Their Story: "We met at work, but he conveniently didn't know who I was until a night out with mutual friends. We decided on a smaller wedding in Colorado for a few reasons: We both LOVE the mountains, fishing, and just being outdoors enjoying nature. We want our wedding to be about US, and celebrating with those we love most, rather than a big overdone wedding and party.”
As couples today opt for intimate and unique ceremonies, small weddings are more popular than ever. Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is an excellent place to host an intimate wedding ceremony that is both breathtaking and memorable. For Chelsea and Daniel, their big day at Lily Lake was everything they had wished for - a beautiful ceremony in an incredible location, surrounded by their closest loved ones. If you are looking for small wedding venues in Colorado, then Lily Lake is a perfect choice. Read on to get inspired, and learn how you can plan your small wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park using Cheese and Daniel as inspiration..
The day's preparations started with Chelsea getting her hair and makeup done by her bridesmaid and later getting ready at the VRBO with her mom and four close friends. The couple opted not to have a first look and convoyed with their group to Lily Lake, where the ceremony took place. The ceremony was short, sweet, and intimate, with stunning mountain views in the background. After the ceremony, group photos were taken, and guests were sent ahead to The Barrel Brewery in Estes Park, where a delicious dinner awaited them.
As Chelsea and Daniel posed for pictures in the picturesque Rocky Mountain National Park, their love was palpable, making for magical wedding photos. The couple later joined the group for some dancing, dinner, and drinks at the Barrel Brewery. The entire package was only 3.5 hours, making it an affordable and convenient choice for small weddings.
Another exciting aspect of hosting small weddings at Rocky Mountain National Park is the use of an all-inclusive micro-wedding package provided by Custom Weddings of Colorado: includes everything from flowers to photography, planning/coordination to cake and even a wedding officiant. This inclusive package takes care of all the intricate wedding details for couples, making it simpler to plan their intimate wedding hassle-free.
If you're planning a small wedding in Rocky Mountain National Park, it's crucial to have a backup plan in case of harsh weather conditions or other unforeseen challenges. Though, Colorado has over 300 days of sunshine and Custom Weddings of Colorado does weddings in all types of weather (plus, we bring backup umbrellas and furs to keep the bride toasty warm). You should also consider the size of your wedding party and the number of guests before selecting a location and planning your budget (Rocky Mountain National Park does have 30-person TOTAL limit for all wedding sites). Remember, keeping things simple and intimate is the key to a memorable small wedding and, more often than not, saves on venue costs.
Whether you're a local or not, hosting a small wedding at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is a dream come true. Rocky Mountain National Park offers breathtaking views, and the micro-wedding package offered by Custom Weddings of Colorado adds convenience and ensures that every detail is well-taken care of. Lily Lake creates a perfect backdrop for a unique and unforgettable wedding experience. The small wedding trend is here to stay, and with the right ideas and planning, your wedding ceremony will be breathtakingly beautiful.
Mother, teacher, planner, gardener, mountain biker, entrepreneur, librarian, hiker, snowboarder, reader, dork, chocoholic, trail runner and creative. Wendee has been planning weddings in Colorado since 1995. In 2012, she decided to "go small" and only plans micro-weddings & elopements with 35 or fewer guests. Contact Wendee to get started planning your intimate small Colorado wedding.
I've been planning weddings since 1995 when I moved to Colorado from Iowa. I cut my teeth at Keystone Resort in their wedding department, then then ventured on to planning corporate meetings. But, I kept helping friends and their friends with weddings starting my first full-service company in 2002 (yes - planned the big overwhelming ones). In 2012 with the birth of my son, values shifted and I decided to go small, intimate and meaningful. Please connect with me to make your dreamy, simple mountain wedding come true!
Behind the Scenes
Ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes of a micro-wedding day? Jaime L. Barba, one of our talented professional photographers, captured me at work from one of our May 2023 weddings in Boulder, Colorado. Enjoy! .... and yes, she does wedding-day content creation (a great alternative if you cannot afford videography) for couples as well as photography.
What is a wedding day content creator? It’s someone who is there on your wedding day taking pictures on a cell phone (or in Jaime's case, her professional equipement), documenting behind-the-scenes moments, capturing and telling stories, and delivering short-form media content of your wedding day in real-time. Checkout one from our September 2023 weddings ⬇️.