Trail Ridge Road Elopement Photographer

July 26, 2018 | Weddings

Trail Ridge Road Elopement Photographer | Rocky Mountain National Park adventure wedding photos

Diana and Will have been one of my favorite couples to work with, from their Dream Lake engagement session to their Breckenridge Nordic Center wedding, and now finally to letting me be their Trail Ridge Road elopement photographer for an adventure session a few days after their mountain wedding.

In the bride’s words: “Our definition of compromise: Will wanted a big wedding in the mountains and I wanted to elope on a mountain top. So we had a medium sized wedding in the mountains and two days later put our outfits back on for an adventure session on a mountaintop, the result of this compromise is pretty spectacular if I must say so myself! Thank you Nina for making my wedding photography dreams a reality!”

One of the challenges as a Trail Ridge Road elopement photographer, that people rarely think about, is to be respectful of the fragile tundra environment. There are signs all over Rocky Mountain National Park asking people to stay on trail and stay off the tundra, and yet I see so many photos of people jumping fences, lying down on top of flowers that will take 100 years to regrow, and otherwise just completely disrespecting the rules of Leave No Trace. Diana and Will and I took great care to only walk on the sandy trails and rocks, and even got creative with angles – the photos of them with the gorgeous golden sunset glow are all taken on the rocks that line a parking lot!

If you are planning to elope in RMNP, check out my Rocky Mountain National Park wedding guide to learn about the permit requirements and approved ceremony sites. If you just want photos in the park, either before or after your wedding outside of the park, your Trail Ridge Road elopement photographer still needs a commercial photography permit. (I maintain an annual permit with the park, since I shoot here often!)

Colorado adventure elopements are my absolute favorite to capture, so if you’re looking for a Trail Ridge Road elopement photographer (or want to go somewhere off the beaten path), hit me up and let’s make it happen! 

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