I'm a traveling wedding and elopement photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. I capture real moments with bright, bold, natural images. My goal is to make your wedding day the best it can be and ensure that you have a meaningful, memorable, FUN wedding day that is the start of a lifelong adventure.
Are you considering eloping in Colorado? There is an incredible variety of locations to elope in Colorado. There are epic mountains, red rock formations, alpine lakes, canyons, overlooks, sand dunes, and so much more. This guide will help you pick a location for your Colorado elopement. Even if you’re not eloping and just want photos in Colorado, this guide will be helpful for you too!
If I’m your photographer, I’ll work with you to pick a location that is perfect for you. I put together personalized location lists for each of my couples with specific spots you won’t find on this list. I’ll also help you with permits, timelines, planning, and logistics.
Here are some locations to inspire you and get you started in your planning process!
Boulder, Colorado is a beautiful city located about 40 minutes from Denver at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It’s a fun and vibrant place that mixes mountain views with a city feel. Boulder is named one of the best places to live in the U.S. and is known for amazing views of the Flatirons and unparalleled access to outdoor recreation.
Boulder has a variety of locations for elopements. You can elope on a trail or overlook in one of the open space & mountain parks, or you can reserve a pavilion or shelter area.
Located about an hour from Boulder, this area offers epic mountain views and a variety of location options.
Nearby towns in this area for accommodations, shops, and restaurants:
Rocky Mountain is one of the most popular places in Colorado, but for good reason! The park is amazing and had so many epic locations within the rockies. Especially in the summer months, I highly recommend picking a weekday instead of a weekend. The park gets extremely crowded and you will have a must better experience on a weekday.
Permits are a little complicated for the park, but don’t let that discourage you! If you want to get married in the park, there are only specific locations where you can have a ceremony and a limited number of wedding permits are issued each year. Wedding and elopement permits become available on a first-come first-served basis one year in advance.
If you do not want the ceremony in the park, you have the option to just take photos in the park. The park does not limit the number of individual session permits, and you have more freedom for locations as well.
In addition to these special use permits, you will also need to pay park entrance and reserve timed entry tickets for any guests.
Nearby Towns in this area for accommodations, shops, and restaurants:
Breckenridge and Vail are around the same area-the mountains ski resort region near Denver. Both Breckenridge and Vail are both only about 1.5-2 hours from Denver, making them both accessible from the city. These ski towns all have cool mountain town vibes with restaurants, shops, and accommodations that are open year-round. This area is great for winter ski elopements, but it’s also a great spot in the summer.
Good locations in this area include:
Nearby towns in this area:
Denver is one of the largest cities in Colorado, and is home to Denver International Airport. The city itself is big, but there are several locations within a short distance from the city!
Here are a few locations that are less than an hour from Denver:
Colorado Springs is a pretty major city in Colorado, and is located about 1.5 hours south of Denver. It’s known for being close to Pike’s Peak and Garden of the Gods. There are lots of shops, restaurants, and accommodations in town.
Locations in Colorado Springs:
Colorado is a big state with awesome locations throughout. Here are some locations that are farther than 2 hours from Denver/Boulder and require a bit more time and planning.
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I'm Abby Shepard, a traveling wedding and elopement photographer based in Boulder, Colorado USA. I document real moments with bright, bold, natural images and help you have a meaningful & fun wedding day.
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