None of the couples I've ever photographed have been models. Most humans are scared of cameras—but there's nothing more fulling than helping a couple get lost in their love for each other in front of my camera. It's the most incredible part of what I do as a photographer. 

Almost every single couple I've ever photographed has said to me, "We're not super photogenic" or "We're awkward in front of the camera," or sometimes even "We really hate having our photo taken." And rather than put me off... I absolutely love hearing comments like these, because there's so much room for transformation. A couple who has never been photographed professionally before is a completely blank canvas and it's the most fulfilling experience to take a couple on a journey to being completely vulnerable, relaxed, and purely themselves in front of my camera. 

One of the weddings that will forever stick out in my mind as a mind-blowing journey is Erin and Graham's intimate wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park. Through intentionally getting to know Erin & Graham and planning an elopement from start to finish that would reflect their relationship, it was incredible to see the walls tumble down, and see their hearts unfold in front of my camera on their wedding day. The stars truly aligned and the scenery, the light, the weather, the location, and the emotion perfectly blended to create one of the most magical wedding days I've ever experienced. Watching these two cuddle in the morning light in the mountains was awe-inspiring. Their love is passionate, magnetic, free-spirited, and completely unhindered. 

The combination of fearless adventure & passionate intimacy is what drives me from the core of my photographic soul. From their intiamte first look on Trail Ridge Road, to their beautiful elopement ceremony at 3M curve in Rocky Mountain National park, and ending with a casual picnic at a cabin in Grand Lake, Erin & Graham's wedding represents the perfect type of wedding that I love being a part of—and the one I imagine having myself some day. 

