Here we see Andrea and Chad standing close together, face-to-face in the night air, with only their silhouettes outlined in light.
We met Andrea and Chad in person for the first time on the day of their wedding. They had traveled from Bellingham, Washington, to our equally beautiful state of Colorado for their Rocky Mountain National Park elopement.
When we first spoke with them on the phone, I knew we were kindred spirits when I found out that Andrea and Chad also plan trips around breweries and distilleries. After getting engaged in Rocky Mountain National Park, their first stop was Spirit Hound Distillers, both to warm up and for a celebratory drink. So, obviously, that’s where we started for their elopement.
Then, we headed into the park for a few photo ops before the main event. For their ceremony, we stopped at an unnamed overlook where Chad had popped the question last winter. The four of us trekked down the mountain away from people to a perfect outcropping of rocks with the most breathtaking view. There, Andrea and Chad read their amazingly poignant vows to each other through happy tears as the sun dipped behind the mountains.
What I loved most about Andrea and Chad’s elopement is how they tailored it 100% to their personalities. Before their first dance, Chad donned a jacket for a bit of “formality.” But instead of a suit jacket, it was a badass leather jacket. Andrea had selected a variety of ring options from which Chad picked his favorite before they exchanged rings. They also openly admitted that they regularly tell each other, “You bug me, but you’re my favorite.” Which, to me, encapsulates the reality of marriage in such a beautifully concise way.
But, perhaps my favorite quote from the day came when it was time to formalize everything for the state, and Andrea exclaimed, “Let’s sign that bitch!”
Andrea and Chad sit together outside a restaurant enjoying each other’s company. Chad has a book, but he’s abandoned it to talk and laugh carefree with Andrea.
The couple shows off their true personalities in this photo as the two of them stand together on a rocky cliff. The bride is barefoot and wears a leather jacket over her dress while the groom is wearing an impressive pair of leather pants.
The bold, modern couple stand together in their leather jackets, and Andrea looks lovingly into Chad’s eyes.
The groom reads his vows to his bride as the two of them stand on a cliff overlooking a lush, green forest framed by mountains.
In this close-up image, Andrea puts Chad’s unconventional black wedding band on his finger.
The newlyweds share a glass of champagne immediately after their private, outdoor ceremony as they happily clink their glasses together in celebration.
The groom is making the most of his natural surroundings as he uses a large boulder to sign their marriage license.
The sun is beginning to set now, and the bride and groom hold hands at the edge of the cliff, watching as the sky turns orange over the tops of the mountains—a beautiful ending to a perfect day.