Liana + Max’s Lake Dillon Elopement

June 29, 2018

This Lake Dillon elopement came about in a truly spontaneous way! I was staying in Breckenridge for a week to photograph two weddings there that weekend, and had been hanging out with friends on a Wednesday night. As I was getting ready for bed at 10:30pm, I got a text asking if I was available to photograph an elopement at Brainard Lake near Boulder – THE NEXT DAY!

I replied right away, explaining that Brainard Lake was inaccessible due to construction work on the road there, but that I was indeed available and would be happy to help them find a similar location somewhere else. I sent out a few suggestions, and within an hour I had a Lake Dillon elopement booked for the next afternoon. Now this is what I’ve always thought of with the word elopement – deciding to get married and going for it without months of planning!

The location we decided on was right on Lake Dillon in Frisco, but I had never actually visited this spot in person before. I have used the internet to pick out locations so many times by now that I felt pretty good about it, but I still decided to head over there an hour early to do some real exploring before meeting Liana and Max.

Most of my experience with the Frisco area has been in winter, as I love cross-country skiing at the Frisco Nordic Center, but it’s a whole different world up there in the summer. I grew up on the ocean in Norway, and being on the water is one of the things I miss the most living in a dry state like Colorado, but Lake Dillon is a darn good option to keep the blues away! I hiked around at a bunch of different campgrounds, day use areas, and even stopped by the Sapphire Point Overlook – a popular mountain elopement venue. There were so many gorgeous places to choose from, but I decided to stick with my original choice of location since it had the best views of the most mountains.

Liana and Max met me at the spot I had picked out along with their adorable kiddos, and I was so relieved when they all loved the views! I finally got a chance to talk to the couple and find out what spurred the last-minute elopement. It turned out Max was deploying overseas for a year and leaving that very weekend, and they wanted to get married before he had to leave. I am so glad I was able to connect with these two and capture their Lake Dillon elopement, because they clearly had so much love for each other and I am only sad they don’t get to spend their first year as newlyweds in the same country.

Liana and Max, I am so grateful I got to be your elopement photographer, and I wish you all the best in the years to come!

If you are planning a Lake Dillon elopement, need help picking the perfect Colorado mountain elopement location, or want me to capture your big day, get in touch and let’s chat about how I can help you!

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