The goal of the day was simple: get married and have fun. It didn’t matter too much, then, that the original location plan was too snowed in to access by their wedding day. Caitlyn and Colton were just happy to be taking the next step of their lives together! Caitlyn recalled how that’s how their relationship has been from the start: “There was never really conversations like ‘if we’re together’ – it was always just our life and our plans.” Their Ridgway elopement at Stagecoach Lodge was such a stunning backdrop for a meaningful and fun day.
Having such a small group, each person invited to attend their elopement day was intentional. Following a short trail to the new ceremony site near Ridgway, the group sported muck boots and Caitlyn walked in with her dear grandmother. She and Colton were surrounded by the San Juan’s and their closest loved ones as Colton’s grandpa — “probably the biggest supporter of our relationship” — spoke to marry them. It is always so special to see people get teary-eyed about the moments they feel lucky to witness.
After the ceremony and some photos, the group went back inside the lodge for a special toast. Caitlyn’s grandmother made special goblets for her and her late husband’s wedding from which they has shared a toast at their own wedding. It followed, then, that in his honor and to include him in their special day, Caitlyn and Colton shared a toast with their loved ones and those same goblets. I left the group as they went on to Ouray for a special dinner, drinks, and to enjoy the rest of the evening! Caitlyn and Colton, thank you so much for inviting me to capture your beautiful elopement. Take a peek at some of my favorites from their Ridgway elopement at Stagecoach Lodge:
Dress: David’s Bridal
Suit: Indochino Custom
Hair & Makeup Artist: All About Looks
Venue: Stagecoach Lodge