This summer we hiked nearly two miles (in the dark!) with Brittany and Ryan for an epic sunrise elopement at Lake Isabelle. “Breathtaking” is an understatement. They brought two of their closest friends with them, and we started trekking out at 4 am from the parking lot at Brainard Lake Recreation Area with headlamps and all their wedding attire in tow.
And yet, even with the early morning schedule and the cold temps up at over 10,000 feet, these two were excited to be celebrating their wedding day with one of the best adventures I know of.
They dressed separately in the dark, and had their intimate first look moment just as the first bit of sunrise alpenglow was turning the Indian Peaks a bright orange-pinkish color. Then they said their vows with their friend John officiating their ceremony right in front of Lake Isabelle. The entire morning felt absolutely genuine, meaningful, and peaceful. It was everything you could dream of for a hiking elopement in Colorado!
Afterwards, we spent the rest of the morning exploring the trails, fields, forests, wildflowers, waterfalls, and everything else this area has to offer. And since Ryan and Brittany met while dancing together at a bar (and spend lots of time doing country dancing or swing dancing since then), we even celebrated with their first few dances as a married couple! <3
Check out our favorites from their big day below! Thank you both for being so much fun to work with!
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