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Andrea + Ben’s Private Garden of the Gods Elopement

This Colorado Springs elopement at Garden of the Gods was DREAMMMYYYYY. . . ✨

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Andrea + Ben tied the knot on the exact same day as their dating anniversary, one year after getting together! They met on Tinder in 2020 and I just loooove their relationship.

They kept their elopement simple, choosing to say their vows and celebrate with the most beautiful celebratory photoshoot in Garden of the Gods. It was SUCH an honor to photograph it!!

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These two, y’all! 🥺😍 I LOVE their love story, and I’ll forever be obsessed with their elopement with the sweetest vows, the perfect amount of tears, AND the gorgeous views. My little photog heart could just explode!

And how freakin’ hot are they?! I was forced to cuss at them the whole morning …. I mean dayyyyyyuuuummmmnnnn! Andrea is pretty much a Garden of the Gods goddess with that fitted, sleek gown and the sun shinin’ down on her. 

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Why Have a Garden of the Gods Elopement?!

This location doesn’t take much at all to make elopement photos look incredible. The red rocks are otherworldly, especially at sunrise – the rust and red sand glow like CRAZY. Nothing beats a sunrise in the Springs!

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The terrain is absolutely gorgeous with grassy meadows, jagged rock structures, and unique rock formations. My favorite rock formation is the kissing camels – so cute and definitely a good omen for the start of your marriage, right??

There’s plenty of parking spots available at Garden of the Gods plus lots of paved walkways. Therefore, no intense hiking is required to get anywhere you wanna go! 

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From basically anywhere in the park, you can see Pikes Peak in the distance. The scenery really is PERFECT. 

And lucky for you, there aren’t any reservations or permits required to get married inside of Garden of the Gods! They allow small, brief ceremonies in 6 different places throughout the park.

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Here are the 6 places you can legally have a Garden of the Gods wedding:

  • Jaycee Plaza (50 people)
  • Sentinel Plaza (25 people)
  • Three Graces Plaza (25 people)
  • High Point (50 people)
  • Scotsman Picnic Area (25 people)
  • South Spring Canyon Area (50 people)

To get a full list of elopement guidelines, visit the Garden of the Gods Weddings website. The biggest takeaways: don’t litter, don’t decorate, stay on the designated walkways, and don’t block off any areas! There could still be other visitors in the space you use, so don’t expect total privacy and don’t plan a super long ceremony!

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Directions to Garden of the Gods

From I-25:

  • Take Exit 146 onto Garden of the Gods Road
  • Go West (towards the mountains) for 2.5 miles
  • Turn Left onto 30th Street
  • You’ll see the park entrance after about a mile!
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Other locations for a Colorado Springs elopement or photoshoot:

  • Gold Camp Road 
    • If you want to be immersed in the mountains while you say your vows, with the best view of the city below you. Sounds like a DREAM.
  • Manitou Springs
    • Perfect if you like those charming small-town vibes.
  • Seven Bridges Trail
    • Located in Cheyenne Canyon, the trailhead of this hike has spectacular mountain views!
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Let’s end on a joke: a few days before their elopement, Andrea texted me and said, “I’m terrified we’re going to be so awk and unphotogenic.” Y’all, these two are basically MODELS. Do you see them?? They’re naturals in front of a camera. In other words, I’m obsessed with this gallery and I’m so honored I got to document their sweet elopement.

In short, if you’re looking for more Colorado elopement inspiration, Ashna + Ian had a beautiful Sapphire Point Microwedding that you HAVE to check out! And Melissa + Luke eloped at Rocky Mountain National Park, one of my fave Colorado elopement spots ever. 

Congrats times a million to Andrea + Ben on their GORGEOUS elopement!