Lake Isabelle Elopement Photographer | Ginesa and Brad | Brainard Lake

Ginesa and Brad | Lake Isabelle Elopement

Savannah Chandler Photography | Colorado Elopement Photographer | Brainard Recreation Area Hiking Elopement

Lake Isabelle is a little gem located just outside of Boulder, Colorado. The lake is accessible year round – but late spring through the first large snow is the best time to hike up to this stunning lake. The summer route is only 4 miles round trip with minimal elevation gain – making it the PERFECT spot for a sunrise elopement.

When Ginesa and Brad told me about their plans to hike to Lake Isabelle for sunrise, then join their families down at Brainard Lake for an intimate elopement – I was incredibly excited to say the least! Those pink mountains reflecting on the lake early in the morning with a couple is definitely my kind of way to celebrate a marriage!

We started our morning hiking under the stars for the 2 miles to the lake. I always aim to be about 10-15 minutes before the light hits the peaks to ensure we don’t miss that 7-10 minutes of glorious light. Once we arrived up at Lake Isabelle, Brad and Ginesa changed into their wedding attire lakeside. A great way to hike with a wedding gown is to either attach the bag to the outside of your bag with carabiners, or the good ol’ roll method.

After their emotional first look, we adventured around the lake gazing at Navajo, Apache, and Shoshoni Peaks booming in the background. On this late August day, they had just begun to drain the lake (a yearly happening) – which made it possible for us to walk right up to where the water met the rocks and sand.

As we headed down the trail back towards Long Lake, we were greeted by the many hikers beginning their morning up the trail. Nothing will get you more compliments than wearing a wedding dress on a hike <3.

For their ceremony, we headed to Brainard Lake with their loved ones, including Ginesa’s two children. Instead of a traditional “sand ceremony” or “unity candle”, Ginesa and Brad celebrated by making their own trail mix! Each member of the newly joined family placed an ingredient into the trail mix – which I thought was an awesome way to express the joining of two families.

Thank you for adventuring with me for your amazing Colorado elopement, Ginesa and Brad! It was such a fun morning.

Cheers –

Savannah Chandler Photography | Colorado Elopement Photographer | Lake Isabelle and Brainard Recreation area Elopement | Hiking Elopements

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

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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.