Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

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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Black Hawk, CO Outdoor Elopement Photo Story Award

Black Hawk wedding image of The couple as the are pronounced husband and wife at a CO vacation rental home

 Black Hawk Backyard Elopement Photos | The couple are pronounced husband and wife

Marla and Chris are pronounced husband and wife in the middle of a lush, green forest.

When Marla and Chris’s Connecticut wedding was rescheduled to next year, they decided to elope in Black Hawk, CO at an Airbnb home. Their friend Dave officiated and their dog served as a witness. They fulfilled their dream of getting married, drank champagne, took a few portraits in the smoky, wildfire light, and ate chips and salsa. Despite its small size, the celebration was a blast and I was touched that the couple asked me to stay, hang out, and celebrate with them. It was a completely unique day. It was their day.

Wedding day photography from an AirBnB Rental in Black Hawk, CO

Elopement Image from an AirBnB Rental in Black Hawk, CO | The perfect charming backdrop for this small wedding

Marla does her makeup in front of a mirror in their Airbnb, situated in the small city of Black Hawk, which is one of Colorado’s most historic cities. It was originally a mining settlement founded in 1859 during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, and it provided the perfect charming backdrop for this small wedding. 

Destination wedding image from CO of The groom standing on his bedroom balcony, looking out at the surrounding forest

Destination Elopement in Black Hawk, CO | The groom stands out on his bedroom balcony, looking out at the surrounding forest

Chris stands out on his bedroom balcony, looking out at the surrounding forest as he puts on his tie before the ceremony.

Colorado Airbnb Vacation Rental wedding picture of The bride and her wedding dress

Vacation Rental Elopement in Black Hawk, CO | The bride takes her wedding dress off the door

Marla takes her wedding dress off the door it was hanging on in her rustic bedroom at the Airbnb.

Moose Photo from a Colorado backyard vacation rental wedding ceremony location.

Moose Photo from Black Hawk, Colorado | a large moose felt perfectly comfortable walking around on the property

The Airbnb that the couple chose was so well-situated in nature that a large moose felt perfectly comfortable walking around on the property.

Colorado Destination Vacation Rental wedding image of The groom and officiant await the brides arrival in nature

Colorado Destination Elopement in Black Hawk | The groom and the wedding officiant await the brides arrival

Chris and the wedding officiant await Marla’s arrival as she makes her grand entrance down the staircase, carrying her large bouquet of flowers. 

Colorado Rental Home wedding detail image of The couple embracing nature to celebrate their Union

VRBO Rental Home for Elopement in Black Hawk, Colorado | The couple truly embraced nature to celebrate their Union

The couple truly embraced nature to celebrate their Union, even using the branches of aspen trees to hold their rings. Here, Chris removes the rings from the branches to exchange them during the ceremony. 

Black Hawk, VRBO Rental Home for Backyard wedding in CO of the couple enjoying the beautiful day in the woods

Black Hawk, Rental Home for Backyard Elopement Colorado | enjoying the beautiful day in the woods

Still enjoying the beautiful day in the woods, the couple, officiant, and photographer all share a toast. 

Rocky Mountain CO adventure wedding portrait at night with the couple still celebrating their marriage

Rocky Mountain CO Elopement Destination Photographer | once night fell, the couple was still celebrating their marriage

Even once night fell, the couple was still celebrating their marriage as they held each other under the bright, starry sky.