A few weeks before they planned to elope, Jessica told me about her dream to travel up from Texas with a few of her closest family members and get married in the Colorado Rockies. Then she said the words that every photographer dreams of hearing, "Go ahead and pick out a spot for our elopement... wherever you say we should do it... that's good with us." I spent a whole day scouring Rocky Mountain National park for the most epic location for an adventurous mountain elopement and found a beautiful secluded spot off of Trail Ridge Road. The day of her elopement, I arrived at their cabin in Estes Park at 6:00am and a perfectly gorgeous sunrise started their day off beautifully. We drove up trail ridge road in the early morning light, and they said their vows at over 12,000 feet. It was arguably the most beautiful wedding I've ever been blessed to be a part of. 

I absolutely love the way Trail Ridge Road looks at sunrise! Estes Park, Colorado really has some of the most amazing views! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Wildflower wedding bouquets are some of my absolute favorite! I can't wait to get married in Estes Park, Colorado! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
These hipster hiking boots are the perfect wedding shoes for a mountain elopement! And I love that white rose bouquet! | Mountain elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
These getting ready photos are so adorable! I love this wedding style for long hair! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
I definitely want flowers in my hair for my wedding! And I love the crochet details on this cream wedding dress! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
These little hiking boots are so cute for a mountain wedding! Love the idea of wearing something a little more rustic with the wedding dress! | Rocky mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I absolutely love this crochet wedding dress! Such a unique detail for such a beautiful mountain wedding! | Colorado mountain elopement photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
There are some incredible mountain views just off of Trail Ridge Road in Estes Park! What a perfect wedding location! | RMNP elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Colorado has some of the most gorgeous mountain views! I can't get over this incredible Estes Park elopement location! | Mountain elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love the idea of a first look at a wedding! It's such a cure tradition, especially for small elopements like Jessica and Edward's! | Trail Ridge Road elopement photos by RMNP wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
What a beautiful Colorado elopement on the tundra on Trail Ridge Road (Highway 34) in  Rocky Mountain National Park! I absolutely love the landscape in the Rocky Mountains! | Mountain elopement photos by RMNP elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
These first look photos are adorable! I absolutely love the idea of a first look on the top of a mountain on Trail Ridge Road! | Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
The view of the Rocky Mountains at this intimate mountain elopement is breathtaking! I can't get enough of these Estes Park weddings in Rocky Mountain National Park! | Mountain elopement photos by Trail Ridge Road wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
How incredible is this tundra wedding? Winter weddings have always been my favorite, but this one in particular is absolutely stunning! | Trail Ridge Road elopement photos by RMNP wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I couldn't imagine a more gorgeous mountain ceremony location than this wedding location in Estes Park, Colorado! | RMNP Trail Ridge Road wedding photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.

If you are wanting to have a small wedding ceremony in RMNP, check out their list of their designated ceremony sites. 

