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. 

View WPJA photo stories from smaller weddings - WedElope | Choose love, not fear!

Littleton, Colorado Backyard Elopement Photo Story Award

elopement-image-1019324.JPG

Littleton, Colorado Backyard Elopement Photographer | The couple shared their first dance on their deck at their elopement brunch

The couple shared their first dance on their deck at their July 4th elopement brunch.

Angela and Jeff planned a simple backyard brunch for their wedding on July 4th. They encouraged their close family and friends to dress in red, white, and blue to celebrate with them - and they delivered! Everything took place at their home, which kept everyone relaxed and in good spirits.

Their marriage was a blend of their two families, and their sons played a big part in every part of their day.  The shaded deck was perfect for their ceremony, and guests were sipping mimosas as they watched the couple say their vows, exchange rings, and release doves.

Then it was time to party, with a first dance and plenty of sweets - a cupcake tower was a huge hit with all the guests, but especially the boys! Because Angela and Jeff did away with the big venue, wedding party, plated dinner and many of the other trappings of a traditional wedding, they were able to choose all the traditions and personal touches that meant the most to them. The couple was surrounded by loving faces and they had exactly the intimate wedding that they'd dreamed of. 

elopement-image-1018821.JPG

Colorado Backyard Elopement Photo - Bride Getting Ready | the bride's dress hangs at the ready while she gets her makeup done

Angela's dress hangs at the ready while she gets her makeup done by a friend. Angela and Jeff both got ready at their own home in separate rooms.

elopement-image-1018823.JPG

Backyard Colorado Elopement Ceremony Picture - Outdoor Wedding | the groom marries the woman of his dreams

'And with this ring...' Jeff marries the woman of his dreams in front of close family and friends.

elopement-image-1018824.JPG

CO Backyard Wedding Ceremony Image - Outdoor Dove Release Image | the couple released a dove into the air

To cap off their short and sweet backyard ceremony, the couple released a dove into the air.

elopement-image-1018825.JPG

CO Backyard Wedding Ceremony Portrait - Elopement | taking a short stroll to a garden in their neighborhood where they had taken many walks as a couple before getting married

The couple shared a quiet moment after the ceremony, taking a short stroll to a garden in their neighborhood where they had taken many walks as a couple before getting married.

elopement-image-1018826.JPG

CO Wedding Couple Portrait - Elopement Images | the groom kisses his new wife's hand in a shady spot in their backyard

Jeff kisses his new wife Angela's hand in a shady spot in their backyard. Jeff later confessed that he kisses her hand every day - it's one of their "things".

elopement-image-1018828.JPG

Backyard Elopement Image | sweet toasts together after the ceremony

The newlyweds and their boys hear toasts together after the ceremony.

elopement-image-1018829.JPG

Backyard Elopement Wedding Photographer | the bride shares a sweet moment with her mom

Angela shares a moment with her mom after hearing heartfelt toasts.

elopement-image-1018831.JPG

Backyard Elopement - Colorado Wedding Photography |

The couple cut the tiny top cake with the help of one of their sons, who was eager to grab a cupcake as soon as possible.