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If you're looking for an unforgettable location to exchange your vows, Telluride, Colorado should be at the top of your list. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, Telluride is a picture-perfect setting for elopements. With jaw-dropping mountain vistas and hidden waterfalls, it's easy to see why so many couples choose to elope in Telluride.
As Telluride elopement photographers, we'll guide you through everything you need to know while planning your wedding or elopement in Telluride, Colorado. Discover the best locations for your ceremony and photos, where to stay, the best time of year to visit, elopement packages, pricing and more.
Whether you're looking for an adventurous outdoor experience or a romantic and private ceremony, Telluride has it all. So let's dive in and start planning your dream elopement in this beautiful mountain town!
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How To Plan A Telluride Elopement
a step-by-step guide
Is this your first time trying to plan an elopement? Don't worry- as Colorado elopement photographers, we have quite a few of these under our belt and we're here to help you through the whole process! Here's a quick step by step guide on how to elope in Telluride:
HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER
PLAN OUT THE DETAILS
Next, you'll book your lodging, transportation and any additional vendors such as hair and makeup, a florist, officiant, etc. (don't worry, we'll send you ideas for all of these). We'll collaborate on a timeline to fit in all the locations and activities you want while getting the best photos throughout the day! You'll also get your marriage license prior to the wedding.
Most couples hire us before they start planning anything! The reason for this is because we help our couples with logistics such as choosing the right date, which location(s) are perfect for them, navigating permits, finding local vendors, etc. You don't have to do it all yourself, we're here to help you.
Choose Your Location
You'll have the best day ever and we'll be there capturing every moment! Within a few days you'll have sneak peek photos in your inbox, and the full gallery within 2-3 months. All that's left is to choose which photos to print!
After you've set a date with us you'll gain access to our exclusive Telluride location guide. You'll easily be able to see which location(s) perfectly fit what you're looking for and have all the info you'll need to obtain any reservations or permits needed.
How much does it cost to get married in Telluride?
The cost to get married in Telluride starts at $30 which covers your marriage license from San Miguel County. At a minimum, you'll likely want to purchase wedding attire, hire a photographer, videographer, florist, hair and makeup artist. You may also need to account for travel, transportation and lodging.
The total cost for your wedding will vary significantly depending on the style of wedding you choose to have. For example, a simple elopement with no guests will be much more affordable than a wedding with guests which you will then need a venue to host a reception, cater food, hire additional vendors, etc.
It's important to note that elopements can be as simple or as extravagant as you desire, there is no set cost for this type of wedding! The great thing about eloping is that you can allot your funds towards an experience and things that you value rather than an expensive venue and material items.
The couples that hire us value their photos and experience more than anything, which is why they typically spend majority of their budget on their photography package. Below is a breakdown of the estimated expenses for an elopement or small wedding in Telluride. This is not a quote or elopement package.
(with guests, photo + video)
Full Day ELOPEMENT
(no guests, Photo + Video)
Half Day Elopement
(NO Guests, Photo only)
Marriage License - $30
Photography - $8,000
videography - $3,500
Officiant - free (included with our services)
Wedding Attire - $3000
Forals - $500 (Bouquet + Boutonnière)
Hair & makeup - $500
lodging - $1500 (three nights at an airbnb)
Marriage License - $30
Photography - $9,900
videography - $3,500
local Officiant - $500
Wedding Attire - $4000
Forals - $1000 (Bouquet, Boutonnière & ceremony arrangement)
Hair & makeup - $800
lodging - $5,000 (three nights at a luxury resort)
reception venue & dinner - $200+/guest
Marriage License - $30
Photography - $6000
Officiant - free (included with our services)
Wedding Attire - $1500
Forals - $300 (Bouquet + Boutonnière)
Hair & makeup - free (diy)
lodging - $100 (three nights camping)
estimate ~ $7,930
estimate ~ $17,030
estimate ~ $27,730
When To Elope In Telluride
We always recommend having your wedding on a weekday (Monday-Thursday) and eloping in the morning and/or evening for the most intimate experience.
Summer is the best time to elope in Telluride for the most comfortable conditions, accessibility and activities. Fall can also be a great time for a wedding, with cooler temperatures and stunning fall colors. Keep in mind that many locations become inaccessible in the winter until spring and sometimes even early summer due to snow.
If you want to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, or river rafting, consider planning your wedding during a season when those activities are available and conditions are optimal!
Telluride Elopement Locations
Telluride is known for its stunning and diverse mountain scenery, including snow-capped peaks, rugged ridges, alpine forests, cascading waterfalls, and crystal-clear lakes and streams. The town is surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, which offer a range of terrain and elevations, providing endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration. The area is also known for its stunning fall foliage, with vibrant displays of golden aspen trees covering the mountainsides each autumn. Here are some of the most popular and scenic places to elope in Telluride:
ELOPE AT AN ALPINE LAKE
Eloping at a lake in Telluride offers a stunning and serene setting for your special day, surrounded by the natural beauty of the San Juan Mountains. The peacefulness and tranquility of the water and surrounding landscape can create a romantic and intimate atmosphere that is perfect for an elopement.
Island Lake, Blue Lake, Alta Lakes, Trout Lake, Woods Lake, Priest Lake, Silver Lake, Lower Ice Lake, Upper Ice Lake, Hope Lake and hidden gems.
telluride waterfall elopement
A Telluride waterfall elopement can be a magical and romantic experience. The sound of the rushing water, the mist in the air, and the surrounding natural scenery can create an unforgettable backdrop for your elopement ceremony and photographs.
