Kali and Scott visited Colorado Springs last fall and fell in love with the area. When they went to Garden of the Gods they knew this is where they wanted to elope! From there they began planning their Colorado Springs elopement at Garden of the Gods.
There are SO many different ways you can elope. Kali and Scott chose to invite a number of family and friends. They rented an Airbnb in north Colorado Springs (Black Forest). This is where we did getting ready photos before the ceremony. After their ceremony and portraits at Garden of the Gods, everyone headed back to the Airbnb for the reception. Their rental had a barn that was perfect for hosting a small gathering. They did first dances, ate dinner, cut the cake, and hung out with family and friends for the rest of the evening.
Garden of the Gods is one of my favorite locations in Colorado Springs. You can “elope” at Garden of the Gods for free, but there are a few things to keep in mind. GOG is a public park, so you can’t reserve or block off areas of the park. You can have a quick and small ceremony at Garden of the Gods, so I recommend doing so if you have a very small guest count. No outside decorations are allowed (like arches, tables, etc.). All you need to bring is yourself, your people, and I highly recommend a wedding bouquet! You can read the rest of the parks recommendations for events here.
There are a variety of locations you can use through the park for your wedding ceremony. I have a few favorites I recommend to couples who book their elopement with me!
After taking family photos, I did wedding portraits with Kali and Scott in two different places in the park. We started at their ceremony location and then drove down the road to the second spot. After we wrapped up portraits we headed back to their Airbnb for the reception!
Colorado is one of the best places to elope in. There are so many different mountain towns and locations to create an elopement experience is ideal for you, your partner, and your story together. Some couples like to keep it between just the two of them. Other couples like Kali and Scott, like to involve their favorite people. Their Colorado elopement turned into a destination vacation for all their family and friends too. How you elope is simply up to you! There’s no right or wrong way to elope in Colorado.
Looking for more Colorado elopement inspiration? This Pike’s Peak elopement in Colorado Springs only involved 6 people (including the couple)!