FAVORITE ELOPEMENT LOCATIONS IN COLORADO
Colorado is such a beautiful state with so many opportunities for beautiful views and backgrounds for your elopement
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ALL ABOUT Eloping in Colorado
HOW TO GO ABOUT CHOOSING YOUR LOCATION
Colorado is the perfect place for your elopement and has just about anything and everything that you can ask for, other than the beaches.
If location and landscape are support important to you and where you tie the knot, then I would start by figuring out what type of landscape is the most important and what type of activities you would like to do on your special day. I would start by figuring out the activities and then figure out the location that is best suited for that.
Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, ask yourself if it is feasible, especially if you plan to have guests. Can your kids hike 10 miles up a mountain? Can your parents handle a 2 hour 4×4 jeeping trip? Can you two handle being outside in the cold for 8 hours straight? These are all things that have to be taken into account. If you plan on having other vendors there (officiant, HMUA, musician, etc), what type of equipment do they have and is it easy to transport?
Keeping all the above in mind is very important when it comes to planning and choosing a location. In addition to accessibilty, the other importnat thing to consider is the land itself. Can wherever you want to go support an elopement? Are we following Leave No Trace everywhere we go?
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF FOR ELOPEMENT PLANNING
1. What does the perfect day look like?
2. If there is not a where involved in that vision, where are some of your favorite spots and why?
3. Do you want to include anyone in your elopement day? That includes vendors? Who and why?
4. Does everything that you have thought about so far fall in line with your budget planning? If no, is there something you can cut back on to keep your vision attainable?
5. Does everything to this point fall in line with Leave No Trace? Does the environment that you want support people and/or a small event?
6. Is everything that you are looking for realistic? Is anything too ambitious? Or are you looking fore more adventure? Did you take the altitude or weather into account here?
7. Make sure to look up lodging options in your area. Is there enough lodging for your potential guests? Are there events going on in the area on the date or dates you are looking at?
8. And how far you willing to travel on your elopement day? Whether it is by car, foot, or another means of transport?
Maggie and Priscilla’s beautiful Hoosier Pass winter elopement.
favorite elopement locations in colorado
I CONSIDER ELOPEMENTS TO BE 15 PEOPLE AND UNDER SO ALL THE AREAS THAT I AM RECOMMENDING BELOW ARE PERFECT FOR THAT SIZE. ANY MORE THAN THAT RUN INTO ISSUES WITH LEAVE NO TRACE SO MY RECOMMENDATIONS WILL LIKELY CHANGE IF YOU HAVE MORE PEOPLE.
THE DUGOUT – a seperate building on the farm near the barn
There are two spots at Venetucci Farms that they have designated as their “getting ready” areas: The Dugout and The Gathering Place.
The Dugout is a building near the barn that has an open floor plan layout and has a great space to hold 10 – 15 people. There are some couches, chairs, tables, board games, mirrors, etc. in the Dugout. There is a place to hang outdoors where the building will hide the wedding party from those in the barn.
The Gathering Place is located in the lower level of the barn and is a 2 minute walk from the Dugout. The main getting ready area is equipped with spaces for hair and makeup and has floor length mirrors.
THE GATHERING PLACE – a cozy space in the lower level of the barn.
Neither location has much in the way of natural light and there are few to no windows. Make sure you have your OCF and/or speed lights charged and ready to go.
THE BLUFF – the outdoor ceremony space that is near the barn and overlooks the Rocky Mountains
There are two locations at Venetucci Farms that are great for ceremonies: The Bluff and The Barn.
The Bluff is beautiful and I highly recommend if weather is on your side. That being said, there is little to no coverage so making sure your timing is right for the season is important.
The Barn is great year round and is perfect if you want something to protect you from the elements.
IF THER CEREMONY IS IN THE AFTERNOON AT THE BLUFF, the couple will be backlit. If the ceremony is in the barn, your couple will be side lit from the windows.
