Rocky Mountains & Beyond

Colorado Elopement Packages

My Colorado Elopement Packages act as a basecamp before the real fun begins! Let’s schedule a call to learn more about your story and how I can best help bring your vision to life!

How It Works

01. Contact

Get in touch so I can learn more about your story and where you’re at in your planning process! After we jump on a casual call to find out if we’re a good fit for your needs we can then work through paperwork and get on the books!

02. Plan

Once you secure your date, I’ll send over a questionnaire to get a clear vision of what you’re dreaming of. After we find the perfect location, I’ll work on the details and help you navigate any potential permits needed.

03. Elope

Celebrate your best adventure yet! On this day know that I have your back so that you can be present. This isn’t your average photoshoot – I’ll be there as your nature guide and “Swiss army knife” to help you fully enjoy your day.

04. Relive

Your best day with next day teasers – Because who doesn’t want to pinch themselves and see that it was real! Several weeks later you’ll be able to relive this chapter for years to come.

Colorado Elopement Packages

Trailblazer Package

Full Day with 12 hours of Coverage

For the adventurous at heart that would love the whole story of their day captured. Perfect for couples that would like to include an activity (i.e. hike, canoe, camp, 4×4 Jeep tour) or include guests.

If you’re Interested in a multi day adventure, send me an email at info@ethanjamesrivera.com

Starting at $6000

Adventure Package

Half Day with 8 hours of coverage

Capture the biggest moments of your day. Perfect for couples that would love a simple activity (i.e. hike, picnic, hammock time), or include guests.

Starting at $4500

Trailhead Package

Small Elopement with 4hrs of coverage

Perfect for couples who want a simple day in one location without much hiking, but just as beautiful views. This package is available Monday–Thursday.

Starting at $3000

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s Included In Your Elopement Packages?

  • Location suggestions and planning tips
  • Permit guidance should you need one
  • Sneak peaks of your day within one week
  • Print release so you can print photos anywhere you prefer
  • Gallery to view, download, print and share your photos
  • Delivered within eight weeks

Do I Need A Permit To Elope?

Depending on the details of your elopement, a permit may be needed. Most of the time National Parks and State Parks require a permit. All permit costs are additional to the above packages. I also have a list of locations off the beaten path, for those wanting something more adventurous.

Can We Marry Ourselves?

Yes! Whether you’d like to include an officiant or not, one of the cool things about eloping in Colorado is that you can marry yourselves.

Do You Only Work In Colorado?

No! I’m 100% open to traveling beyond the Colorado rocky mountains! Please fill out the form on my contact page and let me know where you’re interested in exploring for your elopement.

What’s the largest group size you work with?

20 guests + the bridge & groom is the maximum group size I’ll work with. If you want to elope in the mountains, the number of guests can dramatically effect the environmental impact. It’s important to respect the land as some locations have been damaged or even banned due to illegal weddings or lack of permit. let’s do our part together!

How can we include family in our elopement?

Whether you want family to hike with you to a ceremony location or if you want to meet with them later as a post ceremony celebration, there’s plenty of ways to include family. One idea is to break things up so that you can experience something more adventurous one day and on the next you can celebrate with family and loved ones!

How long does it take to receive our photos?

Within 8 weeks of your elopement date. A digital gallery will be sent for you to view, share, print, download and relive your day!

How many photos will we receive?

This is dependent on the number of hours that we work together and if you’re considering any activities (i.e. hike, jeep tour, hot air ballon etc.). Generally I average a minimum of 60 photos per hour.

What do you shoot with?

Sony mirrorless. In my camera bag you can find

  • Sony a7iii
  • Sony a7riii
  • 16-35mm f2.8 G
  • 24-70mm f2.8 G
  • 70-200 f4 OS
  • 50mm 1.8 FE

Do you edit your photos yourself?

Absolutely. It’s my opportunity to bring the emotions out of your story through color, light, composition and so much more. I may wear a lot of hats, but I love wearing the creative hat the most.

How would you describe your photography style?

A vibrant mood that’s true to life. I try to keep my editing style consistent with the time of day, year and season and general colors that were present during your elopement.

Is eloping eco friendly?

The average wedding creates an average of 400lb+ of waste. By choosing to elope you’re helping the planet; top it off with epic views and that’s one heck of a way to get married!

How far in advance should we book you?

I recommend booking at-least 6 months in advance. I’ve photographed elopements within a month, but if you’d like to ensure you’re covered with any potential permits or reservations, the sooner the better. Colorado is a popular place to elope, give yourself the time!

Testimonials

“His photographs were stunning and they speak for themselves, but his attention to detail did not stop at this photography. He was able to provide enough direction so that no one looked awkward, but also enough freedom for some great candid shots with none of them looking overly staged and stuffy. He was fun and engaging and even had some interesting facts about the location which made it feel more like a fun tour and made us all forget about the cold. I would highly recommend him!”

– Sylwia + Deep

“We were absolutely blown away with our wedding photos. Ethan was very detailed in all aspects of planning, making our planning and the day of our wedding less stressful. He helped with location scouting, made a detailed timeline for the day that fit our vision, and kept up an open line of communication throughout the entire process which made us feel at ease. All of our family and friends keep asking ‘Where did you find this photographer? These photos are amazing!’. So beyond happy with our entire experience.”

– Leah + Daniel

Giving Back To Nature

Whether your new nature or have more miles on your boots than your car’s odometer, there’s always room to learn, grow and give back. Being a Leave No Trace Photographer is one of the many ways I give back to nature.

If we work together, I promise to capture epic moments of your day in a less impactful way to help keep nature wild and protect the natural beauty of this planet, why you ask?

Not only does following the Leave No Trace principles helps preserve outdoor spaces and our access to them, but also by making sure that we use them sustainability and responsibly–so that you can return to whatever location you choose to have a vow renewal or anniversary session and still have it be as pristine as the day that you got married.

Looking for a Colorado Elopement Photographer?

Everyone has a story to share, your elopement photos should reflect that story – not just with the big moments, but the details that often get overlooked. My goal as your photographer is to have you look back on your day and feel what it was like to be there; To create a lasting emotion that always resurfaces every-time you want to relive this moment in time.

Thank you for stopping by my corner of the internet! I would love to hear from you and learn about your story. Be sure to check out my elopement guide to help you get started!