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.
Kelsey and Dalon’s elopement near Leadville was my final wedding to close out our 2017 wedding season – what a beautiful way to end out the year! Leadville is near and dear to their hearts, they frequently come here in the summer to go camping! They thought it would be the perfect place to get married during their self-solemnized elopement ceremony. I couldn’t agree more, it was the perfect spot for a quiet wedding in the woods.
We started out taking advantage of the beautiful winter sunshine sitting low in the sky as we explored a frozen lakeshore. We were blessed with gorgeous lighting and cursed by a strong western wind that came flying off the mountain tops. I was layered up in Patagonia down jackets and I was still freezing, Kelsey was such a trooper in her dress! After exploring the lake area, we headed to their ceremony spot up the road. We were all thankful for a little time back in our warm cars and away from the wind.
As is true in Colorado, things tend to look a little different in the winter when everything is under a few feet of snow! We couldn’t access their exact camping spot, but we came pretty close! We found a long winding road through the forest that lead us to a beautiful snowy riverside. We thought it would be the perfect backdrop to their winter elopement! I kind of love it when I find spontaneous locations that I wasn’t even planning on! Kelsey and Dalon were thrilled with finding such a peaceful location in the forest, it was exactly what they wanted. We finished up just as the sun was setting and just before our hands all froze in the 18 degree temperatures outside haha!
Elizabeth and Matt had a beautiful (albeit windy, snowy and COLD!) elopement at a private home in Estes Park this fall. Estes Park is interesting in that it sits right outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, but the town itself doesn’t have a lot of public land or National Forest land suitable for weddings. Consequently, if you want to get married in Estes, you need to either find a venue or a private cabin/home with land that you can use. There are parks in Estes but they’re not particularly scenic and they’re pretty crowded so it’s hard to find privacy. Elizabeth and Matt went with the private home/cabin route and I think it was an outstanding decision!
They had a very unique location with a path leading to a gorgeous rock outcropping that lead to beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Matt and Elizabeth invited those closest to them to share in their day. I’m so proud of how everyone braved the frigid temps and blowing snow! There is truly never a dull moment in Colorado’s weather haha! Since this was private property, they had the location all to themselves without any tourists wandering by which is such a treat! Andrea had a wonderful time working with them and documenting their special day!