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Winter Telluride CO Elopement

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When most people think of adventure elopements, they automatically assume a couple is dead-set on hiking up an epic mountain, tirelessly marching toward an epic view, or doing something absolutely wild to create an over-the-top wedding day.

But truthfully, an adventure elopement isn’t always about the wild views or crazy hikes, or once-in-a-lifetime experiences. At their core, adventure elopements are simply about marrying the love of your life exactly the way you want to. 

Sometimes that does mean an epic hike. Sometimes it means taking a helicopter to the top of a glacier. Sometimes it means rappelling down from a gorgeous viewpoint.

But other times, it means walking around a mountain town in Colorado in the midst of a winter wonderland, exploring a bookstore feeling like you’re smack-dab in the middle of a fairytale, and rolling with the punches that an unexpected blizzard brought on your wedding day. 

A couple holds each other close during their winter Telluride elopement in the snow.

Those things might not sound like they have anything in common–but they do. They’re all things that people have chosen as their ideal wedding days–and that’s the real adventure of it all. 

Leah and Chris had planned for the most beautiful winter Telluride elopement in the stunning outdoors. Surrounded by winter white, they’d dreamed of beautiful, snowy views and jaw-dropping backdrops for their elopement photos.

And, of course, Colorado delivered–but perhaps just a touch too much. The winter snow they’d wanted did come–the problem was it kept coming. An unexpected winter blizzard changed their elopement plans, but only a touch. 

Though they’d planned to have their winter Telluride elopement outdoors, they ended up setting up their ceremony right there in their gorgeous, bright Airbnb. The two had splurged on a stunning place to stay, which worked out beautifully for their just-them elopement ceremony. 

Before they kicked things off, they spent time intentionally getting ready for their big day. They got ready separately so they could each soak in the authentic, solo moments they each wanted as they prepared for one of the most important days of their lives. They also both really wanted to have a surprise first look–something I always encourage.

Because their elopement ceremony plans had shifted a bit, we had plenty of time to slow down and embrace their getting-ready moments. This was one of the greatest gifts the blizzard could have given them, I think. They were able to take their time, slow things down, and even call Leah’s parents and talk to them before the ceremony. 

What I loved about Leah was how expressive she was. Leah was never afraid to express and illustrate her emotions on her wedding day–and that’s something I wish more people would embrace. Your elopement day is about your love for your partner and expressing it in the most natural way possible. Leah and Chris were both wonderfully open with their emotions, and that’s something that made their day exceptionally magical. 

Before they began getting ready for their first look, Leah gifted Chris something incredibly sentimental;  two pieces of artwork from his favorite artist. Together, they viewed the pieces on the hardwood floor of their Airbnb, soaking in the bliss of the moment.  

The bride and grooms day didn't unfold as they planned, but that didn't stop them from exploring an old bookstore–the perfect addition to their winter Telluride elopement.

A bride and groom explore the snowy streets of Telluride during their winter Telluride elopement.

We took our time getting ready, snapping some photos, and having their first look. Their indoor ceremony turned out more beautiful than I could have imagined. 

The gorgeous natural light gave everything a soft glow. They laughed together; they cried together. They read their handwritten vows to each other as a blizzard coated the outside world in a fresh blanket of snow.

When the weather had calmed, Leah and Chris drove into downtown Telluride to explore the magical winter wonderland that was laid out before them. Everywhere we looked, the town had been blanketed in white, glistening snow. In most areas, we were the only people around, and it truly felt as though this moment had been somehow reserved just for the two of them. 

It was magical–it almost felt like a fairytale. 

They explored the snowy town of Telluride, often stopping to snuggle up for warmth, pose for a photo, or just soak in the magic around them.

We popped into a brewery for a beer (Chris loved breweries) and explored a Telluride bookstore (Leah is a book aficionado who’s actually writing her own). The lovely owners of the bookstore even stayed open late so the couple could explore, take a few fairytale-inspired photos (think Belle from Beauty and the Beast), and soak it all in. 

As their day was coming to a close, a man approached Leah and Chris. He congratulated them, asking them if he could take a quick video for them on their wedding day. We were all a little confused, but Leah and Chris happily obliged as they walked through the snowy streets of Telluride. 

It turns out the man that had approached them was American director Jason Ensler. He took some footage and then edited a short video of them that he later sent them as a wedding gift of sorts. 

It was yet another part of their day that felt like pure magic. 

Leah and Chris’ winter Telluride elopement is the perfect example of what I love about adventure elopements.

Even if the entire day doesn’t go according to plan, even if you have to shift to Plan B, even if things unfold in ways you never anticipated, you still end up with exactly what you wanted in the first place–marrying the love of your life.

The bride gets ready during her winter Telluride elopement.

The bride pulls on her fabulous boots for her elopement ceremony during her winter Telluride elopement.


On the floor of the Airbnb, the bride and groom arranged their meaningful items they'd use during their winter Telluride elopement ceremony.

The bride and groom trek through the snow on their way to their elopement in the snowy streets of Telluride, Colorado.

A bride and groom hold each other close as they explore the fresh snow during their winter Telluride elopement.

A bride and groom bundle up in their warm clothes as they walk through the Telluride streets during their winter Colorado elopement.



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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."

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"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!"

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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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