Breckenridge, Colorado, is a great place to elope. Don't know where to start? I gotchu. Here's my ultimate guide to eloping in Breckenridge, CO as a Breckenridge Elopement Photographer.

The First Elopement FAQs

Can I Invite Friends and Family?

Absolutely. An elopement gives you the freedom to invite whoever you want, as long as the focus of the day is about the two of you and your relationship.

When Should I Start Planning my Elopement?

3-7 months is the standard amount of time needed to plan an elopement, though I've planned elopements as far as 1 year out and as soon as 1 week out! Breckenridge books up fast!

How Much Does It Cost?

The average Breckenridge elopement costs around $15,000, half of what a traditional wedding costs ($38,000), though this number can be higher or lower depending on how you plan.

Let's Do This


Where to get Inspiration

On platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, movies, wedding blogs, travel blogs, and even Google Maps, you can find wonderful sources of inspiration for your elopement.

Just search for "Breckenridge elopement" or "Breckenridge adventure elopement" to discover a wealth of ideas for your special day. You can also follow me on Pinterest or Instagram.

Questions to Spark Ideas

What are your goals for the day?

Why choose an elopement over a large wedding?

Why are you choosing Breckenridge specifically?

Imagine the wedding scene; you can enhance your creativity by closing your eyes.

When you envision exchanging vows, what backdrop do you see?

Couple writes their vows before their elopement day starts

Some Photos for Inspo

How To Choose the Best Elopement Location in Breckenridge

Scenery & Weather

Do you want sweeping mountain views or be engulfed by a gorgeous forest?

Are you a summer person who loves the greenery and hates winter?

Do you love the quiet that winter brings and how it makes the mountains look?

Think of any places on your travel bucket list and why you love them and want to visit. Personally, I like breck between the months of July through March the most. March through June can be iffy on the weather.

Experiences & Activities

Think about what kind of activities (or not) that you want to include.

Do you like the idea of a picnic? Horse-back riding? Taking a horse-drawn carriage through the snowy woods of Breckenridge?


Consider the place you met, or somewhere you’ve both wanted to go.

Meaningful locations can be some of the best ones!

I had one couple who chose Carter Park because Trolls were a theme in their relationship (see photo below for reference).

Accessibility & Vendor

Another important detail to consider is how easy it is to get to the location and what options of vendors are available. If you want to include family, friends, and other guests, think about how easy or difficult it will be for them to get there. Does the location have enough parking and bathrooms?

If you're out-of-state and looking for transportation, consider an AWD vehicle or truck, depending on where you want to elope.

Newlyweds embrace in front of Breckenridge's charming streets.
Couple's love shines against Breckenridge's autumn foliage.

The details

Groom dips bride in romantic embrace with Breckenridge backdrop.

License To Wed

Elope in style, but don't forget the nitty-gritty legal stuff! In Colorado, acquiring a marriage license is fairly easy, depending on what county you choose to get married to. What makes Colorado so great is that you can self-solumnize! This means you don't need an officiant or any witnesses; however, if you'd like your dog to sign, you totally can! Arapahoe County is currently the only county in which you cannot have your dog sign. Even if you plan to elope in Breck, you can get your license from another county.

Permits & Fees

It’s good to note that most state parks charge entry fees, which you’ll want to pay (in addition to any application fees) on the day of your elopement. Information on permit processes, event costs, and entry fees are generally available on park websites.

Lodging & Accommodations

The best thing you can do is to pick accommodation that can be multi-purpose! Your lodging can double as a wet weather alternative, a place to take photos in the morning, or somewhere you can celebrate with family after the event. These are all great factors to keep in mind. Ideally, look for somewhere spacious, and aesthetically unique, and most importantly, that has a ton of natural light for pictures. The more beautiful the location, the more I have to work with when it comes to your photos!

A quick reminder: Airbnb does not allow weddings at their properties.

Some Cool Airbnbs & VRBOs in Breckenridge

Airbnb in Breckenridge, Colorado

Mountain Top Vista Getaway

For an epic spot to exchange your vows with the Breckenridge Ski Area in the background.

