Colorado Elopement Photographer | Haley and Alan | Twin Lakes Elopement

Haley and Alan | Twin Lakes Elopement


Savannah Chandler Photography | Colorado Elopement Photographer

Oh, how I love Twin Lakes and Independence Pass.

Haley and Alan came out from Florida for their Colorado Elopement – after getting engaged on the top of Pikes Peak last year it only made sense to have a beautiful mountain wedding! We talked about many locations, and settled on Twin Lakes for their intimate ceremony.

Joining them to celebrate their marriage, a few family and friends gathered near the waterfront for a lakeside ceremony. Booming at over 13,000 ft behind, the Twin Peaks and Quail Mountain were still snowcapped and looking as stunning as ever.

After their ceremony, we had some quick hugs and CONGRATS, then the three of us headed on our way for some amazing Colorado Mountain couple’s portraits.

Staying by the Lakes for a little while, we walked the rocky and sandy shores to capture some of the crazy haze settling in the valley. Haley even wore her heels through all the elements and uneven ground – a true Coloradan Bride.

As the sun began to dip towards the horizon, we started our drive up the road to Independence Pass.

There’s a small bridge that goes over Lake Creek on the way up, which I mistakenly drove right past the turn off. When I pulled off in a dirt turn-around section – we glanced to see we had even more stunning access to the water with some stunning rocky outcroppings. Sometimes, getting a little lost is one of the best ways to find some new and amazing locations.

With the sun still dipping below the adjacent mountains, we were graced with the most magical light just hitting the rocks and parts of the rushing creek below. As we were taking our photos in the area – Alan mentioned that they love waterfalls and were hoping that we’d somehow find one on their elopement day. The universe has an amazing way of providing if you take the time to let it speak to you <3.

To cap off our evening together, we headed up to the summit of Independence Pass at 12,095 feet.

In true Colorado fashion, there were some wildfires burning in multiple areas of the state. The smoke had begun to settle in the distance, making for the most dramatic sky gradient and incredibly deep pink alpenglow.

We galloped across the alpine tundra trail and watched the glowing sun set to the West.

Thank you for adventuring with me, Haley and Alan. I hope that your trip driving through all the National Parks to hike and enjoy the amazing nature our country has to offer was nothing short of spectacular.

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 | Colorado Elopement Photographer
Based in Denver, Colorado | Available for Travel Worldwide

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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.