I love the gorgeous, snowy mountain views at St. Mary's Glacier in the winter. What a nice spot in Idaho Springs, Colorado to have my intimate hiking elopement! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love that this husband-and-wife-to-be brought their dog to their rustic, mountain elopement! Such an intimate way to tie the knot in Idaho Springs, Colorado. | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love how casual this bride and groom's wedding attire is. His casual, hipster plaid shirt looks great next to her flowy ivory dress! | Intimate wedding photos by mountain elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
I want to wear a drapey, ivory dress for my wedding! Love the groom's casual wedding attire too! | Mountain wedding pictures by intimate elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
This rustic, mountain bouquet is so gorgeous. Love the hints of sage green and yellow mixed in with the wild, white roses! | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This bride and groom brought their dog along on their hiking elopement in the mountains surrounding St. Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado! How adorable does this pup look frolicking in the snow during the adventurous wedding ceremony. | Rustic mountain wedding photos by adventure elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
The forest surrounding Saint Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado is such a beautiful spot to get married. I love these adventurous hiking wedding photos! | Intimate elopement pictures by mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
This bride and groom look adorable hiking through the woods on their wedding day! I love that they even brought their dog along on their elopement at St. Mary's Glacier in Colorado's mountains! | Intimate wedding photos by mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Such an intimate moment between this bride and groom captured in Idaho Springs, Colorado. I love the way this couple is nestled in the whimsical trees of the Rocky Mountains. | Mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Kelsie and Tyler had such an intimate, mountain elopement nestled in the trees surrounding St. Mary's Glacier. I want to get married in Idaho Springs, Colorado's gorgeous mountain scenery! | Intimate elopement photos by mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
What an absolutely magical winter elopement at Saint Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado! I want to get married in a place that looks so intimate and romantic like the gorgeous Norwegian fjords! | Romantic elopement photos by intimate, mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Kelsie and Tyler tied the knot at their beautiful winter elopement surrounded by the forest around Saint Mary's Lake in Idaho Springs, Colorado. I want to get married on a sunny winter day with a fur shawl over my wedding dress to keep me warm! | Mountain elopement photos by intimate, mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
Love this intimate, mountain elopement by the lake at St. Mary's Glacier! I want to elope in such a gorgeous, hidden spot! | Mountain wedding photos by intimate, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
I totally want to bring my dog along on my hiking, mountain elopement! I love how the photographer captured such intimate, romantic moments between Kelsie and Tyler! | Mountain wedding photos by intimate elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Wow. I want a wedding picture just like this one where Kelsie and Tyler are perched on a fallen log overlooking Saint Mary's Glacier! How incredible would it be to elope in the mountains in Idaho Springs, Colorado!? | Intimate, mountain elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love this picture of this bride and groom sharing a romantic moment right before they say their vows on the mountainside in Idaho Springs, Colorado. I want to get married at this intimate wedding location, Saint Mary's Glacier! | Mountain wedding photos by intimate, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
I absolutely love Kelsie's fur shawl and ivory wedding dress. She fits right in in the snowcapped mountains around St. Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado. | Winter, mountain wedding photos by intimate, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
It's the peaceful moments like these that sometimes mean the most. I love this rustic, mountain wedding at St. Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs. | Intimate wedding photos by mountain, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
This special moment between Kelsie and Tyler on their wedding day makes me really want to get married in the mountains! I love this intimate, mountain location just north of Idaho Springs in Colorado's Rocky Mountains! | Rustic, mountain wedding photos by romantic, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
So cute how Kelsie and Tyler brought their pup along to their secluded, mountain elopement in the Rocky Mountains! I'd love to run away with my husband-to-be for such a romantic and intimate elopement experience! | Intimate wedding photos by mountain elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
This adorable couple looks so cute playing in the snow on their wedding day up in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. It's such a great idea to have your intimate elopement somewhere so secluded like Saint Mary's Glacier! | Colorado wedding photos by intimate, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Such a sweet moment shared between this bride and groom. It's so sweet to see a couple who can celebrate their love in such an intimate way! | Mountain wedding photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
It was a cold, but romantic day up in the Rocky Mountains! Kelsie and Tyler tied the knot in a very special way in Idaho Springs at Saint Mary's Glacier! | Colorado elopement photos by intimate, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
What a gorgeous engagement ring and wedding band set! I love the silver wedding bands against the icy background of St. Mary's Glacier! | Mountain wedding photos by intimate, Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love the idea of an intimate, hiking elopement way up in the Mountains! Kelsie looks so warm wrapped in that amazing fur shawl over her flowy, ivory wedding dress. | Colorado mountain elopement photos by intimate, wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love this rustic, mountain atmosphere at St. Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado. This bride and groom eloped in such a beautiful and intimate way! | Mountain wedding photos by intimate, elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Kelsie and Tyler are on their way up to the romantic and intimate ceremony spot. I love the wild and whimsical snowy forest in Idaho Springs, Colorado. | Mountain elopement pictures by intimate wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I love this gorgeous view on St. Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colorado. It's such a gorgeous and wild outdoor ceremony spot perfect for a winter wedding. | Intimate mountain wedding photos by outdoor elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
I absolutely love the idea of an outdoor sunrise wedding in the mountains. Such an intimate and beautiful elopement in Idaho Springs, Colorado. | Intimate mountain wedding photos by outdoor elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
This outdoor elopement photographer captured every emotions Kelsie and Tyler felt while saying their vows. I absolutely love this snowy, mountain ceremony location. | Wild, mountain wedding photos by intimate, outdoor elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
What a fun little snowy wedding ceremony up in the Rocky Mountains! I love Kelsie's fur shawl she is wearing over that gorgeous ivory wedding dress. | Intimate wedding photos by outdoor mountain elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
What a precious moment captured of Kelsie and Tyler saying their vows at their Rocky Mountain wedding ceremony. St. Mary's Glacier sure is an amazing spot to tie the knot! | Intimate mountain elopement photos by outdoor wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
They said "I do"! Congratulations to Kelsie and Tyler on their wedding. They couldn't have had a more beautiful location than to hike up to their ceremony spot at Saint Mary's Glacier in the Rocky Mountains. | Mountain wedding photos by intimate elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Kelsie and Tyler are lovestruck after tying the knot in the Rocky Mountains. I absolutely love Saint Mary's glacier for an intimate, mountain elopement ceremony location. | Intimate elopement photos by outdoor wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.
I totally want to have my intimate outdoor elopement in the Rocky Mountains! Saint Mary's Glacier might be the mountain ceremony spot I've been looking for! | Intimate mountain wedding photos by outdoor elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Even their dog is celebrating their new marriage. I love that Kelsie and Tyler eloped in the Rocky Mountains! | Mountain wedding photos by intimate, outdoor elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.
Such a beautiful Colorado hiking elopement location. St. Mary's glacier is such an intimate mountain ceremony spot! | Intimate mountain wedding photos by outdoor elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.

