A Small Lake Wedding Ceremony in Indian Peaks Wilderness

A Small Lake Wedding Ceremony in Indian Peaks Wilderness

Sabryna and Donovan decided to elope after realizing they were only planning a large wedding for their friends and family and that it was too much stress. They ended up planning a small wedding ceremony by a lake in Indian Peaks Wilderness.

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About This Small Wedding in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area

Photography by Authentic Collective

“Believe it or not, their first true hike, EVER, was on the hike to their first look, in the dark, hiking to Emerald Lake. They shared a beautiful first look as the alpenglow started to light the mountains behind them, it was an incredible experience. We then hiked back to the trailhead, stopping at each beautiful spot along the way, with other visitors showering them with congratulations. We all took a quick break/nap before meeting back up with their family at Brainard Lake in Indian peaks Wilderness Area. Their family took in the incredible scenery as Sabryna & Donovan expressed their love for one another. Following the ceremony, we all basked in the beautiful scenery before sending Sabryna & Donovan off to a dinner with their family to complete their day.” [Savannah and Greg, the photographers]

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Permits and LNT For Your Elopement

“Rocky Mountain National Park: Permits are super strict here for weddings and they do not allow you to even say vows within the park unless you have a wedding permit. However, if you just want to take photos without any sort of ceremony you can easily obtain a permit for commercial photography. Just make sure to follow the rules that Rocky Mountain National Park puts out to avoid ruining the location for others.

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area: There is no permit required here for a wedding with less than 75 guests. We’d suggest keeping the guest total at a maximum of 30 to not run out of space. The only payment required is the reservation to get into the park.

Regardless of which of these locations, Leave no Trace principles still apply. Stay on the trail or on hard, durable surfaces and off the soft areas where you may damage the area. Pack everything out that you brought in and leave the area better than you found it!” [Savannah and Greg, the photographers]

Learn more about leaving no trace here.

Top Tips For This Elopement Location

“Bring warm clothing and good hiking shoes. We took off in the dark to get to the first look location pre-sunrise and it was very cold even though it was August, so keep in mind it’s cold in the mountains all year long. Make sure you have someone who knows the park and can safely get you back to the area that you want to shoot in.

RMNP and Indian Peaks in general are extremely popular on the weekends. It’s an amazing place to elope but we’d always suggest weekdays.” [Savannah and Greg, the photographers]

Learn more about eloping in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Memorable Moments During This Small Wedding at Indian Peaks Wilderness

From the photographers:

“We absolutely loved that they included their friends and family on their elopement day. Sabryna & Donovan have known each other since high school so their families have been on this journey with them and you could see how much it meant for them to be present and celebrate with them on this special day.” [Savannah and Greg, the photographers]


Photography |  Authentic Collective

Officiant | Matt Morgan
Hair Stylist | Tina Marie Hairstyling
Makeup Artist | Sabrina Deemer
Florist | Lace + Lilies
Dress | Essense of Australia from Boca Raton Bridal


Photos From This Small Wedding


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