If you’re in the process of planning a summer wedding in Colorado, you’ll definitely want to keep scrolling and see this Loveland Pass wedding.
Jenny & Paul are from the Midwest but have always been drawn to the mountains. They met on bumble a couple of years ago and had dreamed of eloping in Colorado ever since. When Jenny inquired, she said that more than anything, she and Paul wanted an intimate ceremony, a beautiful landscape, with only their parents and siblings along for the ride. J + P wanted a wedding day focused on love and adventure!
Initially, Jenny and Paul wanted to get married in Rocky Mountain National Park. While that place is absolutely gorgeous, RMNP requires a $300 reservation to get married inside of the park. Even then, couples are limited to the designated ceremony locations that the park provides.
One of my favorite parts of planning with my couples is finding elopement locations that speak to them. I sent Jenny and Paul a list of locations over that were similar to RMNP. I included information about accessibly for their guests and details about nearby mountain towns to help figure out logistics. After dreaming some more, Jenny and Paul decided on Loveland Pass because of the proximity to Breckenridge, one of the most popular mountain towns in Colorado, and the outrageous views.
We started the day at a beautiful AirBnb in Breckenridge. Jenny got ready with her mom and sister, taking special time to honor her late father by taking photos in his letterman jacket. Jenny and Paul’s first look was beautiful so adorable and they immediately went downstairs to snack and celebrate with their family! Eventually we traveled over to Loveland Pass and made our way to the ceremony location. Jenny and Paul really wanted to take advantage of the alpenglow during their elopement, and the way we timed it, the mountains were glowing behind them. It was almost like Jenny’s daddy made an appearance and joined them.
“Mikayla was awesome! She had the perfect place in mind for our elopement – & let me tell you it did not disappoint! She was so easy to work with and helped make traveling from out of town to get married in Colorado so easy! Her pictures are art work!” – Jenny + Paul
+ Bring layers. The mountains are beautiful but they are chilly. Getting married above the tree line often means wind and colder temperatures. Keep this in mind when choosing your wedding attire. Maybe consider a dress with sleeves or wearing layers under your suit. Remember that when you’re cold in real life, you’ll look cold in photos! Take breaks to warm up whenever you need.
+ Hydrate. Loveland Pass sits around 12,000 feet able sea level. Altitude sickness can really ruin a good time so make sure you are hydrated well and full of electrolytes. Doing this will make sure that you more likely to avoid migraines, fatigue, and other symptoms of altitude sickness.
+ Be strategic with parking. There is limited parking on Loveland Pass. If you’re bringing guests, I recommend carpooling in order to avoid any logistical drama.
+ Check the weather. Loveland Pass is one of the only mountain passes that is open and maintained year round. With that, Loveland Pass often closes temporarily during the winter as the road conditions can become extremely dangerous. Please check for avalanche danger and weather conditions leading up to your winter Loveland Pass wedding.
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