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Colorado - A DIY Backyard Wedding Elopement Photo Story Award

Photo of a couple who got married in their backyard in Nederland, Colorado

Nederland, Colorado Backyard Elopement Photography | Close friends goofed off with the couple all day, giving them well-wishing bum-pats on the way through the tunnel of hands

Close friends goofed off with the couple all day, giving them well-wishing bum-pats on the way through the tunnel of hands.

Sarah and Jake chose to get married in their backyard in Nederland, Colorado one summer. They wanted everything to be as simple as possible, with no frills or unnecessary spending. They spent the entire day together, so they could laugh and be their goofy selves the entire time. They invited close family and friends to walk through the woods into a small natural clearing, where they said their vows with lots of humor.

They can safely say they are the only ones to ever get married in that little spot! It rained a few times before the ceremony, but luckily the couple had planned to host a chili-cook off reception inside their garage to accommodate everyone. You'd think a garage would be the last place you could hold a beautiful reception, but they transformed the space in dreamy lights and tables with benches that Jake cut & felled himself. Their wedding reflected their ideals of bringing family together, combining laughter and fun with beautiful scenery, and filling an ordinary space with extraordinary love. 

Backyard Elopement photo from Colorado of a hand made wooden ring box for the ceremony

Nederland, CO Elopement Ring Detail Image | The couple engraved the mountain range that was visible from their back deck onto a hand made wooden ring box

The couple engraved the mountain range that was visible from their back deck onto a hand made wooden ring box.

DIY Colorado Elopement Portrait image in the shade of the woods with a little rain and a light

Colorado Elopement Wedding Couple Portrait | It began to rain so we headed for the shade of the woods - but truly this didn't help at all as the tall pines didn't provide as much cover as we'd hoped

It began to rain so we headed for the shade of the woods - but truly this didn't help at all as the tall pines didn't provide as much cover as we'd hoped. We ended up getting soaked but needed to capture a moment of the rain in the trees.

Colorado elopement Couple image showing the couple walking back to their house

Colorado Wedding Couple Portrait | After finishing with photos, the couple walked back to their house along the road

After finishing with photos, the couple walked back to their house along the road.

Colorado DIY Backyard Elopement image from the outdoor ceremony

Colorado Backyard Elopement Ceremony Picture | The ceremony was short and sweet, with the couple exchanging vows while their friend officiated

The ceremony was short and sweet, with the couple exchanging vows while their friend officiated.

Backyard Elopement Image from the ceremony that took place in a small clearing in the woods

Outdoor Backyard Elopement Ceremony Image | The ceremony took place in a small clearing in the woods behind the couple's house

The ceremony took place in a small clearing in the woods behind the couple's house.

Jake and Sarah exchanged their rings and spoke their hearts to one another in front of just a few family members and friends.

At-Home Wedding Picture from Colorado of the groom's friend giving a toast

Garage Elopement Reception Party Picture | One of the groom's best friends gave an epic toast at the reception

One of the groom's best friends gave an epic toast at the reception. This is him reenacting a story in which the groom fell off his bike into a patch of cacti, and one got stuck in Jake's armpit.

Backyard, Nederland Colorado elopement couple cuts the cake at their DIY wedding reception

DIY CO Garage Elopement Reception Couple Portrait | The couple cuts the cake surrounded by lights in their DIY reception garage

The couple cuts the cake surrounded by lights in their DIY reception garage.

At-Home, Garage Wedding Photo in CO of a sweet moment with mom and the new groom

Garage Elopement Reception Party Photographer | the groom's mom shares a sweet moment with him at dinner after their wedding ceremony

Jake's mom shares a sweet moment with him at dinner after their wedding ceremony.

You'd never believe this was the couple's garage, transformed into a small reception room with hanging lights, gauzy curtains, simple white colors and pops of greenery and flowers.