The frozen Bear Lake, high in the rocky mountains, was completely surrounded in thick fog. The unique views made us excited rather than bummed that we couldn't see mountain peaks. Rae's kids were their only witnesses.
Rae and Erik waited until they arrived at Bear Lake to see each other in their wedding finery. While we were hoping for mountain views in Rocky Mountain National Park, instead the frozen lake was layered with the most beautiful fog. The unique landscape might have put off some folks – but not these two. They embraced the crazy weather and set out to have the absolute BEST time marrying each other. Perhaps the most memorable part of the day closely followed: we walked across the frozen lake together to get to the other side. In the center, the dense fog completely closed in on us and we were surrounded in sparkling cotton.
On the far shore, they began their emotional elopement ceremony. Erik and Rae spoke from the heart, made nerdy references, and self-solemnized their marriage. As they embraced for their first kiss, Rae’s kids were so moved with emotion that they hugged too! Spontaneously, they each told Erik what his committed presence in their life meant to them. Rae teared up at their thoughtful words. Rae wore a silver gown with long flowy sleeves and a white hooded cloak. It’s a good thing she didn’t wear all white, because she would have become a floating head in all the fog!! Instead, she was ice queen GOALS. Rae's two kids were their only guests, and they had a no-holds-barred snowball fight as night fell and they gathered together with lanterns.
Estes Park Winter Wedding pic from Rocky Mountain National Park Pictures as groom gets to see his bride
Erik gets to see his bride, Rae, dressed all in white for the first time.
Bear Lake Wedding Shoot at Rocky Mountain National showing bride and groom walking across the fog on a snowy lake
The bride and groom walk across the fogged-in snowy lake to find a spot on the shoreline that they would choose to be their ceremony place.
Rae rests her hand on Erik's arm to comfort him as he shares his heartfelt vows and slides the wedding ring on her finger.
Rae's kids were so moved by the ceremony that they embraced as the couple shared their first kiss.
The bride's children told their step dad what his presence in their lives had meant to them, and their sweet words had Rae tearing up.
Rae and Erik's wedding rings and a photo of the map of their location, the national park, in a double exposure.
Rae's kids attack the couple with snowballs. Rae uses her cloak to shelter herself and her new husband.
Estes Park Wedding Photographer created this portrait of the couple silhouetted against the foggy lake
A portrait of the couple silhouetted against the foggy lake as twilight surrounded them and their kids.