THE BARN – a great spot for a cozy indoor intimate wedding
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
The Coop is the perfect area for cocktail hour. This area is a small, open building that is surrounded by open space which makes it perfect for mingling and cocktail hour things.
Inside the Coop is a built in bar which is great for your bartender so they have a designated place to set up for cocktail hour. There is also plenty of space to put in tables to put our appetizers or your catering team can set up in that space and pass apps out of that space.
Outside of the building are picnic tables and high top tables for your guests to sit and/or have snacks and drinks. There is lots of room for yard games, food trucks, and anything else that you envision.
THE COOP – this area is directly in between The Dugout and The Barn and is the perfect place for your cocktail hour
THE best mountain view scapes are right behind the coop and it’s the perfect place to take family photos. You a find those “runaway” family members pretty quickly since there is a good chance they will be at the coop bar.
THE BARN – this rustic meets modern barn and event space is the perfect place for your reception
THE Windows from mid day sun create some very cool opportunities for creative lighting portraits. The ceilings are tall and brown so ocf at night is definitely going to be the best case scenario for your lighting your subjects. the two barn doors and fun and you can make some really cool silhouettes.
THE GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK
The Barn really is the perfect reception space at Venetucci Farms. It is an enclosed venue to protect you and your guests from any elements, the sun, and any critters. If you prefer to have more of an outdoor feel, there are two barn doors that can be opened to create more space and the indoor/outdoor feel.
The Barn is a very large reception space and depending on your guest count, it is unlikely that the dinner tables won’t need to be broken down to accommodate dancing or any other activities. With the exception of the pillars, everything else in the barn is mobile so any unique floor plans can be accommodated.
“we are especially grateful to Lyndsey and the
other vendors who joined forces to make our
elopement the best day yet. Lyndsey is so passionate
and enthusiastic about photography and we
couldn’t have been more lucky in having such a
wonderful team.” – Chelsea + dani
If you would like to see a full gallery from any of these weddings or elopements, please reach out! I am more than happy to share any full galleries as long as I have permission from my couples!
WHAT ALL IS INCLUDED WHEN YOU BOOK A WEDDING OR ELOPEMENT AT VENETUCCI FARMS
12 hour day of exclusive use of the venetucci farms venue and wedding spaces
wedding rehearsal and coordination
parking for all vendors and guests (ada parking available)
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Ceremony seating and arch for the bluff or the barn
reception seating and tables for up to 150 guests
indoor and outdoor sound system with wireless mics
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MAROON BELLS, COLORADO
Rosie and Eric both liked the idea of doing a first look (I am a little biased but I highly recommend doing one) and wanted to do it somewhere privately with just the two of them and it was perfect!
There are a bunch of trees and bushes along the side of the property, behind The Bluff and The Barn. While there is mostly open space leading up to it so people can still see, we thought that this was going to be our best bet for privacy and space away from their friends and family.
I had Eric go out to our chosen spot first off and had him turn away from The Barn so he didn’t see Rosie and me walking towards him. Once Rosie and I got there she wanted to tap him on the shoulder and have him turn around to see her.
As you can probably see in the photograph, it was a really beautiful moment, and an emotional one too! They have been together for 10 years and have a few kids together but finally decided to tie the knot, years later. It was very special to be a part of the moment.
CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADO
Rosie and Eric’s wedding party consisted of their two best friends and their children. It was kind of a “kill two birds with one stone” moment because we were able to get all of the wedding party portraits and most of the family portraits done at the same time.
We choose to use the hay bails as the background on this particular day for a couple reasons as opposed to having the mountains in the background. We took these photos at 2pm in the middle of the day during the summer. It was a cloudless day, the venue is surrounded by open space, and mid day outdoor flash isn’t my style so we found this and it worked well! We also had time after the ceremony for more family and couples portraits, which was planned for golden hour so the lighting would be perfect for those mountain view portraits.
