I’m asked a lot what the difference between an elopement and an intimate wedding is. We know I hate society’s “rules,” so it can honestly be whatever you want. Typically an elopement is just you and bae, while an intimate wedding has about 10-20 additional people celebrating with you. Lexi and Forest fell in love with the Colorado scenery but couldn’t imagine getting married without their closest friends and family, so they decided to have an intimate wedding in Boulder.

Their Boulder intimate wedding had three different venues. That may sound hectic AF, but because everything was so close together and accessible, the entire day was a dream. They had rooms and got ready at Hotel Boulderado, said “I do” at the Sunrise Amphitheater, and then partied at the Rembrandt. If you want to be up in the mountains but also want to have tons of restaurants and shops nearby, Boulder is the perfect spot.

The Details

  • Hotel Boulderado – Centrally located in downtown Boulder, this super vintage hotel is serving alllll the 1920s vibes you could want. It still has original lighting and even an elevator from back in the day. There’s so much potential here for some unique, badass pictures, not like the cookie cutter shit you’ll find on Pinterest. The staff are also 10/10.
  • Rembrandt – Right across the street from the hotel, which makes is super convenient (and safe) to get back to the hotel after a night of dancing and drinking.
  • Sunrise Amphitheater – This is a popular spot for weddings and elopements. It has built in seating and is only about 15 minutes from downtown Boulder. It’s also super accessible – drive right up and you’re there!

Must Knows

  • Couples need to rent out the amphitheater, which costs about $300. Compared to other spots in Colorado this is really affordable, so it’s a great choice if you’re ballin on a budget.
  • The only thing I don’t love about Sunrise Amphitheater is the sun can also be challenging, so if you’re getting married here make sure your photographer knows how to shoot in difficult lighting.
  • If you want to get married inside, Hotel Boulderado is a great venue to consider! They’ll help you customize the perfect package for you and your boo.
  • If you need a reception space and have interest in the Rembrandt, get your shit together quick. They’re already booking into 2023.

I need these ‘20s vibes too.


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