Diana + Will’s Dream Lake Engagement
Diana and Will came all the way from Pennsylvania to Colorado for their Dream Lake Rocky Mountain National Park engagement session, and to check out their wedding venue at the Breckenridge Nordic Center for their wedding next summer. We were having some unseasonably gray weather that week, and ended up moving up the hike by a day to maximize our chances of getting that perfect sunrise alpenglow on the mountains surrounding Dream Lake.
We left Boulder at 4am that morning, and got to spend the hour and half long drive up to Rocky Mountain National Park getting to know each other. By the time we reached Bear Lake Trailhead, the first sunrise colors were starting to peak up over the plains, and we set a quick pace up the trail to Dream Lake. Nymph Lake was looking stunning that morning, covered in lily pads, so it was hard not to stop for more photos, but Dream was waiting.
When we reached Dream Lake, a quick 25 minute hike up from the trailhead, there were only two other people there: nature photographers with tripods set up to capture the sunrise on Hallett Peak behind the lake. Unfortunately the clouds came in and covered up most of the sunrise that morning, but we were having such a good time getting photos and exploring different parts of the lakeshore that we didn’t mind one bit.
Fun fact: You might think you want perfect blue skies and sunshine for your photos, whether on your wedding day or your engagement session, but clouds create gorgeous soft lighting that won’t make you squinty in the photos!
One of my favorite shots of the day came when Diana and Will pulled out their “Colorado tourist tees” that they had bought at the mall, and asked me for some goofy photos. I love couples who can make each other laugh, and the standard prom pose photo did just that! Afterwards they snuck in another outfit change in the bushes, and we started hiking back down again with stops at the waterfall just below Dream Lake, and Nymph Lake again.
By the time we got back to Bear Lake trailhead, the parking lot was starting to fill up, and the trails were getting busy. One of the main reasons I love doing EARLY morning sessions is having an otherwise crowded place to ourselves – having your photo taken is so much less awkward when you’re not worried about ending up in fifty different cell phone photos from other hikers!
We drove back down to the Moraine Park area for our final shots of the day, and as we parked a huge moose came walking right past us. We were hoping he’d photobomb Diana and Will for at least one shot, but it’s probably better that he headed in the opposite direction from us. After getting some super cute photos in the meadow, we drove back to Boulder and went straight for brunch at The Buff Restaurant (aka my favorite place in Boulder). I’d say we had earned it!
Thank you Diana and Will for spending the morning hiking and exploring with me for your Dream Lake Rocky Mountain National Park engagement session. These types of hiking sessions are my absolute favorite, so if you’re reading this and looking to book a hiking engagement of your own – get in touch and let’s make it happen! And if you’re looking for more information on eloping in the park, check out my Rocky Mountain National Park wedding guide.
Dream Lake Rocky Mountain National Park Engagement Photography by Larsen Photo Co.