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Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement
Today's post is all about Lindsay + James: Colorado Elopement to Rocky Mountain National Park with images courtesy of Jess Dalton Photography. The classic mountain backdrop is excellent for Colorado weddings, and this couple chose to walk outside near a tree to hold their outdoor ceremony. A small group of family friends joined them on a gorgeous clear day with just a few clouds in the sky.
Those are the kinds of days where you hope for no rain, and if the shower pass you, you're lucky. More than likely it will rain at some point during the day, and I'll be the first one to tell you, if you don't know already, that it rains almost every afternoon in the high mountains. Good thing the storms are usually fast-moving and the sun could be back out in a matter of minutes. Or, maybe not. Either way, the show must go on, so just be prepared for inclement mountain weather. Have a backup plan.
Elope to the Colorado Rocky Mountains
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Lindsay & James’ wedding day was incredibly beautiful, intimate, and full of DIY details! They were married with their immediate family alongside them at Upper Beaver Meadows in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was a dream come true! We couldn’t have asked for a better day or couple. And their families are amazing!
They welcomed us warmly and made us feel like a part of the family from the first hello. We are overjoyed and honored to have photographed such a special moment for not only our couple, but for their families as well.There were quite a few special DIY details that really pulled their day all together. Lindsay’s Mom made her veil.
Zach and I were completely blown away at the amount of detail and just how beautifully it tied into her dress. James’ brother, Chris, was the officiant and his other brother, Danny, read verses. How special for the couple to be able to have their siblings included in this moment. I’m not sure there was a dry eye in the bunch after their ceremony!
And let’s not forget about the gorgeous bouquet and boutonniere… all the flowers were selected by the bride. Once the flowers were chosen, they were able to create the amazing pieces below. Again, we were just blown away. I love the amount of detail and yet simplicity that went into helping tell their love story.
Photographer: Jessi Dalton Photography//Other Location:Rocky Mountain National Park //
Wedding Anniversary Photo Shoot
Today's post is all about Angelica + Nathan: Wedding Anniversary in Rocky Mountain National Park, with images courtesy of Matthew Irving Photography. It's a long distance love story that has its roots in childhood memories. If you love happy endings then be sure to scroll down and read the album's story, as told through the eyes of the bride.
Colorado Photography for Anniversaries and Vow Renewals
This set of images were submitted via Two Bright Lights, and we are an editorial partner with them, telling the love stories from the mountain towns of Breckenridge, Summit County and the Vail Valley. We love sharing the stories and images from elopements, engagements, destination weddings, vow renewals, and now, anniversaries! Please click here to learn more about how to submit yours, and if you've stumbled across this Breck Wedding blog, know that we are helping couples create custom wedding packages with services from qualified vendors and services that will help you save time and money. Contact us to learn more.
Angelica and Nathan decided to add a little romance to their marriage by planning a couples shoot for their 2nd anniversary. These two are fashion savvy and super cute! But, their love story is cutest of all;FROM THE BRIDE: It's a long story and telling the whole story will piece it all together. We actually knew each other as children.
Both of our dads were in the Air Force and they both were stationed together at Guam. Our moms became friends since both of them are Filipino and connect culturally. I attended preschool and kindergarten with Nathan and sometimes our moms had us play together growing up. When he started to get older though, he started to associate more with boys only since girls have cooties you know.
About 2nd grade, Nathan and his parents moved away to Germany, while my family and I remained at Guam for awhile. It wasn't until I was 10 years old that we moved to Oklahoma in the US. My mom had always kept in touch with his mom and I would only see pictures of him during the holidays.
When I was about 16 years old, my mom told me that Nathan and his parents moved to Illinois in the US, so we went to finally meet them at when I was about 17 years old. I admit I was kind of curious to see the kind of person he grew up to be. Haha, as high school usually is, we were polar opposites, so we didn't get along nor did we like each other.
He was that guy who played sports a lot, while I was not very social and more of a bookworm kind of girl. He told me later he felt I was competing with him then, haha. We probably argued that whole trip there. Looked kind of hopeless for us. :P At 20 years old during December 2009, we all met up at Hawaii with another family that also knew us from Guam. That's probably about the first time I've really noticed him, but I was kind of in denial and thought I wouldn't like him much. While we were there, I needed to talk to him more to know more about him. Supposedly when I like someone I make it SO obvious. :P
When it was time for goodbyes , I gave him my cellphone number to keep in touch, but I guess he lost it while traveling back home. Luckily he reached out to me on Facebook and that's when the talking started. We started talking more seriously in January of 2010 through Facebook when we both admitted that we liked each other. Both of our parents approved of it since they both had known each other since we were children, The long distance relationship was a struggle I admit at first. We both didn't know where it would go and how often we'd be able to meet in person. We were both attending college at the time, which kept us busy and Nathan was focusing towards his military career.
