Blue Lakes Elopement | Lola and Jason

Lola and Jason | Blue Lakes Elopement | Ridgway Colorado

Savannah Chandler Photography | Colorado Hiking Elopement Photographer

When I hiked Mount Sneffels in 2020 – my entire goal of reaching the summit was to be able to overlook the 3 blue lakes that sit in the basin below. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to hike up to the teal colored waters of the Blue Lakes.

Sitting near Ridgway, Colorado – the Blue Lakes trail takes you to three separate lakes. The lower, middle and upper – topping out at nearly 11,800 feet. The hike it’s self is very pleasant with many rolling hills to reach the lower lake followed by a few pushes of steeper elevation gain to reach the secondary two lakes.

Jason and Lola had decided to elope at the third lake, overlooking the middle lake, at sunrise on a Thursday morning. Knowing we’d have to start hiking incredibly early, my secondary photographer Natalie and I decided to backpack into the lower lake the night before and meet up there to all hike up together to the third lake. Carrying a pack with not only backpacking gear, but camera equipment made for quite the exercise!

At 3:30 am, we met up with Lola, Jason, and their 3 human and 2 doggo wedding attendants to head up and up to overlook Dallas peak. The hike it’s self was great – and we arrived at the lake roughly an hour before the sun began to come up. As I often say, I would rather overshoot our hike time and arrive early than to underestimate and miss alpenglow!

The light began to scatter across the bright green valley, right under the Southwest Ridge of 14,157′ Mount Sneffels at 5:40am.

With Dallas Peak in full Alpenglow, Lola and Jason had the most beautiful alpine ceremony. I love listening while I photograph during ceremonies – we learned that they had been together TEN years and through many fun, difficult, and loving times together.

After celebratory hugs, beer cheers, and dog hugs – we began our trek to the lower lake overlook.

As we reached the overlook, the mountains were an amazing shade of pink with flowers galore over the teal waters of the Lower Lake. We spent some time scaling some of the rock sides for photographs, then “arts and crafts” time commenced to make Lola and Jason’s Finally Married signs. I think taking the time to personalize your elopement day with things like smashed beer can Elopement signs is hands down one of my favorite things about spending time with couples in the mountains. Making the intentional decision to commit yourselves in a way that makes your souls soar is truly what adventure elopements are all about. <3

Back down at the sun-filled waters of the lower lake, Lola asked if they should get into the lake. The answer to that question (as long as it’s not a protected lake that has regulations against humans in the water) is always HELL YES!!

They made their way into the freezing alpine lake (which I later got in myself and can attest to the freezing temperatures of) right as the sun crested over the mountainside.

Thanks again for adventuring with me, Lola and Jason! I can’t wait to see more of your adventures together.

Cheers –

Photographing across the Rocky Mountain Region: Telluride |Aspen | Dillon | Keystone | Vail | Breckenridge | Winter Park | Granby | Grand Lake | Estes | Buena Vista | Ouray | Arapahoe Basin | Silverton | Silverthorne | Spanish Peaks

Savannah Chandler Photography | Hiking Elopement Photographer | Based in Denver Colorado | Available for Travel Worldwide | Ridgway and Telluride Elopements

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Colorado – my home for the past 34 years and counting.  My family were Pioneers from Norway and Germany to Colorado in the 1880’s.  I think it’s pretty amazing that our family has always had an interest in photography and capturing moments.  Growing up seeing photographs of our family in covered wagons on their way to Colorado is one of my fondest memories.
  Truly, I love Colorado and the amazing mountain ranges throughout.  I grew up heading into the Mountains on weekends to hike in the summer, and to snowboard in the winter.  I’m hapy to say that not much has changed, I’ve just added a husband and child into my adventerous outdoor mix.  My husband and I now take our little man out into the wilderness that Colorado has to offer, hoping to fill his young life with amazing memories and experiences.
I hosted my wedding in Evergreen, Colorado in May of 2011 at the Evergreen Lake House  .  After our wedding day,  I knew that I wanted to be a Colorado Wedding Photographer.  I was attending Metropolotian State University of Denver for fine art photography at the time, and the transition into a Wedding Photographer was fairly seamless.
I love adventuring to new places for weddings and elopements!  I hike regularly, and love showing couples my favorite spots.  There are amazing places in every corner and in every season.  Snowboarding is also a passion of mine, and I LOVE to capture couples shredding Pow Pow down the mountain.  Interested in a Colorado Hiking or Adventure Elopement?  Contact us on the form below!  Every year I have a list of locations that have special prices for couples wanting to hike, I’d love to chat about my current list!

   

Awesome Colorado Wedding Vendors

One of the great things about being based here in Colorado is getting to work with some of the best wedding vendors! Here are some of my very favorite places and people to work with. They're all awesome. Almost as awesome as the views we have here across the continental divide... almost.

Venues: Strawberry Creek Ranch in Granby, Colorado
               TimberRidge and Alpenglow Stube in Keystone, Colorado
               Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colorado
               SkyView at Fall River Village in Estes Park, Colorado 
Planners: Sweetly Paired
Videographers: Whitney Milton
Florists:  Olive and Poppy

Review from Jenna and Chris

"Savannah is the most AMAZING photographer!!! I would recommend her a thousand times over again. I would plan another event just to use her again! She is incredibly professional and incredibly talented!!! Best vendor/photographer/professional I have ever worked with."

Check out Jenna and Chris' Estes Park, Wedding Day HERE

Review from Ashley and Aaron

"Savannah is an amazing person and photographer! She captured our wedding in every way we could imagaine. Looking back on the pictures she took makes us remember and feel those special moments. Savannah is very professional but at the same time will help load up carseats and offer a helping hand wherever she can. She is very knowledgeable from locations to take pictures to making us feel comfortable in directions to pose. We have nothing but good things to say. We definitely reccomend Savannah Chandler!"

Click HERE to see Ashley and Aaron's Estes Park, Colorado Wedding Day!

Review from Katie and Brad

Savannah was so great and managed to make us (two awkward people) feel super comfortable and thrilled about wedding photos. :) She saved our day with her flexibility and the pictures were better than we could've ever hoped for! Highly recommend!

Check out Katie and Brad's Boulder, Colorado Wedding Day HERE

Savannah Chandler Photography | Colorado Wedding Photographer | Colorado Mountain Wedding Photographer


Photographing in the Rocky Mountain Region, Including: Keystone, Aspen, Breckenridge, Estes Park, Twin Lakes, Leadville, Silverton, Telluride, Durango, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Larkspur, Steamboat, San Luis, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Winter Park, Granby, and the Spanish Peaks.

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