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Katie & Logan

Ouray, CO

At the very start of the planning phase for Katie and Logan’s elopement adventure, they asked me a question: if you were to pick the most incredible part of Colorado for us to elope, where would you choose?

Immediately, I thought of the San Juan Mountains.  

This incredible mountain range in Southwest Colorado (in Ouray, more specifically) is unlike any other place in the state because the mountains were formed so differently than the rest of the front range. A lot of these mountains were created from an old volcano that collapsed in on itself, then pushed back upward to be carved out by glaciers. The resulting landscape is steep-sided, incredibly young-looking peaks that are unlike the more granite, sloped peaks in the rest of the state.

Personally, this range reminds me a lot of the Alps, and as someone who is obsessed with the Alps, I don’t think there’s a prettier part of Colorado. Luckily, Katie and Logan loved it, too.

We spent a ton of time scouting out possible spots in the range and eventually Katie and Logan decided to plan their elopement at a lesser-traveled basin with gorgeous, jagged peaks and a beautiful alpenglow. The most exciting part? They were adventurous enough to take on some of Colorado’s most epic 4x4 roads to get there.

The San Juan Mountain Range has some of the best 4x4 roads in the country — it’s home to infamous routes like Black Bear Pass and Poughkeepsie Pass. A lot of these four-wheel-drive roads were created in the old mining days, resulting in gorgeous — and definitely adventurous — off-road routes all over the mountain.

Katie and Logan wanted to go all out for their adventurous elopement to make it as memorable and unforgettable as possible. During the planning process, they hired incredible vendors, like Kent, a private, world-class chef to prepare a gourmet meal for them after their ceremony. They also hired Ken, an expert 4x4 driver who’s been driving Jeeps up and down the mountains for about 40 years.

When they woke up on their big day, they chose to get ready in separate rooms in their Airbnb. They had an adorable first look right outside, before we piled into the Jeep —Ken at the wheel — and we were on our way to their spot.

Katie and Logan chose to take the scenic route to their elopement spot over 4 different mountain passes, and I am so grateful they did.

I can say with absolute certainty that if you want an unforgettable elopement experience where you can see as much gorgeous Colorado scenery as possible in a single day, you should consider a Jeep tour to have an epic 4x4 wedding day experience. Every single moment brought us to jaw-dropping scenery. We all spent the entire, bumpy ride with our mouths wide open, looking out the windows, and taking it all in. We stopped at so many incredible places along the way, every turn showed us something different. One minute, we were looking at red mountains full of iron,  the next, were staring at rolling green hills and jagged peaks  — I was taking as many pictures as my camera would hold.

When we got to their basin, it was sunny and beautiful. The spot they wanted to have their ceremony was about a one-mile hike from where we parked the Jeep. It was a steep-sided area, so Ken (who had many decades of experience climbing the mountains in this area) volunteered to keep an eye on the weather for us while we hiked.

One thing about adventurous elopements is that no matter how well you plan, there are going to be some factors that are entirely out of your hands — weather is one of those.

Within minutes of starting the hike up the mountain, a thunderstorm rolled in. It all happened so quickly, and even though we were scrambling down the mountain as fast as possible, we still got caught in a wild mix of rain, hail, and lightning. Ken guided us back toward the Jeep —it was wonderful to have another mountain-experienced person with us on this adventure — and we waited out the storm.

As quickly as it rolled in, the storm vanished. In its place came the sun and a huge, beautiful rainbow. Katie and Logan took that as the perfect signal to start their ceremony. They grabbed their vows, and in the midst of a glowing mountain, under an unpredictable (but welcomed) rainbow, they pledged their lives to each other.

Katie and Logan had been dreaming about this location for months and somehow it was even better than they’d planned. The basin looked unreal —it was so green and lush, it was full of wildflowers, and the glow behind the mountain was spectacular. We hopped back into the Jeep and Ken drove us back down the bumpy mountain roads in the dark (something he’d done many, many times in his experience as a Jeep driver). When we arrived back at their Airbnb, the walkway toward the apartment was lined with candles and the whole place was filled with the most amazing smells—courtesy of Kent, that world-class chef we mentioned earlier.