This mountain tundra elopement has to be one of the most rustic, and beautiful mountain weddings I have ever seen! I can't wait to get married in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado! | Mountaintop elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This ceremony in Rocky Mountain National Park is the most gorgeous mountain elopement! Colorado's mountains are some of the prettiest! | RMNP Estes Park elopement photos by intimate wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
How amazing is the fur shawl Jessica is wearing on her wedding day? I love this mountain wedding attire! | Intimate mountain wedding photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Jessica and Edward's intimate mountain ceremony in RMNP near Estes Park was gorgeous! I love her ivory crocheted wedding dress! | Estes Park elopement photos by Trail Ridge Road elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
I can't even believe my eyes when I look at the pictures from Jessica and Edward's Estes Park elopement just off Trail Ridge Road! Such a gorgeous and intimate wedding! | Rocky mountain National Park elopement photos by Estes Park Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Jessica and Edward's ceremony in Estes Park, Colorado was amazing! I can't wait for mown mountain elopement in Colorado! | Intimate outdoor elopement photos by RMNP wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love intimate weddings and small elopements like Jessica and Edward's! I can't wait for my Colorado wedding in Estes Park! | Trail Ridge Road elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I Love winter weddings, especially this on on the top of a mountain in Estes Park, Colorado! | Handfasting mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This mountain elopement has such precious moments, like this knot tying ceremony! Look at those snowy mountains in the background during their handfasting, braiding ceremony! | Rocky Mountain National Park  elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love this knot tying braiding ceremony that Jessica and Edward did to celebrate their love! Estes Park, Colorado has some of the most beautiful wedding locations in Colorado! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Jessica and Edward celebrated their marriage in RMNP, Estes Park, Colorado with a beautiful and intimate elopement on Trail Ridge Road! I absolutely love this small mountain wedding! | Colorado mountain elopement photos by mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This intimate sunrise elopement in Estes Park couldn't have been more special! Hiking elopements are always my favorite! | Hiking elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I've always dreamed of a mountaintop wedding like Jessica and Edward's! Can;t wait for my own intimate elopement in Estes Park! | Intimate mountaintop elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Jessica's fur shawl is absolutely sunning! I love great bridal outfits for a cold mountain wedding day! | RMNP elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This intimate mountain elopement ceremony is exactly the wedding I've always dreamed of! Seriously love her gorgeous fur shawl! | Rocky mountain wedding photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Such a beautiful moment captured at Jessica and Edward's intimate mountain elopement! So excited for these newlyweds! | Ring ceremony photos by Colorado intiamte wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I couldn't picture a more beautiful intimate mountain elopement than Jessica and Edward's wedding in Estes Park, Colorado! | Mountaintop elopement photos by RMNP wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Congratulations to Jessica and Edward after they said their vows on a mountain in Estes Park! I love this winter wedding attire for a gorgeous Rocky Mountain National Park elopement! | RMNP ceremony photos by Estes Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Jessica's adorable vintage fur shawl she's wearing over her wedding dress is so gorgeous! I can't wait for my winter wedding in the mountains! | Trail Ridge Road high alpine elopement photos by Estes Park elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
I'm so happy for this bride and groom! They eloped in the mountains with only their closest friends and family! | These perfect mountaintop elopement photos are by Colorado adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
These mountain elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park photos are so gorgeous! Congrats to the happy couple on their wedding day on Trail Ridge Road in Estes Park, Colorado! | Private mountain ceremony photos by adventurous elopement wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I am so in love with these photos from Jessica and Edward's mountain elopement! I love small weddings, especially in RMNP in Estes Park! | Trail Ridge Road wedding ceremony photos by Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
That white peony bouquet is so beautiful! I can't wait to get married in the mountains off of Trail Ridge Road in RMNP! | Colorado mountaintop elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I am seriously in love with Jessica's crochet wedding dress and her fur shawl! So perfect for a mountain wedding dress in Colorado! | Tundra high alpine elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This white peony bouquet is exactly what I was looking for for my mountain elopement in Estes Park! | Bohemian mountain wedding bouquet by Lace and Lilies in Fort Collins, CO | Romantic mountain elopement photos by Colorado destination wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love this champagne colored wedding dress with vintage fur shawl! It's so much prettier than the classic white dresses you usually see at weddings. | Romantic mountain elopement photos by Colorado adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love this grooms's semi-formal wedding attire! Perfect for an intimate mountain wedding! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I can't get over how beautiful these mountain elopement photos are! I can't wait to get married on the alpine tundra on Trail Ridge Road  in Estes Park, Colorado! | Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photos by Colorado mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
