Eloping in Colorado | Telluride Self Solemnizing Elopement | Dominique + Ryan
Despite the timing and the fact that elopements and intimate weddings are at an all time high due to COVID, Dominique and Ryan had actually already been planning a beautiful Telluride elopement well before we even knew what was coming for us in 2020. These two got in touch last summer to plan a perfect day for just the two of them in the mountains of Telluride, Co. We spent the winter shooting their engagement photos and picking out the perfect locations for their elopement, then BOOM; Covid hits and luckily for these two, nothing had to change!
We started their day out getting ready at the Peaks Resort, then rode the gondola from Mountain Village up to San Sophia Overlook for their first look. It was a gorgeous sunny and warm day creating a perfect setting for these two to see each other for the first time all dressed up. The views at San Sophia are just incredible, its an amazing location for weddings!
We then headed back down in the gondola to grab their friends, hop in our cars and venture out to the spot we picked out for their ceremony in the backcountry of Telluride. They shared their vows and had a succulent planting ceremony as the sun filled the valley before setting. Following the ceremony, these amazing humans requested Chris Brown’s “Forever” so they could have a processional ala The Office (if you know, you know). Everyone danced down the “aisle” and it was THEE best. They popped some champagne, cheersed to marriage and had their first dance right as the sunset behind the mountains.
We met back up for an INCREDIBLE dinner at 221 Oak in downtown Telluride. The chef created a special menu to share on the outside patio for Dom, Ryan and their guests and it was so delicious! One of the sweetest things happened during dinner, another couple that also got married that week sent over shots for the 4 of them to cheers over! The night ended with sharing stories of friendship and love.
Below this photo story, you can also view their wedding film!
telluride elopement photographer : alchemy creative | venues : the peaks resort + san sophia overlook | hair + makeup : alchemy creative | wedding film : alchemy creative | dinner : 221 south oak