When Alyssa and Harry reached out to me, they were just starting their lives together in Colorado. Newly engaged, they were super eager to do the damn thing and elope - they had been in a long distance relationship for 2 years, and were just super excited about finally living in the same city together. Both are avid adventurers, and live for backpacking, camping, hiking and everything in between, so it made sense to plan an awesome mountain elopement in Aspen, CO.
Being a wedding photographer in Colorado is an amazing job because it means that I get to also photograph destination weddings and elopements. I spend a lot of my time researching hikes and areas for mountain engagement sessions and elopements all over the state (which by the way, I’ve been here 10 years and every time I think I have seen everything Colorado has to offer, something new appears!), and figuring out what will work best for couples. Alyssa and Harry knew they wanted to hike somewhere amazing, as long as the weather worked out!
The original plan was to hike out on the top of Independence Pass and elope at sunrise, but there was a crazy winter storm in the forecast and for my clients, safety is my top priority. Instead, we hiked around and did a few photos up on the pass, and then hiked further down on Independence Pass, in an area that was a little less exposed and more secluded. Luckily we beat the storm!
We ended the day with Alyssa and Harry sharing cupcakes and walking through some aspens, which were hanging on to the last little bit of fall. I am seriously so glad I got to witness this part of their lives, and that they were so open to quick last minute changes! Enjoy!