Erika & Ryan's romantic elopement on Grand Lake was one of the most truly beautiful and intimate wedding days that I've ever been able to be a part of. When these two met, they fell hard and fast for each other and Ryan proposed to her after a short two months... on the winter solstice last December. It was only fitting that they held their wedding day on the summer solstice, 6 months later with only their closest friends and family. The North Shore Resort in Grand Lake was a perfect venue for their intimate celebration. They got married on the beach with their friends and family members standing in a circle around them. After the ceremony, we walked around the shore and got photos reminiscent of some far away remote island. Grand Lake is a perfect paradise, and the closest you can get to a beach wedding in Colorado. I remember having a deep feeling of peace and calm and love as I photographed their wedding day... they danced around the fire and I fell asleep in my tent that night on the shore of Grand Lake. It was one of those weddings that truly solidifies why I love my job more than anything in the world. 

I love these matte grey flats for wedding shoes. Super practical. Also, the peals add the perfect amount of class with this dress. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
The lace up corset on the back of this wedding dress is a beautiful feature. I love these getting ready photos! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
The gold headband with flowers is the perfect touch with this birdcage veil. The drop necklace also is a simple but beautiful touch to the plunge neckline on the dress. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Beautiful picture of a bride getting ready and having her birdcage veil adjusted. I love this kind of veil- might have to get one for my wedding! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
The blush pink, lilac, lavender, white, yellow, orange and green color scheme in this wildflower bouquet is beautiful. Also, the sparkle headband works so well with the birdcage veil. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
A great groom getting ready photo for a mountain wedding in Colorado! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Groom getting ready and adjusting his cufflink photo! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
The groom waiting for his bride and their first look in the middle of a mountain meadow! How romantic! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
It was be amazing to have a first look in the middle of a meadow in the mountains. This is so beautiful! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Bridal photos in the middle of a meadow with aspen trees and tall grass surrounding. Her wildflower bouquet works perfectly for this mountain wedding! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This wildflower bouquet is stunning! I love the shades of blush, peach, pink,lilac, lavender, off white, yellow, green, etc. The perfect mix of colors! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography 
The tall grass and aspen trees in these photos are so beautiful and prefect for a mountain wedding up in Colorado! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This mountain meadow is stunning for wedding photos! I love how her wildflower bouquet blends with the tall grass and trees!  Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
The bride sitting down among the aspen trees with the groom hugging her - this is beautiful! Perfect place for a mountain wedding! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
So cute! The bride and groom sitting down among the aspen trees in a mountain meadow! I really want a Colorado mountain wedding! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
These photos look like something out of a fairytale! The bride and groom sitting together with the aspen trees and tall grass in the back. Absolutely stunning Colorado mountain wedding! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Bride and groom holding hands and walking up the mountain next to a ski lift. This is a must do for a Colorado mountain wedding in the summer! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Colorado is so beautiful in the Spring/Summer! The perfect place for a mountain wedding -  mean, look how beautiful those hills are! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Grand Lake, Colorado wedding - with the ceremony on the edge of the lake overlooking the mountains. Intimate mountain weddings are the best! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love the bride's dress with her wildflower bouquet. It makes walking down the aisle look so beautiful. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Grand Lake in Granby, Colorado is the perfect wedding venue! This ceremony overlooking the lake and the mountains is amazing! For a short, intimate wedding or elopement, the guests can stand instead of sitting! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Such a cute wedding at Grand Lake, Colorado! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This first kiss is stunning! Grand Lake in Colorado is beautiful for a mountain, lake wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love this random swing set overlooking Grand Lake. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Beautiful dip kiss of the pier over Grand Lake in Colorado. This is the best mountain, lake wedding venue in Granby! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Beautiful lake wedding and couple photos in Colorado! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Bride and groom wedding photos taken on the rocky shore of Grand Lake in Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Bride and Groom photos at Grand Lake, Granby Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This is a wonderful idea if the bride is willing to get her dress a little wet - have the couple stand in the water for some photos! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Sunset couple wedding photos in Grand Lake Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Beautiful in-water bride and groom sunset photos from an intimate wedding at Grand Lake in Colorado. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Fun wedding ceremony at Grand Lake where the guests ate at picnic tables by the lake. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I would love to have a champagne toast at my wedding. Intimate wedding ceremonies are perfect for toasts! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Intimate mountain wedding ceremonies are so fun! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love small and casual wedding ceremonies! They make weddings feel more comfortable. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love how small and comfortable wedding elopements are and this wedding venue is absolutely beautiful! (Grand Lake, CO)Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This casual, campfire reception is the perfect end to a small wedding/elopement by the lake. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This is a cute nod to the couple's family. What a beautiful and sweet lake wedding reception. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love this first dance where the sun is just starting to set behind the lake. Intimate weddings are perfect! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love this bonfire idea for an intimate wedding reception. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Intimate lake weddings are so beautiful and the campfire is the perfect finishing touch! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Having a campfire at an intimate lake wedding reception is the best way to end the day! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
It would be so nice to finish the night off with the guests hanging out around a campfire. This is when intimate weddings are perfect! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love camp fires so why not have them at a wedding reception. Intimate weddings are perfect for this so everyone can sit down and reach it! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography Venue: North Shore Resort, Grand Lake Hair & Makeup: Stacey Rosacci, The Salon at Winter Park Flowers: Lace and Lillies

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