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Interested in doing a mountain elopement in Colorado? Colorado is one of the easiest states to elope in because you can marry yourselves. We'd love to help you craft your celebration. But if you want to get started on your own, here is some information about Colorado laws, budget ideas and some of our favorite locations.
I love adventures and exploring new places! I've been photographing weddings and couples since 2015 and believe love is awesome. As a California native I always found myself driving towards the mountains rather than heading to the beach. So, living and working here as a Colorado elopement photographer makes me feel super lucky and grateful. When I'm not working, you can find me exploring the outdoors often with my husband Craig, camping, climbing and running.
a helpful friend guiding you through fun adventures and taking photos along the way.
"Not enough space to share her greatness! After getting my pictures I felt even more amazed with her work considering the 40 mph winds in 20 degree weather we had in our visit to the Rocky Mountain National Park from Destin, Florida.
Thank you so much Nicole for helping us get these amazing lovely memorable pictures. You went above and beyond to find us the perfect spots for our pictures and where we weren’t freezing! Thank you again!"
• 6 Hours of Continuous Photography Coverage with Nichole Emerson as the Sole Photographer
• Unlimited Assistance with Planning, Logistics, and Location Scouting
• Sneak Peak of at least 20 images within 3 days
• All Photos Edited and Delivered within 4 Weeks
• Suggestions if Needed for Permits, Reservations, & Other Vendors
• 24 page 10x10 Wedding Album designed from your favorite images
How many photos do you typically deliver?
On average I deliver about 85 images an hour. This can fluctuate depending on what we’re doing but its a good rough estimate of what you'll receive.
I want to keep my elopement small but also want to include others, do you have suggestions on how to do that?
Yes! You’re not alone, this is a hard thing to balance for many couples who want to elope. Ultimately your wedding day should be what you want it to be. We can include family and friends through letters, virtual first looks, multiple ceremonies, and receptions at a later date. We’re happy to talk through some ideas that might work best for you.
Do I need an officiant?
No, in the state of Colorado you can legally marry yourselves without the need of an officiant. But if you want to have an officiant they can help guide you through vows and a ceremony. It’s really up to you.
We’re not very photogenic and don’t feel super comfortable taking pictures, can you help?
Absolutely! I don’t feel comfortable in front of the camera either, so I understand and want to make your experience as easy and fun as possible. I’ll help position you roughly in a flattering manner and then give you things to do while we take photos to ensure we capture joyful natural images that show your personalities.
What happens in case of bad weather?
It really depends on how bad it is and where we are. First and foremost, I want us to be safe. Lighting storms on mountain peaks and sandy areas can be extremely dangerous, so avoiding that is the most important. Besides that it’s a matter of being prepared and flexible.
If you’re planning on doing a Colorado elopement outdoors, changing weather is just part of the process. I carry clear umbrellas that will help keep you dry and still photograph well. We’ll also work out a potential backup location and use weather apps to watch storms and change our timing if need be.
Do I need to get a permit or make a reservation for my elopement?
It depends. Rules vary by place to place. Some require a special use permit, some a reservation. Other areas only allow elopements in very specific spots and in some places you don’t need anything at all. I'm happy to help be your guide through all these regulations, making sure you understand what you need and can find the resources to do it right.
Can I make prints from my photos?
Yes! You can easily order prints and wall art from your own personal gallery. This is connected to a lab that I know and trust ensuring that you'll receive superior quality products. You're also welcome to take them somewhere else to get them printed if you would prefer. All pricing includes a printing rights release to the images which will give you proof of permission to do so.