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Alyssa and Harry - Independence Pass Elopement - Colorado Adventure Elopement Photographer

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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!

Heather and Darren - Maroon Bells Destination Wedding - Aspen Intimate Wedding Photographer - Aspen, Colorado

Darren kissing Heather on the cheek.

My New Years Resolution this year (I know what you're thinking - it's March girl, time to let that go) was to blog more. Way more. Like, I made a goal for myself to blog about my amazing clients once a week - starting with all the stuff I shot over the last two years that I didn't get to blog about because I was either preparing/pushing a baby out of my body or taking care of said baby. And I'm determined to stick to it. Even if it means going way back, because these stories deserve be shared and told. So, with that said, here is Heather and Darren's rainy yet stunning intimate wedding from last August at the Maroon Bells. 

Sometimes, no matter how much you plan and prepare, there are still forces against you on your wedding day. A vendor is running late. There is an electrical issue. The best man forgets his pants. Mother Nature decides she's in a mood and is gonna bring everyone down with her. 2017 brought all of the above, but man, Mama N was especially tough to deal with. It seems as though every other weekend I was dealing with some scarzy (yes that's scary and crazy in one word, I typed it out like that and have decided it will remain as such) weather. And all of my couples were like "WELP. Let's do this!", which I think speaks volumes as to the kinds of people they will be when hard times come their way, and how they will face the ups and downs that come with being in a committed relationship.

When Heather and Darren arrived at the Maroon Bells for their wedding ceremony, they didn't even bat an eyelash. Rain? Grab an umbrella folks. This is happening. They walked down the aisle in the rain, were trekking through the mud for me, and eventually Heather even went wading in the lake (which actually helped get some mud and dirt off the bottom of her dress). H & D, thank you so much for letting me capture your love at the Maroon Bells and for being so incredibly cool! 

Maroon Bells on a foggy summer day.
Maroon Bells Amphitheater sign.
Heather walking down with her dad during her Maroon Bells Ceremony.
A wedding guest at this Maroon Bells Destination Wedding.
Darren taking in Heather during their Maroon Bells Wedding.
Heather and Darren's Wedding Guests at their Maroon Bells Wedding Ceremony. 
Rainy day ceremony at the Maroon Bells.
Heather during her Maroon Bells Wedding Ceremony
Heather and Darren during their wedding vows at the Maroon Bells.
Heather during their wedding vows at the Maroon Bells.
Heather and Darren's ring bearer, their yellow lab.
The bride and groom during their vows.
A guest using a disposable camera.
Heather and Darren exchanging rings at the Maroon Bells.
Maroon Bells Wedding with their officiant.
Heather while Darren is expressing his love during their Maroon Bells ceremony.
An emotional officiant.
Heather laughing during Darrens vows.
Darren laughing at Heathers vows.
Right before they say I do!
A guest at this Maroon Bells wedding ceremony.
Heather and Darren before they say I do.
A happy bride on her wedding day.
Heather and Darren exchanging rings.
Heather and Darren sharing their first kiss as husband and wife at the Maroon Bells!
Heather and Darren embracing during their rainy day ceremony.
Heather's wedding flowers.
Heather and Darren slow dancing together.
Darren holding Heather close.
Heather standing in front of Maroon Bells.
Heather and Darren enjoying their first dance as husband and wife in a field.
Heather holding Darren in front of the Maroon Bells.
Darren and Heather during their Aspen Destination Wedding.
Heather and Darren walking through a field in front of the Maroon Bells.
Heather and Darren when the sun came out during their Maroon Bells wedding.
Heather and Darren on the left, Heather walking towards the lake on the right.
Heather and Darren holding hands during their Maroon Bells Elopement.
Heather and Darren laughing as they walk the trails at the Maroon Bells on their wedding day.
Heather decided to take a quick dip in the lake!
Heather and Darren having an intimate embrace.
Heather and Darren posing in front of the bells.
Heather and Darren sharing an intimate moment after their Maroon Bells cerermony
It was so muddy during their Aspen Wedding but Heather and Darren did not mind at all!

Listening to: Altered Carbon on Netflix. This show is ridiculous.