For my couples from out of state, having my help in planning is super important.

Ashley and Jayson came out from Iowa for an intimate wedding at Garden of the Gods. Since they weren’t familiar with the area, these two leaned on me to plan the details of their day. All my couples get a custom planning guide from me that includes where to stay, how to get a marriage license in Colorado, recommended vendors, and more. I never pictured myself as a planner when I first started my business, but now it’s part of the process that I love!

A couple gets ready for their intimate wedding at Garden of the Gods.

A couple has an intimate wedding at Garden of the Gods with their family

The Details and Must Knows

  • Jayson and Ashley had their hearts set on an intimate wedding at Garden of the Gods so they could include their family. They stayed at an epic house in the mountains, which is where the bride and groom got ready.
  • They shared vows in front of everyone, and after the ceremony we ran around the park to get photos on our own.
  • These two said “I do” in July, which is one of our unpredictable weather months out in Colorado. Luckily we weren’t caught in a thunderstorm, but it’s always a chance in the summer.
  • Garden of the Gods is in Colorado Springs, which is about an hour and a half drive from Denver. You don’t need to pay for a permit here, so it’s SUPER popular. Sunrise ceremonies will give you the most privacy, as will eloping on a weekday. Outside of that, prepare to be surrounded by tourists and other weddings.
  • An intimate wedding at Garden of the Gods is perfect for my couples who are bringing family that may have accessibility challenges. You can drive throughout the whole park and most trails in the popular areas are paved.
  • If you have a fur baby, they’re welcome at Garden of the Gods. Keep them on a leash and you’ll have to clean up after them (duh).

There are more places you can elope for free!

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