Jonathan and Addie got to enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to weddings. I shot their large church wedding in May with 500+ friends and family members. And then a few weeks ago, they traveled out to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado for a more “elopement like” experience.
We quickly found that the weather in Rocky Mountain National Park is insane and rapidly changing. I packed sandals and shorts, expecting June in the Rocky Mountains to be warm and sunny. WRONG. I found myself buying more appropriate clothing after one trip to the mountains. While at the bottom of the mountain it was 50 with clear skies, the closer we got to the top of the mountain we started to see snow flurries! By the time we got to the top, it was a full on snow storm and we felt like we were in a winter wonderland. But it made for pretty epic photos.
The Rocky Mountains were insanely beautiful and every time I visit I’m in awe of how massive they are. We probably saw over 100 elk and ended our day the best way possible. Pizza and star gazing in the mountains.
A few things to know if you’re considering eloping in Rocky Mountain National Park:
1- Get a permit. RMNP is pretty strict about this. Since Jonathan and Addie were already married, we only had to get a session permit. But, if you’re planning on getting married in the park, you’ll need a wedding permit.
2- There’s only 12 designated locations in the park where you can get married. You can take portraits anywhere in the park after the ceremony, but it’s actually illegal to exchange vows anywhere except these 3 locations. We didn’t have an issue with this since they weren’t exchanging vows, but it’s something to keep in mind if you plan on eloping in the park:)
(Also, a tip for brides eloping in a cold destination…wear leggings under your dress. You won’t be able to tell and it will save your legs from freezing. Addie actually wore black leggings and tennis shoes underneath her wedding dress?)