I am deeply in love with elopements... they are truly my heart and soul and embody everything that I love about being a wedding photographer —adventure, intimacy, story & connection. Being invited into someones intimate wedding day is always a great honor—but when your wedding is only 2 people and a dog... that feeling is heightened. Kelsie & Tyler drove out from Kansas to elope by themselves in the Rocky Mountains and I suggested a totally-unique and adventurous location for their winter wedding—"let's have your ceremony on a glacier!" Kelsie is truly one of the most carefree people I have ever met—hiking up to the top of St. Mary's Glacier with her and Tyler, I couldn't help but imagine she was one of those girls who ran barefoot through fields of flowers as a child (as did I!). Their intimate wedding was one that I will always remember. To have the opportunity to witness two people commuting their lives to each other, in a totally intimate and private setting, alone in the mountains with their dog, on top of a glacier is an absolutely unforgettable experience. We hiked up to the glacier in the snow, taking amazing photos along the way, their adorable dog running in and out of the frame, and finally arrived at the top overlooking the glacier lake with mountains in the background. There they pulled out their hand-written vows and tearfully exchanged words of love and their rings, embraced in a kiss, and they were married. The beauty, intimacy, and simplicity of their wedding was overwhelming to me and I will carry the honor of witnessing and documenting their story with me forever.

Being an elopement photographer in Colorado happens to be the best job in the world because we are one of exactly 4 places that you can have a self-solemnization ceremony—which is a legal marriage ceremony without an officiant (also called self-uniting marriage or self-unification ceremony). While they're only able to be performed in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C., self-solemnized weddings are completely legal and valid marriages in the entire U.S. Self-unification ceremonies are an absolutely incredible way to have a completely intimate wedding, with truly just the two of you. To execute a self-uniting elopement, all you need to do is apply for an obtain a marriage license from any county clerk & recorder office in Colorado, fill it out when you elope, and return within 60 days of your ceremony. You can read more about self-unification or self-solemnizing ceremonies here

I'm available for adventurous intimate weddings and elopements for daring couples worldwide. Get in touch with me about creating a two-person adventure for your Colorado elopement in the Rocky Mountains. 

Do you want to have an adventurous self-solemnizing elopement in Colorado? Get in touch with me and we'll start and adventure together. 

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