After COVID-19 postponed their large wedding twice, Courtney and Christopher decided an elopement at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado was the perfect way to get married. This made the decision to indefinitely postpone their large wedding for when it is safe to gather again much easier because that didn’t also mean that they had to postpone starting their lives together as husband and wife!
Even though a lot of people are still new to the idea of eloping it has been becoming more well known every single year. In 2020 elopements have become even more popular with the strict limitations on the number of people that can gather safely for weddings. Elopements may be new to some people, but they have been around in Colorado for a very long time! In fact, I photographed my first elopement in Colorado in 2011 and I have been photographing elopements in Rocky Mountain National Park since 2013. I even have this great post on places to elope in Rocky Mountain National Park if you’re reading this and that’s something you’re considering!
Courtney and Christopher met each other through their best friends. She was the maid of honor in their upcoming wedding and Chris was the Best Man. They met at their mutual friend’s daughter’s first birthday party a few months before the wedding and the rest was history! Courtney says, “We had an instant spark and were pretty much inseparable right away.”
Even though having a Colorado elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park wasn’t originally on the agenda, they both embraced the idea and made the most of it. Courtney shared, “Although we would have loved to have our original wedding as planned surrounded by our family and friends, I think we are most excited that it will just be the two of us. Romantic and intimate. Also, very spontaneous and adventurous which I think adds a whole other aspect to it as well.”
Adventurous is right! I always jokingly (well, half jokingly) ask people if they’re down to play in the water because it makes for some fun and unique photos. When there’s a wedding dress involved the answer is almost always no, which is understandable. However, before I even suggested it they were both so down for getting in the water after their ceremony and splashing around together at sunset! The water is snow-melt and absolutely freezing but it was 100% worth it and hands down made this Sprague Lake elopement one of the best I’ve seen!