Bridal Veil Falls, Cornet Falls, Ingram Falls, Silver Falls, Woods Lake Falls, Alta Falls, Ames Falls, Keystone Gorge Falls, Blue Lake Falls, and Bear Creek Falls.
TELLURIDE MOUNTAIN ELOPEMENT
Eloping at a mountain pass in Telluride can be a unique and adventurous experience. Hike or off-road to stunning panoramic vistas to serve as a stunning natural backdrop for your elopement. A 4x4 Jeep adventure in Telluride can take you off the beaten path and into the heart of the rugged terrain of the San Juan Mountains.
Ophir Pass, Bridal Veil Peak, Mount Sneffels, Wilson Peak, Ajax Peak, Lone Cone, Mount Wilson, Wilson Range, San Sophia Ridge, and Bear Creek Spire.
Telluride Wedding Venues
If you're planning a wedding with 30+ guests, a small wedding venue may be better suited for your event. Telluride offers a variety of unique and stunning wedding venues for couples seeking a memorable and picturesque backdrop for their special day. Here are some popular wedding venues in Telluride:
San Sophia Overlook - Located at the top of the Telluride Ski Resort, San Sophia Overlook is an idyllic wedding venue that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The venue features a spacious ceremony site that can fit up to 200 guests. The venue is available from June through October and can be accessed via the gondola.
Alta Lakes Observatory - Nestled high in the San Juan Mountains, Alta Lakes Observatory is a stunning wedding venue that offers an intimate and secluded setting for your special day. This off-the-grid venue is accessible only by a four-wheel drive vehicle or hiking, which makes it the perfect choice for couples seeking a more adventurous wedding experience. The venue offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and can accommodate up to 50 guests. Alta Lakes Observatory is available from June through September and includes a range of amenities, such as a private chef, housekeeping, and more.
Gorrono Ranch - Located at the base of Telluride Ski Resort, Gorrono Ranch is a charming and historic wedding venue that offers a rustic and elegant atmosphere for your special day. This venue can accommodate up to 200 guests and features breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains, as well as a range of indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony and reception. The venue also offers a variety of amenities, including a catering kitchen, a bridal suite, and an outdoor fire pit for s'mores. Gorrono Ranch is available year-round and can be accessed via a scenic gondola ride or shuttle service.
Palmyra Lookout at Bon Vivant - Perched at an elevation of 11,500 feet, It's one of the most stunning and unique wedding venues in Telluride. This mountaintop venue features panoramic views of the San Juan Mountains and can accommodate up to 60 guests. The venue offers a spacious ceremony site, a cozy reception area, and a range of amenities, including an indoor/outdoor sound system, custom lighting, and more. Palmyra Lookout at Bon Vivant is available from June through September and can be accessed via a shuttle or private car.
Eureka Lodge - Located at the end of a scenic 12-mile drive, Eureka Lodge is a rustic and charming wedding venue that offers a true Colorado experience. This historic lodge is surrounded by towering mountains, pristine forests, and crystal-clear streams, making it an ideal location for an outdoor wedding ceremony. The venue can accommodate up to 100 guests and offers a range of amenities, including lodging, catering, and more. Eureka Lodge is available from June through October and can be accessed via a scenic drive.
Top of the Pines - Situated on a stunning 450-acre ranch, Top of the Pines is a one-of-a-kind wedding venue that offers a serene and picturesque setting for your special day. This venue features panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, as well as a range of amenities, such as a spacious ceremony site, a cozy reception area, and a commercial kitchen. The venue can accommodate up to 200 guests and is available from May through October.
Hey, we're Savannah & Greg!
TELLURIDE Elopement Photographers
We're a husband and wife team specializing in elopement photography and videography in Colorado. We believe eloping is the best way to get married, so much so that we did it ourselves! We know it can feel overwhelming not knowing where to start, which is why we help couples set a date, pick a location, make a timeline, etc!
TELLURIDE Elopement Videography
Having a videographer for your elopement allows you to relive the magic and emotions of your special day for years to come. While photography is important, a video can capture the nuances of your ceremony and the events surrounding it in a way that photos cannot. We'll create film that captures the essence of your elopement, providing a lasting record of your memories and allowing you to share them with family and friends who couldn't be there with you.
Telluride Elopement Packages
Photography & Videography Packages
Photography & Videography
It might seem counterintuitive to look for a photographer before you have an exact location and date set, but trust us on this one. If you're looking for some help finding the perfect location, an elopement photographer who specializes in the area you're considering will be a huge help to you.
Professional photography and optional videography services from an experienced husband/wife team who've photographed over 150 weddings together. Posing guidance and direction to make you feel and look great in front of the camera, no experience necessary.
A 50+ page digital planning guide to help you through the whole elopement planning process. Including tips on booking travel and lodging, buying your attire, activity ideas, packing checklists, including family and more.
Custom Location Guide
A list of all the most beautiful locations in the area you choose based on scenery, accessibility, permits and logistics. We do the work so you don't have to!
We'll craft a timeline that fits all the locations, activities, and moments you have planned for your day as well as consider ideal lighting and making sure your whole experience is relaxed and stress free.
Looking for a florist, hair and makeup artist, or other vendors? We've got you covered with local recommendations.