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Breckenridge Ski Resort Wedding

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When any couple approaches me about getting married, the first thing I try to explain to them is that eloping can be any kind of adventure they want. Often, couples want to hike to the perfect peak to say their vows at sunrise. Other times, people seek the ultimate Jeep trail on their wedding day for a little adrenaline and a lot less physical exertion than hiking.

No matter what a couple is after, I always tell them the same thing–it’s your day, so do exactly what you want to do. 

When Kaitlyn and Ryan told me they wanted nothing more than to ski the slopes of Breckenridge on their wedding day surrounded by their closest people, I told them the same thing–it’s your day, so do exactly what you want to do. 

Truly, they took my advice to heart, creating a day that was so uniquely them, so filled with adventure and so much pure fun that I still think back on it when I envision what an ideal wedding day feels like. Their Breckenridge Ski Resort wedding was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. 

A bride and groom look into each others' during their Breckenridge Ski Resort elopement.

When I met them at their Airbnb on a cold March morning, evidence of a party from the night before was all over the house. Cutout photos of the couples’ dogs with cute little comments were all over. Taylor Swift lyrics were pasted on the walls. As it turns out, Kaitlyn’s sweet friends threw her a night-before-the-wedding bachelorette party. Her initial party–which was going to be a Taylor Swift concert–had been canceled because of the pandemic.  Her friends took it upon themselves to give her a cute, quaint little Breckenridge bachelorette party right before she said her vows. 

The wedding parties got ready, ate breakfast, and took their time as they soaked in a slow, chilly morning. In March, Breckenridge is still the perfect picture of a snowy Colorado. Blankets of white covered everything, and everyone made sure to bundle up to stay warm throughout the day. 

Kaitlyn and Ryan got ready separately. We made our way to the ceremony location, keeping Kaitlyn and Ryan from seeing each other. There, in the dazzling white snow, they had an intimate, private first-look moment. Something I love about couples like Ryan and Kaitlyn is that they valued two things simultaneously–spending intentional time alone together on their wedding day and inviting the people they loved the most to spend the day with them.

They’re the perfect example of the sentiment “why not both?” Because when you elope, you really can have both things at once. 

We all took our places for their ceremony. Kaitlyn, holding a bouquet with her grandfather’s picture hanging on it, took Ryan’s hands as they said their vows. Her brother officiated the ceremony, tying together another special, family-included moment for the couple. As the snow came down, Ryan and Kaitlyn read their handwritten vows from their leather vow books. When they had their first kiss as a married couple, the snow made everything even more magical than it already was. 


A bride and groom say their vows during their snowy elopement ceremony in Breckenrige.

A bride and groom carve down the mountain on their skis and snowboard during their Breckenridge Ski Resort wedding.

Their day had already been filled with so many special moments. But for Ryan and Kaitlyn, the excitement had really only just begun. The entire group headed over to the Breckenridge Ski Resort to kick off the adventure that Ryan and Kaitlyn wanted for their day–a few runs on the slopes with their loved ones. The best part of it all? Kaitlyn and Ryan did the whole thing in their wedding attire. 

Kaitlyn strapped on her skis, Ryan grabbed his snowboard, and they and their loved ones hit the slopes to explore and adventure like never before. We stopped for a few photo opportunities, but mostly, they just had a blast tearing up the mountain on their wedding day, dressed in their best, and surrounded by the people they loved most. 

The day ended with drinks, food, and a little warmth at a restaurant right near the ski resort. It was a day filled with adventure, excitement, and examples of seriously cool activities. But ultimately, it was a day filled with love, intention, and genuine connection. 

That’s the thing about getting married exactly how you want. You can do what you want, when you want, with whoever you want there–and as long as you’re following your heart, the day is perfect. 

Kaitlyn and Ryan never hesitated to do something out of the norm. They blended tradition with whatever they felt like doing. Because they, like so many couples out there, really get it–there are no rules when you get married. 

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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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