Colorado Mountain Wedding Photographers
Colorado has a special place in our heart. Kyle was born and raised on the West Slope in a small town near Grand Junction tucked into the Grand Mesa. Growing up, his family would frequently go off-roading in the mountain passes near Ouray and Telluride. The San Juan Mountains directly inform his view of what "good" mountains look like. Like many native Coloradans, he's incredibly proud of his home state and naturally, anything that originates there will likely be his favorite. Since we started photographing weddings together, we've had the chance to adventure all over Colorado, from the Colorado National Monument to Durango and Estes Park, and all over the Colorado Rockies. We love any chance we get to adventure with couples around the epic views you can only see in Colorado!
Getting Married in Colorado
If you’re looking to get married in this awesome state, you’re in luck because it’s one of the easiest states to get a marriage license in! You must be at least 18 years old (or at least 16 years old with parental consent) and you need to appear in person at the County Clerk with identification for proof of age and $30 within 35 days of your wedding date. There are no waiting periods, blood tests, or residency requirements and the license can be used in any county, regardless of which county you obtained the license in. Technically speaking, you don’t even need an officiant or witnesses!
Eloping in Colorado
Colorado is the only state that allows self-uniting ceremonies with jumping through extra hoops like filling out a special form or requiring witnesses. That means you don't need a witness or a third party officiant to get married. It can be just you and your love among some epic scenery and us, there to capture it all! Are you looking for places to elope? We'd be more than happy to help you find the perfect spot!
Our Favorite Colorado Locations
Colorado is not lacking in its diversity of incredible locations. With three National Parks, forty-one State Parks, and some of the most gorgeous mountains around, it’s really hard to go wrong! Here are a couple of that we’ve had the privilege of sharing with our couples.
Crested Butte has created an incredible wedding venue at their Ten Peaks area. As the name implies, from this vantage point you are surrounded by ten majestic Rocky Mountain peaks including Mt. Crested Butte. You can host your cocktail hour at the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks and dance the night away under the stars, or under a reception tent. The fields of wildflowers and breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys make this a prime Colorado mountain wedding venue!
Really Blessed Cabin in Cripple Creek
The Really Blessed Cabin primarily operates as an AirBnB, but also doubles as a gorgeous location for an intimate mountain wedding in Colorado. Since it's an AirBnB, you and some of your close friends and family can stay at the cabin for the days surrounding your wedding. The ceremony space overlooks a beautiful valley overshadowed by Pike's Peak, one of Colorado's famous 14ers.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
This National Park, located 4 hours south of Denver near Alamosa, boasts the tallest dunes in the North America. These dunes are the centerpiece of landscape diversity surrounded by both mountains and grassland plains. Adventure sessions and weddings at the Great Sand Dunes are best done either in the early morning or in the late afternoon, when the low angle of the sun casts dramatic shadows across the peaks of the dunes. Just like the other National Parks, the Great Sand Dunes require a special use permit to get married in the Park and they have a couple of sanctioned locations.
By the way, Great Sand Dunes National Park is generally dog friendly so bring your furry best friend so we can meet them!
Colorado National Monument
Located on the Western Slope near Grand Junction and Fruita, the Colorado National Monument has sheer red sandstone cliffs that mirror the aesthetic of Utah's National Parks like Zion. The National Monument is managed by the National Park Service and, therefore, requires a $150 permit to get married within it's boundaries. Wedding ceremonies are limited to one of five sanctioned locations: Book Cliffs View, Book Cliffs Shelter, Saddlehorn Amphitheater, Saddlehorn Picnic Area, and Devil's Kitchen Picnic Area. Find more information and the applications for on the National Monument NPS website.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Located 2 hours north of Denver, right outside Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park offers some of the most incredible views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Like the Colorado National Monument, Rocky Mountain National Park is managed by the Park Service and requires a permit that costs $200 and restricts ceremonies to certain areas within the park. The Park also limits the use of any space for a wedding to a maximum of 2 hours. Keep in mind that all of the locations are rustic and won't provide any shelter for the elements.
And that’s just the beginning…
There are so many incredible locations to explore across this great state! The Rocky Mountains are packed with hidden gems and sweeping vistas. We’re always down for an adventure and we’re pretty good at location research, so let us know if you have something in mind and we’ll make it happen!