A Frame cabin for eloping in Brekcenridge

Ultimate Mountain Retreat

If you're looking for a cozy stay and an additional photo op spot.

cute cozy cottage in downtown Breckenridge perfect for elopements

Plum Cottage: Gorgeous Historic Home

For those looking to be right where the action is.

Hiring Vendors

While it's definitely not required to hire vendors for your elopement, professionals can make it a LOT easier & bring your vision to life.

While the four MUST HAVE vendors for your elopement are generally the Photographer (me!?), Florist, Officiant & Hair + Makeup Artist, here are some other vendors to consider...


Video for elopements is especially beautiful as it allows you to share the moments with those who couldn't be there - Which REALLY helps smooth any hurt feelings!


Walking down the aisle to an acoustic guitar or dancing or dancing under the stars to a string trio can be a magical element to make your day totally unique.

Personal Chef

Both for the day before & the day of - Having good food makes everyone happy!

Planner / Designer

The right planner or designer will not only create a breathtaking elopement, they will help you save money on vendors & avoid painful mistakes with permits, timelines and other logistics you might not think of

Picnic, Small Caterer, or Cake

If you're headed somewhere REALLY remote, consider hiring someone to pack you a charcuterie or delicious dessert to celebrate after everything is finished!

Once we start working together, I will send over a list I've compiled of all of my trusted vendors.

Bride's veil dances in mountain breeze in Breckenridge.

Choose Some Activites

Incorporating activites on your elopement day is such a fun experience. This gives you two the chance to sit down and craft a day that's truly unique to who you two are as a couple. Check out some of my favorite activity ideas below!

Hiking - Check out the app Hiking trails to find some sweet spots!

Signtseeing - If you can't decide on one location, that's fine, we can drive around enjoying a few locations and stopping to take some photos at each one.

Dogsledding/Horse carriage rides - Check out Breck Stables and their awesome horses!

Soaking in a hot tub

Bonfire with s'mores - Check out some local campgrounds in my other blog post.

Riding bikes - You can rent bikes here to ride around Breckenridge or Lake Dillon.

Wine tasting

Kayaking or Paddle Board Lake Dillon - You can find rentals at the Dillon Marina here.

Play some board games or have a Charcuterie board at your Airbnb to end the night.

Ski or snowboard Breck! - I have an Epic pass and am always down to shred some gnar.

Take a cooking class

Stargazing - Near Lake Dillon is perfect for this since you can get to places with no trees nearby.

Have a picnic

Walk along the "beach" - Lake Dillon's beaches are very beautiful.

Watch a movie - Look at this elopement I did where they went back to their Airbnb and smoked weed, watched Harry Potter, and ate from a coochie (Charcuterie) board.

Go rock climbing - I'm serious. This is an epic way to spend your elopement.

Silhouettes of couple against Breckenridge's fiery sunset.

Elopement Attire

Wedding Dresses



Elopement Attire

Wedding Dresses



Intimate sunset glow captured by a Colorado Elopement Photographer, emphasizing the couple's warmth and connection

When looking for wedding attire, try keeping an open mind. You can keep it traditional or totally break the mold - Keep in mind your location, time of year, weather, and planned activities. Just make sure you are comfortable and feel confident. Keep in mind thatyou can bring changes of clothes in case we're doing more intense activities on your big day.

Whimsical playfulness expertly photographed by a Colorado Elopement Photographer, showcasing the couple's spirit in the wilderness

Elopement Attire

Wedding Dresses



"Close-up of a loving gaze between the couple, beautifully captured by a Colorado Elopement Photographer, revealing their deep connection

Depending on your location, you might want a lightweight style that fits in a backpack for a hike or a full gown and fur wrap in the snow.

Try out some dance moves, walk or jog around the dress store and make sure you test out sitting down.

Opt for something with a bit of a smaller train if you'll be walking around a lot. Most importantly, choose something you feel confident and beautiful in.

Elegant simplicity as the couple walks amid nature, skillfully photographed by a Colorado Elopement Photographer

Elopement Attire

Wedding Dresses



Close up of a groom suit in as he elopes in Breckenridge Colorado

If it's cold at your elopement location, purchase a suit with a heavier fabric like wool or tweed.

Try to match color to the location. In general, lighter colors stand out and work better for most outdoor locations.

