The bride and groom choose to have their wedding ceremony at The Amphitheater in the San Juan Mountains, near Ouray, Colorado. They selected this spot not only because it held special meaning for them, but also because they wanted to share the sweeping views of the mountains with their guests.
The San Juan Mountains had long been the preferred hiking destination of this couple, who constantly found themselves captivated by their love for one another against the panoramic mountain vistas. When they decided to get married, they knew that Ouray, Colorado was the perfect destination for them to say their vows and commit themselves to one another in front of their closest family members and friends. While they were familiar with all of the trails — including the perimeter trail — they focused on finding a ceremony location that was accessible for their guests while still featuring breathtaking views of the mountain range.
Soon, they found The Amphitheater and quickly fell in love with its views of Mt. Abrams. It was the perfect setting for their sweet, affectionate and intimate elopement.
This picture captures the details of the couple's custom wedding rings. With the rings set on top of a Colorado aspen leaf, this image showcases their love of beauty and the natural world.
With the mountains towering behind her offering their unwavering support, the bride takes the hands of both of her parents and begins to traverse the trail toward her groom.
The bride and her father share a tender embrace before the mountainside ceremony begins.
The bride and groom look deep into one another's eyes during the ceremony, as the two mountains in the background appear to forge together to become one indestructible peak — a fitting symbol of their new union.
Rather than stick with the traditional vows and ceremony elements, this couple chose a simple yet powerful handfasting ceremony.
Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, the newly-announced husband and wife collapse into one another's arms in a fit of laughter and excitement.
This innovative portrait offers a 360-degree view of the couple's elopement location in Ouray, Colorado.
In the moments following the ceremony, the groom takes his new wife by the hand and begins to lead her down the trail. It's a trail that they have walked before, but never as husband and wife. Today, they begin their never-ending journey together, and all things will seem new and fresh once again.