Snowshoe Winter Elopement Ceremony in Breckenridge, Colorado
Nicole and Cameron said their “I do’s” snowshoeing along with snow-covered trees and a white snowfall near Breckenridge, CO. This snowshoe winter elopement ceremony is the perfect inspiration for couples who want to plan a winter wonderland adventure. Read along to see what you need to know when planning a winter adventure like this one.
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Details About This Snowshoe Elopement in Colorado
Instead of their original big wedding plans, these two opted for a spontaneous snowshoe elopement in Colorado. Despite originally being a styled session, these two made this day their own from the moment Cameron turned to face Nicole for the first time to the intimate vows they exchanged as the snow fell.
“They got ready on separate floors in an Airbnb, then we drove to the trailhead. We snowshoed into a clearing for their first look among the trees and then further up the trail to have their ceremony. It was snowing so much that we couldn’t see the mountain range in the background, so they were surrounded by snow and hazy trees in the background. We popped a bottle of sparkling water after the ceremony, took some portraits, ate some cake pops, then snowshoed back down to the trailhead to end the day.” [Katrina, the photographer]
Top Tips When Eloping in Colorado
Colorado is one of the most popular locations for couples to elope to. There are plenty of unique and adventurous spots for your elopement adventure, and Colorado is also beautiful year-round.
“Colorado is such a beautiful place to elope, especially in the winter, but weather conditions can be so unpredictable. It’s important to research the area(s) you’re interested in thoroughly. Make sure you’re prepared for whatever weather conditions you may encounter, and have backup plans. If you’re hoping to travel to Colorado to elope, be sure to arrive a few days early so you can adjust to the altitude. Hiking at high altitude is no joke if you aren’t acclimated to it!” [Katrina, the photographer]
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What You Need to Know Planning a Snowshoe Winter Elopement Ceremony
It’s not every day you put on snowshoes and walk through a bunch of snow in your wedding attire for your wedding ceremony. Planning a snowshoe elopement is pretty darn unique if you ask us, and it’s perfect for couples who love all the winter wonderland vibes. Winter is also a great season for couples to elope if they want to see the least amount of hikers around them as possible.
Katrina tells us the main thing to remember when planning your elopement is to plan based on what you’re most comfortable with.
“A winter hike can be super cold and difficult if there’s deep snow and ice – if that’s your thing, then go for it! Otherwise, there are always more accessible locations or shorter hikes that can give you the views you’re looking for without leaving you exhausted and unhappy. Tell your photographer or planner exactly what you’re looking for and rely on their expertise to guide you through the process!” [Katrina, the photographer]
Fun Activities You Can Include During Your Winter Elopement Together
If you’re planning a winter elopement, there is so much you can do together during your day. Katrina shares some fun ideas you both can incorporate into your elopement besides snowshoeing to your elopement ceremony.
“If you and your partner love hitting the slopes, plan to do some skiing or snowboarding during your elopement! You could also go snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, or even just carve out time to have a snowball fight. If you’d rather stay inside, rent a cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows, a hot tub, and gorgeous mountain views – that way you can enjoy the snow while staying warm and cozy.” [Katrina, the photographer]
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Advice Planning Your Elopement
Are you ready to start planning your elopement? Katrina likes to remind couples this is your day and to plan a wedding day you both want to, despite what others think.
“You and your partner are celebrating the commitment and love you have for each other, and your wedding day should be authentic to your relationship. If eloping is what would make you both happiest, then that’s all that matters. This day is for you and no one else – forget what anyone else has to say about eloping and choose your own happiness instead. You deserve a meaningful experience that’s completely perfect for you.” [Katrina, the photographer]
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Photographer | Katrina S. Joseph Photography
Florals | Compass Rose Floral
Bakery Items/Cupcake Push Pops | The Dessert Stand
Hair & Makeup | Rollers & Rouge
Stationery (Elopement Announcements) | Tasha Rae Designs
Signage (Just Married/Just Eloped Signs) | Katie Grace Lettering
Brides Dress |Lulu’s
Grooms Tie and Pocket Square |Dazi
Bride and Grooms Rings |Champagne and Grit
Hosting/Planning |In Love and Adventure Photography
Photos From This Snowshoe Elopement Adventure