Telluride Elopement Photographer

Small weddings, elopements & adventure sessions in Telluride

Hey, I'm Carissa! Telluride Elopement Photographer

I’m so excited that you are dreaming up an elopement in Telluride. Telluride is one of the best places in the country for an elopement. The mountains are rugged, and vast, with Jeeping trails that stretch miles into the remote backcountry. The landscape is diverse, with fields of wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, high alpine terrain, and snow-capped mountain peaks. There is so much opportunity to find adventure and solitude as you commit your lives to one another.

I've been lucky enough to call Telluride a home for over 20 years, and there is nothing I love for than helping my couples plan intentional elopement experiences in these mountains I love so much. Think of me as your guide - I’ll help you find the incredible secret spot to say your vows, awesome local vendors to bring your dreams to life, and provide assistance with all the logistics and details that go into planning an unforgettable experience.

Planning an elopement Telluride

Telluride is known as the Jeeping capitol of the country, with hundreds of trails that allow you to access some of the most remote, wild landscapes you've ever seen. This makes for the perfect elopement activity, because you can find complete solitude, and beautiful locations without having to hike 8 miles into the mountains.

Beyond just Jeeping though, Telluride offers so much more to do on your elopement day - from canyoneering, to riding the gondola, to relaxing in the natural hot springs. There are also tons of awesome Airbnbs, boutique hotels, and off the grid cabins that can make your elopement experience incredible.

Getting married in Telluride is also incredibly easy. Colorado allows you to self-solemnize meaning that you can marry yourselves without the need for an officiant or witness. All you will need is a marriage license which can be picked up at the county clerk's office!

Check out this in-depth guide on how to elope in Telluride

When to elope in Telluride

Choosing which season you want to elope in Telluride might be one of the hardest decisions you make throughout this entire process.

During the summer months the landscape becomes lush, blanketed with fields of wildflowers that sometimes grow waist-high (seriously!). This is the time of year that the mountains will be most accessible, meaning there will be lots of opportunities for outdoor adventures!

During the fall, the landscape becomes vibrant with the colors of fall! Telluride is home to many groves of aspen trees, so it's one of the best places for fall colors in all of Colorado. The mountain peaks becomes dusted with snow, and the air becomes chilly this time of year, making it perfect for a cozy elopement in the mountains.

Winter elopements often get a bad rep, but winter in Telluride is magical. Most days the temperatures are mild, and the skies are bright and sunny! When it does snow, the landscape is blanketed with white powder, and it's absolutely breathtaking. You might not be able to Jeep or hike at this time of year, but there are still plenty of awesome outdoor activities like sledding, snow-mobiling, snow-shoeing, and ice skating on frozen lakes!

Where to elope in Telluride

Telluride has so many different incredible elopement locations, whether you want to elope at the base of a waterfall, at the top of a mountain or on the shores of an alpine lake. Having trouble deciding? The good news is that you don't have to choose just one type of location! Most of my couples end up planning a full day elopement experience, and get to explore 2-3 locations on their elopement day.

Here are a few of my favorite spots:

Trout Lake

Last Dollar Road

Bridal Veil Falls

Alta Lakes

Blue Lakes

San Sophia Overlook

Aspen groves

Best places to stay for your Telluride Elopement

Telluride has some incredible places to stay for an elopement! I always really encourage my couples to invest in their accommodations, because the place you stay truly has so much of an impact on your elopement experience. Whether you want something more luxurious, or something rustic, and off the grid, Telluride has options for everything!

Here are a few of my top recommendations:

Telluride 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?

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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