Becky Young Blog | Colorado Elopement Photographer
Becky Young is a professional photographer specializing in elopements and intimate weddings throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. She focuses on the natural beauty of Colorado for each couple who chooses to elope in Colorado.
Buena Vista is one of my very favorite places in Colorado. It is full of cute little shops and restaurants, it sits right on the Arkansas River and it serves as the perfect base camp for exploring the surrounding mountains. We don’t have a chance to photograph elopements and weddings in Buena Vista nearly as much as I would like! To get married here requires a willingness to drive just a little bit further into the mountains and to embrace a small-town vibe with fewer amenities than places like Breckenridge or Boulder, but it is totally worth it in my opinion!
Curt and Erin chose to have their intimate wedding at the Surf Chateau which is a boutique hotel in downtown Buena Vista. It sits on the banks of the river, surrounded by lush trees, water and mountains – such a perfect backdrop for a destination wedding! I love that your guests can all stay at the hotel, that way everything is in one convenient spot and there are a lot fewer logistics to juggle! The Surf Chateau also provides a stunning backdrop for wedding ceremonies and an intimate atmosphere for reception dinners. I absolutely love the courtyard where Erin and Curt’s wedding reception was – such an intimate space!
Andrea spent the day with Erin, Curt and their friends and family so that she could document their beautiful wedding. They were so lucky to have amazing weather and lighting for photos! The grounds of the Chateau are perfect for wandering, exploring and taking photos. I’m so glad Erin and Curt were able to have so many different backgrounds for their photos and I’m so grateful for wonderfully kind clients like these two. Congratulations guys!
I love how each of our couples makes their wedding day unique to their own vision – and that was no different for Katherine and Chris! They wanted to do an intimate family-oriented wedding ceremony, followed by private vows in a separate location. The original plan was to have the family ceremony at the gazebo on the Boettcher Mansion property on Lookout Mountain in Denver and then follow that up with their private vows at a lake up in the mountains.
The weather, however, had different plans! A storm was moving into Colorado (that dropped 9 inches of snow on April 29th!) and the weather was changing drastically. Winds began gusting over 40mph and cold temperatures quickly followed. Thankfully, the lovely folks at the Boettcher Mansion offered to relocate their ceremony inside – what a relief! Katherine and Chris also opted to change their second location for their personal vows to a spot that was lower in elevation (and much warmer!) than the mountain lake they were originally planning on.
One thing I love about our couples is that they are always up for last-minute changes – flexibility is so important when it comes to our wild weather! Katherine and Chris’ flexibility was key in the success of their day! They could have clung tightly to their original plan and been miserable in the cold wind, but instead, they chose a wonderful (and warmer!) plan B that turnout out perfectly. Andrea had a wonderful day hanging out with them and their families, strolling through the beautiful springtime countryside just outside of Denver and taking photos of this momentous day. Congrats Katherine and Chris!
I love The Lodge at Breckenridge, it is the perfect spot for an intimate wedding, especially if you’re getting married in the winter (yes, April is still winter in the Rockies!) because you have an indoor backup location if needed. Plus, Breckenridge is an awesome place for friends and family to spend a long weekend together – so much to see and do! Jake and Elizabeth totally could have taken advantage of the indoor-ceremony option since it snowed on their wedding day, but the softly falling snow and beautiful mountain views were too good to resist!
I love that they chose to make their day all about their families and their love. It was truly an expression of who they are and how they want to begin their lives together. They had a beautiful ceremony on the deck of The Lodge at Breckenridge which looks over the Ten Mile Range and the Breckenridge Ski Resort. I don’t think they could have asked for a better backdrop!
After their ceremony, everyone headed back to the private cabin they rented to celebrate with dinner and cake. It was the most perfect and intimate way to celebrate their wedding day and Andrea was so delighted to be a part of it! Congrats Elizabeth and Jake!
What’s better than stealing away to the Rocky Mountains for a snow mountain elopement? How about bringing your closest family and friends with you and ending the evening with a private dinner and some yummy cake? Hard to beat that, my friends.
Kayla and Andrew decided that Rocky Mountain National Park would be the perfect spot for the winter wedding they had envisioned. Their ceremony was at Sprague Lake, which is perfect for winter weddings because the trail around the lake is always walkable in the winter and views are amazing with the snow-covered peaks in the background. After their ceremony, they headed to Bear Lake with Andrea for some bride and groom photos.
