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Adventure Wedding in Colorado

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Julie and Robert see their marriage as the greatest adventure–that’s why they knew they wanted to start it with something that followed suit.

Their adventure wedding in Colorado was peppered with gorgeous views, rewarding hikes, stunning sunrises, beautiful moments, and one-of-a-kind intimacy you simply cannot get from a traditional wedding. 

Both Julie and Robert wanted to spend their wedding day soaking in what it meant to be married, so they opted for a just-them elopement. No guests, no receptions, and no expectations set by anyone else. Instead, they chose the opportunity to embrace their day their way, exactly how they wanted to. And for them, that meant starting the day at 3 in the morning to hike up a gorgeous mountain in the dark.

Even though Julie and Robert started their wedding before the crack of dawn, their energy was buzzing when I met up with them. Because we started the trek up in the dark, there wasn’t a chance to truly look upon and admire the beauty of our surroundings. We did, however, take a few moments to capture some beautiful star photos–one of the many perks of beginning an elopement day in the dark. 

When we arrived at their spot, Julie and Robert parted ways to get ready for their day. Each of them took their time preparing for their first look. Julie slipped into a stunning gown while Robert donned a blue suit. 

As the sun slowly rose and the mountain sky was painted in breathtaking color, Julie approached Robert at the edge of a lake. She tapped him on the shoulder, and he turned, taking in the beautiful site of Julie in her wedding dress.

They took a few moments to soak in their first looks of each other in their wedding attire. Then, they explored around the lake until they found the perfect spot to enjoy the sunrise and read letters from their loved ones. 

They took their time reading letters and letting the sun come up slowly around them. This is something I truly love about the magic of eloping. The only timeline you’re on is your own–if you want to sit and soak in a view and let the magic of the day surround you, you can. There are no guests to please and no reception timeline to worry about. 

All you need to concern yourself with is the love of your life and the wedding day of your dreams. 


When Julie and Robert were ready, we hiked around a bit more, seeking out the perfect spot for their elopement ceremony. Along the edge of the lake, with the clouds reflecting in the still water, Julie and Robert said their handwritten vows, read out of their own leather vow books. As they exchanged vows, rings, and their first kiss, they were lost in the stillness and sweetness of a day they’d hand-picked. They did exactly what I wish every couple would do–throw expectations of others to the wind, choose each other, and experience a wedding day that’s purely about them. 

They took a step further, too. Instead of just soaking in the moment and admiring the gorgeous lake from afar, they decided to hop into two rafts and go for a wedding day kayak adventure–still in their wedding attire, of course. 

They paddled around for a bit before stopping off at a small island in the middle of the lake to enjoy a few quiet moments of total solace, just the two of them (no elopement photographer included). 

On the hike back down the mountain, Julie and Robert, still in their wedding attire, were greeted with an abundance of congratulations from hikers passing by. This time, we could see the beauty we had missed on the hike up in the dark. 

We took a few more moments to really embrace our surroundings on the hike down before driving over to a gorgeous pass for more photos. 

Afterward, we drove back to their cute Airbnb, right on the river. They posed for photos and popped champagne–they even had a few passersby on rafts photobomb some of their photos. Julie and Robert loved every minute of it.

Their 8-hour day was filled to the brim with excitement, love, joy, and sentimentality–and that’s a day worth everything. They say your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life. And I believe that. That’s why I’m so happy when people like Julie and Robert believe that, too. 

If I could give any soon-to-be eloping couples advice, it would be to embrace their wants and desires the way Julie and Robert did. It would be to plan the day that’s perfect for them–not someone else’s standards. 

Marrying the love of your life should be the most epic start to an incredible adventure–so have your kind of adventurous wedding day to honor that. 

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Alex, Coastal Elopement

"We loved our experience having Marcela as our elopement day photographer.

What was even more special about our experience was her ability to set us at ease months before our day. Through constant communication leading up to, and during, the day we got eloped. Her personality is that, in just four days time, we felt as if we've known her for years. 

Ah, but you're wondering about her photos. We loved every thing about them especially the raw emotion captured in many of the shots."

Caitlin, Alpine Lake Elopement

"My husband and I have been trying to put into words how simply amazing working with Marcela was.

From the start we could tell she truly cared about us, our relationship, and our story. She asked us so many questions, valued what we wanted, and kept up with the ever changing plans that came along with planning a wedding.

She made us feel so comfortable, made us laugh till we cried, and captured our true wholesome love for each other."

"We loved every moment of the day she helped create. Marcela was the perfect photographer for our adventure elopement! She worked tirelessly to make our adventure into marriage happen after our first options were snowed in! Great Sand Dunes felt like the perfect unique place for two Floridians who met in the mountains.

She made us comfortable to be ourselves throughout the whole day while making her job look effortless and fun. Our cheeks hurt from smiling, laughing and a few tears.

Marcela captured every precious moment! Her photography is absolutely stunning every way! I highly recommend Marcela for your elopement or wedding!"

Lauren, Sand Dunes Elopement

Amy, Forest Elopement

"Instead of telling us how to pose or interact with each other, Marcela gave us prompts that seemed simple but made a huge difference.

She asked us to talk about our first date. We discussed the weirdest things we loved about each other (which made us laugh) and how we could fulfill each other’s love languages. Amy and I played games with each other and Marcela captured the energy that happened naturally between us.

I love this shoot because it perfectly captures the love we share. It’s incredible to see that love and admiration encapsulated in a photo! Thank you for this!"

Chris, Anniversary Session

"The photos we just got back from Marcela are giving me CHILLS!! They are absolutely stunning!!!

She did SO MUCH more than just photograph us — she created special moments that I’ll cherish forever. She encouraged Con & I to genuinely interact & share intimate moments together. She prompted us to tell each other things that we love about one other, ways that the other person inspires us, & how being together has positively changed us.

It was more than just a beach shoot. We ended up giving each other precious, heart melting encouragement & that makes these photos all the more treasured to me."

Andrea, Red Rocks Elopement

"We had a pre-meet with her before the big day which definitely helped me feel more relaxed going into the wedding day. She gave us great suggestions and things to think about to be ready with on the wedding. On the day of she showed up early to help scope out the venue. She was creative to try and pull extra joy into our photographs.

When I look at these photos I see more than just beautiful images. I feel the moments that Marcela helped us experience and the connection we had.

I can't thank Marcela enough! We will treasure these moments forever!"

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