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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park Colorado Elopement Photo Story Award

Estes Park Wedding Photography in the winter fog without views of the snowy mountain peaks

Wedding Photos at Bear Lake - Estes Park Photography | The unique views made us excited rather than bummed that we couldn't see mountain peaks

The frozen Bear Lake, high in the rocky mountains, was completely surrounded in thick fog. The unique views made us excited rather than bummed that we couldn't see mountain peaks. Rae's kids were their only witnesses.

Rae and Erik waited until they arrived at Bear Lake to see each other in their wedding finery. While we were hoping for mountain views in Rocky Mountain National Park, instead the frozen lake was layered with the most beautiful fog. The unique landscape might have put off some folks – but not these two. They embraced the crazy weather and set out to have the absolute BEST time marrying each other. Perhaps the most memorable part of the day closely followed: we walked across the frozen lake together to get to the other side. In the center, the dense fog completely closed in on us and we were surrounded in sparkling cotton.

On the far shore, they began their emotional elopement ceremony. Erik and Rae spoke from the heart, made nerdy references, and self-solemnized their marriage. As they embraced for their first kiss, Rae’s kids were so moved with emotion that they hugged too! Spontaneously, they each told Erik what his committed presence in their life meant to them. Rae teared up at their thoughtful words.  Rae wore a silver gown with long flowy sleeves and a white hooded cloak. It’s a good thing she didn’t wear all white, because she would have become a floating head in all the fog!! Instead, she was ice queen GOALS. Rae's two kids were their only guests, and they had a no-holds-barred snowball fight as night fell and they gathered together with lanterns. 

Estes Park Winter Wedding pic from Rocky Mountain National Park Pictures as groom gets to see his bride

Estes Park Winter Wedding - Rocky Mountain National Park Pictures |  the groom gets to see his bride

Erik gets to see his bride, Rae, dressed all in white for the first time.

Bear Lake Wedding Shoot at Rocky Mountain National showing bride and groom walking across the fog on a snowy lake

Bear Lake Wedding Shoot at Rocky Mountain National | The bride and groom walk across the fogged-in snowy lake

The bride and groom walk across the fogged-in snowy lake to find a spot on the shoreline that they would choose to be their ceremony place.

Rocky Mountain National Park Wedding Photograph of The groom sharing his heartfelt vows

Rocky Mountain National Park Wedding Photographer | The groom shares his heartfelt vows

Rae rests her hand on Erik's arm to comfort him as he shares his heartfelt vows and slides the wedding ring on her finger.

Estes Park Wedding Photography from Rocky Mountain National Park of The kids moved by the ceremony

Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park Wedding Photographer | The kids were so moved by the ceremony

Rae's kids were so moved by the ceremony that they embraced as the couple shared their first kiss.

Winter Rocky Mountain National Park Wedding pic of The brides children w step dad at the ceremony

A Winter Rocky Mountain National Park Wedding | The bride's children told their step dad what his presence in their lives had meant to them

The bride's children told their step dad what his presence in their lives had meant to them, and their sweet words had Rae tearing up.

elopement-image-1074461.jpgEstes Park Wedding Detail Photo of rings and an image of the RMNP map

Estes Park Wedding Detail Photo | wedding rings and an image of the map

Rae and Erik's wedding rings and a photo of the map of their location, the national park, in a double exposure.

Estes Park, CO Wedding Photo showing The kids attacking the couple with snowballs

Estes Park, CO Wedding Photographers | The kids attack the couple with snowballs

Rae's kids attack the couple with snowballs. Rae uses her cloak to shelter herself and her new husband.

Estes Park Wedding Photographer created this portrait of the couple silhouetted against the foggy lake

Estes Park Wedding Photographer | A portrait of the couple silhouetted against the foggy lake

A portrait of the couple silhouetted against the foggy lake as twilight surrounded them and their kids.