Winter Elopement at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park | Melissa & Jake

As local Colorado elopement photographers, we will gladly admit that Rocky Mountain National Park is one of our all-time favorite locations for elopements. Of course, we aren’t the only ones who think so. This is why we always encourage our couples to consider getting married during the off-season. For example, a winter elopement at Sprague Lake will be way less crowded than one during the high season. Melissa and Jake wanted to have an intimate wedding day experience with their loved ones. So planning a winter elopement was perfect for them.

Winter Elopement at Sprague Lake

Melissa and Jake’s winter elopement at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park was a picturesque experience. Their adventure started with an emotional first look amongst the snowy landscape. After soaking in those first few moments, they made their way to the lake. For their intimate ceremony with loved ones.

Sadly, Melissa’s parents had passed before she and Jake married. So she asked her sons to walk her down the aisle and her brother to officiate. She also wore a few special items from her Mother and Father since they couldn’t physically be by their side on her special day. It was such a sweet way to include and honor them.

If you’re looking for unique ways to include your loved ones in your day, take a peek at this blog:

With snow-capped peaks and a pristine frozen lake as their backdrop, Meissa and Jake exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony. The scenery was breathtaking, and the winter wonderland added an extra touch of magic to their special day. The photographs of their elopement were stunning, capturing the beauty of the snowy landscape and the joy on Melissa and Jake’s faces.

We love an off-season elopement! Check out this one for more inspiration to plan yours!

If you’re considering a winter elopement, Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is a must-see destination.

Rocky Mountain National Park Ceremony Permits

If you’re planning a wedding or elopement ceremony in Rocky Mountain National Park, it’s important to be aware of the permit requirements. A permit is required for any wedding ceremony or reception held within the park boundaries. The permit is issued by the park’s special park uses office and is designed to ensure that your event complies with park regulations and is respectful of the natural environment. The permit fee varies depending on the size and complexity of your event, but it’s typically around $250. We’re more than happy to help you navigate through this permit process!

As of April 2023, there are no remaining wedding ceremony permits for May-October 2023. Melissa and Jake’s elopement experience is proof that you can still have a gorgeous postcard backdrop for your Estes Park elopement if you choose one of the less busy months, like November-April.

Estes Park Elopement Vendors

Photographer: Colorado Photographer Squad (that’s us!)
Hair and Makeup: Glow Salon
Flowers: Rocky Mountain Wildflowers
Dress Shop: The Crystal Bride
Groom’s Attire: Mens Warehouse
Massages & Facials: Estes Park Massage

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