Our parents tried their best to help us out with traveling while we both worked hard ourselves to make it work. Nathan was the most hesitant about it, but I kept insisting maybe this could work, so he gave us a chance. He said he wouldn't consider us an item until he met me in person and took me on a first date, so in March 2010, he met me in Oklahoma and we went on our first date. It was quick, yet sweet and simple. Of course, a dinner. Afterwards he asked me if I would be his girlfriend and I accepted. And the rest is kind of history. :]
Photographer: Mathew Irving Photography//Other Location:Rocky Mountain National Park //
Rocky Mountain National Park Wedding
West of Denver and not too far from Summit and you'll find the setting for today's post, Lisa + Matt: Grand Lake Lodge Wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado with images courtesy of Elevate Photography. I have definitely seen Ryan and the team from Elevate at many mountain nuptials, so we're happy to share some stunning images that are from an area that gets overlooked. You see, Grand Lake isn't big at all, and finding the right mix of vendors and services isn't always easy.
Colorado Elopements, Engagements and Vow Renewals
If you're contemplating whether or not to plan a big wedding or not, Colorado is a great choice for destination weddings. With a central location for guests around the country, DIA is a world-class airport with numerous shuttle companies that will work with you and get your guests to your venue and / or lodge safely and without the hassle of driving. More and more couples are choosing to elope in Breckenridge and Summit County, and for good reason.
Planning a surprise engagement and need some assistance? If you need help setting up a photographer to capture your moment, we can do that. Simple vow renewals with immediate family is becoming more popular too. Keep the love alive and with our help, you'll have an unforgettable experience. Please contact us to learn more.
If you love the Rocky Mountains, Grand Lake, and BUTTERFLIES then this wedding is going to absolutely blow your mind! As epic as the details are, I think it’s appropriate to start off the blog with the sweet emails that Lisa and Matt sent each other the morning after they got married:
Lisa: It’s 5:30am & I woke up to a beautiful sunrise knowing I am your wife. I couldn’t feel any happier! I am so lucky & feel complete. I love you husband & always will. Love you! Mrs….I’m coming to bed soon… Just excited!!!
Matt: I woke up at some time, but time didn’t matter as I saw my sleeping beauty, my wife, my life, and what I thought was a smile on her angelic face…I knew my world was perfect. I am the happiest man alive and will do all that I can to keep you the happiest woman alive. I love you, my wife! Love, Your Husband
Yeah, see. Aren’t they so great?! Here are a few words from their photographer Ryan Erickson:
Moose, mountain tops, butterflies, purple and more butterflies were just a few of the important parts of Lisa and Matt’s grand wedding at Grand Lake Lodge!
I’ve never blushed so much to know how excited Lisa and Matt were to have me as part of their big day. It’s been one that’s been years in the making and it’s been so fun to have her keep me up to date on the details over the last year.
Bruce, the Grand Lake Moose even made an appearance at the reception and the kids (and Lisa) went wild. One of my favorite shots was their parting photo at night with hundreds of paper butterflies (biodegradable) tossed around them!
Thanks Lisa and Matt for continuing to make me feel so special and grand in Grand Lake!
Thanks to Cydney from Stiletto Events – Denver for making their day special too!
And now just a few words from the Bride and Groom…OK, mostly from Lisa, but a quote from Matt’s wedding vows are included!
Oh, to describe our fairytale wedding…all of my dreams came true that day, but every day that Matt & I have been together have been simply perfect. We’re just happy people! 2 free spirits came together & became even freer & we brought 2 amazing families together who are now bonded together as one.
Matt’s more eloquent than I am, haha! And he’s in Chicago right now, so how about this…My birthday is coming up on Monday & when I got home yesterday, he left me a pre-birthday present with a card that contained his wedding speech that never happened because we ended up speaking from the heart :) There are good snippets in here & I think we’d agree on our favorite moments, so I’ll share those as well.
“I feel as young as when I met her, 4,097 days ago…
I want to thank Mort & Karen for accepting me into their family and for bringing me the other half of my life. There is no Matt Kral without Mom & Dad Kral, but there is no me without Lisa.