If you want to take your elopement to the next level, consider hiring a private chef—you can expect ingredients you’ve never heard, cooking methods that will blow your mind, and a meal that’s so unreal you’ll have to pinch your new spouse to make sure it’s all actually happening. It’s like having a magic show happen right at your table that you get to eat.  It was the perfect way to end an epic experience that was truly unforgettable.

Maybe the day didn’t go exactly as planned, but it’s sort of telling, right? One of the reasons I love working with couples outdoors is because it’s a snapshot of a true, long-lasting relationship happening right in front of you. You go through this unpredictable, maybe even scary situation, and you’re still standing there in front of each other, pulling out your vows saying, “yeah, I want to marry you. Let’s do this for the rest of our lives.”

That will always be wholly beautiful to me. In all the ways that this incredible elopement went down, I don’t wish a single part of it was different.

An enormous granite mountain peeks out behind younger, tree-covered mountains. Every shade of evergreens dot the granite mountain. These are gorgeous features couples can expect when they plan a Colorado mountain wedding.
The sand-colored side of a mountain juts out from a rocky mountain face in this photo. This brown, taupe, a gray mountain side is a young mountain in the heart of Ouray, Colorado, a popular spot for couples who want an adventure elopement.
A sleek, white wedding dress hangs from the ceiling in an Ouray, Colorado Airbnb. The dress, white with pearl details on the top of the bodice, hangs from a pink hangar from a wooded rafter. These elopement photos were captured by adventure wedding photographer Adventure Instead.
On a wooded table, a vow book sits open with the words “to my love, Katie, on our wedding day. July 20, 2018.” On the open pages of the book sit four rings. On the table below the book, pearl earrings and engraved cuff links rest while they await their prat in the elopement ceremony.
A dark pair of hiking boots and a lighter pair of hiking boots sit on a wooden floor in an Ouray, Colorado Airbnb. The boots, his and hers, belong to the bride and groom and will be a part of their elopement ceremony in their 4x4 wedding.
A makeup artist and a hair stylist help the bride, Katie get ready in an Ouray, Colorado Airbnb before the adventure elopement begins. Katie sits on a chair, with her eyes shut, as her makeup artist (who is wearing a cowboy hat) applies makeup. Her hair stylist stands behind her, adjusting her braid.
A makeup artist in a cowboy hat leans in to apply makeup to the bride, Katie. With her eyes closed, Katie patiently allows the makeup artist to do her job to get her ready for her Colorado mountain wedding. These adventure photos were captured by Adventure Instead, an adventure wedding photographer.
In these side-by-side images, Katie sits patiently as her makeup and hair stylists help her get ready for her elopement ceremony. In the picture on the left, the makeup artist holds up a mirror for Katie to look into. In the picture on the right, Katie, the bride, holds her hand up to her mouth to stifle a laugh as the hair stylist fixes her hair.
In these side-by-side elopement photos, Adventure Instead (an adventure wedding photographer) captures the groom, Logan getting ready before his elopement ceremony in Ouray, Colorado. The couple chose a 4x4 wedding as part of their adventure elopement.
The groom, Logan, adjust the long, white sleeve of his shirt, showing off his cuff links that are engraved with a specific longitude and latitude. This unique eloping idea was a meaningful part of this couple’s jeep Colorado elopement.
Logan, the groom, gets ready in the Airbnb in Ouray, Colorado that the couple rented as part of their adventure elopement. Logan adjusts a peach and light purple tie around his neck while he finishes up preparing for their 4x4 wedding. This photo was captured by Adventure Instead, an elopement wedding photographer.
Logan, the groom laces up his hiking boots in his Ouray, Colorado Airbnb as he prepares for his Colorado mountain wedding to his bride, Katie. He sits on a brown leather stool as he pulls the laces up tight to ties his boots, revealing a grey sock underneath.
The bride, Katie, reaches up to grab her white wedding dress that’s hanging on a pink hanger off of a wooden rafter in her Colorado Airbnb. Katie, in satin shorts and a light blue tank top has her hair styled and her makeup on, and as she reaches up on her tiptoes to get her dress down for her elopement ceremony, she sports a huge grin on her face.
In these side-by-side elopement photos captured by elopement photographer Adventure Instead, the bride (Katie) continues to get ready for her adventure elopement by putting on her dark brown hiking boots. In the elopement picture on the left, Katie pulls on her pink and white marbled socks, then, in the picture to the right, Katie pulls up her wedding dress to reveal her high socks and boots tied up tight.
This black and white elopement photo captured by adventure wedding photographer Adventure Instead shows Katie putting on a pearl earring on her right ear. Her dress, beaded with pearl details, glistens in the light.
