Amyah & Alex came to Colorado from Nebraska to elope somewhere with epic views. Colorado makes getting married so easy through self solemnization which is another thing they both really liked about the state. They really wanted some kind of water feature around. Colorado has no shortage of waterfalls, alpine lakes, hot springs, & other water features. They weren’t quite sure where they wanted to go in Colorado, so I was able to help guide them to this spot. They wanted to have some privacy & their sunrise ceremony & hike gave them the privacy they desired. This alpine lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness was the perfect spot for their elopement near Boulder!
I really love the Indian Peaks Wilderness area for elopements because there are so many places to go. Being near some cities does make it popular, especially on weekends, that’s why I suggest sunrise on a weekday. Due to some wildfires & smoke in the air, I was kinda worried we may not be able to see the mountains because the smoke was that bad. But it did finally clear out more as we got closer to their day. The smoke made some really unique colors & light from the sun. We didn’t get alpenglow on the mountains, but the smoke was so thick that it diffused the sunlight the whole day.
Before their elopement ceremony in the Indian Peaks Wilderness near Boulder, they hiked up together in the dark. Amyah totally forgot a jacket though, but good thing I always carry all sorts of extra supplies with me! Colorado has cool temperatures no matter the time of year, so it’s always good to be prepared. They got changed once we reached the location in the mountains & had a first look together right at the lake. While some couples write more emotional vows, Amyah & Alex wrote vows that were full of laughter! They were just making each other laugh the whole ceremony & it was so fun to be there. After their ceremony, they enjoyed some mimosas & a little breakfast picnic together. We hiked around a bit more for some photos & they both really wanted to see a moose. And then as we were on our way out, the last thing we saw was a moose!