Lily Lake Wedding Photos

I will never get over the wedding photos we took at Lily Lake in Estes Park, Colorado on this snowy May day. (You heard that right, these snowy portraits are from late May)! You just never know what kind of weather you’re going to get in the mountains, especially during the Spring time.

It was sure a pleasant surprise for us, though.

Couples commonly ask me, “what if the weather is bad?”.

Well, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Snow, rain, fog, wind—“weather” makes for amazing lighting and interesting scenery which leads to extraordinary photos.

So obviously we were so glad we didn’t change our plans one bit that morning. We were right where we were supposed to be… amidst a winter wonderland.

But wait, it gets better…

We had the whole lake to ourselves that morning! A big perk of waking up early on a snow day, right?

Here’s a peek into that incredible Lily Lake wedding day in May, and one of the most beautiful snowy mountain scenes I ever did see.

Snowy view from Lily Lake of Meeker and Longs Peak
Alpenglow on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park as seen from Lily Lake
View of Lily Lake in Estes Park, Colorado in May during a sunrise wedding portrait session
Wedding bouquet in the snow at Lily Lake
Couple glowing in the sun walking around a snowy lake in Colorado

Best places for wedding photos at Lily Lake

The whole lake is just beautiful, but one of my favorite places to take couples are the trails that stem from the main loop lake! These areas tend to be even more private, plus you can see a lot of interesting vantage points.

Keep your eyes out for an old chimney, a little tree fort, hidden picnic tables, and wildlife!

Wedding couple walking through a winter wonderland at Lily Lake in Colorado
Bride and groom walking on a snowy path at Lily Lake
Couple walking around Lily Lake during a May snow storm
View of snowy Lily Lake in May during a wedding

Want to have your own wedding or portraits taken at Lily Lake?

Let me share a little secret about Lily Lake – it is an absolute gold mine for wedding portrait photographers! Every every direction offers fantastic angles and stunning mountain scenery. The landscape offers much diversity, featuring the serene lake, enchanting forest, unique rock formations, and hiking paths.

It costs just $300 to get a wedding permit in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s one of the most stunning locations for a micro wedding or elopement in Colorado! Wedding sites here can accommodate up to 30 people.

Learn more: How to get married at Lily Lake.

View more favorite ceremony sites: How to get married in Rocky Mountain National Park

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