An elopement couple in wedding attire kissing on a lake dock in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement

On January 14, 2023 Logan & Nick eloped at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park and I had the privilege of photographing it. Their Lily Lake elopement was on the nicest blue-sky day we had in January. Logan & Nick said “I Do” on the Lily Lake dock, with their favorite people in attendance. After the ceremony we took some portraits on and around the dock before heading further into the park for even more photos. We chatted in the car about all of the adventures they had taken together, how their relationship bloomed, and why they decided on a Lily Lake elopement. When we got to our second location we fought (successfully) for a parking space only to be greated by howling wind. We persevered and took some gorgeous photos of them out on the frozen Bear Lake with Hallett Peak as the backdrop- a Rocky Mountain National Park staple.

Afterwards it was back to the AirBnB for a break, and Logan & Nick changed into comfy clothes to sign their wedding license and hang out! Logan baked and iced their wedding cake while I edited some of their photos to get to them right then. After some snacks, we headed back out in time for sunset portraits. For an hour we ran around one of my favorite spots in the park, taking amazing portraits of them while the sun went down. We were rewarded with one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen.

A couple in casual attire on their wedding day holding their Colorado marriage license.

Once the sun went down we returned to their AirBnB for their reception with friends and family. They got to snack and converse with their favorite people before cutting their wedding cake and sharing a cake pop! To wrap up the night they took everyone out to dinner at Estes Park’s best restaurant- Bird & Jim.

Rocky Mountain National Park elopements hold a special place in my heart. Every single one is unique, beautiful, and so FUN! Estes Park is the perfect little town to host you, and your favorite people if you choose to invite them along for the ride. In town you can find multiple dinner options, lots of housing choices, plus some amazing bakeries, florists, make-up artists, the list goes on. Within the park you find jaw-dropping views, ones you can hike to and ones that are accessible and you can drive right up to! Rocky Mountain National Park elopements can be completely customized to you and your person. Lily Lake is only one of the many gorgeous ceremony spots within the park!

A couple in winter wedding attire. They are eloping in Rocky Mountain National Park. She is holding a colorful bouquet of flowers.

“Samantha is amazing, amazing, AMAZING! She was so easy to work with and made the entire process enjoyable. We threw together a very quick elopement and saved “photographer” as one of our last to-do’s (because we’re insane, I guess). She was easy to communicate with, and made the sessions go so smoothly. She was professional and kind throughout. The resulting photo album speaks for itself! Sam- you are in the right business! Thank you a million times over for being part of our day!”

-Logan & Nick

Planning your own Lily Lake Elopement or planning to elope in the park? Here are some helpful links:

My Guide to Eloping in Rocky Mountain National Park

Basic Information From RMNP

Marriage Licenses in Larimer County

I’d love to photograph your Rocky Mountain National Park elopement, and I’ll even help you plan it! I look forward to chatting with you!

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