Don't be afraid to think outside the box. Think about adding fun accessories like cufflinks, suspenders, bowties, etc. to add more dimension to your outfit.

Elopement Attire

Wedding Dresses



Just be you <3 fuck other people's opinions.
Loving gaze exchanged between bride and groom in Breckenridge.

Listen, you are not bound to the traditional ideas of brides and grooms and dresses and suits. Wear what feels like YOU. It's your day, and that means being authentic to you and your personal identity. We celebrate all genders, personalities, and styles here, so live it up. <3

Couple's laughter echoes through Breckenridge's serene landscape.
Bride's joyous smile captured against Breckenridge's snow-covered slopes.

Elopement Timelines

Budgeting enough time for your day is so key.

Most locations in Breckenridge are within 30 -45 minutes from each other, so calculate in travel time if you are planning on multiple locations.

You want to savor every minute & document every moment - Which means allowing enough time for each part of the day.

Below are some examples to help you plan the perfect timeline!

4 Hour Elopement

3:30pm - Detail photos

4:00pm - Getting ready photos

4:30pm - First look photos

5:15pm - Head to ceremony location

5:45pm - Begin ceremony and take couples portraits after

6:00pm - Couples portraits around the location

7:30 pm - Wrap up sunset photos, photo coverage ends

8 Hour Elopement

12:00pm - Detail photos

12:30pm - Getting ready photos

1:30pm - First look

1:45pm - Head to ceremony location

2:30pm - Begin ceremony

3:00pm- Family photos + toasts

4:00pm - Couples portraits around the location

5:30pm - Go to next location

7:00 pm - Dinner

8:00pm - Photo coverage ends

12 Hour Elopement

8:00am - Wake up and have breakfast together

9:00am - Getting ready for the day

10:00am - Detail photos

11:00am - First Look

11:30am - Head to Ceremony Location

12:00pm - Ceremony

12:30pm - Post-ceremony celebration

1pm - Eat picnic lunch

2:00pm - More photoshoot time

3:00pm - Relaxation time; take time to reflect on the day

4:00pm - Return to accommodations or chosen spot for dinner

5:00pm - Dinner together

6:00pm - Toast & reflect on the day so far

7:00pm - Head to another location

8:00pm - Sunset photos

9:00pm - Blue hour photos & enjoy the sunset

9:30pm - Stargazing photos

10:00pm - Photography Coverage Ends

The Timing

What time should we start?

Sunrise and sunset are the two best times of the day for pictures. At this time of day, the light is soft and even. In Breckenridge, sunrise and sunset will differ greatly compared to Denver because of the surrounding mountains.

Why Sunrise?

It's more secluded, especially in populated places like national parks. It's cooler. You have the rest of the day to spend together as a married couple. Sunrise elopements allow you to take your time throughout the day and also gives you time to rest if you need it.

Why Sunset?

It's more secluded, especially in populated places like national parks. It's warmer. If you don't like the cold, or it's winter, eloping during the evening usually brings warmer weather. You can sleep in. If you're not an earlier riser, sunset elopements are the way to go so you can take your time waking up and enjoying the morning. In Breckenridge because the mountains are so close, sunset is usually about an hour sooner than what Google says so keep that in mind when creating your timline.

Intimate moment as couple exchanges rings in Breckenridge's golden hour.



How To Prepare

Make a list of what to pack

My advice is to always start packing sooner than you think, as it will make your overall experience that much smoother.


  • Marriage license
  • Permit (if applicable)
  • Travel documents (ID, Passport etc)
  • Rings
  • Vow books
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Shoes with good tread
  • Layers (this is especially important for anywhere in the mountains)
  • Bluetooth speaker

Newlyweds steal a kiss amidst Breckenridge's scenic beauty.
Bride and groom walk hand in hand through Breckenridge's historic town.

  • Wedding attire
  • Rings
  • Vow books
  • Any family heirlooms
  • Shoes
  • Invitations
  • Gifts
  • Jewelry

Getting Ready

One of the most underrated parts of an elopement is the getting ready portion. During this time, the excitement is high and everything starts feeling real!

This portion of the day really sets the scene for the rest of your elopement. Not only does it help me document your entire story, but it also helps you get comfortable in front of the camera.

