Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect spot for a weekday elopement during the slower months (Columbus Day through Memorial Day). It’s typically a popular destination, but on this snowy morning in May we had the lake all to ourselves for Rachel & Baxter’s elopement.
The morning is a tough one to forget. The drive to Bear Lake was so moody, the clouds dancing across the mountains and through the trees. There was also some wildfire smoke in the area. We joked about the conditions being such great special effects.
We met just before sunrise. The couple got dressed on either side of their Jeep before sharing a first look on the shore of the frozen lake. Immediately after the first look, they exchanged vows.
May in Colorado is best described as snowshoeing with a T-shirt. We often have lots of snow still in the high mountain, and there’s even a good chance of fresh snow accumulation. Because of this, Rocky Mountain National Park is still not too busy. That paired with a sunrise start, gives you a great chance to be the only ones at some of the most scenic areas.
After exchanging vows, we wandered around Bear Lake a little more. We even found a dark corner of the forest for some unique photos with the lanterns.
Then it was off to hike! Just beyond their ceremony spot is the trailhead for Dream Lake, a short and incredibly photogenic hike. They enjoyed the moody and snowy scene the entire way.
When you elope in nature, there’s no decorating required. Plus, Rachel had always dreamed of a snowy wedding day, so it felt even more magical. Here’s a look into their moody, snowy Bear Lake elopement followed by a hike to a snowy alpine lake.
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