The Wildflower Experience from Simply Eloped is for the adventurous couple – the kind of couple who wants a beautiful, intimate wedding experience deep in the wilderness, surrounded by a stunning view and the best that nature has to offer. Created with the help of our rockstar Colorado officiant & photographer duo Jess and Austin Drawhorn, this adventure elopement package will take you into some of the best scenery Colorado has to offer.
So, what exactly is the Wildflower Experience?
You, your partner, your officiant & photographer, all exploring a gorgeous natural space together as part of an immersive experience tailored to you. You’ll get married in an incredible location, incorporating only what speaks to you – and we’ll be there to guide and document it from start to finish.
Curious what the experience is like? Read about one couple’s Wildflower experience here!
We’ll kick off with a ceremony at the incredible lookout at 3M Curve, and then set out on one of the best hikes in Colorado – Dream Lake. It’s an approachable 2-mile out-and-back hike that culminates in one of the best views in the whole park! There is very little elevation gain on the trail, making it a great choice for out-of-state visitors. Dream Lake is accessible year-round, but will require snowshoes or traction cleats in winter. Elk, moose, deer, chipmunks, hawks, and wild turkeys can often be seen from the trail!
This glacier-fed alpine lake – nestled right in the heart of the Indian Peaks Wilderness – is completely surrounded by incredible peaks. We’ll hike 2.5 miles one way through old growth forest, passing smaller lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife along the way before reaching the ceremony location on the shores of Lake Isabelle. This hike is considered ‘moderate’ and is easy accessible from June through October, and may be accessed by seasoned hikers with appropriate gear during the winter.
Silver Dollar Lake
Fall is the absolute best time to visit Colorado and there’s no better way to experience the vibrant fall colors than by heading up Guanella Pass to Silver Dollar Lake. The forested trail opens up to a beautiful overlook point above Nayor Lake. We’ll pause there for some epic photos before leaving the treeline behind and pressing on towards Silver Dollar Lake. This trail is considered ‘moderate’ mostly thanks to one quarter mile rocky scramble that is fairly exposed. The rest of the trail is smooth sailing, although you will experience quite a bit of elevation gain. We have several amazing options for ceremony locations – the sandy shores of Silver Dollar Lake, or two different cliffs overlooking Naylor Lake. This hike is accessible May through October, with September and October bringing the most amazing orange foliage.
Guided driving tour of Rocky Mountain National Park
Your wedding ceremony will take place at the amazing precipice of 3M Curve, followed by a guided driving tour of a few of our favorite spots in Rocky Mountain National Park. We could mix and match any number of easy going lookout points, accessible lake shores or low-key rock scrambling to create the perfect itinerary for your wedding day!
This package can be tailored to any ability or accessibility level, but by default will include a few long walks on established paths or trails. Available year-round, but keep in mind that a large expanse of the park is closed from November through May.
Have somewhere else in mind? Jess and Austin are experienced travelers and can provide couples with a tailored Wildflower Experience around the globe. A gorgeous desert ceremony in Monument Valley, Moab? Yep. Want to explore all of their favorite spots on the southern coast of Iceland? Absolutely. How about exploring the streets of Tokyo before hopping on a train to Mt. Fuji? You got it.
Just let us know what you’ve got in mind, where, and when, and we’ll get you a custom quote!
What does the package include?
- Up to 4hrs of photo coverage throughout the Wildflower experience, with 175+ edited, full-res images delivered 4 weeks after your event
- Tons of consultation to help tailor your experience!
- Help choosing the perfect location and time
- Deciding what to wear and what gear to bring — we’re all about safety and comfort (and snacks)
- Help navigating applicable permits, reservations, and rentals
- Hiking to and from ceremony spot with couples portraits along the way
- Custom ceremony and officiation
- Coordination with other vendors: florals, hair/makeup, etc
- Most of packages are designed as private experiences for a couple only. A small number of guests can be accommodated in some circumstances – reach out for more info!
How does the Wildflower package differ from the Sprout of Bloom packages?
Sprout & Bloom packages are short-and-sweet hour-long sessions at a single location. Extra time added here goes toward making time for family/friends photos and extra time to relax the pace a bit and pull off some more creative shots with a couple.
Wildflower experiences are more involved, often including longer hikes, travel time between locations, more planning, and more photo coverage throughout the session.
Who are Jess and Austin?
They are a married couple who have eloped in Rocky Mountain National Park themselves. They’re adventure enthusiasts who spend their free time outdoors, exploring the incredible outdoor experience Colorado has to offer. They’re also experienced professionals, your guide to the wedding planning/ceremony writing process, and can offer any local insight you are seeking. They’re ultimately the duo to make your wedding day the best possible experience!
If you feel like the Wildflower Experience is a great fit for what you envision for your elopement, contact us and let’s get the planning process started!