A Self-Solemnized Elopement in a Red Dress in Colorado

No pomp and circumstance

Laura, Editor & Mark, Hair Stylist

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: A magical evening elopement during the peak of autumn’s golden glory.

Soundtrack for reading: “Bloom” by The Paper Kites

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We were planning to do a bigger celebration—big white dress and all—the following summer, but the whole time we were planning, it just never felt quite right. I find large groups of people pretty overwhelming, and Mark isn’t really into the whole “big wedding” spectacle (plus, they’re SO expensive!), so on a few levels, it just wasn’t a good fit for us as a couple. I was losing sleep and feeling stressed about all the planning details, even though it was still a year away. We already had picked a date and booked a venue, and the day I bought a poufy, white monstrosity—ahem—a traditional wedding dress and brought it home, something inside me was just like, NO! So we scratched those plans and decided to get married two weeks later, in one of our favorite hiking spots. And I bought a dress I actually loved. The month of September, Kenosha Pass can get pretty crowded with hikers in search of fall foliage, but we decided to go at sunset on a Monday, and it was completely private and peaceful.

Favorite Thing About The Wedding

I love that we were able to self-solemnize our wedding (one of the many perks of living in Colorado), which means that we didn’t need an officiant to conduct the ceremony. We were able to make our ceremony truly ours, with no pomp and circumstance—just heartfelt expressions of love and sincere promises to each other.


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