Saunter Through Love Along The Mountain Goats Elopement
Rockies + Mountain Goats + Marmots + Hiking Boots + Alpine Lakes Colorado Wilderness: Adventure All Day Elopement Climb of a Lifetime
They SAUNTERED Mountains And Eloped at the Summit Surrounded By Alpine Lakes And Wild Waterfalls And Mountain Goats as Witnesses at Sunrise | Colorado | Justyna E Butler Photography | Colorado Adventure Hiking Elopement
When my alarm went off at 11 PM, a mere 45 minutes before the makeup artist was scheduled to arrive, I only had a moment of groggy confusion before I remembered that today was our wedding day! Thankfully, John is a heavy sleeper because I squealed as I jumped out of bed and rushed about, getting things ready. We packed our hiking packs the night before, but that did not stop me from unpacking them and double checking everything. When I got to the winter coats, I almost left them behind. Justyna kept warning us to prepare for a cold morning, but it was 90* in Denver; we thought she was out of her mind!
My hair and makeup were done by 2 AM when John woke. We changed into our dress and suit and had a simple “first look” alone in the hotel room. I thought he was the most handsome man I had ever seen and had no doubts that he was who I would spend my life with. He told me by butt looked good. We were in the car and on the road by 3 AM. After a dark and quiet drive, we arrived in Breckinridge only to be ‘welcomed’ by the local police officer. We were obviously excited for the day because he informed us that we had been speeding. He let us off with a warning, thanks to the wedding attire that supported our story.
Colorado Elopement Charm With Mountain Goats And Sunrise Surprising Temperatures
We met Justyna by 5 AM and drove up the most beautiful road I have ever seen. Climbing out of the car, we were glad to have packed the heavy coats since it was now a mere 34*! We were instantly met by a herd of mountain goats with their babies, snacking on grass and licking the salt off our cars. I immediately knew that this would be the best day ever.
We skipped, spun, hugged, and shivered on the mountain side. We said our vows amid the sunrise, temporarily forgetting the temperature. It turned out that we wrote very similar promises and reflected on the same memories without sharing them prior. We often know what the other is thinking without speaking or say things the other swears they were just about to, so this should not have been a surprise, but it still made it extra sweet.
The temperature rose and we shed the winter wear, continuing the adventure to a waterfall. We heard the rushing water through the pines as we walked and could not stop aweing over how fresh the air smelled. We walked across a rickety log, hung our legs over the edge of a cliff, and shared how much we loved each other.
Mountain Vibes With Mountain Pizza and Craft Brewery
We finished the day, drinking craft beer at a brewery and eating Colorado-style pizza with Justyna and her son, Robert. It may sound silly or tacky to some, but that’s me and John. It was very different than the 200+ guest, formal wedding we originally planned, but we couldn’t be happier. The day was custom made for us and it is one we will never forget.
Dress – The White Room Lebanon @whiteroombridals
Hair – Courtney Flavin @CourtneyFlavin
Hair and makeup- Megan Cary Artistry Agency @megancaryartistry
John’s suit – Jos. A. Bank
Suit tailoring – Giorgio Men’s Warehouse @giorgiomenswarehouse
John’s hair – Manny @mannythebarb3r
Hiking gear – Rock/Creek @rockcreekgear and REI @rei
These views cannot be real!! If this doesn’t inspire you to plan your own Colorado Alpine Elopement, I don’t know what will!
Congratulations Emily + John! Your Colorado Mountain Adventure elopement is beyond dreamy!
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