Eloping at Hidden Valley was not plan A for Jaylee and Riley. They had originally planned a wedding for all their closest friends and family at a wedding venue in Estes Park. But when COVID-19 struck and group sizes were restricted, they didn’t let that hold them back from having the elopement of their dreams.
I helped them put together a new list of location ideas, and while many of the more popular wedding ceremony sites in Rocky Mountain National Park, like 3M Curve and Sprague Lake, were already booked, we were able to get a reservation for a Hidden Valley elopement ceremony instead.
Hidden Valley really is a hidden gem of locations. The area sees very few visitors compared to the other ceremony sites, and is quietly tucked away in the woods at the bottom of Trail Ridge Road. What it lacks in big sweeping mountain views, it makes up for in privacy, moody forest vibes, wildflowers, and a high chance of seeing moose! (We unfortunately did not see any this time, though.)
After starting our day together at a cute AirBnB in Estes Park, along with super talented videographer team Acts of Adventure, we headed into Rocky Mountain National Park for the afternoon. Jaylee and Riley self-solemnized their marriage by exchanging vows at Hidden Valley and signing their own marriage license, then celebrated with wedding cake and whiskey afterwards!
And because we couldn’t end the day without some of the epic mountain views that RMNP is known for, we drove up Trail Ridge Road towards sunset for a short hike. One of the crazy parts of eloping in Colorado is how quickly the weather can change with the altitude. We’d had nice, warm summer temperatures down at the Hidden Valley elopement, but at 12,000ft the wind was whipping around us, and we even got caught in a hail and rain storm toward the end. It couldn’t have made for more epic photos though!
“Nina is a dream to work with. We originally had a bigger wedding planned for Estes Park, but because of COVID we decided to cancel and elope instead. Nina helped us seamlessly transition from wedding to elopement and create a new plan. She has put together amazing resources to help you plan your day (especially helpful since we were traveling from Oklahoma). She created a timeline for us and made sure to communicate with our other vendors, so everyone was on the same page. She arrived early and even helped make sure we had everything we needed loaded up in the car, so we could head to our ceremony location. Our photos turned out amazing..Nina is truly so talented at what she does! We felt so comfortable. I love that she captures natural moments. I feel like I am reliving our day when I look at the photos. Nina is very organized, professional, so helpful, but most importantly she is an awesome human being! We can’t recommend Nina enough.”
Jaylee & Riley