An elopement is an experience that’s deeply rooted in your love. It’s a symbol of your relationship and the bonds that hold you together. Eloping gives you a way to celebrate your story in a unique and unforgettably epic way. A day to that is truly handcrafted with only you and your partner in mind. And of course, your special guests should you decide. Eloping isn’t a production for others. If people are there it’s because you can’t imagine this day without them. It’s somewhere you can be yourselves and truly focus on the meaning of your vows.
I’m a destination and adventurous elopement photographer who specializes in showing off your real moments in the most beautiful places.
Colorado Elopement Photographer
Eloping is the freedom to create an experience that truly celebrates you two and your core values
A few of my favorite kinds of adventure.
Even though I’ll follow you just about anywhere.
Hiking & exploring together is incredibly bonding and such a fun & intimate way to get married. The hiking community is incredibly supportive and all share the same love for the earth. Being surrounded by giant mountains makes you feel so free and small- but in the best possible way. Hiking for your elopement opens up so many more unique and epic locations.
I’ve been snowboarding for over 20 years and it’s by far the coolest thing I know how to do. I skied as a kid before that. I even taught snowboarding for a little while at Loveland Ski Area. Powder-chasing couples who want to shred in their wedding attire are badass. There, I said it.
4x4ing is like going on a really hard hike to a super gorgeous spot, except you don’t have to carry any of the stuff or sweat at all. Taking you to places that are out of this world and rarely reached without a hike. It’s a super fun way to get those epic views and major solitude in nature.
“Nat is AMAZING! If you love the outdoors and want someone who can capture an adventure session or an elopement she is the one to go to! She hiked up in freezing temps to captured our sunrise elopement with our dogs in Summit County and it was beyond perfect! She makes you feel no pressure and captures your adventure all the way through beautifully.”
My favorite places to photograph in Colorado
On top of 13ers & 14ers
Up 4×4 roads
Near alpine lakes
Your love is unique and imaginative.
You deserve a stress-free experience that unforgettably and wholeheartedly celebrates you two!
I’ll help you craft & document an authentic day where you can relax and create memories of a lifetime.
Meet Nat, Your Fun, Laid Back and Candid Colorado Elopement Photographer
My background is in luxury hospitality & customer service sprinkled with adventure and photography. My first gig was at a small fishing lodge on an island in Alaska being a housekeeper, food server, and guest photographer. Dabble in being a “yachtie” for a little while. I also worked in the darkroom and digital printing lab at CU Boulder while I studied art and business there. Then I worked in large luxury hotel customer service & event sales. But I’ve had a camera with me everywhere I went since 4th grade.
Now I’m a full-time love & adventure photographer and certified Wilderness First Responder who specializes in human connection in the great outdoors. My favorite Colorado adventures are hiking, snowboarding, camping, and 4x4ing. I could totally sell all our belongings and buy an RV to live in some forest somewhere.
I’m here to help you have the ” this is totally us” and “best day ever” elopement or intimate wedding experience.
From simple elopements or out-of-the-box adventurous ones, I love helping to craft them to be the best they can be before documenting the shit out of them. I give you custom locations & vendors recommendations, research permitting, and all the adventure logistics like timeline, etc to lessen your stress beforehand. Then I’m with you through thick and thin for your adventures helping every step of the way. I do this for love – yours and mine.
It’s such an honor when I’m chosen to document a couple’s elopement day. They flow so effortlessly, giving way to the natural way things unfold. One of the reasons elopements are so special is because they don’t have any boundaries. You aren’t boxed in by expectations or timelines. The options are endless. With that freedom you are much more open to freely just be yourselves and relax together. That’s when I begin to see and feel your true love story unfolding in front of me. That’s the story I’m here to tell. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that when you’re being true to you, you have fun, and when you have fun the best photographs are made. So be weird, be awkward be whatever, just be you. Fully immerse in these moments in wild places together.
How does it work?
