Plan Your Simple and Easy Colorado Elopement

There are a few ways to plan a Colorado elopement. You can go for an easy, simple elopement, an adventure elopement hiking up high into the mountains or go for more of a “micro-wedding.” This post is more for the simple elopement planners–you’ve found your forever person and you want to plan something simple, but memorable and wonderful.

If you are planning your elopement, CONGRATULATIONS! How exciting! I am a professional wedding photographer in Colorado and have some helpful tips for you.

Colorado is an amazing place to elope for the incredible scenery, but also because the state makes it very easy. You do not need an officiant, you can marry yourselves (self-solemnize)! And you do not need a witness, but your dog can be your witness, if you want.

Marriage licenses can be obtained and used in any county in Colorado. Here are some tips for getting your marriage license and licenses information for El Paso County (Colorado Springs), Jefferson County (Mount Falcon), and Larimer County (Estes Park).

Some things to consider when planning: location, permits, marriage license, vows, what to incorporate into the day (a bouquet, an intimate first dance, popping champagne, etc.), and traveling to Colorado, if you are out-of-state.

Where is the best place to elope in Colorado?

There are many! The places I have listed are some of the easiest to get to and simplest to plan.

One of my favorite places to recommend is Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. The incredible rock formations and mountain views are breathtakingly beautiful, there are many great spots throughout the park that are easy to access by car and the park is completely free, you do even need a permit. The only downside is that it can get very crowded–plan for a weekday or go at sunrise.

Another one of my favorite locations is Mount Falcon, in the foothills, just outside of Denver. It can also get crowded on weekends, but has a secluded feel with forests and trails and mountain views. A Jefferson County permit is needed for professional photography, but it is inexpensive and easy for a photographer to get online. The fee is only $25 (as of March 2024) and you can get it the day of your elopement.

Estes Park is also a popular choice for an elopement because it can include Rocky Mountain National Park – one of the most beautiful national parks in the country. RMNP is gorgeous, but planning can be challenging as there are limited permits. Instead, enjoy the park together, but plan your elopement in Estes.

Other easily accessible locations you might like to consider are: Boulder, Lookout Mountain, and Evergreen Lake.

What should I do for my elopement?

All you really need are vows and usually rings, but you can add some other elements into your day to make it even more special. A vow book is a nice momento and photographs much more nicely than holding your phone. I always recommend a bouquet to any bride, because it adds color into your photos. You can plan a picnic, toast or mini cake cutting after the ceremony. Note that some locations do not allow alcohol and all parks require leave no trace practices to protect the land and wildlife. You can also plan a first dance, simply by playing a song on your phone or singing or humming together.

How can I plan my elopement from out-of-state?

It is easy! But if you are traveling from out-of-state there are some tips to keep in mind. First of all, altitude sickness is real. Drink lots of water a couple days before you arrive and while you are here. Most commonly, people experience headaches.
Also, keep in mind that the air is very dry and we are closer to the sun. I recommend packing chapstick, lotion, sun screen and a water bottle.
Finally, don’t forget valid identification for your marriage license.

If you need a recommendation for hair and makeup, a florist, a baker, a restaurant or accommodations, please ask! I’m happy to offer recommendations.

I would love to help you with beautiful photography! Contact me today.

See more photos from Mount Falcon and Garden of the Gods.












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