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Wild Basin Lodge, Allenspark, Colorado - RMNP Elopement Photo Story Award

Wild Basin Lodge Fall Wedding Photo of The bride and groom clasping hands after exchanging rings

Wild Basin Lodge - Fall Wedding Photography | The bride and groom clasp hands after exchanging rings

Erin and Kris clasp hands after exchanging rings as their friend and Erin's brother-in-law perform the ceremony.

Erin and Kris hopped in their RV and took a road trip to Colorado to get married in the fall, surrounded by mountains and their closest family. More importantly, their dog Harley was able to join them for the entire day at their dog-friendly lodge venue. Just steps from Rocky Mountain National Park, the golden aspens were just one element that made this colorful wedding turn yellow all over. One of the state's largest wildfires ever was raging on the other side of the mountains, but the wind blew the ash across the sky, casting a warm orange-pink glow over the entire area for the day.

The pair was just so happy to be married, in front of 6 guests (7 including their dog) that they didn't let a single thing bother them all day. Erin's brother-in-law officiated the ceremony, which included handwritten vows and plenty of emotion. The tenderness continued just after their pronouncement, as the couple shared a forehead to forehead moment that choked everyone up!

They paused dinner for a moment to enjoy a private moment on the third story balcony of the Wild Basin Lodge to watch the sunset over Copeland mountain. The colors of the sunset were insane because of the wildfire smoke.

At the end of the night, the couple escaped to the aspen grove to share their first dance alone, capping off the night with a shot of romance they will remember forever.

Artistic Wild Basin Lodge Wedding photo from the getting ready in the prep room in the basement of the lodge

Creative Wild Basin Lodge Wedding Image | getting ready in the dark prep room in the basement of the lodge

Erin got ready in the dark prep room in the basement of the lodge. The mirror room provided the perfect hanger for her ball gown as she got the final touches on her bridal hair.

Wild Basin Lodge, Colorado Wedding picture of The groom taking his approach to the ceremony from his prep room

Wild Basin Lodge, Colorado Wedding Photographer | The groom begins his approach to the ceremony from his prep room

Kris begins his approach to the ceremony from his prep room above the foyer of the Wild Basin Lodge.

Wild Basin Lodge Wedding Photo showing their dog and her dog bed came out to the ceremony site on the beautiful outdoor deck

Wild Basin Lodge Wedding Photographers - Allenspark, CO | the dog and her dog bed came out to the ceremony site on the beautiful outdoor deck

Harley the dog and her dog bed came out to the ceremony site on the beautiful outdoor deck to watch her parents get married.

Wild Basin Lodge Outdoor Ceremony Site image of the couple as They wrapped each other up in a big embrace for their first kiss

Wild Basin Lodge Outdoor Ceremony Site Pics | They wrapped each other up in a big embrace for their first kiss

They wrapped each other up in a big embrace for their first kiss as husband and wife on the deck overlooking the St. Vrain River. A wildfire in western Colorado cast an orange haze over the entire place.

Wedding Picture with a view from Wild Basin Lodge, Allenspark, Colorado as the couple headed to the rooftop balcony

Wedding Picture at Wild Basin Lodge, Allenspark, Colorado | the couple headed to the rooftop balcony

After dinner, the couple headed to the rooftop balcony to watch the spectacular sunset over the rocky mountains.

Colorado Mountain Ring Detail Photo of the wedding ring inlayed with emeralds

Allenspark, CO - Ring Detail Photos | wedding ring inlayed with emeralds

Kris's wedding ring inlayed with emeralds contrasted with the lodge's roaring fire in the foyer.

Outdoor Fall Wedding image at Wild Basin Lodge Venue of The couple celebrating their first dance at their ceremony site

Weddings at Wild Basin Lodge, Allenspark - Venue Photos | The couple wanted to celebrate their first dance at their ceremony site

Peak fall colors surrounded the lodge in early October. The couple wanted to celebrate their first dance at their ceremony site, this time surrounded by twinkle lights. I rushed up to the third floor balcony to grab this top-down view on the deck.