Alaina + Andrew’s Crested Butte Winter Elopement

When Alaina and Andrew first reached out to me about their Crested Butte winter elopement, I was so stoked for the excuse to head back out to my favorite Colorado mountain town! I photograph 4-5 weddings and elopements in Crested Butte every year, and can’t get enough of the 360 mountain views and laid-back vibes. (Okay, and the Secret Stash pizza!) If it wasn’t so far from Boulder/Denver and the airport, I would love to live out there one day!

Alaina’s sister lives in Gunnison, the closest town to Crested Butte. They wanted to bring their very closest friends and family out for a weekend in the mountains, and get married outside in an intimate ceremony. I hadn’t been in CB in April before, so I was excited to see this place in different conditions.

The end of April is an interesting time in CB. You’d think it would be spring, but Colorado does whatever Colorado wants when it comes to weather 😉 The mountains got hit by a lot of snow this winter. Even if the Crested Butte ski resort closed the first weekend in April, there was still a ton of snow in the mountains when we got there.

I know Crested Butte well enough to have a big list of potential locations, but most of them were completely inaccessible by anything other than snowmobiles! And as fun as a snow mobile winter elopement would be, that wasn’t an option this time. So I spent the afternoon before Alaina and Andrew’s wedding scouting potential options, then sent them photos and videos so they could choose their spot.

We ended up with a beautiful snow-covered meadow with views of Mount Crested Butte in the background. When I was scouting, it was snowing and raining heavily, but the morning of their wedding was sunny and beautiful. Of course Colorado doesn’t stay one way for long, so we got some snow throughout the day, but that’s to be expected from a Crested Butte winter elopement!

I really love that Alaina and Andrew wanted photos of hanging out with their family at their airbnb before the ceremony. It’s such an important part of the story of an elopement, and adds so much more than just beautiful portraits of the couple on their own. After their first look, we all drank champagne and their family gave toasts to the couple. Then we headed out together for the snowy ceremony!

I’ll be back out to photograph more Crested Butte weddings this summer, and can’t wait to see the same meadows covered in wildflowers! I actually have a blog post on the best months to elope in Colorado, so check that out if you’re trying to decide on what kind of weather you want for your own elopement.

(P.S. The airbnb they stayed in was really beautiful, and perfect for a small group. The photos of their first look were taken right outside the home! It’s not approved for events, so don’t plan on holding a wedding there, but if you want a beautiful place to stay in Crested Butte, you can rent it here.)

Spring color wedding bouquet and boutonniere by From the Ground Up Flowers
Custom engraved whiskey glasses for wedding
Wedding rings and boutonniere
Bride and groom wedding cards and wedding rings
Groom getting ready in log cabin
Bride and groom's family hanging out before ceremony
Blush wedding gown with tulle and lace layers
Bride's hiking boots for winter elopement in Crested Butte
Bride's wedding socks that say "take no shit, give no fucks"
Bride getting ready, bride's sister helping put on necklace
Bride walking out of log cabin home in Crested Butte for winter elopement
Bride and groom first look with Mount Crested Butte in the background, winter elopement in Colorado
Bride and groom first look with Mount Crested Butte in the background, winter elopement in Colorado
Bride and groom first look with Mount Crested Butte in the background, winter elopement in Colorado
Bride and groom first look with Mount Crested Butte in the background, winter elopement in Colorado
Bride and groom popping bottles of champagne for toasts
Bride and groom pouring champagne
Father of the bride toast
Father of the bride toast
Wedding guests give toast to the bride and groom
Wedding guests give toast to the bride and groom
Bride's parents hugging during toasts
Crested Butte winter elopement ceremony in snowy Colorado mountains
Crested Butte winter elopement ceremony in snowy Colorado mountains
Crested Butte winter elopement ceremony in snowy Colorado mountains
Crested Butte winter elopement ceremony in snowy Colorado mountains
Bride pouring whiskey as part of elopement ceremony
Crested Butte winter elopement ceremony in snowy Colorado mountains
Crested Butte winter elopement ceremony in snowy Colorado mountains
Crested Butte winter elopement ceremony in snowy Colorado mountains
Bride and groom hiking in snow wearing sunglasses, Crested Butte elopement in winter
Bride and groom portraits at winter elopement in Crested Butte, snow-covered mountain wedding photos
Bride and groom portraits at winter elopement in Crested Butte, snow-covered mountain wedding photos
Bride and groom in front of mountain, Crested Butte winter elopement
Bride and groom walking in snowy landscape in Crested Butte
Bride and groom portrait in snowy woods, Crested Butte winter wedding photography
Bride and groom portrait in snowy woods, Crested Butte winter wedding photography
Spring colored wedding bouquet by From the Ground Up Flowers in Crested Butte
Bride holding Spring colored wedding bouquet by From the Ground Up Flowers in Crested Butte, blush wedding dress in snow
Bride and groom hiking in snowy landscape, winter elopement in the Colorado mountains
Bride and groom hiking in snowy landscape, winter elopement in the Colorado mountains
Groom wearing grey suit and purple shirt and tie for winter wedding
Bride and groom hiking through snow-covered valley, Crested Butte winter elopement photography
Crested Butte wedding photos in snow, winter mountain elopement
Crested Butte wedding photos in snow, winter mountain elopement
Crested Butte wedding photos in snow, winter mountain elopement
Crested Butte wedding photos in snow, winter mountain elopement, bride wearing blush wedding gown
Crested Butte wedding photos in snow, winter mountain elopement, bride wearing blush wedding gown
Close up of bride and groom's hands with wedding rings
Crested Butte wedding photos in snow, winter mountain elopement, bride wearing blush wedding gown
Bride and groom walking along river in winter
Bride and groom walking along river in winter
Bride and groom portrait in front of Mount Crested Butte, winter elopement photography, Colorado mountain wedding
Bride and groom portrait in front of Mount Crested Butte, winter elopement photography, Colorado mountain wedding
Bride and groom first dance on the patio of log cabin airbnb in Crested Butte

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