A Tailored Elopement Experience
You both deserve to have an experience tailored to your personality, lifestyle, and love story. I send a “get to know you” questionnaire so I can give you custom location and local activity ideas that fit your interests and abilities. I also send you personalized vendor recommendations and a hand-crafted timeline. No way you can be stressed when you have a new bestie who specializes in all things intimate weddings and Colorado adventures.
Laid back, Candid and Fun Photography
Your elopement day isn’t meant to be a boring all-day photoshoot. Let me rephrase; it should not be an all-day photoshoot. You elope to escape the stress, anxiety, and pressure of a big wedding. That’s exactly how your photo experience will be. Laid back, fun, and candid. My aim is to help you craft a day you’re excited & prepared for so that no matter what happens it’s an amazing experience where you two can focus on each other.
I’ve photographed over 200 weddings and elopements in Colorado since 2014. I’ve hiked over 300 miles and 70,000 feet of gain in Colorado + hundreds of adventures. And I’m Wilderness First Responder certified. I’m here to help you every step of the way. You have my wealth of knowledge and experience at your fingertips for whatever kind of elopement day you’re dreaming of.
Colorado Elopement Photographer Pricing
+ Wyoming, Utah, Arizona & New Mexico (travel is included)
- all outdoor activities- you just cover the cost to include me in whatever it is you’re doing – I’ll hike, snowboard, paddleboard, 4×4 or whatever I have to chase you around on your elopement day 🙂
- location inspiration & suggestions based on the day you’re dreaming of
- local vendor recommendations
- gear recommendations for your specific activities
- custom timeline creation
- local activity & lodging ideas to customize your experience
- local permit research & marriage license info
- all the final edited full-resolution digital images with unlimited downloads- are delivered via an online gallery with access for a year
- travel within Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona & New Mexico
- personal print release & 20% off in your gallery print store
two full days of elopement and adventure coverage with one photographer
The multi-day collection is wonderful for all the epic moments you’ll share with your favorite person (or people). You really cherish photography & documenting your moments. You have fun & unique things planned for your experience and you want to tell the full story. You’re thinking of your elopement as your wedding & honeymoon combined and you want to remember it for as special as it is.
All-day comprehensive elopement coverage of up to 10 hours with one photographer
This comprehensive all-day elopement package will cover anything you have going on. Or it can be broken up into two consecutive half days.
Full-Day Elopement – *most popular*
Full-day elopement coverage of up to 8 hours with one photographer
This collection allows for the full story of your day to be told in the most candid and authentic way. It gives couples freedom in their timeline to really be able to focus on each other and not stress about the clock. It’s perfect for including a hike or other adventures & locations.
Half Day Elopement
half-day elopement coverage of up to 4 hours with one photographer
This collection is perfect for couples wanting to stick to one area. Maybe you get ready together before heading off to your ceremony & explore for some fun romantic portraits.
Includes hikes up to 4 miles round trip.
Mini Elopement – 2 Hours
Best for “just the two of us” elopements with little to no guests.
*can only be booked within 4 weeks of the date and only available on weekdays (Monday – Thursday)
*and only includes the following
Location & logistics assistance
Local vendor recommendations
Travel up to 75 miles from Denver
Set Up A call
Set up a free, no-obligation call with me so I can learn all about your vision and your dream elopement details.
Get on the Books
Once you’ve reviewed my elopement packages and we’ve had a call I will send you a quote and contract for you to complete your booking. Just follow the steps to be able to fill out, sign, and pay online through your client portal. A $1500 non-refundable retainer is due to book your date. The remaining balance is split up into increment payments every 3 months to cover the pre-planning. The final balance is due 30 days prior to the date.
Choose Your Ws
Who, what, when & where? Who do you see around you when you dream of your elopement day? What are you doing together? What season do you see? What time of day is it? What kind of surroundings do you see when you envision the most epic day of your life?
Plan the Details
Once you choose your location and date, and if you’re having any guests then you can start to book your accommodations, other vendors, travel, etc. This is when you can start to think about what you’re going to do to celebrate. Like activities, hobbies, or special elements that you may want to include. Maybe a nice chef dinner or boat ride.
