Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Eldorado Canyon, Colorado Elopement Photo Story Award

Boulder, Colorado bride leads a small group of friends up to the top of the continental divide

Eldorado Canyon, Colorado Elopement Photography | The bride to be leads a small group of friends up to the top of the continental divide

The bride to be leads a small group of friends up to the top of the continental divide in the fresh and unexpected snow.

Kim and Seth planned to elope with a close group of friends and family members in the fall, in a place where they'd spent many days climbing together: Eldorado Canyon, near Boulder, Colorado. Even the littlest members of the family were set to hike the nearly four mile trail to the Continental Divide overlook for the short and sweet ceremony. Then the day before the wedding, a very early blizzard blanketed the canyon with snow, turning their fall-color dreams into a winter-wonderland experience. Unfazed, they perservered and continued on with the entire plan. Hiking up with them that morning was like walking in a snow globe, and Kim picked up a beautiful blue cloak to keep warm at the top.

Fueled by a flask, she did her own makeup at the top of the divide, surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The hiking trail made the perfect "aisle" and her niece blew bubbles ahead of her to signify the ceremony was about to start. Their hilarious officiant kept everyone laughing as they gathered to take in some of Colorado's best views and watch these two fun loving people say their vows. The ceremony was short and sweet, but it was cold in the shade, so we all soon headed back down the mountain and stopped along the way for a few portraits. 

Colorado bride changed into her wedding dress and retraced her steps to begin the outdoor ceremony

Eldorado Canyon, Colorado Bride Wedding Image | the bride turned to look at some snow falling off a tree further uphill

After changing into her wedding dress further up the trail, the bride retraced her steps to begin the ceremony. She waited here for a moment for all the guests to get settled, and turned to look at some snow falling off a tree further uphill.

Boulder, Colorado couple's niece blew bio-bubbles instead of throwing flowers

Colorado Adventure Wedding Picture | blowing bio-bubbles instead of throwing flowers

The couple's niece blew bio-bubbles instead of throwing flowers. It was important to the couple that they not have any impact on the natural beauty of the Colorado landscape.

Eldorado Canyon, Boulder, CO Adventure Wedding Ceremony in the Winter Snow

Boulder, Colorado Adventure Wedding Ceremony Photo | the groom laughs at the jokes thrown into the ceremony

The groom laughs at the jokes thrown into the ceremony, which was performed by a friend of the couple.

The CO divide overlook is known for stunning views of Eldorado Canyon

Boulder, CO Winter Elopement Ceremony Image | The divide overlook is known for stunning views of Eldorado Canyon

The divide overlook is known for stunning views of Eldorado Canyon, which made it a perfect spot to elope for this adventure-loving couple.

Eldorado Canyon, Boulder, Colorado bride's mom reads a passage at the ceremony

Boulder, CO Outdoor Elopement Picture | The bride's mom reads a passage

The bride's mom reads a passage during the ceremony.

Eldorado Canyon, Boulder, Colorado Adventure Wedding Elopement in the Winter Mountains

Boulder, CO Outdoor Elopement Wedding Photographer | the newlyweds announced to their watching friends and family

After their first kiss, the newlyweds announced, "Hooray!" to their watching friends and family.

Boulder, Colorado snow kept falling and a shaft of sunlight for a romantic portrait.

CO Adventure Elopement Wedding Photography | snow kept falling all around them, and a shaft of sunlight was too beautiful to pass

As we hiked down the trail together, snow kept falling all around them, and a shaft of sunlight was too beautiful to pass by without a romantic portrait.

Adventure Winter Wedding Hiking Couple in the Snow

CO Adventure Winter Snow Wedding Hike Images |

They fell in love hiking and climbing in Eldorado Canyon, and they got to hike back down hand in hand after their intimate ceremony.