Walking On Clouds For This Hiking Foggy Fall Mountain Elopement In The Colorado Rockies | Justyna E Butler Photography | Kate + Phil
Phil and I met in graduate school. We were both members of a small class of 35 students. We began our relationship as friends but it grew into a romance and we officially started to date in the Spring of 2014.
Phil proposed in September 2018 during a vacation on Nantucket. At that point, we had been living together for over two years and had a dog together, so we were already quite committed.
We took a while deciding how we wanted to celebrate our marriage, and then the pandemic hit, so we ended up being engaged for just over 3 years before finally getting married. We had considered eloping all along but also hoped to have a fun party with friends. We eventually planned a small wedding for September 2021 but sadly cancelled due to the increase in COVID cases from the Delta variant. We decided that we still really wanted to be married, so we looked into a mountain elopement, which would be extra special because it would also celebrate our new lives in Colorado after moving here in June 2021! We found Justyna in our search and fell in love with her work and her energy, and she was so kind to accommodate our elopement plans in one month!
My favorite moment was either our first look or our ceremony. We had our first look near Sapphire Point on the most picturesque, sunny autumn afternoon. It was so exciting to be able to finally see each other on our wedding day. Our ceremony was really special, as well. We had it on Rockies Pass during golden hour. There was incredible fog that started rolling in over the mountains and the temperature dropped. We read each other our vows, exchanged rings and signed our marriage certificate while sipping champagne — it was pure bliss!
The planning was relatively straight forward and it happened quickly! Justyna had great recommendations for vendors like hair and make up artist. We got a great Airbnb overlooking Breckenridge and picked up flowers and a cake the day before our event.
Our elopement was such a special day and we’re so thrilled with how it turned out. As far as advice for future couples goes, make sure to keep your day about you and your partner! It can get stressful trying to make friends and family happy, but this day is about celebrating the two of you, so that should be your priority!