During this time, I usually capture all the details, as well as you both getting into your wedding attire, hair and makeup, and more.

Below are some of the things I tend to photograph during this time and some other suggestions of what you can bring to have ready when I arrive.

It's the Small Moments.

The First Look

Beautiful intimate moment of an alternative bride and groom's first look

A first look is the moment where you two see each other for the first time, and can happen anywhere you choose; at the getting ready location, the trailhead, during the ceremony, etc.

Some couples choose to have one, and others don't. It's truly up to you and your partner. What will make the day feel like you?

Romantic embrace under starlit sky in Breckenridge.

Planning Your Ceremony

Before having your ceremony, you can choose to be legally married, have a symbolic ceremony, or not get legally married at all. It's completely up to you.

It's especially important to decide this ahead of time, as getting all the legal documents in different countries can be a much longer & tedious process.

When it comes to what to do for the ceremony, there are many different traditions. Here are a few to spark some ideas:

Couple's happiness radiates in Breckenridge's soft morning light.
  • Read personal vows
  • Exchange rings
  • Have a unity ceremony (light a candle, make a PB&J, plant a tree together, or something unique!)

  • Read letters from family and friends
  • First kiss and dance
  • Cut a cake together
  • Pop & spray champagne

Bride's radiant beauty shines in Breckenridge's natural splendor.

Dinner or Party?

Having a meal or party after your ceremony can be a fun way to celebrate the day.

Some couples choose to do something a bit more luxurious and hire a private chef, and some couples are super casual and will order a pizza. You can think about having a private celebration or including your guests as well.

Pro tip: This is a great moment for me to document if you love candid images!

Groom twirls bride in carefree dance on Breckenridge's mountaintop.


Well... Almost. Now it's time to inquire! :D


Well... Almost. Now it's time to inquire! :D

romance captured by a Colorado Elopement Photographer, as the couple shares an intimate embrace beneath the forest

Day After Sessions

Day after sessions are a fun option to celebrate & hit hard to get to locations or activities you couldn't do on the elopement day. Many couples choose to go with a casual shoot style, or do a more creative "trash the dress" session, which is exactly what it sounds like. This could include going on a muddy hike, jumping into the ocean, or turning it into an art project. I’m up for anything!

Editing Your Photos

You eloped! Now, it's time for me to go through your images and create the perfect elopement gallery, just for the two of you.

After shooting your elopement, I'll deliver a "sneak peek" gallery (around 10 images) within 48 hours because I know it’s hard to wait to see how they turned out, and you can have something to send to family and friends straight away.

The remaining images will be delivered within 4-8 weeks through an online gallery link where you can download all the high-resolution files and print directly from the lab

Prints & Albums

Photo albums and prints are a great way to display your images. Plus, it's a great way to share the experience with anyone who wasn't able to attend! Through my delivered galleries you will be able to access a world class print shop for both prints and albums!


  • A wedding album that sits on the coffee table
  • Big canvas prints you can display on the walls
  • Cute "We Eloped" announcements
  • A customized box filled with printed photos (Etsy has great options)
  • An album for friends and family to display in their homes

Eloping couple takes a shot ski excitedly at Keystone Mountain Ski Resort

What You'll Get

  • An experienced, world-class elopement photographer
  • A personal consultant to answer your questions about travel, visas, venues, or whatever kept you awake the night before
  • A thoughtful questionnaire so you can share your vision
  • Location ideas to get you inspired and excited
  • Permit coordination to stay legal & safe no matter where we go.
  • A curated vendor list of folks who will exceed your expectations
  • Exciting activity ideas that’ll elevate your experience
  • A customized itinerary to keep your dream day on track
  • Resources and guides that I’ve created exclusively for my couples
  • Elopement day photo coverage that’s fun and free from stress
  • A high-resolution, fully-edited digital gallery of images to download, print, and share
  • Access to a world-class print shop

I'm So Excited For You!

I'm Ready To Book!
Colorado elopement photographer smiling and jumping for joy

Oh The Places We'll Go!

If you've made it this far... congratulations! You're now an elopement expert. There’s nothing I love more than helping my couples create unforgettable experiences in beautiful places.

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