These photos from Jessica and Edward's intimate mountain elopement are such a great inspiration for my own mountain wedding! The high alpine tundra up on Trail Ridge Road makes the perfect epic backdrop for a Colorado mountaintop intimate wedding ceremony| Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photos by Colorado Estes Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This is such a perfect wedding hairstyle for long hair! I really love the flowers in the bride's hair! | Trail Ridge Road elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This Baby's Breath flower crown is exactly what I want for my wedding hairstyle! It fits in perfectly with a small mountain wedding on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park! | RMNP mountain elopement photos by Colorado destination wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This epic cliffside wedding in Estes Park, Colorado turned out incredible! Trail Ridge Road (highway 34) has some of the most impressive views I've ever seenI didn't know there were such amazing wedding locations in Rocky Mountain National Park! | Colorado elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I can't believe this amazing cliffside is in Colorado! What a lucky couple to get married in such a beautiful mountain wedding location! | RMNP trail ridge road elopement photos by Colorado mountain elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Wow these mountain elopement photos are insane! I can'r get enough of Jessica and Edward's RMNP elopement pictures! | Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photos by Estes Park elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
This cliffside wedding in Estes Park, Colorado has to be one of the most gorgeous elopement locations in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado! | RMNP elopement location photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I can't believe my eyes when I see this amazing Colorado cliffside wedding! This ceremony location in Rocky Mountain national park is the perfect RMNP elopement location. Jessica and Edward picked such an amazing elopement location! | RMNP elopement photos by Estes Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This Colorado elopement location in RMNP, Estes Park is on my list for my own elopement locations! Winter weddings up in the mountains are gorgeous! | Mountain elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Jessica and Edward got married in the winter up on a mountaintop in Estes Park, Colorado! I can't wait to get married here! | Trail Ridge Road elopement photos by rmnp wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love this white peony wedding bouquet! Such a cute wedding dress too! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love this couple's matching hiking boots wedding attire! Such a great idea for a hiking wedding in the mountains! | Hiking elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I have fallen in love with Jessica and Edward's mountain elopement photoshoot! I can't get enough of these gorgeous mountain wedding pictures! | RMNP wedding photos by Estes Park elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Jessica and Edward found this amazing flower field to get some pictures in on their wedding day! Such a great elopement location! | Trail Ridge Road elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love this Baby's Breath flower crown Jessica wore in her hair on her wedding day! Such a great wedding hairstyle for long hair like mine! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
These intimate wedding photos from Jessica and Edward's mountain elopement can't be beaten! Such a gorgeous wedding location in Estes Park, Colorado! | RMNP wedding photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love that this couple hiked around the mountains on their wedding day! Such a good idea to spend some quality time as a couple after getting married! | Rocky mountain national park trail ridge road elopement photos by rmnp wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love all the little critters that came out on Jessica and Edward's wedding day in RMNP! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love the amazing views in RMNP during the colder times of year! Such a great wedding location in Colorado! Trail Ridge road is the perfect ceremony spot for a rmnp elopement.  Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Jessica and Edward's wedding photos turned out incredible! I can't wait to see more weddings in Estes Park! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Seeing the pictures from this mountain elopement just got me even more excited for my Estes Park Wedding this winter! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Some animals decided to come out on Jessica and Edward's wedding day! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love seeing this couple interact with the wildlife that came out on their wedding day! Such a fun way to celebrate the new marriage! | Elk mountain elopement photos by rmnp wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Seeing a herd of elk on your wedding day has to be good luck, right? So happy for Jessica and Edward! | Elk elopement photos by mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This is the most incredible wedding shoot I have ever seen! RMNP has the best mountaintop views had even has herds of elk roaming around to complete the epic background! | RMNP trail ridge road elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
RMNP is the best wedding venue in Colorado! The Rocky Mountains have so much to offer on your wedding day! Check out this heard of elk in the background of this couple's wedding photos! | RMNP ceremony location photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
So in love with the views in RMNP! It's got to be one of the best mountain wedding locations in Colorado! | Trail Ridge Road  ceremony location  photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
 