Have the Most Epic Elopement Day Ever
The day is here! It’s time to celebrate your love. This day will be the best of your lives.
Colorado Elopement Collection Add-Ons
Colorado Adventure Engagement or Day After Session
Does another adventure call for you? Maybe you want to horseback ride, paddleboard, hike, hit the slopes, snowmobile, go tubing, or hit up some hot springs. I’m game for whatever kind of adventure you’re dreaming of.
Includes up to one-hour weekday session and all the final edited images with personal print release
Basic Ceremony Video Coverage
Your ceremony will be documented on an iPhone 13 Pro with a tripod and a lapel mic for upgraded audio.
Raw, unedited footage of your full ceremony.
Looking for additional unedited footage of your day? Inquire for a quote!
Elopement Content Creation
I capture behind-the-scenes moments on one of the latest iPhones. You receive all the raw clips so you can put them together in whatever ways you want.
This way you don’t have to deal with having to hire another vendor or have to have another person tagging along on your intimate elopement day.
Perfect for sharing highlights from your day in video form or in combination with your images. Perfect for creating IG reels, TikTok, and Youtube shorts, or putting together a short highlight video from your day.
Half Day- $500 – 3 edited reels + 2 minutes of raw 10-20 second clips Full Day $1000 – 5 edited reels + 4 minutes of raw 10-20 second clips
10×10 20-Page Album
I will hand-design your album so you can have the beauty of your images in a gorgeous book without any of the work to design your album! Just favorite 30-35 images in your gallery and I will handle the rest.
Want to take me with you?!
My Travel Rates
Taking off on a jet plane to find your magical place that isn’t in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, or New Mexico? No problem! Just add the necessary travel fee below to any of the above packages!
$2000 – US Lower 48
$3500 – Alaska and Hawaii
$6000 – Anywhere else
Get in touch to start planning your dream elopement!
Get in touch with me and we can get this adventure started!
How I edit your photos…
My editing style is clean, true to life, colorful, and bold. I love showing off the beauty of Colorado so I keep the natural vibe of the environment. I want each image to make you feel something. To bring you back into that moment or place. I want you to feel the magic when you look at them.
I choose several photos that are best in black and white. My black and white style is clean & contrasty with no muddy tones.
What I’m like on your day…
I don’t think your elopement day should be about photography at all. You’ll know I’m there when I place you for moments. But otherwise, I want you to be so completely in each moment that you forget I’m there. All you need to think about is why you’re doing whatever it is your doing. And I promise you it isn’t for me. I never want to take away from the natural moments because I believe your elopement day is meant to celebrate your unique love and who you truly are. Being able to relax and be yourselves with me is the most important part. So I foster a comfortable and carefree environment. I’m here to make sure you get epic photos and have an awesome experience.
The Getting Ready Part
Location scouting & vendor recs
I want to learn all the things about you! What makes you tick, what you love, what you hate, all the things. I learn your visions for your day as well as your capabilities in the outdoors. We don’t want to do anything you’re uncomfortable with or that won’t be totally fun and epic for you.
After booking, I’ll send my adventure & location questionnaire before diving into my end of the planning. I’ll also send all my vendor and local activity recommendations so you can get started booking everything.
Getting your marriage license
Colorado is awesome because you can self-solemnize. Meaning you don’t have to have witnesses to get married because you sign as your own witness. Also meaning, your pet can sign your marriage license!
If you want to apply for your marriage license in Colorado, I can send you a list of local county clerk’s offices issuing them. It varies from county to county and is always changing due.
A lot of couples coming from out of state choose to do the legal part in their home state ahead of time and come to Colorado for their ceremony and celebration.
Logistics, gear packing lists & safety
Being prepared for anything (any kind of weather and emergency) is the rule of thumb in the mountains. The weather fluctuates and can change in an instant with no warning. Layers are everything here.
I help you with logistics for mountain travel and safety. I send gear packing lists along with logistical info and guidance to ensure you have everything you might need. Being prepared and ready to roll with the punches is integral to the good times!
