Weddings are often one of the biggest occasions in someone’s life, and many people often dream of their big day for years (I know I started “planning” my wedding when I was a girl!) However, for some couples, lavish celebrations do not sound appealing at all or are not in the budget. If that’s the case for you, then you should definitely consider eloping. Deciding on where to elope is one of the most important aspects of the planning process, and can sometimes be challenging. But trust me, if you’re looking for an awesome place to elope in the US, definitely check out the city in the clouds – Colorado Springs. As your wedding elopement photographer, it’s exciting for me to share some of the amazing places that will help make your Colorado Springs elopement an experience to remember! Check out some of my favorite locations below – all which are either located in, or easily accessible to, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
This is one of my favorite locations for Colorado Springs elopements. It has a classic combination of towering red rock formations and gorgeous views of Pikes Peak. The rocks look phenomenal both at sunrise (glowing pink) and sunset (a fiery orange.) It is super accessible, close to downtown, and even though it can be busy, I can guide you to some super secluded and beautiful spots where you can say “We Do!”
One of the main reasons I love Pike national forest is because it’s not too crowded and has opportunities to explore and be adventurous alongside your partner. Some activities that you can find in the area include hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, etc. These activities are a unique way to incorporate some additional fun into your elopement day! Another thing to consider? These trails are also dog-friendly, which means you can bring your fur baby to be part of the special day of your life… and please do!
This is one of those locations in Colorado Springs that has countless spots to elope! There are several hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls. If you love hiking, nature, and looking at great views of the city AND the mountains, then a location within Cheyenne Canyon may be perfect for your Colorado Springs elopement.
What makes Palmer Lake a perfect spot for eloping near Colorado Springs is the lakeside recreation area and access to trails. It is enveloped by mountains, which will frame your memories beautifully. Plus, there are a lot of activities to explore, like fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking and biking. Palmer Lake is also conveniently located near Spruce Mountain Open Space, which provides ample space for some beautiful photos, regardless of the season. Just 30 minutes from Colorado Springs, and 1 hour from Denver, this area is a great consideration for your elopement.
The Paint mines are located on the eastern plains of Colorado, within an hour of downtown Colorado Springs. This interactive park is famous for its enormous and colorful rock formations which are full of geological and historical significance. The Paint Mines are truly breathtaking, with gorgeous rocks that reflect their natural hues of orange, white, pink, and red. The Paint Mines is one of my favorite locations to visit and photography, and it would certainly make for an epic elopement location.
It is centrally located within Colorado, has its own airport, and can be easily accessed. If live in Denver, fly into Denver, or choose to stay in Denver, Colorado Springs is just an easy 1-1.5hr drive down I-25.
You don’t need any witnesses here in Colorado to be part of your elopement, so if you don’t feel like bringing anyone extra along, it won’t be a problem!
This is definitely a huge factor as to why Colorado Springs elopements are easier than other cities! If you and your partner don’t need an officiant or can’t find one, you can perform your ceremony yourself. It is legal to do so, but make sure to get your marriage certificate within 60 days before the elopement.
Many states make it compulsory for couples to wait before applying for a marriage license. They may have to wait for up to six days or even more for the license to be issued. The good news is that many couples eloping in Colorado Springs can get married on the same day.
What’s better than capping off your “I Do”s with an award winning dinner and cocktail? Finally, another great part about having a Colorado Springs elopement is the access to some truly delicious restaurants. I love great food, and am happy to help you find the perfect restaurant! In addition, I would definitely recommend staying at least one night at the historic Broadmoor Hotel. This hotel is truly stunning, and by staying as a guest, we (you, your partner, and I [your photographer of course!]) have access to the grounds for photos.
As an experienced photographer, and Colorado Springs resident, I am lucky enough to know some truly unique places that would result in epic and beautiful photographs of your elopement.
Did I convince you to move forward with planning your Colorado Springs elopement, and celebrating your best-day-ever among the mountains?! I hope so!
Still need a photographer? Let me know, so we can discuss and start planning early (or last minute if my schedule allows!) I would love to help you capture the most important day of your life!
Looking for a venue for your elopement or micro-wedding? Definitely check out the blog posts below:
“Kinship Landing: Where the Community Comes to Stay, Dine & Get Married”
“CLAY Venues – A Chic and Versatile Colorado Springs Wedding Venue”