In some cases, when couples opt to elope they are in search of a more intimate ceremony location that doesn’t need room for a group of people to gather. However, there are some cases in which eloping couples prefer getting married surrounded by an intimate group of their dearest loved ones. When this happens, it can feel tough to find a location that isn’t the size (or cost) of a traditional wedding venue, can accommodate a group of people without impacting the environment, and is accessible for some family members that might not be as adventurous as the couple getting married, but still with a view of course because it is Colorado after all!
Not to worry, though! There are still great Colorado elopement locations that can accommodate a small group of people and we’re sharing some of our favorites. Please help spread the word to other eloping couples in Colorado by sharing this post.
Sunrise Amphitheater In Boulder
Sunrise Amphitheater was a natural first choice for this list as it is centrally located, easy to get to, allows for plenty of guests for your elopement, and offers a heart-stoppingly beautiful backdrop. Our team documents several elopements, micro-weddings, and intimate wedding celebrations there every year and we can’t get enough! Obviously, as your elopement photographers, we would never steer you in the direction of a venue that isn’t photogenic right?! As a matter of fact, Sunrise Amphitheater is one of the most documented and sought-after ceremony locations thanks to its dramatic views that are sure to blow your guests away and leave them talking about your elopement for decades to come. One of our favorite things about this Boulder elopement location is that it is within 5-10 minutes of multiple other locations on Flagstaff Mountain that you and your partner can venture to for portraits before or after your ceremony.
Aside from the gorgeous scenery, our couples love Sunrise Amphitheater because it is located close to downtown Boulder, the reservation cost is low, they can bring in decor for their ceremony, the seating is provided (or you can bring your own if you want chairs closer to the stage) and it is accessible for any family members that might have trouble getting to another mountain location.
Sunrise Amphitheatre was the perfect Boulder elopement location for Haley and Hunter’s intimate elopement with their guests! You can check out a preview of their elopement experience by clicking the button below!
Rocky Mountain National Park In Estes Park
From the dramatic landscapes to the sensational wildlife and the promise of adventure, there’s so much to love and appreciate about beginning your lifelong journey and partnership in this utopia. Many of our couples choose to incorporate some bonding and adventure time by hiking through the National Park together for photos to a special spot with meaning to them or a particular spot with a view worthy of a Bob Ross painting.
There are 12 pre-designated ceremony locations spread throughout Rocky Mountain National Park and you can’t go wrong with any of them. If you are hoping to bring along quite a few guests for your Rocky Mountain elopement, we suggest the Moraine Amphitheater which gives you the space you need to incorporate a walk down the aisle, has seating for anyone that may have accessibility needs and is near the entrance to the park, so easy for guests to find or use a shuttle service to arrive at.
The 3M curve is another very popular location with unbeatable views of Longs Peak; the only fourteener in all of Rocky Mountain National Park. Rest assured though, no matter what look, feel, and experience you’re looking for for your elopement, I can help you choose the perfect ceremony location, as well as, additional spots for dramatic elopement photos.
The permits for elopement ceremonies in Rocky Mountain National Park go quickly, but it’s no surprise. You can book an epic, unforgettable ceremony location for only $300 at RMNP!
The Garden Of The Gods In Colorado Springs
If you’re looking for something close to Denver, Garden of the Gods and it is a no-brainer to add to your list. There is something deeply spiritual and awe-inspiring about Garden of the Gods, making it one of the most popular places to elope in Colorado. With that being said, we recommend that you elope at Garden of the Gods on a weekday morning, or in off-season for tourism (such as late Winter, or early Spring)
Just imagine being surrounded by the towering red rock formations in a place that was believed by some local, indigenous tribes to be the birthplace of man. For even more drama, opt for a sunrise or sunset ceremony so the sun’s light can illuminate the red rocks even more intensely.
Angie and Joe’s intimate wedding day with guests incorporated Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and the Colorado Paint Mines. Check out their photos and highlight film by clicking the button above to view their full post!
One of the cool things about Garden of the Gods is they have several designated spots specifically for wedding ceremonies, which allow for guests in small to medium-sized groups. And a bonus – it’s free! You don’t have to pay to get married at Garden of the Gods, but you also can’t reserve your ceremony space, as it’s first-come-first-served. For couples wanting a ceremony at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, we highly recommend choosing a weekday and also using a shuttle service if your guests will be arriving in more than 3-4 cars.
Sapphire Point In Dillon Near Breckenridge
The Sapphire Point overlook is another great option for couples looking for a great elopement location with guests! This spot can be reserved up to 6 months in advance for only $250 and boasts gorgeous postcard views overlooking the Dillon Reservoir. There is great standing room for intimate groups and at this location, you can bring in your own decor, chairs for guests to sit down (we recommend hiring a day-of coordinator if you want to bring your own seating). The Sapphire Point overlook is off of an easy hiking/walking loop which means you and your guests can even go on a little adventure together after your ceremony, or you and your partner can hike the loop for more photo opportunities! Sapphire Point has so much to offer, but one of our very favorite things is that you can even bring your dog!
Natalie & Jack’s elopement at Sapphire Point Near Breckenridge was filled with the kind of love that they write movies about. The way these two love each other is so kind, pure, and awe-inspiring. They incorporated an intimate and private first look and vow exchange and even shared a private first dance, but they were joined and celebrated by their family and friends for their micro-wedding ceremony. Check out their photos by clicking the button below!
Use Airbnb for your Colorado Elopement
That’s right, a bonus option for you that isn’t specific to one city or area!
Scattered throughout the state are several Airbnbs, VRBOs and private residence rentals that allow for intimate weddings and elopements. Many of them are in some of Colorado’s coolest cities and can fit at least a dozen people. By inviting your guests to stay with you, it will make it feel like you’re having a destination wedding, with more time to enjoy your loved ones than if you only had your wedding day.
You’ll always want to contact the host and make sure that your Airbnb will actually allow weddings and has either an indoor or outdoor area suitable for your ceremony, but some of our favorite wedding and elopement days happen at them and they’re perfect during those months where weather may be a concern because people can tuck inside and out of the elements!
Planning To Elope With Guests In Colorado?
It is true that eloping with guests can add some extra logistics when it comes to finding the perfect location, but they can also help add comfort and love to your day. The beauty of working with the Colorado Photographer Squad is that every single one of us is local and even though we’re photographers location scouting is part of the service you get when booking with us – including our favorite “secret” private residences, Airbnbs and locations that you won’t find in any other online directory!