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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Outdoor Ceremony - Crested Butte, CO Elopement Photo Story Award

Crested Butte, CO wedding image of the bride and groom with mountain views at their elopement ceremony

Crested Butte, CO Elopement Image | Bride and groom do a first look with mountain views

The bride and groom do a first look with mountain views outside of their Airbnb in Crested Butte.

Alaina and Andrew wanted to bring their very closest friends and family out for a weekend in the mountains of Crested Butte in April. They rented a big Airbnb so that everyone could stay together, and got ready there on the morning of their wedding before doing a first look outside. Everyone gathered for champagne toasts at the Airbnb, then headed out into the snow. For their ceremony, Alaina and Andrew chose a meadow with views of Mount Crested Butte in the background. After the ceremony, we hiked around in the snow for photos, then returned to the Airbnb for the couple to share their first dance on the patio.

Colorado allows self-solemnization without requiring a special form of application or witnesses.

CO Elopement photo of the Bride and groom with bottles of champagne at their wedding

Crested Butte, CO Elopement Pictures | Bride and groom pop bottles of champagne for their guests

The bride and groom pop bottles of champagne for their guests.

Crested Butte, Colorado wedding image of the Bride and groom's family toasting their Elopement

Crested Butte, Colorado Elopement Picture | Bride and groom's family gives toasts to the couple before heading outside into the snow for their ceremony

The bride and groom's family give toasts to the couple before heading outside into the snow for their ceremony.

Crested Butte, CO wedding image - father of the bride hugs his wife

Crested Butte, Colorado Elopement Image | Father of the bride hugs his wife, after giving a toast to the couple before their ceremony

The father of the bride hugs his wife, after giving a toast to the couple before their ceremony.

Colorado Winter Wedding Ceremony image at Crested Butte of the Bride and groom self-solemnize their elopement

Colorado Elopement Ceremony Photo from Crested Butte | Bride and groom self-solemnize their elopement in Colorado, without an officiant - but with a good bottle of whiskey

The bride and groom self-solemnize their elopement in Colorado, without an officiant (but with a good bottle of whiskey).

Colorado Elopement Ceremony image in the Winter as the Couple walks back up the aisle together

Colorado Winter Elopement Ceremony Photo | Couple walks back down the snow-covered aisle together after pronouncing themselves married

Couple walks back down the snow-covered aisle together after pronouncing themselves married.

Colorado Winter Adventure Elopement portrait when the sun came through the clouds

Colorado Winter Elopement Portrait | the most beautiful light for their portraits when the sun peeked through the clouds

It had snowed on and off all day, but we got the most beautiful light for their portraits when the sun peeked through the clouds.

Elopement image of the couple at the Crested Butte valley after their wedding ceremony.

Colorado Adventure Elopement Couple Image | The couple hike around the Crested Butte valley after their elopement ceremony

The couple hike around the Crested Butte valley after their elopement ceremony.

Colorado Adventure Elopement Image of the first dance as husband and wife in the winter snow

Colorado Wedding Elopement Photography | first dance as husband and wife on the patio of their airbnb, while waiting for their family to come back with the house keys

Alaina and Andrew shared their first dance as husband and wife on the patio of their Airbnb, while waiting for their family to come back with the house keys!