Bear Lake elopement in RMNP

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.

View of moody pine trees out of car window
Groom getting ready for Bear Lake elopement
Groom tightening tie
Groom getting ready at Jeep for wedding day in Rocky Mountain National Park
Bride getting ready in a Jeep while groom looks off in the distance
First look at Bear Lake elopement in Colorado
Couple at their snowy Bear Lake elopement in May
Couple laughing at their elopement ceremony
Couple getting married on the shore of Bear Lake in May
Bear Lake elopement ceremony
Couple holding hands while getting married
Groom kissing brides hand
Ring exchange during elopement ceremony at Bear Lake
Ring exchange at elopement ceremony at Bear Lake in RMNP
View of Bear Lake in May
Couple looking off into the distance at their Bear Lake elopement ceremony
View of Bear Lake in snow
Couple kissing on a rock at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
Couple in the forest with glowing lanterns
Lantern photo
View of snowy hike to Dream Lake in RMNP
View of snowy mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park
Wedding rings
Couple standing on the shore of alpine lake in Colorado
View of hike to Dream Lake
Couple on the shore of snowy Dream Lake in May
Dream Lake in May
Bride and groom leaving Dream Lake and hiking back to the trailhead
Couple walking in the snow at Dream Lake after elopement ceremony
Dream Lake elopement photos
View of moody Dream Lake in the fog and snow
Couple dipping on top of a snowy mountain

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