Wedding and photography permits
I research the proper wedding and photography permits that we might need for the location you choose. You just have to apply and pay for any permits required by the couple. Some places have designated wedding ceremony sites that must be reserved for a specific date and time. Every park, county, and forest district has different rules. But don’t worry, I’ll help you navigate those!
How do you receive your photos?
You will receive your full-resolution, edited digital image files in a beautiful online gallery with all the rights to print them for personal reasons. When you click the gallery link in the delivery email it will prompt you to create a password. Just be sure to write this password down and store it for safekeeping so you can continue to access your gallery.
From there you can download and purchase prints from a professional printing company with a 15% discount. You’ll see your discount code displayed in your gallery!
How long do you have access to your wedding gallery?
You have access to your gallery for as long as I’m in business, and hopefully, that is forever. I pay for unlimited gallery storage so I never delete your online gallery. Meaning you can download, purchase prints and share them forever. But I HIGHLY recommend that you immediately download all of your full-resolution images and back them up to two places just in case. You never know if technology will fail us or what will happen. I can’t legally contract with you that I store your edited images forever even though I technically will. Better safe than sorry. Plus if you pay for Amazon Prime you have free unlimited full res photo storage. 😉
Can you share your gallery?
Yes! You can share your gallery with friends and family. You can hide any photos that you might not want people to see as well. At the bottom of the gallery delivery email is a link to the visitor gallery that you must copy and paste to share with family and friends. Don’t share your personal gallery link.
How should you back up your wedding photos?
You will have the option to pay for cloud backup through your gallery. If I ever go out of business, Pic-Time will keep your images stored and you will continue to have access forever.
If you are paying for Amazon Prime you are already paying for unlimited photo storage of full-resolution images. All you have to do is log in to Amazon Prime Photos and drag and drop in your digital wedding photo album that you downloaded to your computer. Extra tip* Amazon Prime Photos also has an app that will automatically back up all your images on your phone. You also get 5 GB of video storage for free as well.
Colorado Outdoors Charity Initiative
The outdoors are an important place for everyone to get to enjoy. Ge outside and be active to celebrate your health. I believe in giving back to the lands that we use and love. And helping others to get outside and recreate in beautiful places & healthy ways. That’s why at the end of the year, I give 1% of each booking back to the outdoors by donating to one of these organizations.
for a good cause…
let’s keep Colorado wild.
A community of volunteers committed to keeping Colorado healthy and sustainable, for today and future generations. They enable and motivate people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.
Conservation Colorado works throughout the state to protect our air, land, water, and people.
- Does hiking for my elopement cost more? Nope, hiking time is included in your coverage time so we just have to pick a hike that works within your collection. I’ll send you a list of hikes I recommend that fit your vision and capabilities if you’re thinking of a hiking elopement!
- We want to go snowboarding on our elopement day, does that cost extra? Nope! Even my lift ticket for whatever ski resort you choose in Colorado is covered in your collection!
- What kind of terrain can you ride? I can shred most black and double black diamonds on good powder days. My favorite terrains are the bowls and tree runs with deep powder.
- Do you book the vendors for us? No. I recommend the best vendors who service the area. You are responsible for booking any vendors, lodging, or activities that you’d like on your elopement day.
- Do you do the setup and tear down of our decor? No. If you have special decor you’d like to use for your intimate ceremony, dinner, picnic, etc, I suggest you hire a day of coordinator to set those things up for you while you enjoy your elopement day.
- How long does it take to get sneak peeks? I provide 10-20 sneak peeks within 72 hours.
- How long until we get our full gallery? You’ll receive your whole gallery within 6 weeks of your elopement day.
- Do you do rush editing for an additional fee? Yes, for an additional $1000 you can receive your full gallery within 3 weeks of your elopement day.
- Are travel and lodging included in the price? Yes. Travel and lodging within Colorado in included in the above-listed package price. If you are traveling out of Colorado, just add on the appropriate travel fee to your package for your total.
- Do you get our wedding permit for us? No. I will help you figure out exactly what permits are needed for the location(s) you chose. But you must apply for any necessary wedding permits required to get married on the land.