Vendor Credits:
Flowers: Lace and Lillies
Ceremony: Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

 

Any couple looking to elope in the rocky mountains near Estes Park should consider Rocky Mountain National Park, with only a $150 permit to get married up there... it contains some of the most jaw-dropping mountain views I've ever seen. Contact me for special elopement packages in RMNP.  I've photographed over 20 weddings in RMNP and I would love to help you find the perfect spot for your intimate wedding ceremony!

 

 
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This gorgeous  Trail Ridge Road wedding was been re-edited recently to reflect my new style! Check out the historical photos in the post below:


 
Rocky Mountain National Park is absolutely beautiful at sunrise. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
If I ever have a mountain wedding, brown boots are a must! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love the cotton dress for a mountain wedding. It's so simple and unique. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
The wood around this wedding band is super cute! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This baby's breath flower crown looks so beautiful. I want this for my mountain wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Her dress seems so comfortable and flowing. I love it with those boots. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Rocky Mountain National Park is absolutely stunning. The perfect place for a mountain wedding! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
The knitted top of this wedding dress looks so perfect for a Colorado mountain wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
In Colorado, it can get pretty cold in the mountains. This bride was so smart pairing a fur jacket with her cotton dress. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Warm coats are a must for the mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park, even in the summer! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This fur jacket pairs so well with the flowing cotton dress. Beautiful mountain wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This wildflower bouquet looks so beautiful against her fur coat and the mountain background. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Mountain weddings are so beautiful! Especially with the snow in the background! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love how misty and snowy the mountains look behind this groom. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Spring weddings in Colorado are so beautiful especially when there's still snow on the mountains.Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I can't even imagine having a wedding ceremony on the edge of a cliff in Rocky Mountain National Park. Stunning. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
A unique twist on the bride walking down the aisle is having her walk down a mountain. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
The bride walks down the hill in a Colorado mountain wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This is a beautiful wedding ceremony! It's so unique that it's on the top of a mountain! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Small weddings are so much more intimate. I love this mountain elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This is so unique! Incorporate a braid ceremony in the actual wedding ceremony! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Her knitted dress and fur coat are so perfect for this mountain wedding. I also love this braid ceremony. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
For mountain weddings, grey skies can be just as beautiful and dramatic and blue skies. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love the close up on the rings are her beautiful fur jacket. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love this candid ceremony shot during their mountain elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park Colorado. Adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae Photography.
This beautiful intimate wedding was photographed on Trail Ridge road in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado. RMNP elopement photographer- Maddie Mae Photography. 
This is such an incredible wedding location. Rocky Mountain National Park is the greatest place for a mountain wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
The wedding ceremony of the edge of a cliff is beautiful - I love the snow on the mountains in the background! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Small weddings are so intimate and much more personal! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I would love to have my wedding overlooking the mountains on the cliffside. So beautiful! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Her fur shawl is absolutely perfect for a colder, mountain wedding. I also love her flower crown. It's subtle and classic. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
The bride and groom explore the mountain tundra after their epic elopement in Rocky Mountain National park. Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae Photography. 
This epic elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park was photographed near Trail Ridge Road. Estes Park Wedding Photographer, Maddie Mae Photography. 
This stunning mountain wedding photo was taken by Maddie Mae Photography near Estes Park Colorado in Rocky Mountain National Park. 
What a beautiful wedding location! Rocky Mountain National Park is so incredible with its breathtaking views. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love this cute shot of the bride and groom hiking around Rocky Mountain National Park near Trail Ridge Road for their epic Estes Park Elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography. 
Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is so beautiful in the summer.. especially since there is still some snow on the mountains. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This bride had a beautiful flower crown made for her stunning mountain wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography. 
Her flower crown, fur jacket, and linen dress flow so well together for this colder mountain wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love this close up of the bride and groom during their Estes Park elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography. 
I love the bride and groom hiking over these giant rocks in the mountains for their wedding photos. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
The mountains in Colorado are so beautiful with their dramatic landscapes. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This couple ran into a marmot when they were hiking into the tundra of Rocky Mountain National park for their elopement. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography. 
Hiking boots are a must for rocky mountain weddings. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This couple got the most epic mountain wedding photos. They eloped near trail ridge road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Estes Park Elopement Photographer, Maddie Mae Photography. 
Rocky Mountain National Park is absolutely stunning! I love the mountains in Colorado! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
The giant rocks and the snowy mountains are the best backdrop for this colder, spring mountain wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
For my mountain wedding, I definitely want this softer flower crown. I love the dramatic landscapes in the background! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This field of flowers in the mountains is beautiful  - perfect mountain wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Her fur jacket is so perfect with her linen wedding dress. It can get pretty cold in the mountains even in the summer. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love her fur jacket with the knitted linen dress. Her hiking boots are also perfect for this more adventurous mountain wedding. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is a perfect mountain wedding location. Although it can get pretty cold up there even in the summer! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love the bride and groom holding hands while walking around the mountains for their wedding photos! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
Rocky Mountain National Park is so cool! You never quite know what you will see! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
This couple got a herd of elk in the background of their wedding photos in Rocky Mountain National park. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography. 
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This is so cool to incorporate wildlife in the background for this Rocky Mountain National Park wedding! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
I love mountain weddings! The landscapes are so incredible and perfect for couple photos. Photo by Maddie Mae Photography
The tall mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park are breathtaking any time of the year! Photo by Maddie Mae Photography

 

 

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