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Flagstaff Mountain, Lost Gulch, Sunrise Amphitheater - Boulder, Colorado Adventure Elopement Photo Story Award

Sunrise Amphitheater Wedding Photo from a simple elopement on a rocky mountain with a view

Sunrise Amphitheater Wedding image of a couple having a simple mountain adventure elopement

Only the couple's parents and siblings were in attendance.

Total dreamboats Tara and Billy planned a simple elopement on Flagstaff mountain that reflected their easygoing attitude. While getting to know their vision for the day, Tara said she wanted to “just bop up and get married.” Something she definitely achieved, with some incredible mountain view portraits to boot!

First, the stylish pair shared a sweet first look – at the mountains and each other – at Lost Gulch. This is a favorite spot of mine for west-facing views. After their jaw-dropping mountain portraits, we headed back down Flagstaff mountain. Tara and Billy rented out the Sunrise Amphitheater, but at sunset. The view over the city of Boulder is unmatched. Mostly they loved the laid-back nature of the place. There was ample room for their immediate families to sit on the stone seating. Billy’s sister kindly officiated their ceremony, beckoning them to begin, and included the signing of their marriage license during the ceremony! 

Billy, certainly not one to stray from style, wore a well-tailored royal blue suit with a lavender tie and OCTOPUS SOCKS. Tara’s gown was an elegant sheath with fun half sleeves and beautiful beaded detail all over.  Tara did all her own flowers for her elopement. So her classic white and greenery bouquet with succulents and two floral anchors at the ceremony was as personal as could be. 

Because we weren’t under a strict schedule, there was time to mingle, greet and chat with all their loved ones present. It was so easy for me to grab candids of their parents and siblings because everyone was grinning ear to ear! I know these will be some of their most treasured images for years to come. Then a little romance alone on the edge of the mountain. This lookout catches the very edge of the Flatirons formation that Boulder is known for. And with a little sunset color in the sky, it was ever so romantic.

Lost Gulch Overlook Wedding Photography of groom gasping at first look of his bride in gown

Lost Gulch Overlook Wedding Photography | The groom gasps as he sees his bride

Billy gasps as he sees his bride-to-be for the first time.

Boulder, Colorado Wedding and Elopement detail image of couple signing marriage certificate papers

Sunrise Amphitheater Wedding Ceremony Pic - Flagstaff Mountain | The bride instructs her husband on where to sign their marriage license

Tara instructs her husband on where to sign their marriage license to make it official!

Adventure wedding image from a Sunrise Amphitheater elopement at Flagstaff Mountain of child running after ceremony

Wedding Image from Sunrise Amphitheater - Flagstaff Mountain | A child races around the space after the ceremony

Their nephew races around the space after the ceremony while the couple play Red Light/Green Light with him.

Colorado Mountain Wedding Portrait by a Boulder Photographer as light of sunset spreads across the sky

Colorado Mountain Wedding Portrait by a Boulder Photographer | The light of sunset spreads across the sky

The last light of sunset spreads across the sky as Tara and Billy shared a moment alone.