Alyssa + Matt’s Maroon Bells Elopement
I had been looking forward to Alyssa and Matt’s Maroon Bells Amphitheater elopement for a whole year, by the time I drove over Independence Pass and into the gorgeous mountain town of Aspen. While I had only “met” Alyssa and Matt via FaceTime before their wedding day, I felt like I already knew them so well thanks to our Instagrams and emails over the past year, and I was so stoked to finally meet them in person.
Alyssa and Matt picked Aspen for their elopement because of the beauty of the Maroon Bells. They loved having a ceremony site that they didn’t need to decorate – the scenery was enough! The couple has lived in Colorado together for seven years, and were so excited to share the beauty of the mountains with their family members, as many had never been to Colorado before.
They also wanted a small elopement with just close family around them. Alyssa told me that they view marriage as a very personal and cherished commitment between the bride and groom, and so they wanted their ceremony to reflect that. I personally don’t think they could have picked a more gorgeous venue for their Aspen wedding, and I definitely see why the Maroon Bells are said to be the most photographed placed in all of Colorado!
While I love living in Boulder, Aspen is one of my favorite mountain towns to shoot in. After Alyssa and Matt’s intimate ceremony at Maroon Bells Amphitheater, the couple popped bottles of champagne to celebrate with their family. Then as their guests headed back into town to get ready for dinner, we adventured down to the lake for some of my very favorite bride and groom portraits of all time. We were all feeling pretty hot and sweaty from being out in the sun all day, so kicking off our shoes and wading out into the freezing cold alpine lake felt amazing!
(Updated at the end of 2018 to add: If you visit Maroon Bells now, there’s a rope fence along the lake shore to keep people away from the water. There were no signs or rules about this at the time of this wedding – I swear we weren’t those people who jump a fence for photos! Please make sure you always know and follow the most recent rules for a location.)
After we wrapped up their portraits, we drove back down into Aspen for their intimate wedding reception at the Aspen Kitchen, where we had the outdoor patio to ourselves. I knew Alyssa was super excited about the food, and once I tasted the cured meats – cured in house at the restaurant! – I totally saw why. Relaxed and casual intimate receptions are always so much fun to photograph, and I was only sad that I had to leave before dinner to drive back down to Boulder again, as I had another wedding the next day.
If you are looking at planning a Colorado elopement of your own, I would love to chat with you about your photography, and help you make your wedding day the best day ever Get in touch via my contact form, and let’s make it happen!
Shoutouts to all of the amazing vendors that helped make Alyssa and Matt’s Maroon Bells Amphitheater elopement such a success!
Ceremony Venue: Maroon Bells Amphitheater
Reception Venue: Aspen Kitchen
Getting Ready Hotel: The Inn at Aspen
Wedding Dress: Felice Bridal
Dress Designer: Ti Adora
Dress Alterations: Miss Sew It All
Groom’s Suit: Bonobos
Groom’s Tie & Pocket Square: Quinten Oliver Co
Stationery: Vista Print
Florist: Flower Moxie
Bride’s Hair: True Beauty by Denise
Bride’s Makeup: Aspen Makeup
Signage: Last Minute Signs
Videographers: Ful Frame