Eric and Rosie had a very beautiful ceremony at The Bluff. Because they got married on a summer day, they wanted to get married as close to sunset as possible so the sun wouldn’t be beating down on their guests. Ultimately, the ceremony started around 90 minutes prior to sunset. This ensured that we had that nice golden hour light for the ceremony, time after the ceremony for portraits, and that everyone was indoors before it got too buggy.
Rosie and Eric personalized their ceremony completely…. which makes sense since Rosie is, in fact, the DIY queen. For the walk down the aisle, Rosie laid out a few rugs that she has thrifted and collected over her traveling years, which matched her wedding party colors. They had their friends and family participate in their ceremony as well. They has their musically talented friends sing and play music as everyone walked down the aisle and they included their kids in a family prayer.
For their actual ceremony and vows, they made sure everything was personalized and tailored for them (again, not surprising since Rosie pulled out all of the stops). They worked with their officiant prior to the actual date so that way she was able to talk about their love story, their blended family, and their commitment to each other. The ceremony was so beautiful, sweet, and so inclusive of all of their family and friends!
After their ceremony, they had everyone stick around for one big group photo before everyone headed over to The Coop for cocktail hour. While everyone else mingled and hung out, we finished up the remaining family photos and couples portraits. Since their family was their wedding party, captured a few more family photos with their parents and siblings. The remaining time was spent taking photos of just Eric and Rosie.
All of these photos are taken out in the field just beyond the ceremony spot. There is a lot of open space, some trees, bushes, and mountain views in that area. If you turn a 180, then you are looking at the barn and The Coop. Because the sun sets behind Pikes Peak, make sure to factor that in when you are wanting those golden hour photos (roughly 20 minutes earlier than normal to account for the mountains).
I mentioned at the beginning that Rosie is the DIY queen. Well I really mean it. She DIYed almost everything for their wedding, including dress modifications and alterations. If you want to follow in her foot steps, here are some things that she did to personalize their day:
1. Made all of her table decor by using pieces that she either thrifted or collected over her years of travel.
2. Made her own garter out of her mom’s wedding dress, which was blue, ivory, and had florals. It was her something blue for the day.
3. Created and designed her own Photo Booth and space using fun props, furniture, and items she has found over the years. Everything was very boho-y to fit the vibe of the day.
4. They had a food truck for dinner and while Rosie didn’t cook any of the dinner, she did take care of the dessert and OMG it was good!
5. She customized her wedding dress. She was gifted a dress and she didn’t want to say no to a free wedding dress but she wanted it to be her own, so she added all the jewelry and shimmer.
After cocktail hour, Rosie and Eric had their grand entrance and then went straight into their first dance. After their dance, the food truck was ready to go so everyone started to line up. We had about an hour for dinner and then went straight into toasts. Rosie and Eric each had a best friend say something and then Rosie’s oldest daughter got up and gave a very heart warming speech about her mom and her step-dad. Once the speeches finished up, these two got out on the dance floor for the rest of the night, along with most of their guests.
If you would like to see more from Rosie and Eric’s wedding or hear more about it, please reach out! I am always happy to share full galleries or talk you through how their day went!
“We absolutely love our photos! They are so beautiful! Lyndsey and her team are amazing! They are organized, talented, and kind – everything you want for your wedding photographer.” – Melisa + Mark
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO
Dani and Chelsea are local so Dani arrived mostly ready. He spent a little extra time with his family and friends and arrived with them a little bit later in the day. Marea, the planner, helped him with his boutineer when he arrived but he was pretty much ready for the first look right away.
Chelsea, on the other hand, arrived much earlier, with her mom to get pampered. Leah, one of the sister’s that runs the farm, is also a hair stylist so she styled Chelsea’s hair. Afterwards, Chelsea got her makeup done and then got ready. Chelsea’s best friend joined us so Chelsea, her mom, and friend all got ready together and helped with the dress and jewelry, and everyone was right on time for the first look and then family portraits.
