Ashley and Derek decided to not have a large wedding, but instead have an intimate Dream Lake Elopement in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado.

Dream Lake is one of the most beautiful and stunning locations within Rocky Mountain National Park. With a dramatic mountain backdrop and leftover snow pack, this made for the ideal setting for an elopement.

I met up with Ashley and Derek well before the sunrise in Estes Park. The three of us made the drive through the RMNP to the Bear Lake parking lot. With headlamps and backs on, we made the quick mile hike through the snow up to Dream Lake. Once we arrived, the sun was just starting to rise.

As the sun started to rise and the glow on the mountains behind them, they expressed their love to each other. It was the most perfect moment.

We spent the next 2 hours capturing the two of them around the epic location of Dream Lake. Tracking through the snow and the subtle sun light, it made for the most amazing setting.

Eloping is what these two dreamt of. They didn’t want the attention or the headache and stress of planning and pulling off a large wedding. This was for the two of them, nobody else. And that is what eloping is all about.