In these side-by-side elopement pictures captured by adventure wedding photographer Adventure Instead, the groom, Logan, puts on his suit jacket in the moments before his Colorado mountain wedding. In the picture to the left, Logan adjust his shirt sleeve and in the elopement photo to the right, Logan sports a silly-excited grin.
Katie, the bride, places her engagement ring on her finger. Blurred in the background, her pearl-decorated wedding dress glimmers in the light. This unique eloping idea was captured by Adventure Instead, an adventure wedding photographer.
These side-by-side elopement pictures show-off Katie and Logan’s (the bride and groom’s) first look moment in Ouray, Colorado. In the background, an enormous moutnain peak can be seen, with dozens of green trees peeking out. In the elopement photo on the left, Katie reaches out, just a few inches away from Logan’s shoulder. Logan is turned in the opposite direction. In the picture on the right, Katie touches Logan’s shoulder before their off-road 4x4 wedding.
The bride and groom, Katie and Logan, stare at each other in the moments following their first look. As they stand in a green field and look at each other before their adventure elopement, Logan looks at Katie in awe as Katie smiles and laughs at him.
These side-by-side adventure elopement pictures show Katie and Logan during their first look, an exciting part of any elopement ceremony. The grand mountains in the background, as well as the bright, beautiful green trees growing everywhere make Ouray, Colorado one of the best elopement ideas.
Katie and Logan, the bride and the groom, embrace sweetly moments after their first look ceremony, which is one of the unique eloping ideas that many couples choose as part of their small simple wedding. These adventure elopement photos, as well as their 4x4 wedding photos, were captured by adventure wedding photographer Adventure Instead.
A navy blue Jeep stands parked on a dusty, Ouray, Colorado mountain road surrounded by tall, evergreen trees. This 4x4 off-road vehicle is Katie and Logan’s Jeep wedding car, which will take them off-road for their Colorado mountain wedding — one of the best elopement ideas.
The bride and the groom buckle up in the backseat of the jeep. As Katie and Logan stare at each other, dressed in their wedding attire and prepared to start their 4x4 wedding, they grab hands and smile.
A close-up elopement picture shows a photo of Katie and Logan, a bride and a groom, holding hands in the backseat of their Jeep wedding car. A bouquet of flowers sits between the two as they get ready to take off for their Colorado elopement.
A driver holds his hands firmly on the steering wheel of the Jeep wedding car as he shows Katie and Logan what off road driving is all about as part of their adventure elopement. The Jeep will adventure all around Ouray for their Colorado mountain wedding, which was captured by adventure wedding photographer, Adventure Instead.
A red-rust sign sticks out of a bed of weeds and grass stating “Highway 550” with an arrow pointing to the right. This sign will lead the Jeep wedding car to the off road 4x4 path for Katie and Logan, the bride and groom’s, elopement ceremony.
These side-by-side elopement photos show the adventure photography of elopement photographer Adventure Instead. In the photo on the left, a lush, green mountain with a sandy-colored top stands firmly against a blue sky. In the photo on the right, the same green, sandy mountain is shown, but at an angle where several tall, green trees are shown growing out of the mountainside.
Katie, the bride, sits in the back of the jeep wedding car and make some last minute touch-ups to her makeup. Holding a compact mirror in her hand, she carefully adds liner to her lips before stepping out for her 4x4 wedding in Ouray, Colorado.
These side-by-side elopement pictures captured by elopement photographer Adventure Instead show off the gorgeous, diverse landscape of Ouray, Colorado, where Katie and Logan, chose to have their 4x4 wedding adventure. In the photo on the right, a sandy colored mountain stands juxtaposed against green and granite mountains in the background. On the right, a red mountain range looms in the distance among a green meadow.
This scenic image, captured b Adventure wedding photographer Adventure Instead, shows off the diverse, gorgeous scenery that Katie and Logan wanted to experience during their Colorado mountain wedding. On the the side of a mountain an off road 4x4 road carves into the mountainside. In the distance granite and red mountains loom for miles.
A navy blue adventure Jeep parks at the edge of a rock, sandy mountain. In the distance, a reddish mountain range can be seen. This was part of Katie and Logan’s adventure elopement, and was one of the best elopement ideas yet.
In this adventure photography shot, the reddish mountains of Ouray, Colorado juxtapose against the lush, green meadows at the base of them. Along the bottom of the mountain, an off-road 4x4 path is seen.
The adventure Jeep wedding car parks along the side of an off road 4x4 path so that Katie and Logan can prepare for their Colorado mountain wedding. The red mountains in the background juxtapose against the navy blue color of the jeep and the green meadows far below them.
