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Colorado Mountain Wedding

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Elegant, simple, and breathtaking–if I only had a few words to succinctly describe Madison and Bryce’s Colorado mountain wedding, that’s how I’d describe it. 

Thankfully, though, I have room for a few more than that.

Madison and Bryce are an adventurous couple who knew they wanted to plan an elopement day that was intentional, meaningful, and solely for the two of them. Not only do they love to explore together, but they’re also down to experience new adventures together. Many of their days spent together involve hiking, fishing, or some sort of new adventure with them and their pups. 

So, when I suggested tackling a short (somewhat challenging but worth the view) hike in a new spot where I’d never captured an elopement before, they were already on board.

Madison and Bryce had their elopement priorities set before I ever met them. They weren’t concerned with packing in a ton of locations in a single day. They weren’t overly concerned with how much they could see or do in the span of a few hours. 

A bride and groom explore a Colorado mountain during their sunset Sapphire Point elopement.

For them, it wasn’t about the rush of a challenging hike or seeing as many beautiful things as possible in a short amount of time. 

What they wanted most was the ability to spend time together soaking in the magic of their wedding day–and a jaw-dropping view or two wouldn’t hurt. 

On the day of their summer elopement near the 10-Mile Range, I met them both at the trailhead in the Breckenridge area. Equipped with their backpacks, bouquet, wedding cake, and hiking clothes, we started our trek up the mountain, anxiously anticipating a panorama of views we’d all heard was breathtaking. 

About a mile and a half into their hike, Madison and Bryce stepped off the trail and separated. 

She hung her dress up on a tree just off the trail and started getting ready. Bryce stepped aside, too, picking a spot where he could put on his wedding attire away from Madison. 

A bride and groom hike up a mountain to their Sapphire Point wedding in their hiking clothes, anticipating changing into their wedding attire a few more miles up the trail.

A bride and groom scramble up a Colorado mountain wearing their wedding attire during their Colorado mountain elopement.

There, on a silent trail in Colorado where it was just the two of the for miles, they had their first look. Bryce turned around in awe, embracing Madison. They held onto each other for a moment, absorbing the minutes of quiet solace they’d wanted and chased on their wedding day–something that every couple deserves, no matter how they choose to get married.

Madison and Bryce hiked the rest of the way in their wedding attire like adventurous champs. When we reached the peak–the spot I’d been dying to share with an eloping couple for a long time–they set up for their private elopement ceremony. 

What I loved about Madison and Bryce is that they were the perfect example of how a simple, elegant elopement doesn’t mean a bare-bones elopement that lacks meaning or important details.  

They brought their personal bibles, worn from use and equipped with two stickers of their beloved dogs on the inside cover. Though their pups couldn’t join us for their elopement ceremony physically, there’s no doubt they were there in spirit. They read meaningful scripture together before sharing their handwritten vows with one another. 

Madison and Bryce exchanged rings, enthusiastically popped champagne, and devoured a delicious wedding cake as they looked at the beautiful Colorado vistas surrounding them. They snuggled in close under a blanket to fight the top-of-the-mountain wind chill. 

A bride reads her handwritten vows to her husband during their Sapphire Point wedding ceremony.

A bride and groom share their wedding cake on top of a Sapphire Point elopement.

What Madison and Bryce wanted most of all wasn’t a private or quiet day–they wanted one that felt comfortable and authentic. Madison and Bryce knew what made them happy–a beautiful hike, moments together, experiencing something new–and they prioritized those elements over everything. 

They created a day filled with laughter, romance, and comfort–a day that was so authentically them that every moment felt perfect, pure, and right. In my opinion, there’s no such thing as one right way to have an adventure elopement, but I do think there’s a right attitude–one that’s focused on putting your love above all else. 

Madison and Bryce came to me as experts in that–all I had to do was capture that love as authentically as possible. 

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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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