It started softly snowing while they were up at Bear Lake (I LOVE snowy pictures in the winter!) which was just the icing on the cake. Speaking of cake, can we talk about their adorable wedding cake? The Estes Park Pie Shop did an awesome job! It was the perfect addition to their private dinner held in Estes Park after the ceremony. All in all, it was an awesome day!
Have I mentioned how much I dislike this most recent government shutdown? It’s crazy how to me how high-level governmental problems can have so many ripple effects, all the way down to people’s livelihoods and wedding days.
Aaron and Taylor were caught in the government shutdown crosshairs. Their wedding day fell squarely within the timeframe of the shutdown, which meant giving up their dream location of getting married at Sprague Lake Rocky Mountain National Park. Amazingly, just a few days before their wedding day, some “special” funds helped open RMNP even though the government was still shut down. I’m still not entirely sure how it all went down, but all that mattered was that RMNP was officially open and Taylor and Aaron were going to get married at Sprague Lake!
Or, so we thought.
The government shutdown meant none of the roads in RMNP had been plowed for weeks despite an ever-growing accumulation of snow. When the Park reopened, they did their very best to get everything plowed but unfortunately, the roads were still very icy and sadly someone drove their car off the side of Bear Lake Road. The road had been closed for a tow truck/recovery operation and no one could get through to Sprague Lake, including Taylor and Aaron. After all that!
Thankfully, Taylor and Aaron are pretty easy going people and they were more than happy to head over to 3M Curve with Andrea and have their ceremony at the snow-covered overlook. These two definitely earned the Most Perseverance Award but I firmly believe everything happens for a reason and I know that their time at 3M Curve was everything they could have asked for. I think Taylor said it best to me when she wrote in an email to me, “Despite the shutdown, a winter storm, and the road being shut down… our day was exactly as we had hoped it would be (full of snow, mountains, and laughter) and we have both of you to thank for that.” All’s well that ends well and their wedding day turned out better than any of us could have imagined.
Hey, there friends! I took a little break from blogging over the holidays (although we definitely continued to photograph lots of lovely elopements in December and January!) but I’m back and ready to share some new photos with you from some of our recent weddings. First up is Gabe and Hollis and their warm, sunny elopement ceremony at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Yay!
We have been so lucky to have a mild January in the lower elevations of Colorado! We’ve had days, like Gabe and Hollis’ wedding day, where it felt downright warm which is amazing! One of the best things about choosing an elopement location at a lower elevation, like Garden of the Gods, is that you really don’t have to stress weather-related problems. If it snows, at least you’re not on a steep hillside in the middle of a blizzard and your hotel is usually close by. Getting married in the mountains in the winter is definitely a risk so if you want a mountain backdrop without the stress of actually being in the mountains in the winter, sticking to areas like Colorado Springs, Denver and Boulder are great options!
Gabe and Hollis had a beautiful ceremony in Colorado Springs and afterwards, they went exploring through Garden of the Gods with Andrea. They were even able to do some photos at one of the busiest places in the park that never seems to have any parking spots so yay for January being a little less crowded! We had such a great time working with these two, congrats Hollis and Gabe!
I really love it when our clients have a vision for their wedding day. When a bride is able to articulate what she would like to see in the background of her photos, it is so helpful for me! There are literally hundreds of locations in Colorado to get married at so when I’m able to narrow things down a bit based on my client’s vision, we’re almost guaranteed to find a great spot for their elopement ceremony. Kim had a really clear vision for her and Jose’s wedding day. She knew exactly what she was after and that made it really easy to recommend the perfect spot for them. Sapphire Point definitely checked all the boxes for Kim and Jose so we decided it would be a great option for them.
Their wedding day was what we refer to as “bluebird” here in Colorado. That’s when you have perfectly blue skies right after a fresh snowfall. It had been snowing a lot in the mountains right before Kim and Jose’s wedding so they had the best of both worlds – sunny skies and pure white snow. Lovely! They were married at the overlook that stands above Lake Dillon and then they ran around in the snow with Andrea for the afternoon to capture some of the warm sunlight in their photos. Congrats Kim and Jose!