The bride and groom Katie and Logan, hold hands as they make their way along the rocky mountainside in Ouray, Colorado. The two hike in their wedding attire, which is one of the most unique eloping ideas. They look at each other smiling among a gorgeous red mountain landscape in these elopement photos captured by Adventure Instead.
Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, hold hands and walk away from the camera, along the rocky path of the off road 4x4 area. Katie’s dress whips around in the wind as they hike up toward a special location, one of their eloping ideas they had for their Colorado elopement.
Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, climb into the adventure Jeep from where it’s parked, on a dusty, rocky 4x4 road at the top of a mountain. The Jeep wedding car will take them to the next location where they plan to have their elopement ceremony for their Colorado mountain wedding.
These side-by-side elopement photos, captured by Adventure Instead, show the bride and groom hiking up a lush, green Colorado mountain side toward the spot where they plan to have their elopement ceremony.
Katie and Logan stand in a green meadow dotted with wildflowers holding hands. Behind them, an enormous granite part of the mountain looms. The two look at each other as they hike to their Colorado mountain wedding location.
The bride runs down the side of a a green mountain meadow, holding up her dress so it trails behind her. Her groom, following close behind, holds a backpack and a bouquet of flowers. Behind them, a giant granite part of the mountain is looming. This was one of the best elopement ideas the two had as a part of their adventure elopement.
These side-by-side elopement pictures show Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, hiking up a green meadow toward the top of a basin in Ouray, Colorado, where they’ll have their own secluded elopement ceremony. This adventure photography was captured by Adventure Instead, an elopement wedding photographer.
Logan, the groom, puts his arm on Katie’s shoulder as he follows close behind her in a green, mountainside meadow. In his other hand, he holds Katie’s bouquet of flowers. In these adventure elopement pictures, Katie looks back at Logan with a giant smile on her face as they head to their destinatino for their adventure elopement.
Looking down, a turquoise alpine lake is seen at the basin of a Ouray, Colorado off road trail. This is one of the unique eloping ideas that Katie and Logan had for their Colorado mountain wedding.
Katie and Logan stand on a rocky ledge at the very top of a gorgeous mountain. They embrace and hold each other close before their elopement wedding. Below them at the bottom of the mountain basin is a turquoise alpine lake and off to the left is an off road driving trail where their adventure Jeep drove.
These side-by-side elopement pictures captured by Adventure Instead show the bride and groom, Katie and Logan, as they embrace at the top of a mountain peak. Beneath them, a turquoise alpine lake is at the bottom of the basin, To the left of them near the bottom of the basin is an off-road 4x4 trail that their Jeep wedding car drove them up to get to this spot.
Logan, the groom, holds his bride, Katie by wrapping his arms around her. Katie, shown from the bodice of her pearl wedding dress up, looks back at Logan, smiling and staring into his eyes. The two stand at the forefront of the image, but in the background, a striking, turquoise alpine lake can be seen in the distance at the bottom of the basin.
Logan, the groom, holds his bride, Katie by wrapping his arms around her. Katie, shown from the bodice of her pearl wedding dress up, shuts her eyes and leans into her groom’s kiss, smiling an enormous smile. The two stand at the forefront of the image, but in the background, a striking, turquoise alpine lake can be seen in the distance at the bottom of the basin.
Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, embrace and hold their foreheads close together at the top of a rocky mountainside. Below them, a turquoise alpine lake is shown at the bottom of the basin. This location was one of the best elopement ideas that Katie and Logan wanted for their Colorado mountain wedding.
A sudden thunderstorm rolls in over a the green, lush side of the Ouray, Colorado mountainside in these elopement pictures. Katie and Logan, the bride and the groom, had to rush back to the adventure Jeep to avoid the hail and rain that started to come down on their elopement ceremony.
A rainbow crests over the top of a granite mountain, a shadow cast on the bottom by the green meadow beneath it. Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, waited in the adventure Jeep while the sudden storm passed. As soon as it was over, they climbed out to continue their elopement ceremony.
A granite mountain is cast in the shadow of a rain storm as the sun peeks out and shines on a green meadow at the basin of the mountain. This location was chosen by Katie and Logan, the bride and the groom, as a part of their Colorado mountain wedding. This adventure photography was captured by Adventure Instead, an elopement photographer.
With the storm clear, Katie and Logan (the bride and room) take hands and walk up the trail toward the top of the mountain. Logan, carrying a backpack over his suit, takes Katie’s hand as they walk between a bloom of mountain wildflowers in these elopement pictures captured by Adventure Instead, an elopement wedding photographer.

