Angie & Joe’s Elopement at the Garden of the Gods

Full disclosure: Angie and Joe’s elopement at Garden of the Gods was so sweet, we still get emotional just thinking about it all. Angie and Joe’s relationship is the epitome of love, and we are so honored to have been able to document it on the best day of their lives.

From the intention, they put into the details of their day, like Angie wearing the pearls her great grandmothers, grandma, and mom all wore on their wedding day, to the extremely thoughtful gift Joe surprised his new bride with, this day was one for the books.

Angie & Joe’s Love Story

You’re going to want to prepare your tea for this: Angie and Joe are immediate coworkers at a software development company. Angie is in management; Joe is the lead architect. Angie and Joe worked together professionally for 2 years. They had formed a close professional friendship, until one day, Joe is struck by cupid’s arrow. He proceeds to try and win Angie over for an entire year. During that time, Angie contemplates calling HR on a daily basis to report him.

Flash forward to a work event where there is a team potluck. Joe makes homemade mac & cheese to share. Angie eats the entire crockpot. Joe notes Angie loves food. So, Joe starts bringing Angie homemade snacks and meals every day for 6 months. Eventually, Angie caves – betrayed by her own stomach. Angie realizes Joe is indeed not a creep and is actually everything she ever wanted (and didn’t know she needed), and can cook ridiculously well. The rest is history.

The Proposal

Angie and Joe took a trip to Telluride over the July 4th holiday. The exact weekend started dating 4 years prior. When they arrive in Telluride, they decide to hike to the tallest peak and immediately get altitude sickness.

The following day was the 4th of July. They wake up at 4 am to hike to Little Blue Lake. During an estimated 4 hr hike to the top of the lake, Joe starts moving at marathon speed. Meanwhile, Angie was struggling just to keep up. 6 hrs later they arrive at the top. Joe had arranged for a photographer to be there who was hiding in the grass when they arrived. Joe was looking for “the perfect spot to settle” while Angie was looking for snacks. Angie gets very hangry. Joe proposes at the most breathtaking spot, while Angie wheezes very hard. It was an amazing day. Although it was a tough climb up, it was a great story. Followed by a wonderful photoshoot (after snacks) – sweat, and all.

Their first look at The Paint Mines

Angie and Joe started their day at the iconic Paint Mines. They shared the sweetest first look. Afterward, they went back to their hotel in Colorado Springs to change into wedding outfit #2.

First look at the The Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride approaches the groom for their first look at the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Groom turns to see his bride at the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride and groom lock hands after their first look at the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride and groom at the Paint Mines for their first look before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Groom and his bride at the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride smiles happily at her groom at the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Portrait of the bride and groom at the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride and groom kissing at the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride and groom laughing together at the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride and groom explore the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Gorgeous shot of the Paint Mines and the bride and groom before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride and groom hold hands at the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Groom and his bride walking hand in hand at the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Groom smiles sweetly at his beautiful bride at the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Aerial shot of the bride and groom at the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride kissing groom at the Paint Mines before their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
The grooms suits for his ceremony at the at the Garden of the Gods
The groom's first suit for their elopement ceremony at the Garden of the Gods
Groom gets ready for his elopement ceremony at the Garden of the Gods
Detail shot of the groom getting ready for their elopement ceremony at the Garden of the Gods
A detail shot of the brides white shoes and wedding accessories for their elopement at the garden of the gods
The bride looks at their second dress for their elopement ceremony at the Garden of the Gods
bride puts on crown - getting ready for their elopement ceremony at the Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods elopement ceremony

Before their Garden of the Gods elopement ceremony began, Angie did a first look with her father. Cue tears. It was an unbelievably sweet moment to share, and an emotional moment to witness.

Bride and her father do a first look before their elopement ceremony at the Garden of the Gods
Father of the bride to seeing his daughter bride for the first time before her elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Father of the bride in disbelief of his daughters beauty for her elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Father and daughter hold hands before the bride's elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Father of the bride looking lovingly at his daughter the bride at the Garden of the Gods
Father of the Bride walks his daughter down the aisle for her elopement at the Garden of the Gods

The rest of their day was just as memorable and included several moments with their family that was equally emotional.

The wedding guests stand, smiling as the bride walks down the aisle for her elopement at the Garden of the Gods

Groom hugs the father of the bride before their ceremony at the Garden of the Gods
bride and groom during the ceremony, smiling at their guest during their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride and groom smiles at each other during their elopement ceremony at the Garden of the Gods
A landscape shot of the guest during the elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride laughing as groom reads his vows during their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Groom smiles at the Bride as she reads her vows during their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride laughs as officiant shows the bride and groom their wine box during their ceremony  at the Garden of the Gods
Groom smiles at the Father of the bride after gifting his new bride her dream ring. Bride is shocked! During their elopement at the Garden of the Gods.
Bride cries tears of joy during their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Groom places ring on his brides fingers during elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride places ring on her grooms fingers during elopement at the Garden of the Gods.
Bride and groom hold hands, smiling at each other during their ceremony at their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Bride and groom kiss for the first time as husband and wife at their elopement at the Garden of the Gods
Groom hugs his mother after elopement at the Garden of the Gods.
Bride hugs her emotional father in law after their ceremony at the garden of the gods.
Groom weeps after his elopement ceremony at the Garden of the Gods.
Bride and groom with their officiant Lisa at their elopement at the Garden of the Gods

From their heartfelt, personal vows, to their wine box ceremony, to Joe surprising Angie with her dream ring their day was filled with love and happy tears. They were both so excited to be making the commitment to each other to spend the rest of their lives together, in a place they both love. It was an honor and a privilege to be there to witness the love that surrounded them on such an important day.

Bride and groom toast with shots after their elopement ceremony at the Garden of the Gods.

They even took celebratory shots after their ceremony.

A family photo after their ceremony at  at the Garden of the Gods.
Groom with his happy parents at the Garden of the Gods.
A family portrait with the bride's family at the Garden of the Gods.
The bride with her Mother and her husband at the garden of the gods.
Bride and her father at the garden of the gods.

They ended their day with a first dance before heading to dinner at a Mexican restaurant with their supportive families in tow!

Their Garden of the Gods Elopement Portraits

beautiful portrait of the bride and groom after their elopement ceremony at the Garden of the Gods.
Groom kisses bride on the cheek at the Garden of the Gods.
Rings shot of the bride and groom at the garden of the gods.
Groom carries his bride after their elopement ceremony at the Garden of the Gods.

Angie & Joe’s Garden of the Gods Elopement Video

When it comes to your wedding day, be like Angie & Joe; go big, celebrate fully, and embrace every minute of your perfect day.

Needless to say, we haven’t stopped watching this wedding video or reliving every sweet moment from their magical, fun, love-filled day.

Remember, just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean you can’t include elements of a traditional wedding. For example, if you can’t imagine spending your wedding day without the most important people in your life. Invite them to help you celebrate! There are SO many stunning locations in Colorado that can accommodate a small group of people!

Vendors |

Couple | Angie & Joe @ardonious
Location | The Paint Mines & Garden of the Gods
Officiant | Ceremonies with Lisa
Hair & Make-up | The Day Colorado
Florals | Southern Charm Floral
The Paint Mines dress | Emily Hart Bridal
Garden of the Gods dress | Altar Bridal
Joes Paint Mines suit | @asmhatelier
Angie Ring: Some custom tomfoolery Joe made at Jared the Galleria of Jewelry inspired by Heidi Gibson
Joe’s ring: The Shane Company

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