affordable at only $250. A fraction of what you’d pay for a traditional venue! They allow up to 6 ceremonies a day and there are other site-specific details to consider before choosing the location you want to reserve.
But don’t worry about the little details. I’ll share all the information you need to pick your perfect location if you choose to work with me!
RMNP is ALL BOOKED UP through Oct 2020, so if you want to get married in the winter or 2021, reach out and I’ll help you book your dream ceremony spot!
While you must get married at one of the 11 ceremony locations, you can head anywhere (on trail!) in the park to have a little adventure and take epic photographs.
Trail Ridge Road is an iconic Colorado backdrop. It’s only open in the summer and fall because of the heavy, alpine snow that drowns the high mountains in winter.
This is the highest continuous paved highway in the US, reaching over 12,000 feet. It’s seriously steep! Be prepared with warm jackets and rain layers, even in the summer. It rained hard on us this day!
We actually intersected with a storm, we went toward it and emerged around this trail. We thankfully had enough time to finish lunch in the beautiful Hidden Valley before the storm rolled in. You can check those photos out here.
Note: The weather and conditions up here can be tough. And the flora up here – alpine tundra, is extremely fragile. It kind of looks like sad grass or moss in black soil. It’s really important to stick to trails and durable surfaces, like dirt trails and big rocks.
How do you take photos when you have only a trail? It does take a bit of creativity and We found a low traffic trail and took photos at a small viewpoint on the trail, hopping onto clusters of boulders (avoiding the alpine tundra!) for some variety. I embrace the challenge as a photographer to create a lot of variety and beautiful photos for my couples no matter the setting.
Makencee & Jamauri looked incredible against a backdrop of snowy mountain caps. We saw a marmot, which is always a pleasure. I love those round little mountain beavers lol.
If you’re eloping in the summer at Rocky Mountain National Park, coming up to Trail Ridge Road at sunset is a must! I will help you craft the perfect timeline for a gorgeous ceremony followed by epic high mountain stroll.
And if you want those high mountain location vibes in winter, when Trail Ridge Road is closed, let’s talk! I have some great winter mountain alternatives for you.
What to expect hiring me as your Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photographer:
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