Kaity and Kyle’s winter elopement at Sapphire Point was backup plan #4 if you can believe it! Getting married during a global pandemic takes some serious flexibility and planning and these two made the most of it and ended up having the most dreamy, snowglobe-esque, beautiful, snowy mountain elopement near Breckenridge at the Sapphire Point Overlook.
Plan A for this wonderful couple was a small wedding at the Evergreen Memorial Barn. However, gathering limitations, travel restrictions and the health risk of having their wedding when our COVID-19 cases were still on the rise wasn’t the best or safest option for anyone. Rather than cancelling their larger celebration all together, Kaity and Kyle decided to have an intimate mountain elopement with just the two of them and postpone their larger celebration to 2021. As Miley Cyrus would say (90’s reference… it’s fine, everything is fine) they got the best of both worlds by going this route!
Plan B was to elope at an alpine line in Breckenridge! This lake is typically accessible this early in October, and would’ve been accessible the day before since it was a 70º bluebird day, but mother nature was throwing out some serious warnings that snow may be pushing through – which would have closed the gate and left us 4 miles away from their elopement spot!
So we moved along to Plan C – Loveland Pass. Loveland Pass almost never closes and certainly not in October. The forecast was only calling for an inch or so of snow and over an hour after their planned elopement time, so we set our sights on the new location and all headed that direction. Well, Accuweather was just a little bit off on their prediction and a white out blizzard ended up happening hours before their elopement was supposed to start. Loveland Pass even closed, which almost never happens because its the only route some vehicles can take if they don’t fit in the tunnel. It was absolute insanity.
Through spotty cell service, blizzard conditions and a closed elopement location we all managed to get in touch with each other and move to Plan D, Sapphire Point in Dillon Colorado. Even though this location was a backup to a backup to a backup, it wasn’t any less perfect of an option. The fresh blanket of snow made it feel like these two were exchanging vows inside of an actual snow globe. And when I say blanket, 7″ of snow fell in under 3 hours – absolutely wild for early October. Just as they finished their ceremony the clouds moved out and the sun popped out so we had a beautiful view of the sky, lake and mountains and we had the entirety of a usually very crowded Sapphire Point all to ourselves! Words can’t even do it justice, so I’m glad I have the photos as real life magical proof.
I’m looking forward to celebrating with these two for their larger celebration in 2021 with their family and friends and am so honored to have documented this special intimate elopement day with just the two of them!
Elopement Photographer: Sharee Davenport
Elopement Officiant: Phil Gallagher
Hair and Makeup: Weemala
Florist: Bloom Flower Shop
Rings: Shane Company and Staghead Designs
Elopement Dress: Lulus