Small destination wedding in Colorado

An intimate wedding day in the mountains

There’s something so wonderful about a small destination wedding with your favorite people, especially in Colorado.

It’s the feeling of being able tap into vacation mode and enjoy the crisp mountain air. It’s certainly in sharing all that quality time together, too. Savoring the quiet moments on the porch enjoying that view, and the hysterical laughs when someone brings up the epic Jeep ride up the rocky mountain.

And it’s especially in knowing that you just got to marry your best friend surrounded by your favorite people in the world.

Intimate weddings like this are how core memories are made.

Intimate Colorado destination wedding in the mountains near Telluride

Jeep ride & wedding picnic in the mountains of Ouray

Ouray, Colorado is known for incredible off-roading, and is a very popular destination for elopements and intimate weddings via Jeep. It’s one of my favorite wedding destinations between mid-June and early October when the snow has thawed and made most trails accessible.

Hiring a professional driver, or renting Jeeps to self-drive, is a perfect way to get your loved ones to remote locations to share a small and intimate wedding ceremony with you. It’s also an incredibly unique + memorable method for transporting guests.

This couple started their morning just the two of them, taking off with a Jeep ride up to a basin covered in wildflowers and waterfalls. It’s hard to believe some of the natural colors up here until you see it in person. The rocks and fauna are mesmerizing. Not to mention, the unbelievable colors of the alpine lakes!

An intimate wedding day in the mountains of Colorado
Bride and groom walking away from their Jeep in the Colorado mountains
Romantic wedding portraits in the mountains during small destination wedding
Romantic bridal portraits during small destination wedding in Colorado
View of mountains in Ouray, Colorado
Bride walking through the woods in her wedding dress
Bride and groom private vows in front of waterfall
Couple sharing private vows on the morning of their destination wedding
Bride and groom dancing in front of the waterfall
Hiking boots and wedding bouquet
Romantic bride and groom photos
View of mountains, bride and groom and their off-roading Jeep
Jeep elopement in Ouray, Colorado
Couple walking through the mountains of Ouray, Colorado during their destination wedding
Ouay, Colorado Jeep wedding

The most intimate wedding ceremony location

The aisle, if you will, was a surprisingly long and rugged 4×4 road near Ouray, Colorado. The family caravanned up in Jeeps, enjoying the epic mountain views and otherworldly scenery of the San Juan Mountains. Once at the top, we felt like we were the only ones for miles and miles up there at their wedding ceremony site. And you know what? There’s a great chance we were.

Jeep riding up the edge of the mountain
Bride and groom in the middle of the mountains during their Colorado wedding
Bride and groom throwing snow in the air on top of a mountain
The intimate wedding ceremony destination
Small destination wedding in the mountains of Colorado
Bride and groom walking through the mountains on their wedding day
Bride and groom running in the red mountains
Bride dancing in the mountains with her groom during their small destination wedding in Colorado
Ouray, Colorado wedding photos

Backyard wedding celebrations at their rental home

While we were out having the times of our lives in the mountains, the vendor team back at the couple’s lodging was putting together the most magical scene to welcome us back.

Out on the sunny patio overlooking the mountains was a beautifully styled tablescape. As everyone gathered around, sharing stories from the earlier adventure, they were fed the most delicious meal by Farm to Fingers Grazing.

Best post-adventure meal, ever.

View of outdoor patio wedding dinner spread with mountains in the distance
Styled wedding reception celebration at rental home
Plates and menu for outdoor intimate wedding celebration
Outdoor intimate wedding celebration in the backyard of rental home
Small destination wedding reception in the backyard of rental home in Colorado

Colorado wedding vendor shoutout

Wedding Planning: Mountainesque Wed @mountainesquewed
Florals: Alpenglow Flower Company @alpenglowgrowers
Hair and makeup artist: A Vow to Artistry, @avowtoartistry
Rentals: Any Event @anyeventrentalnm
Tablescape + Dinner: Farm to Fingers Grazing, @farmtofingersgrazing
Cake: Whisk It Baking, @whiskitbaking
Jeep + Driver: Colorado West Jeeps

Looking for more wedding location ideas?

I have resources for you!

Having 30 guests or less and looking for a natural outdoor wedding venue? Check out this guide on How to Get Married in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Looking for Estes Park wedding venues for your small wedding or elopement? Check out this guide for Best Estes Park Wedding Venues.

Colorado destination wedding photographer

If you’re looking for a photographer for your small destination wedding in Colorado or beyond, I’d love to see if we’re a good fit! Request a discovery call below and let’s get started.

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