Small weddings, elopements & adventure sessions in Ouray, Colorado

The Ouray Colorado elopement you've been dreaming of.

Want to elope in an epic, remote location in the mountains of Colorado? Ouray is the perfect place for you then. With hundreds of miles of Jeeping trails, it's easy to access spectacular scenery, and find lots of seclusion.

Not only is Ouray a stunning place to say your vows, but there is also SO much to do. It's the perfect place to start your lives together with an adventure. A few of my favorite local activities include the Ouray Hot Springs, the Via Ferrata, world class hiking, the local breweries, and taking day trips to explore Telluride and Silverton. You really could never get bored in Ouray!

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Hey, I'm Carissa! Ouray Elopement Photographer

I’m so excited that you are dreaming up an elopement in Ouray, Colorado. I grew up spending my summers exploring the San Juan mountains, covered in dirt, chasing chipmunks, and Jeeping up into the mountains discovering 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, and it's the best thing ever.

With hundreds of miles of off-roading trails, epic mountains, and tons of adventure, I firmly believe that the San Juan mountains are 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.

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I'll help you find the perfect location

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.

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.

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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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 Ouray

Now this is a tough one, because Ouray has some absolutely incredible seasons - it's so hard to choose a favorite.

Mid July - Mid August is the absolute best part of summer to explore the San Juans! This is peak wildflower season, meaning that you will find meadows full of wildflowers that are waist high (not kidding!). Everything will be lush and green this time of year, and you'll find waterfalls speckling the mountainside.

The end of September is the best time of year to see the peak fall colors. The weather will be a little chilly this time of year, and the aspen trees will be vibrant yellow. The mountains might even be dusted in snow, which is always a treat.

January - March is an excellent time of year to enjoy the snow in Ouray! Although it's winter, the sun is still typically shining! This makes Ouray the perfect location for a winter elopement.

Where to elope in Ouray

If you thought it was hard to choose a season to elope in Ouray, just wait until you have to choose a location! There are seriously so many incredible spots, it is so hard to pick! Here are a few of my favorite options to help you get started:

Yankee Boy Basin

Yankee Boy Basin is a jeeping trail, located just outside of Ouray! It's one of the easiest trails in the area, and also one of the most beautiful! During the summer months, the meadows are filled to the brim with spectacular wildflowers. There are multiple waterfalls to explore, and gorgeous views in all directions.

Governor's Basin:

Governor's Basin is another jeeping trail in the area. This trail reaches a much higher altitude than Yankee Boy Basin, and provides some pretty drastically different scenery. Governor's Basin is known for epic views looking down the valley, and the jagged mountain peaks all around.

Best places to stay for your Ouray elopement

Ouray might be a small little mountain town, but there are still some great lodging options in the area. Here are a few of my favorite options:

Ouray 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 Ouray 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.

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