With the storm clear, Katie and Logan (the bride and room) take hands and walk up the trail toward the top of the mountain. Logan, carrying a backpack over his suit, takes Katie’s hand as they walk between a bloom of mountain wildflowers in these elopement pictures captured by Adventure Instead, an elopement wedding photographer.

In these side-by-side elopement photos, two small, furry creatures are shown close-up. These little rodents were adorable additions to Katie and Logan’s off road, 4x4 wedding, which was one of the best elopement ideas.
A small chipmunk zips up to a boulder and sits proudly atop it as Adventure Instead, a wedding photographer snaps a photo. The little chipmunk is dwarfed by the size of the boulder in these elopement pictures. This little guy was spotted on the way to the spot where Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, planned to have their elopement ceremony as part of their Colorado mountain wedding.
Logan, the groom, follows Katie, the bride, up a trail that cuts through a lush, green meadow. In the field, yellow and white wildflowers bloom, surrounded by chunks of granite rocks. In the background of this Colorado elopement photo, enormous red and granite mountains are seen.
These side-by-side elopement photos showcase the gorgeous wildlife captured during Katie and Logan’s adventure elopement (their 4x4 wedding). On the photo to the left, a small deer walks through a meadow and a burst of wildflowers. In the photo to the right, a bright bloom of pink wildflowers is the center of attention.
Katie and Logan, the bride and the groom, stand in a meadow at the base of a Ouray, Colorado mountain as they read their vows and pledge their lives to each other. This part of their elopement ceremony was one of their small wedding ideas they wanted to implement in their destination elopement.
These side-by-side elopement photos show Katie and Logan exchanging their vows during their elopement ceremony as a part of their Colorado mountain wedding. In the photo on the left, Katie smirks at Logan as he read his vows to her from a notebook in his hands. in the photo to the right, Katie gives Logan a giant smile as he continues to read his vows.
Katie, the bride, reaches up to wipe a tear from her eye as she reads her vows to Logan, the groom. The two stand in a meadow at a mountain basin in Ouray, Colorado. Wildflowers are in bloom and the sandy-colored mountains loom in the background. Katie and Logan chose this location for their destination elopement because it required off road driving to get there.
Katie and Logan, the bride and the groom, read their vows to each other in these side-by-side elopement photos shot by Adventure Instead, an elopement wedding photographer. In these elopement pictures, Katie reads her vows to Logan, wiping away tears during her elopement ceremony.
Katie, the bride, stands in front of Logan, her groom and smiles as he read his vows to her in a lush, green meadow on a Colorado mountainside. This close-up elopement photo was shot by Adventure Instead, an adventure wedding photographer, and this location was chosen by Katie and Logan for their adventure elopement ceremony.
The camera zooms in on Katie, the bride, staring at her groom reading his vows to her. Katie is in a white and pearl-beaded wedding dress for her elopement ceremony as part of her 4x4 wedding.
These side-by-side adventure elopement photos show Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, putting their wedding bands on each other’s fingers. In the photo on the left, Logan slides a diamond band onto Katie’s finger while Katie slides a silver band onto Logan’s finger in the photo on the right. These rings were one of the unique eloping ideas that Katie and Logan had for their Colorado mountain wedding.
Katie and Logan embrace and kiss in a meadow in a mountain basin in Colorado. Wildflowers bloom all around them and sandy-colored mountains loom in the background. These elopement photos, captured by adventure photography company Adventure Instead, were one of the best elopement ideas that Katie and Logan had in mind for their 4x4 wedding on a Colorado mountain.
These side-by-side elopement photos capture Katie and Logan, the bride and the groom, embracing and nuzzling on a Colorado mountainside. In the elopement picture on the left, Katie leans into a hug from Logan in the meadow, wildflowers all around them in shades of pink, yellow, and orange. In the photo to the right, Katie and Logan lean in close for a kiss.
Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, lean in close to kiss at the close of their secluded elopement ceremony. The two of them stand in a wildflower-covered meadow at the basin of a Colorado mountain. Their Colorado mountain wedding was chosen by them because they wanted a location that required off road driving and an adventure Jeep.
Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, embrace and hold each other close in these side-by-side elopement photos captured by Adventure Instead., an elopement wedding photographer. In these images, Katie and Logan stand in a meadow with red and yellow wildflowers by their feet and a granite mountain in the background.
The bride and groom, Katie and Logan, stand in a green meadow surrounded by wildflowers after their elopement ceremony. Small simple wedding ideas like Kaite and Logan’s typically involve couples traveling to spots for destination elopements. In Katie and Logan’s case, they chose a location that required an adventure Jeep for off road driving to their secluded spot.
The bride and groom meaningfully embrace in a meadow in a mountain basin. All around them wildflowers in red and yellow bloom by their feet in these elopement pictures captured by adventure photographers Adventure Instead. Katie and Logan’s small simple wedding was held in Ouray, Colorado.
The bride and groom take hands as they walk through a meadow at the base of a mountain. in the background, a golden light is cast on the rocky mountain face. Katie an Logan, the bride and groom, chose this spot for their elopement ceremony for their Colorado mountain wedding, which was captured by Adventure Instead, an elopement wedding photographer.
In this image, a gorgeous alpengow is cast upon the rocky faces of the mountain and down onto the green, lush meadow beneath it. Choosing a small simple wedding like a Colorado elopement allows couples to have their ideal just us day.
Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, walk down a rocky pathway from where they just had their elopement ceremony for their Colorado mountain wedding, back toward the Jeep wedding car that will take them back down to Ouray. These adventure elopement pictures were captured by elopement wedding photographer Adventure Instead.
Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, head back down the mountain — a little muddier and dirtier than they started the day, but with big smiles on their faces. Katie’s wearing a blue windbreaker and Logan walks beside her holding a bouquet of flowers and a hiking backpack.
Katie, the bride, shows off how dirty the bottom of her wedding dress got on the hike up to their elopement ceremony spot by hiking up the wedding dress skirt to show her hiking boots. The bride and groom had to battle a sudden storm during their day, but their Colorado mountain wedding, but their unique eloping idea was still a success.
Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, stop for a moment and kiss in front of their navy blue adventure Jeep. Katie and Logan, a bit muddy and dirty from their hike up and down the mountain to and from their elopement spot, chose this location so they could have a Jeep wedding car that would off road drive them to their ideal elopement spot.
The jeep shines its headlights on the off road 4x4 trail ahead as Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, head down the mountain after their elopement ceremony during blue hour. These adventure photos, captured by Adventure Instead, were a huge part of the small simple wedding that Katie and Logan wanted out of their destination adventure elopement.
An enormous, circular wooden charcuterie board is on the table of an Ouray, Colorado Airbnb that the bride and groom are staying at. Almonds, meats, cheeses, and other gourmet items are strewn about the wooden board.These delicious food were courtesy of a professional chef the two hired as part of their reception after eloping.
These side-by-side elopement photo show Katie and Logan, the bride and the groom, sitting at the table in their Airbnb after their elopement ceremony. Exhausted but happy, the two snuggle close. In the photo to the left, Logan kisses Katie on the forehead. In the elopement picture on the right, the two snuggle in close and wait for their reception after eloping dinner.
The private chef that Katie and Logan hired stands over the stove preparing the bride and groom’s reception after eloping dinner. Hiring a private chef to feed you a gourmet meal after your elopement ceremony is one of those simple wedding ideas that can make your adventure elopement even better.