Erin and Graham's rustic mountain elopement was so gorgeous! And these night before shots have me dying for my own mountain wedding! | Mountain wedding photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Such gorgeous dress photos of this lace and tulle wedding dress! I love mountain weddings!  | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Erin's getting ready photos are just stunning! Such a gorgeous place to elope!  | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love this lace and tulle wedding dress! SO perfect for a mountain elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park!  | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
What a great idea to wear moccasins on your wedding day when heels aren't practical like this hiking elopement in RMNP!  | Hiking boot wedding photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Such a cute lace top wedding dress! So perfectly flowy for hiking wedding!  | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Absolutely love this cabin wedding in RMNP!  | Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
The elk came out just in time to see Erin and Graham's first look in Rocky Mountain National Park!  | Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photos by Colorado intimate wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
This little marmot was one of the only ones to see Erin and Graham's beautiful mountaintop first look during their intimate elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park!  | Rocky Moutnain elopement photos by Colorado adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Love that these elk came out to see the wedding! Such a beautiful morning in RMNP!  | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Graham is just getting ready to see his beautiful bride for the first time on this amazing mountaintop! Love these elopement photos! | Intimate mountain elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Here she comes ready for her first look on the top of a mountain on the high alpine tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park! | RMNP elopement photos by Colorado adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Love the new trend of doing a first look before the wedding ceremony! Such a cute mountaintop elopement! | Trail Ridge Road, RMNP elopement photos by Colorado adventure elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love this first look in Rocky Mountain National Park! Such a beautiful view! | First Look Tunrad sunrise elopement photos by RMNP wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
This is one of the most gorgeous first looks I've ever seen! Such gorgeous photography of this couple in RMNP! | RMNP elopement photos by Colorado adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love this romantic first look on the top of a mountain in RMNP! I can't wait to get married in the mountains too! | High alpine tundra elopement photos by Colorado mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I can't get over how gorgeous this view of RMNP is at Erin and Graham's sunrise mountain hiking elopement! So pretty! | Trail Ridge Road elopement photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Totally swooning over this couple's beautiful mountain elopement photos! I love this idea of having a first look! | Windy mountaintop elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
So obsessed with this whole wedding! This RMNP first look is incredible! | Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photos by Colorado intimate wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I am really loving these hiking wedding photos of Erin and Graham in Rocky Mountain National Park! Their wedding was amazing! | Sunrise mountain hiking elopement photos by Colorado mountain elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love Erin and Graham's Rocky Mountain National Park hiking elopement! Such a gorgeous day for a beautiful ceremony in the mountains! | Artistic and intimate mountain elopement photos by Colorado adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love these wedding photos from just off of Trail Ridge road in Rocky Mountain National Park! I totally want to get married in the mountains too! | High-alpine tundra elopement photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love these beautiful wedding photos from RMNP! Erin and Graham's relaxed mountain elopement was so beautiful! | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love these intimate mountain elopement photos from Erin and Graham's wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park! Such a beautiful shot! | Intimate mountain wedding photos by Colorado rmnp elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love these photos from Erin and Graham's Rocky Mountain National Park elopement in the mountains! | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
This hiking wedding was insanely amazing! I definitely want to get married or elope on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park! | Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photos by Colorado mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I am so in love with this amazing elopement in mountains! I love the idea of having an adventurous hiking elopement! | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
It's truly amazing when you have a gorgeous couple, stunning scenery, and perfect weather come together to form the most amazing wedding day. This sunrise trail ridge road elopement in Rocky Mountain National Park is one for the books! Hiking adventure elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Wow! The view at this elopement location in Rocky Mountain National Park is so incredible! | Trail Rige Road mountain elopement photos by RMNP Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I am loving this amazing view in Rocky Mountain National Park! This secret spot on Trail Ridge Road in RMNP is the perfect spot for a wedding ceremony! | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Wow this cliffside wedding in RMNP is so gorgeous! Trail Ridge Road is the most epic elopment location in Rocky Mountain national Park. I can't believe this mountain view! | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
The mountain view at Erin and Graham's RMNP Trail Ridge Road elopement is ridiculous! I am so in love! | Mountain elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
This romantic wedding at Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park really stole my heart! It's so beautiful! | RMNP mountain wedding photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I can't believe the way the elk are just perched on the mountain side where Erin and Graham eloped! So cool! | Elk wedding photos by Colorado RMNP elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I am obsessing over this Rocky Mountain National Park elopement! Such a great Colorado elopement spot! | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
This intimate wedding ceremony at 3m curve in RMNP couldn't have been more private and beautiful! Love the idea of a small ceremony like this one! | 3m Curve elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love that even their cat exploration_cat Quandry was there to support Erin and Graham at their mountain elopement in RMNP! | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love this beautiful wedding ceremony in the Rocky Mountains! 3m curve in Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect wedding location for a small elopement ceremony. Such a gorgeous mountain wedding! | Adventure elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
It really doesn't get much better than this intimate mountain wedding at 3m curve in Rocky Mountain National park! I love how sweet and casual this couple is! | Adventure elopement photos by Colorado mountain wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
How precious is it that Erin and Graham even had their cat (@exploration_cat) Quandry "Q" at the mountain wedding!? I love Rocky Mountain National Park for a wedding location! | Rocky Mountain elopement photos by Colorado adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
This is such a gorgeous wedding ceremony at 3m curve in RMNP! SO happy for this couple! | This Rocky Mountain National Park wedding location of 3m curve elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Love this intimate elopement ceremony in the mountains! This 3m Curve wedding ceremony location in Rocky Mountain National Park is just perfect! Congrats to Erin and Graham! | Mountain elopement photos by Rocky Mountain National Park wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love this ring warming ceremony! Such a beautiful tradition! | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado outdoor wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Erin and Graham's intimate mountain wedding was absolutely perfect! I love 3m curve in RMNP! | Rocky Mountain elopement photos by RMNP wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
This is such a beautiful wedding ceremony at 3m curve on Trail Ridge Road in RMNP! I can't believe how incredible that mountain view is! | Rocky Mountain National park elopement photos by adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae.  
What a beautiful wedding ceremony at 3M Curve in Rocky Mountain National Park in the Colorado Rocky mountains! Congrats to the happy couple! | Adventure mountain elopement photos by Colorado adventure wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
So happy for this new family! I love this mountain wedding! | Hiking elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Perfect mountain wedding in RMNP! I can't believe that amazing mountain view! | Mountain elopement photos by hiking wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Erin and Graham's intimate wedding ceremony is so amazing! I love this mountain wedding! | Mountain adventure elopement photos by Colorado outdoor wedding photographer and Rocky Mountain National park Wedding Photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I can't wait to get married in RMNP after seeing how incredible Erin and Graham's wedding pictures turned out! | Rocky Mountain National Park elopement photos by Colorado hiking wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Wow this wedding is amazing! I can't believe how much I love this RMNP wedding! | Rocky Mountain National park elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
What a cute rustic cabin wedding reception! It reminds me of summer camp! | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love this casual and informal mountain wedding reception in the backyard of a cabin! Erin and Graham really did it right! | Mountain elopement photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
How incredible is that wedding cake?! I love it for a rustic mountain wedding! | Informal non-traditional-mountain backyard cabin wedding photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae. 
So precious that Erin and Graham had their cat "quandry" or the famous "@exploration_cat" attend their wedding too! | Cat wedding photos by Colorado wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
I love how casual this intimate wedding reception is! Such a nice way to end the more gorgeous mountain wedding! | Mountain elopement photos by Grand Lake wedding photographer, Maddie Mae. 
Beautiful wedding pictures from Erin and Graham's mountain elopement! Such a nice, casual picnic reception too! Casual mountain wedding photos by Colorado elopement photographer, Maddie Mae.

Vendor Credits:
Flowers: Lace and Lillies
Ceremony: 3M Curve, 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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