Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado Elopement Photo Story Award

A triple exposure wedding image of bride and groom with sparks of campfire at intimate elopement

Ultimate Mountain Wedding Pictures | A triple exposure of the couple at their campfire

A triple exposure of the couple holding lanterns and the sparks of their campfire was the last photo of the night.

Kacie and Pete planned to hike to Exclamation Point in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to elope. Exclamation Point is the real name of a jaw-dropping viewpoint on the North Rim of this steep canyon. Kacie wore a unique dress with watercolor flowers and Pete wore a bangin' blue suit and pastel tie. Because they had no guests, they could truly do WHATEVER THEY WANTED. And what they wanted was to play rock paper scissors to determine who would read their vows first as the swallows ripped through the air next to them. 

Their love of the outdoors was brought into everything they did. By camping inside the national park, they knew their wedding night experience would be exactly the way they wanted it. They got ready for their elopement in their tent, stored their food in the bear box and wore hiking boots. There was no fuss. They poured trail mix straight into each other's mouths. They brought their marriage license in a paper towel tube and signed it on each other's backs. The champagne popped before they were ready and Pete had to descend the canyon a short way to retrieve the wire topper.

So much nature was collected in Kacie's dress that we joked that she had created a whole new biome. They had a private chef create a one-of-a-kind meal for them at the campsite. In between delicious courses, the couple enjoyed stargazing. We even spotted a few shooting stars overhead as they took in the dark skies and twinkling milky way. And for dessert, they got to roast marshmallows and make smores over a campfire on their wedding night, which not enough people can say they did!

Private Mountain Elopement Ceremony Pic from Colorado of hand game for first to vows

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Wedding Image | The couple play rock paper scissors

The couple play rock paper scissors to determine who was to read their vows first.

Remote Mountain Wedding Location Image from Colorado of bride and groom first kiss

A Mountain Wedding Location in Colorado | Image of The first kiss

The first kiss of the just-married couple right on the edge of the steep canyon.

Colorado marriage license legal paperwork signing at Black Canyon of the Gunnison in the mountains

Black Canyon of the Gunnison Colorado Wedding Couple Photo | the couple is signing the marriage license

Without a table for support, the couple took turns signing the marriage license on each other's backs.

Colorado Mountain Adventure Wedding Image of brides dress out in all directions

CO Mountain Wedding Photography | The brides dress flew out in all directions

Kacie's dress flew out in all directions as they danced a dusty celebration jig in the afternoon light.

First Dance Image showing Colorado bride and groom dancing at their Black Canyon Gunnison Wedding

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Wedding First Dance | Image showing the two newlyweds slow danced

At sunset, the two newlyweds slow danced on the rim of the canyon.

Elopement Image in Colorado of Bride and groom enjoying stars during outdoor dinner reception

Wedding Camp Dinner in Gunnison, CO | Picture of private dinner in a remote area

The private dinner was set up in a remote area, so Kacie and Pete could enjoy stargazing in between bites. We even saw a few shooting stars.

Colorado Micro Elopement Wedding image of groom eating steak at campfire dinner reception outdoors at night

Colorado Mountainside Wedding Culture | The groom eats his tomahawk steak by the fire

Pete doesn't need cutlery to eat his tomahawk steak right off the bone during dinner.

Black Canyon, National Park Elopement Night Picture of Bride and groom roasting marshmallows on campfire

Colorado's Black Canyon of the Gunnison Night Wedding Reception | Picture showing The couple cozy up by the fire

The couple cozy up in a double-seater camp chair and roast marshmallows over a campfire.