Buena Vista is one of my favorite places for couples to elope in Colorado. It is one of the only mountain towns in Colorado that is quiet and has few crowds, but still boasts incredible views, breweries, food, and places to stay!
The First Steps to Planning Your Buena Vista Elopement
- Start thinking of the month/season you plan to elope
- Decide if you are planning on inviting any guests! Check out my latest blog post on how to include friends and family.
- Plan your ceremony, whether you choose to have a traditional ceremony or something more unique.
- Start thinking of activities that you two love to do together, and if you’d like to include any during your elopement! Think… Hiking, off-roading, a special drink, traditions, etc…
- Start considering elopement vendors! (Photographers, florists, hair and make up artists)
Best time of Year to Elope in Buena Vista, Colorado
The best time of year to elope in Buena Vista will depend on what kind of experience you are looking for!
Late spring – mid-fall: The weather is generally mild and the days are long, so you can make the most of the natural beauty of the area. You can hike to alpine lakes, off-road, take a helicopter ride, or have a picnic!
Late fall-Winter: The temperatures are cooler and the days are shorter, but you will get snow-capped mountains, the changing leaves, winter activities (snow mobiles, skiing, snowshoeing).
Where to Elope in Buena Vista
Cottonwood Pass: Mountain tops, alpine lakes, and dense forests!
Collegiate Peaks: Incredible aspen groves in the fall, incredible mountain views, and great off-roading opportunities!
Arkansas River: Elope along the Arkansas River at Chalk Cliffs.
What to Bring for Your Elopement in Buena Vista
Here are a few items to bring to your elopement:
- Comfortable clothing and shoes for the ceremony, if you are hiking remember to wear hiking boots! Many of my couples like to get matching boots, and/or custom made hiking shoes for their elopement!
- A small bouquet! My favorite are the dried florals from Pickletown Flower Co.
- Water and snacks!
- Vows or letters to one another!
Emily and Clay’s Buena Vista Elopement
Emily and Clay braved every season during their mid-September elopement! The day started with thick fog, and light rainfall. They had their first look by the river, and then ducked into the Buena Vista Roastery for incredible coffee, and a break in the rain. Once they finished their coffees, we headed out on a hike to read their vows and get portraits at an alpine lake. During the hike the fog began to lift! There was a sun break as they said their vows, and the lake turned bright blue! During late September, the leaves can begin to change in Colorado – for their elopement the entire hike was covered in yellow and orange foliage, along with mountain views and tree line. One of my favorite things about this hike is all of the stops you can take along the way in order to capture photos, and take in the views.
Do you need help figuring out how to elope in Buena Vista? Contact me and let’s start the planning process!