Lindsay + Payden’s RMNP Spring Blizzard Elopement

May 20, 2019

Lindsay and Payden’s elopement took place on May 9th – yes, May! They had originally picked a spot in Boulder for their elopement ceremony. But as we got closer to the big day, the forecast was showing heavy rain all day in Boulder, and it had already been raining for days.

So Lindsay and I started talking about our backup plans, and we were able to move everything to Rocky Mountain National Park instead. We figured that we’d much rather have snow than rain, and it was going to be cold enough in Rocky for snow.

And it turned out to be the most magical winter wonderland, and the most snow I shot in all year. It’s amazing how well everything can turn out when you’re flexible and understand that the weather here will do whatever the heck it decides, no matter what the calendar says!

Wanna learn more about how to elope in RMNP? Check out my full guide to everything you need to know about getting married in Rocky Mountain NP!

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What was your inspiration for planning this elopement?

Our inspiration for our elopement was adventure. Payden and I love to travel and see new things and we take any opportunity given to us to able to do so. Our wedding was a perfect opportunity to travel to somewhere we both have not been before, which happened to be Boulder, CO.

What personal details or traditions did you incorporate in your elopement?

My grandma got married in 1962 in a $60 dress she found in a department store, it would later be my moms wedding gown in 1992. Unfortunately, I do not have their slim/petite figure and was not able to wear the original dress. But, with the help of both my mom and grandma we were able to take the 50+ year old lace off of the original and put in on my new gown. It was fun to able to pick out a wedding gown with my mom and grandma but the best part was being able to work along side of them in creating this one-of-a-kind gown that I will treasure forever. Hopefully, I’ll have a daughter who will want to take part in this tradition and incorporate all three of us into her own wedding gown one day. My ring is also a ring my grandpa gave to my grandma for their 30th wedding anniversary.

What made you pick this elopement location?

We were looking for mountain views and Rocky Mountain National Park had the background we wanted. We both grew up at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains so we’re accustom to mountain views but the is just something special about the mountains out West.

Share your love story! How did you meet and fall in love? How did you get engaged?

Payden and I starting dating in the 10th grade, but before that we were great friends. We dated on and off through High School and are now finishing college as newly weds. We got engaged on Edisto Beach, SC with my brothers and my grandma present. The center diamond in my ring is from my grandma ring that was given to her by my grandma for their 30th wedding anniversary. Over everything, we’re each others best friends and being able to create a life with your best friend is a dream come true for us both.