Two private chefs hustle and bustle around the kitchen to prepare a private, gourmet dinner for the bride and groom as part of their party after eloping. In the photo on the right, a female chef dumps food into a pan. In the elopement photo on the right the two chefs light a piece of brie cheese inside a glass beaker to melt it.
A piece of charcuterie meat lays on a wooden cutting board. The sliced prosciutto has a sharp knife laying next to it. This is part of the gourmet meal that Katie and Logan wanted for their reception after eloping. These adventure elopement photos were captured by elopement wedding photographer Adventure Instead.
In these side-by-side elopement photos taken by Adventure Instead, the food Katie and Logan hired gourmet chefs to cook is being prepared for the party after eloping. In the photo on the left, a skillet full of mussels cooks. On the right, small glasses are filled with a pink-orange beverage.
In the side-by-image, food is being prepared by private chefs for Katie and Logan’s secluded reception after elopement at their Airbnb in Ouray, Colorado. In the adventure elopement photo on the right, the chef drops noodles into a boiling pot of water. In the photo on the left, a chef uses a blowtorch to scorch bacon wrapped mussels.
With a gloved hand, a private chef prepares a gourmet cut of fish by filleting it carefully on a wooden board. This food will be enjoyed by the bride and groom as a part of their reception after eloping in the Colorado mountains.
In these side-by-side elopement pictures, the private chefs continue to prepare the gourmet dinner that the bride and groom requested for their reception after eloping. This is just one of the unique eloping ideas that can be a part of a destination elopement.
A beautiful arrangement of garnishes sits on a plate on top of a marble counter top. These spices, garnishes, and nearby bottles of wine are all a part of the gourmet dinner that the bride and groom wanted as part of their small simple wedding. For their party after eloping, they hired two private chefs.
In these side-by-side elopement photos, Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, celebrate their Colorado mountain wedding with a party after eloping. In front of them is a table full of delicious food and drinks. They clink their glasses to toast their reception after eloping.
Katie and Logan sit at a table filled with gourmet food and drink prepared by their hired private chef. Katie looks at Logan, who’s looking down at his glass of orange-pink beverage. They’re about to cheers their Colorado mountain wedding.
The bride uses her knife and fork to cut into a beautiful selection of gourmet food prepared by the private chefs she and her new husband hired as part of their reception after eloping.
The bride reaches into a skillet with chopsticks to grab a thinly sliced piece of seafood. On her right wrist, we catch a glimpse of a beautiful bracelet. This food was prepared by private chefs the bride and groom hired for their party after eloping. This was one of the unique eloping ideas that Katie and Logan included in their Colorado mountain wedding.
In these side-by-side elopement pictures, the bride and groom watch as the private chef they hired for their reception after eloping pours a delicious strawberry sauce on top of their white wedding cake.
These side-by-side elopement photos show Katie and Logan, the bride and groom, cutting into their wedding cake. In the photo on the left, they both hold a knife as they cut into a white and strawberry-sauce-covered cake. In the photo on the right, Katie leans into Logan’s neck as he cuts the rest of the cake for them.

Colorado Elopement Photographer & Guide: Adventure Instead
Location: Airbnb in Ouray, CO & 4x4 roads near Ouray & Silverton, Colorado, U.S.A.
Hair: Megan Keever - The Loft Telluride
Makeup: Erin Cain
Jeep Driver: Ken Garard
Private Custom Food Experience: Chef L Kent Cottle of Z Catering & Events


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Are You Ready to Create Your Own Adventurous Elopement?


If you would like help dreaming up your intimate wedding day, a customized elopement location idea list just for you, planning tools, vendor recommendations, and a creative, laid-back, documentary approach to your adventurous wedding photography—we would love to help you make your adventure elopement dreams come true.

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