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Rustic Cabin Elopement in Colorado

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Savannah + Dylan wanted a place where they could hike on their wedding day. With Dylan's knowledge of beautiful locations, he chose a spot that fulfilled all of their needs. Read on to see how they incorporated nature into their special day!

Savannah + Dylan

Telluride, Colorado
08/18/2023 · 12 guests
Total wedding budget $19,150

Budget Breakdown

Below is an estimated wedding budget breakdown provided by the couple.

  • Cake/Dessert
    1%
    $150
  • Partner 1 Attire
    3%
    $600
  • Flowers
    4%
    $800
  • Transportation/Travel
    5%
    $900
  • Hair & Makeup
    5%
    $1000
  • Partner 2 Attire
    9%
    $1700
  • Venue
    37%
    $7000
  • Photography
    37%
    $7000
  • Total wedding budget
    $19150

Did you do any DIY Projects or create any handmade items for your wedding?

I created a bar sign, handkerchiefs for our mothers, and a Spotify playlist for our music.

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

We included a hike with just us and the photographer.

We also wanted to plan an elopement that would help provide a small, quaint place for our family. Our ceremony was personal and to the point. My best friend, Katherine, officiated the ceremony and found the perfect words to narrate it all. The dogs were so silly, but kept everyone from tearing up too much. 

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The whole day! It was amazing and more than I ever could’ve wished for.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

The biggest thing we did to save money was searching for a place that would allow everyone to be close but also create the backcountry wedding we wanted.

What was your biggest splurge?

Our biggest splurges were the photographer and venue. Both were so worth it. With Dylan’s history of hunting and understanding good locations, I asked him to search for a place that would allow us to have a beautiful and intimate hike and also allow our family to be present for our wedding ceremony. After a long search, Dylan found our spot at Alta Lakes. It accommodated our family and provided the scene we wanted.

Flowers were next! They were beautiful, but I think I could’ve utilized other ways to spend our budget.

What was your favorite detail?

The morning hike with our photographer. It was seriously so perfect. So personal, so intimate, and so amazing! I cannot explain how lovely the morning hike was. It was so refreshing to move around and go explore. The views were fantastic and the time spent together for the first look was so personal. It fulfilled what Dylan and I wanted for our elopement. Having a sunrise first look with mountains behind each of you is breathtaking in so many ways.

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Utilize your resources and do your research. You can find exactly what you need and want!

Share any additional details you’d like us to know about your event:

Many folks, especially little Southern girls, spend a lot of time daydreaming about their “dream wedding”. Our wedding was more perfect than I could have ever planned or daydreamt. It was relaxing, calm, and beautiful. I do not think it would have been this way without the help of Sean, Wild Brides Backcountry, and the vision they helped us create.