Dream Lake Elopement

Dream Lake Elopement Guide

Dream Lake, situated within Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, is a serene alpine lake surrounded by towering peaks, lush meadows, and pristine wilderness. Its crystal-clear waters and stunning mountain vistas make it a perfect wedding backdrop for couples seeking an adventurous elopement experience! This blog post covers everything you need to know about having a Dream Lake elopement!

Can you elope at Dream Lake?

Short answer, no. Rocky Mountain National Park does not allow wedding ceremonies at Dream Lake. Long answer, you can have your wedding portraits taken at Dream Lake and exchange your vows somewhere else in the park! 

Janna and Austin’s Dream Lake Elopement (Photos)

NOTE: Since ceremonies are not permitted at Dream Lake, Janna and Austin did not have their ceremony there, they just had photos taken in their wedding attire.

Janna and Austin are the epitome of an adventure couple! They’ve traveled around the world, lived out of a converted sprinter van, and Janna is an ultramarathon runner. So, taking photos in a National Park surrounded by beautiful mountains, seemed like the perfect place to take their wedding photos!

They chose to adventure to Dream Lake for sunset, not wanting to wake up for sunrise and hoping to avoid the midday crowds. Janna and Austin started the 1.1-mile hike up to Dream Lake in their elopement attire. The hike up was beautiful and they made sure to take plenty of stops to soak in the breathtaking views and the experience. 

We were met by many animal friends on the hike up including a very friendly squirrel and elk, making it seem like Janna and Austin stepped right out of a fairytale! Once we arrived at Dream Lake, the fairytale continued. Janna and Austin stood on the shores of Dream Lake as the sun peaked through clouds, bathing them in ethereal light while they took a moment to take in the view and time with each other. They explored the shoreline and adventured around the lake, even spotting a rainbow for just a minute!

Although Dream Lake elopement ceremonies are not technically allowed at Rocky Mountain National Park, you still have the option to adventure there during your wedding day! There are beautiful ceremony locations around Rocky Mountain National Park, and you can head to Dream Lake for photos before and after!

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We’re Bridget & Ryan!

Adventurers turned adventure elopement photographers specializing in national park and hiking elopements! We help couples craft a wedding day that feels authentic to them in a meaningful and epic location. Life’s an adventure, let’s make your wedding one too!