Colorado Lake Elopement

Like so many, Megan and Jason’s Spring 2020 elopement was postponed due to the pandemic. We originally had an adventurous Hawaii elopement planned, packed with a beach sunrise, kayaking, and hiking. We attempted to reschedule but with no let up of Covid-19 cases, it was time to go back to the drawing board and replan their wedding. Megan and Jason knew they wanted epic, outdoor scenery so, together, we landed on the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado. Although it was pretty different from the original plan, this location did not disappoint!

Megan and Jason had their first look alongside a glassy lake reflecting the pink and red hues of the morning light. The Red Mountains reflected on the still surface of the water and brought a peaceful yet epic feel to the moment. Once daylight fully broke, we set off down a 4×4 road for some off-roading fun in my Jeep. There, at an alpine lake, Megan and Jason said their heartfelt and humorous vows in a private, self-uniting ceremony by the water’s side. After signing their marriage license, they celebrated with some champagne and explored more of the gorgeous terrain.

We then drove to a hidden waterfall where Megan and Jason braved the icy water for some dancing and exploring. Thunderstorms cut our afternoon a little short, but the two were still able to have a peaceful picnic on a ridge with beautiful views. We drove down the mountain to the nearby town of Ouray where Megan and Jason changed out of their wet wedding attire and celebrate with an intimate dinner together to end the day.

With some extra planning and a bit of patience, we were still able to achieve the adventurous and fun elopement experience Megan and Jason dreamed of. The San Juan Mountains in Colorado always deliver the best scenery and an amazing elopement experience!

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