Small weddings, elopements & adventure sessions in Colorado

The Colorado elopement you've been dreaming of.

Want to elope in a rugged, wild landscape? Colorado is the perfect elopement location. With towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, fields of wildflowers, and turquoise alpine lakes, you have access to some of the most stunning locations to say your vows.

Not only is Colorado a stunning place to get married, but there is also so much to do. From outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing, and Jeeping into the mountains. There are tons of incredibly historic mountain towns to explore like Ouray, Telluride, and Aspen. There's also so many national parks to check out, such as Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The opportunity for adventure is truly endless in Colorado.

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Hey, I'm Carissa! Colorado Elopement Photographer

I’m so excited that you are dreaming up an elopement in Colorado. I grew up spending my summers exploring the mountains of Colorado, covered in dirt, chasing chipmunks and Jeeping into the mountains to discover hidden waterfalls, alpine lakes, and meadows full of wildflowers. Now I get to bring my eloping couples to those same secret spots I was discovering 20 years ago, for their own dream elopement experience.

With stunning mountain peaks, rugged landscapes, and spectacular scenery, I firmly believe that Colorado is one of the best places in the world to elope. Weddings here are just special.

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I work with couples that want something a little deeper than the traditional.

Couples who would rather follow hiking trails than trends, and would rather have a wedding day full of adventure, than a wedding day full of “stuff.” I’m guessing you probably feel the same way, that’s why you’re here.

You want to do things differently.

I’m here to help make that happen. Every couple that reaches out to me is at the very beginning of the planning process, just like you. I take them from feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to begin, to a fully planned, unique elopement day.

I provide customized assistance tailored to your unique elopement vision, from scouting the most incredible secret spot where you will say your vows, to helping you book the private Jeeping tour that will get you there.




I'll help you find the perfect location

Plan out all of the details + logistics

And document the entire adventure

I have lists on lists of incredible spots that I have scouted over the years, that would be perfect for an elopement. Whether you want a sweeping valley covered in wildflowers, a secluded alpine lake, or a remote mountain peak, I've got a spot in mind. My standards are high, and almost all of my favorite spots are usually empty, so rest assured you'll get some incredible recommendations from me.

Beyond location scouting, I'm here to help with every step of the planning process. I love hopping on Zoom with my couples to drink beers and plan together. I'll also send you amazing local vendor recommendations, help you find unique accommodations, and work with you to plan a timeline for the day. My goal is always to help you plan an intentional experience that reflects YOU.

My work is timeless, emotional and inspired by adventure. I take a unique approach to every wedding day, and while you might even forget the camera is there, you can rest assured I'll be creating art out of your adventure. My goal is to craft a gallery of images that tells your story, so you can look back on these photos 20 years from now, and feel all of the emotions of your adventure all over again.

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Sadie + Dani

Tara + Cody

"After seeing only one certain picture Carissa had taken, we instantly knew she was the one. From the moment we inquired to the moment we had to say goodbye, Carissa made this process an actual dream. Wedding planning can be overwhelming, but Carissa was on board every step going out of her way answering questions, providing advice and recommendations, and meeting with us to ensure all our of our needs and wants were met. The time spent with Carissa were truly lifechanging, and not only will that day and the astonishing pictures be forever ingrained in our hearts, but the intentionality and charisma Carissa adds was the cherry on top."

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Best time of year to elope in Colorado

As a Colorado Elopement Photographer, I have a lot of experience with the different seasons out here, and what works best for an elopement!

Mid July - Mid August is the best time to elope in Colorado if you want a warm summer elopement! At this point in the summer almost all of the trails will be accessible for an elopement, and the wildflowers will be in full bloom! This is also the rainiest time of year, so there will be waterfalls cascading down the mountainside and everything will be lush and green.

If you want to elope in the fall, then I recommend planning your elopement at the end of September - early October. This is the best time of year to catch the peak of the fall colors, meaning everything will be vibrant yellow, orange and red! The weather will be a bit more chilly this time of year. and the mountains will likely be dusted in fresh snow, which is absolutely breathtaking.

January - March is an excellent time of year to plan for a winter wonderland elopement! This is when Colorado experiences the best snow! Although it's winter, it's typically pretty sunny, and the temperatures are usually more mild than you might expect!

Where to elope in Colorado

If you thought it was hard to choose a season to elope in Colorado, just wait until you have to choose where you elope! Colorado has SO much diversity in the landscape. Here are a few of my favorite Colorado elopement locations:

The San Juan Mountains

The San Juan Mountains of Colorado are home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the entire state, with jagged mountain peaks, turquoise alpine lakes, cascading waterfalls, and wildflowers everywhere. This is also the Jeeping capitol of the country, meaning that there are hundreds of Jeeping trails that allow you to access some of the most remote, wild landscapes without needing to hike! I am lucky enough to call this area of Colorado home, and specialize in helping couples have the elopement experience of their dreams here. This area of Colorado is always my top recommendation for an elopement.

Learn more about eloping in the San Juan Mountains here.

And check out this San Juan Mountains Elopement for some inspiration of what your day could look like here.

Colorado National Monument

The Colorado National Monument is one of the most underrated places to elope in Colorado. It has a similar landscape to Moab, with red rocks, deep canyons and desert vistas, but without all the crowds! This place is a total hidden gem.

Check out this Elopement in the Colorado National Monument for some inspiration!

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park has some of the most breathtaking views in all of Colorado. If you elope here you'll have to deal with stricter permit regulations and heavy crowds, but in my experience, it is well worth it!

The Great Sand Dunes National Park

Colorado is home to one of the largest sand dunes in the entire country. This spectacular national park is the perfect place to have a super unique elopement experience surrounded by miles of sand - you will feel like you are in the Sahara desert!

Check out this dreamy Sand Dunes Engagement Session.

If you want to learn more about How to Elope in Colorado then click here.

Colorado Elopement Packages

FULL Day Coverage - $6,500

Up to 8 hours of photography coverage - a day full of adventure and exploring multiple locations.

+ Custom location scouting
+ Timeline creation

+ Permit assistance
+ Vendor recommendations
+ Online gallery of high resolution images

Sunrise + Sunset COVERAGE - $8,500

Up to 10 hours of photography coverage - for couples that want to experience both sunrise and sunset (the best times for photos) in their day.

+ Custom location scouting
+ Timeline creation

+ Permit assistance
+ Vendor recommendations
+ Online gallery of high resolution images

Ready to Start Planning your Colorado Elopement?

Just fill out the form below, and I'll get back to you within 48 hours. I’ll send you a detailed guide that includes all of my elopement packages, then we can set up a time to chat over the phone to discuss all the possibilities for your day.