Colorado elopement photographer
Helping down-to-earth couples plan epic elopements and create memories for life
More and more couples know that a big, traditional wedding isn’t right for them. I plan and photograph epic elopements and intimate weddings across Colorado for couples who want to choose their own adventure, have the best day ever, and create memories for life.
I photograph love and I photograph people—all love and all people.
I believe in celebrating the diversity in our world and I will never discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Whatever your love looks like, I want to photograph it.
How I can help you create an epic elopement
A personalized location guide to your perfect Colorado elopement—no matter what kind of adventure you’re dreaming of.
A relaxed timeline that lets you soak in every moment of your elopement day, without ever feeling rushed.
Recommendations for trusted elopement vendors like officiants, florists, hair and makeup artists, and private chefs.
It’s not about posing for photos—it’s about having the best time together and creating memories for life, while trusting that I’ll capture every moment.
“Our elopement really was the best day of our lives and it honestly felt like a fairytale, and that is 100% whole-heartedly down to Nina. Not only is she (obviously) an incredibly talented photographer, but she is very friendly, approachable, flexible, creative and dedicated. If you are looking for someone to help you make your dream day come true, look no further.“
Annie & Braden
Are you planning an elopement or a micro-wedding?
There are many terms for small weddings these days: elopement, intimate wedding, micro-wedding. And it can be hard to know the difference, since everyone makes up their own definitions. Here are mine!
(for you and up to ~12 guests)
An elopement is an intentional wedding day where the focus is on the two of you having the best day ever, either alone or with a few guests.
Because of the small group size, elopements can often take place without permits on public lands that aren’t available to larger groups, without having a negative impact in the land.
Whether you want to hike to an alpine lake, drive a rough 4WD road to the top of a mountain, or take the gondola at your favorite ski resort, I’ll help you find the perfect place to exchange your vows.
(for you and 12-30ish guests)
A micro-wedding is like an elopement for couples that can’t imagine getting married without their closest friends and family.
It’s not just a smaller wedding though—a micro-wedding is all about having an intentional, relaxed celebration without having to follow the rules of a traditional wedding.
Couples usually choose to spend part of their micro-wedding day on an adventure without their guests, like enjoying a slow morning of drinking coffee and getting ready together, going on a hike (or drive, or boat ride, or snowmobile tour) to a beautiful place, then celebrate the rest of the day with all their favorite people.
Micro-weddings do need to book a venue, ceremony site on public lands, or a vacation rental that allows weddings. (I help with that part, too.)
“Nina is so much more than just an elopement photographer. She planned the whole day out from timing to start the hike, best lighting, different locations along the trail, meeting up with our family after, and more. She made us feel comfortable and natural during our entire time with her. And the photos…I mean come on!“
Lauren & Conor
About Nina Larsen Reed
I don’t believe in regrets, but I do have one.
When my husband and I eloped twelve years ago, we felt lost on how to make our wedding day special. So we got married inside the Boulder courthouse, while the sun was shining over the snow-covered mountains we love right outside.
Since then, I’ve made it my mission in life to help couples like you create elopements that feel like your best day ever. I want you to look back on your wedding day without regrets, and remember every epic moment of your adventure.
Want to learn more about the Norwegian-turned-Coloradan who helps couples elope in the Rocky Mountains?
Colorado Elopement Galleries
Check out highlights from the more than 200 elopements I’ve planned and photographed across the Rocky Mountains since 2017.
“Planning our Colorado elopement from out of state, we had many questions, but Nina has an enormous amount of resources, and the experience to know all of the small, special details that will make your wedding day exactly what you want!”
darcy & isaac
How this works
You contact me, and we schedule a free video consultation to talk about what you’re dreaming up and how I can help you. At the end of our call, you’ll know for sure if I’m the right Colorado elopement photographer for you.
You book me, and we start planning. You answer a questionnaire, and I give you location ideas, help build your timeline, recommend vendors, and keep it all stress-free and fun.
You get married while having the best time ever, trust me to capture the whole day exactly as it felt, and relive the excitement for life through your epic elopement photos.
“Our elopement was a dream. Our moments felt sacred to us—Nina’s presence was natural and her photography unobtrusive. Nothing felt staged or forced, and the gift she gave us was the memory of a perfect, natural, intimate wedding day. Not many people can say they felt relaxed and happy their entire wedding day —well we did!”
Lois & Matt
Elopement Planning Resources
My couples have said that I’m “super knowledgeable,” “incredibly helpful,” and “your personal Leslie Knope” (okay, my husband said that last one). Check out these free resources to see what they’re talking about! My couples also get a step-by-step elopement planning guide, personalized location guides and vendor recommendations, detailed timelines, and so much more.
“To say the day of our elopement in Colorado was amazing is an understatement because Nina singlehandedly turned our already amazing day into the most incredible adventure!”
Holly & Matt
More than “just” a photographer
You need more than just a Colorado elopement photographer on your side.
As your photographer, I’ll be your source of ideas and inspiration, local knowledge, and experience. I will recommend trusted vendors, build you a relaxed timeline, find the perfect location, research permits, answer your excited texts when you book your airbnb or pick out your wedding dress, and help you make your elopement day a one-of-a-kind adventure that you’ll remember for life.
As your photographer, I will be by your side for every moment of the happiest day of your life.
When you work with me, you are so much more than a date on my calendar and I want to be so much more than a stranger with a camera. Because when you can trust that I care about your elopement as if it was my own, you’ll truly be able to relax and have the best day ever!