I love you for being my little spoon and promise to always be your big spoon.
I love you for, figuratively & literally, lighting up every room you enter and promise to keep your electricity going.
I love you for making me the man I am and promise to be an even better man, husband, lover and best friend every day.
You make everything in life special just by being you.
Yes, I had cold feet when I asked her out about 4,100 days ago, that’s why I signed my lease first and walked 3 blocks away to ask her out over the phone!
And most of all, I love you for loving me. I will love you forever and ever…my dreams came true today, but every day is a dream with you.”
Isn’t he sweet???!!! Melt my heart….
OK, here’s what you asked for…
When we first saw Grand Lake we both stopped in our tracks & knew this was the perfect spot for us to become husband & wife. There are so many things we loved about our wedding day, so this is going to be tough! I think the best moment was the first look. It was like we fell in love all over again and our love for one another went to another level & we never even knew it could get any better! Matt shed tears & it touched my heart (and then my tears began!) There are really no words to describe the look in his eyes when he first saw me as his bride and soon to be wife. Another favorite moment; during our ceremony, it felt like Matt & I were the only ones on the planet, we were in heaven. I literally felt like a butterfly who had been caught by my love! To keep it short (it’s already long!), but we loved being surrounded with the love of our family & friends. I was, quite frankly, overwhelmed by how much love was at our wedding; my heart could’ve burst…in a good way!
Our wedding, to me, was so unique because of the beautiful mountain surroundings, I pulled off the butterfly dress (haha & yay!), the immense love I felt from everyone there, our Native American officiant who made our wedding so unique & spiritual, oh and having Bruce the Grand Lake Moose make an appearance to celebrate my little niece, Ella’s birthday.
Lastly, originally we named our wedding “Matt & Lisa’s You Might See a Moose Wedding” because Matt calls me “Moose” and almost every guest saw real moose, which was awesome!!, but in retrospect, I call it our “Fairytale Came True Wedding” because it was like heaven on earth.
Probably more than you wanted! I always tell Matt he is my favorite person on the planet because he makes me feel beautiful, special & precious every day…and that’s no lie! He is a gift & I treasure his love.
Photographer: Elevate Photography//Reception Venue: Grand Lake Lodge//Cake Designer: Indulge Bakery, Inc.//Officiant:leon joseph littlebird//Floral Designer: Oakes Fields Floral//Beauty:Salon Plume//Musicians:Soul School//Event Planner: Stiletto Events//
Happy 2015 to all our readers, and to all of you who were engaged over the winter holidays! Ski season is in full swing in Breckenridge, the snow sculptures will be up later this month, but don't expect to see the Ice Castle when you visit, as it's not in Colorado at all this year. Please visit our venues page to learn about all the options available in our area, and if you don't see one on there that should be, please let us know. We have a simple contact form at the top right of the sidebar of this blog.
When the floods hit Estes Park, this couple had to relocate their wedding, but they returned to capture the images I'm sharing in today's post, "Katelyn + Graham at Estes Park, Colorado," courtesy of Lucky Malone. We've even heard of weddings being misplaced due to legalities arising from commercial operations and county compliance at Dry Gulch Town, so whatever the reason, whatever the season, please contact us to learn more about
Katelyn and Graham where one of the many couples whose weddings was disrupted by the devastating flooding last September. Their dream mountain wedding at Katelyn’s family cabin in Estes Park got moved to Boulder at the very last minute. To capture some of their dream, we were able to do a make-up photo session at the cabin in October. The golden fall grass and purple rocky mountains were a perfect backdrop for this shoot.
Rocky Mountain National Park is a dream destination location for brides looking for a spectacular mountain wedding on any scale. Jen + Cody wanted to just have a few close family at their intimate elopement just inside the park, right outside Estes Park, Colorado. Colorado Springs photographers Chris and Melodie shared with us this love-filled elopement. Check out Chris and Melodie Photographers take on their day here.
Please contact us to learn more about how to plan an elopement that is unique to you and your fiance. Each one is different from the next, and you just might see some of your pics on the blog that you're looking at right now!
A couple of years ago, I visited the park for the first time. The first place we stopped at was the Alluvial Falls below, and right away I was enraptured by this place. It's easy to see the beauty and naturalness this place has to offer anyone wanting a outdoor wedding.
Jen and Cody wrote their own vows and married each other with the witness of their closest family members.
Beautiful elopement Jen and Cody, congratulations! Thank you for sharing Chris and Melodie.