Boreas Pass, Colorado adventure wedding images from up on Boreas Pass with a great view and sunlight
We couldn't have picked a more beautiful or a more apt location for these two passionate mountain hikers. The valley below them stretched to the horizon, including the mountainside where they live. It was extra special that neither of them had been to this location before, so they got to experience it together when reading their letters.
Carrie and Brook got engaged in early 2020 and began to plan a wedding, so they reached out to me about photographing an engagement session for them in the mountains that would reflect their adventurous side: hiking, and lots of it! Partway through the pandemic, they reached back out to me to turn their engagement session into an elopement. We made and remade and rehashed several plans before settling onto one that felt just right - so right. So at dawn, we met up on Boreas Pass, and promptly started walking straight uphill! They carried just the essentials on their backs, and read intimate love letters to each other as the fresh morning light lit up the alpine area. The hike centered them and brought them back to what they love doing together- exploring their beautiful home state of Colorado. We headed back down the pass and met up with a few close friends and family, who cheered as they conducted a casual ceremony surrounded by mountain peaks. Both of their moms took turns officiating the ceremony, and their dogs got up to no good every chance they could. They closed out their day by sharing champagne with everyone and thanking the guests who couldn't make it in person that had instead tuned in on zoom. Their wedding was small, but because it truly reflected their favorite things, it was perfect for this outdoorsy couple.
Boreas Pass Colorado wedding photography of The sunrise hike being incredibly beautiful, with the slopes covered in summer wildflowers
The sunrise hike was incredibly beautiful, with the slopes covered in summer wildflowers. The trail was steep and above the treeline, with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain. They packed just the essentials, some water and love letters to share at the top.
Boreas Pass, Colorado Adventure wedding image of the bride tenderly reaching out to wipe away one tear
Hearing Carrie's heartfelt and personal love letter at the top of their hike at nearly 12,500 ft made Brook's eyes leak - a lot. Carrie tenderly reached out and wiped away one tear. To be honest, I think I had something in my eye as well!
Boreas Pass CO wedding photography showing the groom paused in the shifting rays of fresh sunlight to kiss his wifes forehead
On the way back down the mountain, Brook paused in the shifting rays of fresh sunlight to kiss his fiance's forehead one last time before they became husband and wife.
The couple's mothers each took a turn 'officiating' the ceremony - but their dog Benny couldn't have cared less. He was only interested in stealing kisses from the guests.
Colorado wedding ceremony images from the top of a mountain with Everyone describing this wedding as so them
Everyone present described this wedding as "so them." Their epic first kiss kicked off a round of champagne toasts.
In every moment they could, this couple celebrated hard. They embraced the intimate, downsized nature of their wedding with huge grins.
Grandma was definitely the guest they missed the most, so it was extra special for them to get to chat with her after the ceremony. Grandma even dressed up for the wedding from her living room!
Colorado mountain Ceremony image of the bride and groom greeting and thanking each of their virtual guests
Carrie and Brook greeted and thanked each of their virtual guests for joining their live streamed ceremony.