This was the first wedding/elopement at the farm, which was very exciting but not everything was finished at the time, including The Gathering Room. There is a small house on the property where the sisters live so this is where they all got ready.
Next to the farm house, there is a pretty big space that is used for workshops, classes, flower and bouquet assembly, and storage for all of the above. At the time, the workshop space was under remodel to accommodate all of the things. Dani hung out in there for a few minutes while Chelsea finished up her hair and makeup. It made for a good hiding space. The exterior made a good backdrop.
Mt. EVANS, COLORADO
These two wanted to do a first look prior to the ceremony so they were able to spend a few minutes alone together but also so they could get all of the family and friend portraits done and out of the way before the ceremony. They wanted something small and easy for their elopement so this was the best course of action for these two.
As mentioned above, The Gathering Place and The Dugout weren’t quite finished yet as this was the first event at Venetucci Farms. So the sister’s had everyone in their farm house and workshop space for for getting ready. This spot for the first look is directly outside of the workshop building, which is adjacent to the farm stand and the farm house.
It was a very hot, cloudless day, this particular day so we wanted to keep everyone in the shade as much as we could – lighting purposes and also Dani being in a full suit (poor guy was probably dying).
Since there were two photographers, we were able to get a lot of angles – Chelsea walking up, the profile of all of this happening, and then quickly moving around to get Dani’s reaction when he turned around to see her in her wedding attire.
BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK
Both Chelsea and Dani have a very small immediate family and there were only a handful of other guests in attendance. Family is super important to both of them so it was very crucial that we use the time before the ceremony to get as many family and friend portraits done as we could!
GARDEN OF THE GODS, COLORADO
Dani and Chelsea had their ceremony inside The Barn. While the barn is pretty big, they set it up so it felt super cozy and intimate. The ceremony also took place during the height of Covid so they wanted to ensure everyone’s safety by having everyone sit next to members of their household and keeping everyone else at a distance.
Dani and Chelsea got married at the beginning of April, which as we all know that live in Colorado, that it is a total crap shoot of what you are going to get, weather wise. They happened to really luck out with a very beautiful, sunny, and hot April day. Even though weather was really nice, they still chose the barn because of the intimacy, choose decor, and they wanted all their guests to be comfortable indoors.
The ceremony itself, was short and sweet, with lots of emotion. Clinton, their officiant and one of my favorite officiants, who owns Weddings with Clinton, met with Chelsea and Dani beforehand to personalize their ceremony, which always a nice touch. Dani and Chelsea wrote their own vows and read them both in English and Spanish for their family and friends.
Dani and Chelsea chose to elope with their closest friends and family but still wanted to have a bigger reception with their friends and family, just on a more causal level. So they actually ended their night at Venetucci at 6pm and went back to their house to have their casual wedding/elopement reception. So the “reception” at Venetucci was more so like a cocktail hour.
Their reception was pretty much based around consumption :). There were a few toasts, with lots of champagne. They ate lots of cake (which coming from a non-vegan, that was an AMAZING vegan cake! Check out Sugarplum Cake Shoppe).
While everyone finished up their dessert and champagne, I was able to get a few of those detail photographs that I had missed earlier in the day – the rings, the florals, and some of the other decor.
Once everyone was done mingling, eating, and drinking, the family and friends all headed back to Chelsea and Dani’s to set up the at-home reception. Such a good and helpful group!
Chelsea and Dani stuck around for an extra 30 minutes or so so we were able to finish off the time at Venetucci with some couples portraits. We timed it perfectly with sunset so we got some beautiful photographs of these two, with the sunset, and Pikes Peak in the background.
It was a really wonderful day all around and Chelsea and Dani were so much to celebrate. Their family and friends were so kind and supportive. All of the vendors that worked together to make their day amazing were also fabulous! I have nothing but good words for everyone that was involved.
If you would like to see more images from their elopement, ask questions about anything from that day, please let me know! I am more than happy to share at any point!
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