All of my couples have their own reasons for choosing to elope in Colorado.

Some want the mountain views they can’t get at home, some just want to go on an epic adventure, and for others it’s a more emotional choice. Sydney and Cade’s mountain elopement in Keystone, Colorado falls into that last category. Cade and one of his best friends, who passed away, used to go together all the time. To honor him, they chose to elope in Keystone.

The Details

  • These two stayed at a condo right near the ski resort. For those of you who don’t know, whenever I go skiing with Alex and his friends, my alter ego Tiffany comes out. Their condo was right off the lake and Tiffany was ready to move in ASAP.
  • They got ready in two separate rooms, and we did their first look right outside the condo before heading up for their mountain elopement.
  • Even though officiants aren’t required in Colorado (self-solemnization bitch), Cade and Sydney had a friend meet us up there to make the ceremony go smoother and be less of a stressor for them.
  • After they said “I do,” I put on some tunes for their first dance. There’s something so special about watching a just-married couple have their first dance with the mountains in the background.
  • We ended the day with some yummy cupcakes and capturing amazing pictures around the mountain!

Must Knows

  • A lot of my out-of-town couples have concerns about being able to do a first look if they’re staying in the same space. Sydney and Cade proved it’s possible! They just got ready in separate rooms and then did their first look outside. Simple.
  • If you want music incorporated into any part of your elopement or intimate wedding, make sure you download it BEFORE you trek up into the mountains. I promise, there is no service up there. I take care of downloading everything for my couples, so if I’m your photog, I got you boo.
  • The spot we chose for their elopement required some off-roading. This is always a good option for my couples who don’t want to hike. Just make sure your rental car is something that can handle the mountains, like an SUV.


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Nadia + Daniel

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Sydnie + Nathan

"When we got engaged, we searched near and far for an elopement photographer - & we met with several different photographers but none felt right until we met McKenzie. My husband, my dog and I are avid hikers - we wanted a beautiful hike and view, but it was also very important that we could be our authentic selves and intimately celebrate our 10 years together in the way we wanted. I'll be honest, I was shy about wanting to elope (ya know, family opinions and such), but McKenzie made us feel so comfortable in our decision. She wholeheartedly welcomed us being.. us! We couldn't have asked for more."

Maranda + Sam