A sunrise wedding at Sprague Lake
When Kristin and Craig started planning their elopement they imagined a simple ceremony surrounded by a beautiful lake and mountains. The moment they reached out to us we already had a long list of beautiful alpine lakes in mind to share with them for their elopement day! It was no question that Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park was the perfect spot for their private sunrise ceremony.
Reasons To Elope Here
Sprague Lake is one of the few designated ceremony locations in the national park. It’s also one of the most beautiful locations in the park because you get insane views of Hallet Peak and you are surrounded by the serene lake and trees. The lake is a short 5 minute walk from the parking lot, and has a well maintained trail that is also handicap accessible! There are so many photo opportunities in the area alone, that you won’t need to go to separate areas in the park- but we highly recommend that you do!
It’s Open Year-Round
Sprague Lake is open year-round and any time of the year can be great for your elopement day. We think the best time is during the summer time at sunrise. The mountains behind the lake get an insane red alpenglow when the sun touches them and it looks amazing in photos or video! Sunsets can be pretty epic here as well, but just know that afternoons can mean less privacy since Sprague Lake is a busy area and there’s higher chances of afternoon rain. And if you are more of a cooler weather couples, wintertime has it’s own magic too! The lake freezes over and you are able to walk over it. It can be a true winter wonderland, but it does tend to be pretty cold and windy so that’s something to think about.
It’s Easy To Get To
Like we mentioned, the lake has a well maintained trail that is pretty flat. The drive up to the lake is also paved and cleared out during the winter time!
You Can Bring A Handful Of Guests
If you are looking to elope with some of your close friends and family, the capacity at the lake during the summertime is 15 people or 30 people in the wintertime. Please keep in mind that this number includes yourselves and any vendors (photographer, videographer etc.) you may bring!
Check out K + C’s Elopement Video At Sprague Lake:
How to elope at Rocky Mountain National Park
Getting married in the park does require a wedding permit and because it is such an amazing elopement location they do go fast! If you are looking to elope at the park make sure you check out our Rocky Mountain National Park Elopement Guide for more info on their ceremony sites and more!
Tips For Your Elopement At Sprague Lake
- Use the dock at the lake for your ceremony. It will prevent other park visitors from being in the background and walking near your ceremony spot.
- Elope during the week. RMNP is a popular park!
- Elope at Sunrise
- Cushion time with your photographer/videographer so that you can walk around the lake for photos and video or drive to other spots in the park
- If you want to have a mini picnic, there are table around Sprague Lake perfect for that!
Photos From Kristin & Craig’s Elopement: