Jamie and Jenna wanted to elope at a ranch in Colorado, after falling in love with the Rocky Mountains on a vacation to a dude ranch last year. We combed through every ranch in the state, and finally landed on Vista Verde Ranch near Steamboat Springs for their elopement. It fit everything we were looking for: a beautiful property, luxury experience, personalized service, and perhaps most importantly—they were inclusive and welcoming to LGBTQ+ couples.
On the day of their elopement, I picked up flowers from Unbound Floral Design in Steamboat before driving up to the ranch property. The closer I got, the more beautiful the views became, until I drove through the gates to the ranch property and instantly fell in love with this secluded ranch in the mountains.
Jamie, Jenna, and their daughter spent the whole week at the ranch: horseback riding, exploring the mountains, lounging by the pool, and relaxing in a way I think all couples should aim for before their elopement day! By the time their elopement day came around, they were well familiar with the ranch, staff, and horses, and were able to enjoy the day without stress. The horses we did photos with were “their” horses for the week!
Vista Verde Ranch elopement vendor team
Photographer: Larsen Photo Co. (that’s me!)
Venue: Vista Verde Ranch
Hair and Makeup: Amy Merritt
Flowers: Unbound Floral Design
Officiant: Jane’s Personalized Weddings
Music: Trading Post Productions
How to elope at Vista Verde Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch is an all-inclusive luxury dude ranch, located north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Vacations here are booked by the week (Sunday through Saturday), and include lodging, three meals a day, beverages (even wine and beer), guided activities like horseback riding, fly fishing, paddle boarding, cooking classes, wine tasting, yoga classes, transportation to and from Steamboat, evening entertainment, and so much more.
Because Vista Verde is all-inclusive, elopements on their property are only available for guests who are staying there. There is a small add-on fee starting at $450 for elopements—but from the experience Jamie and Jenna had both on their elopement day and their whole vacation, I can tell you it’s worth every penny.
About Nina Larsen Reed
Nina is an elopement photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. She plans and captures adventure elopements and micro-weddings across the Rocky Mountains, and loves getting to share the mountains she calls home with couples who want a different wedding experience.