“Welcome to Fruita” the blackboard on the wall read as I walked into the little rental near downtown for Aimee and Nick’s spring elopement on the Colorado National Monument. It followed with congratulations for the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. – a very sweet gesture from the hosts. Aimee met me midway through getting ready for the morning, showing me the details they had laid out for me to capture. I couldn’t help but also snag a picture of the vase of flowers her mother had sent to the house for her special day. Clearly this was a day for sweet gestures.
Aimee and I chatted about their trip so far as she curled and braided her hair, and I reflected on how much I love being there for the getting ready parts of wedding days. It is such a wonderful way to start our time together. Rather than feeling rushed to jump into the formalities of marriage, we can relax and catch up like friends and get the introductions out of the way without any pressure or nerves around the ceremony involved. After she was in the dress, I helped her button up the last few buttons and she slipped on her shoes before we made the drive up to the monument. Aimee had her eye on one of my favorite cliffside locations, and though she is afraid of heights she was determined to get married on that rock!
We pulled up to the viewpoint and I got out to meet Nick and keep Aimee shielded before their first look. Neither had seen the other that day, and they were both nervous and excited to finally hold each other and get married in this beautiful space. I decided the first look was emotional enough we should stay back from any heights to not add any more nerves to the moment haha. After they shared that moment of “WOW you look so great!” together and had some time to take it all in, we moved to the rock for the ceremony and photos. After the formalities they popped some bubbly and toasted to finally being husband and wife! Take a peek at some of my favorite moments from their spring elopement on the Colorado National Monument:
Venue: Colorado National Monument
Dress: David’s Bridal
Flowers: Country Elegance Florist
Rings: Brilliant Earth and Oak Town Rings