Sprague Lake wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park

It was a cool morning in August when my Jeep tires pulled up to the rental property where Aubrey & Kenny were inside, about to get ready for their wedding day at Sprague Lake. I knew I was at the correct house because it was the only one in sight with lights on inside. It was 4 o’clock in the morning. I hoisted my gear bag onto my shoulder, walked up the front steps, and was invited inside of the cozy mountain home.

Upstairs, Aubrey sat with her mother while her best friend worked on her hair & makeup. Downstairs, Kenny was putting on his final details with his mother and brother. I bounced back and forth, trying to sink into the background and let the day unfold. I remember being just so excited when I saw that Aubrey’s wedding shoes were white Chaco’s.

The Wedding Ceremony at Sprague Lake

Once everyone was ready, we hopped into a couple of cars and drove into Rocky Mountain National Park. By the time we arrived at Sprague Lake for the wedding ceremony, the sky was beginning to lighten and a bright moon shone down on us from above the mountains. We walked out around the flat lake path to find the perfect spot for their sunrise wedding ceremony. The excitement was high, but being in such a peaceful and serene felt calming at the same time. I think that’s exactly why people are drawn to elopements in the outdoors, it’s where they feel most at peace.

After enjoying a heartfelt ceremony, quality family time, and some delicious treats on the lakeshore, it was time to head up higher into the mountains for part 3 of the adventure. Trail Ridge Road.

Exploring Trail Ridge Road for Portraits

Trail Ridge Road is a favorite spot to go for high alpine wedding portraits! The entire scenic drive offers incredible mountain views, and there are pull-offs and trails along the way to stop and get out and take portraits! The road even goes over 12,000 ft. in elevation at its highest point!

Aubrey & Kenny spent some time exploring these high mountains, taking in the epic mountain views. They danced on a rocky cliff, skipped around, and even had a pika run up to them to say hello! (Probably looking for food– don’t feed wildlife!)

Before we split ways, they signed their marriage license on a rock (so fitting), and we hugged goodbye.

I’ll always remember Aubrey & Kenny for their fun energy and the amount of adoration they had for one another.

Wedding dress hanging from wooden armoire
Sprague Lake at sunrise with light pink and purple clouds
Photo of moon glowing from behind pink clouds in a blue sky
Small wedding ceremony with a lake, trees, and mountains in the distance
Sprague Lake wedding at sunrise
Moon over the mountains from Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
Officiant laughing during elopement ceremony
Couple getting married on the dock at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
Black and white photo of wedding ceremony ring exchange
Couple hugging after their first kiss with mountains in the background
Landscape view of the clouds above the mountains in Estes Park
Family walking the flat path to Sprague Lake for a wedding ceremony
Couple taking wedding portraits on top of Trail Ridge Road
Wedding couple laughing while standing on a cliff with mountains in the distance

Elopement day photos high in the mountains on Trail Ridge Road
Close up of wedding couple holding hands
black and white photo of a groom picking up a bride on top of a mountain

Feeling inspired and wondering how to have your own wedding at Sprague Lake?

I’ve put together a whole guide that will help you choose the best time of year to visit, apply for a permit, and pick out some spots you love to take photos! Find more information on How to Get Married in Rocky Mountain National Park here.

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