A Colorado Rocky Mountain Destination Wedding for Chris and Monica

eloping couple in the mountains

Chris and Monica came from Minnesota for their Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding.

Having visited Utah the previous year, they got a taste for the mountain life (who doesn’t?). So they knew a Rocky Mountain destination wedding was in the cards for them; they just didn’t know which state. Since Monica had never been to our gorgeous state–and less face it–Colorado is pretty synonymous with the Rocky Mountains–Colorado it was!

Wanting a fabulous mountain backdrop, we researched locations together and came up with what has now become my favorite mountain backdrop site in Breckenridge. (I learn so much from my couples who are willing to think outside the box for their wedding venue.) The site, which is in Breckenridge, boasts two waterfalls, several alpine lakes and panoramic mountain views. It’s the quintessential Rocky Mountain destination wedding site and since Chris and Monica’s wedding there in 2018, we’ve referred it to countless numbers of eloping couples.

wedding ceremony in Breckenridge at an alpine lake

Chris and Monica’s First Look

Chris hadn’t seen Monica on the wedding prior to the ceremony, so with his back turned and their friends and family expectantly waiting, Monica approached their ceremony site on the shores of the lake with towering Mount Quandary in the background.

Here comes the bride.

Groom's reaction at first look

And then! Chris’ reaction was priceless!

Bride and groom at their Rocky Mountain destination wedding

Rocky Mountain destination wedding ceremony

Bride at an alpine lake in the Rocky Mountains

Couple eloping at an alpine lake in the Rocky Mountains

They sealed their vows with the customary first married kiss.

first married kiss

LOVE how jubilant they were!!!

Jubilant newlyweds

wedding guests by an alpine lake


couple kissing - lakeside

bride's family

a Rocky Mountain destination wedding kiss

Bride and groom at waterfall - Rocky Mountain destination wedding walking along the shores of the lake - Rocky Mountain destination wedding Rocky Mountain destination wedding at a waterfall

In their own words

Why did you choose an intimate wedding?

Monica does not like to be the center of attention so having a big wedding wasn’t an option. We both liked the idea of an intimate ceremony surrounded by our family and closest friends.

What words best describe your wedding day?

Intimate, elegant, unique with a sense of adventure.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

For Monica: Touching Chris’s shoulder to have him turn around and seeing him looking so handsome in his suit and then watching the tears build up in his eyes when I smiled at him.
For Chris: The magnificent location and marrying his best friend.

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

How stress free it was! Everything was taken care of.

Any advice for other couples planning to elope?

Go for it! It is stress free and everything is taken care of. It doesn’t matter if you have a big elaborate wedding or an intimate one, at the end of the day, you are married in both cases.

hand in hand into the sunset


Services included in Monica & Chris’ Colorado Rocky Mountain destination wedding package

  • Location Consulting
  • Officiating
  • Photography
  • Bridal Hair & Makeup,
  • Flowers
  • Coordination