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Adventure Elopement at Gunnison National Park in Colorado

Adventure Elopement at Gunnison National Park in Colorado
Groom in blue suit and bride in water color dress sharing moments on a Colorado cliff during their elopement | Cicular panorama photo | Adventure Elopement at Gunnison National Park in Colorado | Lucy Schultz Photography | Zion Brides Feature

Kacie & Pete's love of the outdoors and camping was brought into every element of their adventure elopement at Gunnison National Park in Colorado. Straying from any tradition or expectations, Kacie wore a unique watercolor dress and Pete wore a blue suit and light pink tie. They had a rough outline for the day: mainly, to have a good time.

Their Adventure Begins

They took turns getting ready for their elopement in their tent and stored their food in the bear box at their campsite. After an adorable first look overlooking the Painted Wall, they hiked to Exclamation Point, which is the real name of an absolutely jaw-dropping viewpoint located on the North Rim of this steep canyon.

They read their emotional vows as the swallows ripped through the air next to them. And right after their first kiss, Pete swooped in and spun Kacie around just for the fun of it. They poured trail mix straight into each other's mouths and kicked up the dust, dancing in the afternoon light. The two of them brought their marriage license in a paper towel tube and signed it on each other’s backs. The champagne bottle popped before they were ready and Pete had to carefully descend the canyon a short way to retrieve the topper.

A Private Chef

So much nature was collected in Kacie's dress as she hiked that they joked that she had created a whole new biome. After a few more sunset portraits at the rim, they were getting hungry. Because Kacie and Pete got married in such a remote area of Colorado, they didn’t have any good restaurant options for dinner. This happens more often than you think when you want beautiful scenery and sunset photos in the summer! They hired a private chef who created a menu that included hot & fresh baked bread, a local tomahawk ribeye, and a vegetarian kebab with marinated veggies to cap off the night.

In between delicious courses of this meal made just for them, the couple threw their heads back for some stargazing right from their table. They even spotted a few shooting stars overhead! These camping elopement photos aren’t AI – it was actually this magical.

For dessert, they got the campfire and smores experience they had been dreaming of. By camping inside the national park, they knew their wedding night experience would be exactly the way they wanted it.

Adventure Elopement at Gunnison National Park in Colorado

Groom in blue suit and bride in water color dress popping champagne on a Colorado cliff during their elopement | Adventure Elopement at Gunnison National Park in Colorado | Lucy Schultz Photography | Zion Brides Feature

 

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