Madison & Wyatt’s Paint MInes Elopement at Colorado Springs

Real Elopements,
3 min read Jun 30, 2021

Madison & Wyatt are what you would call a laid-back couple! Their proposal story takes ‘chill’ to a new level as Wyatt popped the question as they drove down a highway. So it was no surprise that when it came to their wedding they wanted relaxed and stress-free. Simply Eloped stepped up and delivered an intimate elopement at The Paint Mines outside Colorado Springs. Madison stunned Wyatt with a truly gorgeous gown and flowing bridal bouquet. They exchanged vows in the middle of the beautiful rock formations and epic views. We loved their swoon-worthy photos filled with romantic shots. Read more about why Madison & Wyatt gave Simply Eloped a 10/10!

How did you meet? What was your first impression of one another? 

Madison: We had our first date at a little sports bar. We had known each other back in high school but not in our adult life. My second first impression of Wyatt was honestly, wow, I can’t believe this guy is interested in me. 

How did you propose or accept the proposal?

Madison: We were driving home from a long day of shopping, and he had been asking if he could drive home. I like to drive because I get car sick, but I finally gave in and let him drive. About halfway home, he just asks if we want to get married, and I said, “yeah, whatever like we have talked about it before.” Then he says to open the glove box, and I thought he was joking. I eventually looked, and I had to look twice before I found a ring box. I couldn’t believe he proposed just going down the highway, but I also wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. We’re both such laid-back people. He knew I wouldn’t mind how he did it, and he said he just couldn’t wait.

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Where did you choose to elope, and why did you choose that destination? 

Madison: The Paint Mines outside of Colorado Springs. I had been to Colorado with my Dad a few years before, and I loved it. I knew Wyatt would love it too. My Dad passed away a few years ago, so it also made me feel like I had incorporated him into my special day.

What attracted you to the venue you chose for your elopement? What were your favorite parts about eloping there? 

Madison: I loved the colors and variations of the rock. I also thought it would be pretty secluded and private, which it ended up being. 

How would you describe your elopement venue to someone who has never been there? 

Madison: It is a bit of a drive but absolutely worth it. It’s a beautiful rock formation, kind of in the middle of nowhere. It’s definitely one of a kind.

What did you do before the wedding? How did you get ready? How did you feel in the moments leading up to your elopement?

Madison: We had a pretty relaxing and laid-back day. Simply Eloped had the flowers delivered to the hotel room and booked my hair and makeup. After that, we just hung out and anxiously waited to say I do. 

How was your experience with Simply Eloped?

Madison: 10/10. I could not recommend them more. They made our elopement experience stress-free. They were easily accessible and answered any questions I had in a timely fashion.

How did you choose to celebrate your elopement? 

Madison: We were starving afterward, so we treated ourselves to some In N Out! It fitted how easy-going our whole wedding day turned out to be.

What words of encouragement do you have for those considering eloping?

Madison: Do it. Don’t even think twice. I’ve known several people who had bad memories of their wedding day, but I don’t know a single person who’s regretted their elopement. The day was truly ours.


Officiation by: Kelli Kletzker
Photography by: Lisa Rose Rankin
Hair & Makeup by: Emily Van Scoy
Flowers by: Ruffly Rose
Planning by: Simply Eloped
Venue: The Paint Mines, Colorado

Real Elopements
Written by Janessa White

Janessa White is the co-founder of Simply Eloped and has helped thousands of couples plan elopements. As an expert in the field, she has been featured on Martha Stewart,, Vox, and HuffPost. Janessa thinks elopements are the ultimate way to tie the knot.