Upper Beaver Meadows Elopement Wedding
When we heard that Leah and Devin were eloping in Rocky Mountain National Park, we were super giddy to be a part of their experience. We don’t always get to meet the couples we work with beforehand and that was the case with Devin and Leah. They drove here from Nebraska along with a few of their most important people to share their day. We knew their day was going to be amazing because they chose one of the most beautiful locations in Colorado (and let’s face it, everything in CO is beautiful).
Ceremony at Upper Beaver Meadows
Devin and Leah initially had a plan of a 6 pm sunsetting glow for their ceremony and activities but nature had a different plan for the day. It is not typical for it to be rainy or snowy in June, but when in Colorado anything is possible and if you live here you know you don’t check the weather until an hour before any activities.
The day started with a beautiful and promising blue sky and from that the decision to start their day around 1 emerged. It was perfect timing as the dark, cold clouds started looming in over their ceremony site at Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead.
Crazy Weather at Rocky Mountain National Park
We scattered. We put ponchos on our cameras and jackets on ourselves and as most of the guests were leaving, the rain began to subside just in time to begin the mini adventure session we had in mind with Leah and Devin. We didn’t go as far as we planned because we knew a storm was minutes away from hitting us. We started by climbing a small nearby rock in hopes to get some epic views-yes she was climbing rocks in wedged boots and a wedding dress.
It began to get very windy and Leah wore the most perfect flowy dress that was just swaying everywhere and it was gorgeous. They shared a first dance and walked around the meadows enjoying the beautiful views Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer. The skies began to darken and the mountain tops began to disappear between the fog. As they walked back towards us, we saw what we thought was snow. At least it looked like snow at first which was a relief for our cameras sake but it ended up being soft balls of hail! We began to run to shelter but then quickly realized that this scary but beautiful weather was part of their day. We just had to stop and get some shots hoping Leah didn’t end up with welts on her back since her dress was perfectly exposed on the backside. We waited in our cars in hopes that the rain would stop but it didn’t and we wanted Leah and Devin to have more so we drove to Moraine Park to get the last few shots rain or no rain to cap off their day. Thankfully it was not raining when we arrived and we were able to capture such a fun experience in our Colorado Rocky Mountains !
Getting Married at Rocky Mountain National Park
If you are looking for an adventure and want to get married differently, Rocky Mountain National Park provides the perfect locations and backdrops for your epic wedding day. Upper Beaver Meadows is one of the 12 beautiful ceremony locations that the park offers. You do need a permit to get married at the park. It is $300 and that covers up to 30 people. If you are looking to get married at Rocky Mountain National Park, we wrote a guide that can help you plan your epic elopement day. If you need more info to get married at the park visit the rmnp web page.
Upper Beaver Meadows Logistics+ Accessibility
Upper Beaver meadows is located about 1.5 miles from the Beaver Meadows Visitor Entrance on the East entrance of the park. It is an accessible location that is walking distance form the lot. The maximum amount of cars allowed are 10 so carpooling to the location is a must if you are having guests. The maximum amount of guests you can bring are 30 (used to be 60) people and the road to upper beaver meadows is closed during the winter.
In 2020 the East Troublesome fire did touch some of Upper Beaver Meadows but don’t be alarmed, it is still a gorgeous location to get married at. I’ve attached a picture with current conditions as of October 2021. Only a few trees were burned and some are still in tact.
Follow “Leave No Trace” Principles
- No disruption of the atmosphere of peace and tranquility in the park; no amplified music
- Minimize interference with park programs, activities, and visitors
- Minimize interference with the operations of public facilities or the services of NPS concessionaires or contractors
- Maintain a safe and healthy environment for other park visitors
Let’s work together to keep our lands beautiful for generations to come!
We are Laura and Hugo your elopement photographer/videographer team at Together We Roam. Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best places to elope in Colorado and we spend a lot of time exploring the area for couples that want to have the perfect backdrop for they special day! If you are looking for someone to capture your day, contact us and check out our pricing to see if we are good fit for you!