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Fall Denver Elopement

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When Marilia and Jayme decided they wanted to get married, they wanted something different than their day-to-day. As a couple currently living in Florida, they wanted to trade out beaches and heat for cooler, more vibrant mountain elopement–especially because they wanted to be married in the Fall.

Together, they chose a Fall Denver elopement–something just far enough outside of the city that they could truly experience the beauty of Colorado Fall but something close enough that it was a simple, streamlined trip. 

They picked a gorgeous spot near Evergreen, Colorado–one of my favorites I’ve found in the area to date. 

Jayme and Marilia wanted a day that was about their love–they didn’t want it to be over-the-top or extravagant. They opted for a stunning ceremony at a breathtaking spot in Colorado, just the two of them. 

When I met up with Jayme and Marilia at their spot, they wanted to dive right into their elopement ceremony. Though they had handwritten vows they wanted to read, they chose to hire an officiant to guide them through a more traditional ceremony

In Colorado, couples have the choice to self-solemnize, which means they are not legally required to have an officiant or witnesses present during their wedding ceremony for their marriage to be recognized. 

This is another super important thing I love to explain about elopements–even if something isn’t required, you can still do whatever it is that you want. 

For some, a more traditional ceremony led by an officiant is very important. And that’s perfect. For others, an officiant, witnesses, and a ceremony led by someone else won’t matter. That’s perfect, too. There are no rules when you choose to elope–whatever makes you happy on your day is the right way to elope. 

Both Jayme and Marilia read their handwritten vows to each other in Portuguese atop a stunning mountain vista in Evergreen, something only the two of them would understand. It’s moments like these and choices like these that make eloping so incredibly special. 

When you elope, you get the freedom to express your love for your partner the way you want–and if that means vowing your love and commitment to them in another language, so it’s personal, intimate, and meaningful, that’s wholly perfect.  

After their ceremony, we explored the mountain a bit. The two of them hiked around, playfully soaking in their first few moments as husband and wife. We snapped a few couple portraits in new spots and in the gorgeous, changing light. 

Though it was early Fall, we found the smallest pile of snow while exploring the mountain. To my surprise, the couple said it was Jayme’s first time ever seeing snow. We couldn’t not get a few photos of them standing in Jayme’s first snow pile! 

Marilia and Jayme spent a few more hours together exploring and soaking in their first day being married. They ran around on the mountain roads, playfully exploring the area. They even requested we get a few shots in front of their very sporty rental car (it looked so beautiful winding around those mountain roads). 

As far as elopement coverage, Marilia and Jayme’s Fall Denver elopement was on the shorter side, clocking in at just about four hours.

While I always tell couples to get more coverage than they think they might need (because the day really flies by), Marilia and Jayme actually picked the perfect amount of coverage for what they had in mind.

They weren’t chasing a crazy hike filled with physical challenges or an elaborate ceremony dotted with a ton of glitz and glamour. What they wanted most was to have a meaningful elopement ceremony their way on the top of a mountain. 

And they did just 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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