So… you’ve decided a mountain elopement is the perfect wedding plan

 

Congrats! But next comes the hardest question of all…. Where?! 

Whether your elopement includes your closest friends and family, or only you and your partner (and your photographer, of course!), the great state of Wyoming holds countless opportunities to find your oh-so-dreamy elopement or intimate wedding venue. 

From alpine outdoor chapels, to the historic county courthouse, to backdrops of the Grand Tetons, Wyoming has it all. I’ve had the immense pleasure of photographing elopements across the state, and am thrilled to share my absolute favorite Wyoming hidden gems with you.

St. Alban’s Chapel, Medicine Bow National Forest

I had been crushing on this venue for years before I finally had the chance to capture Danielle & Patrick’s wedding here in the summer of 2018. Some of our favorite intimate weddings have been held at this lil chapel… It’s SO DREAMY.

This gorgeous open air chapel is tucked away in the Snowy Range mountains, about a 45 minute drive outside of Laramie, WY. The chapel can be reserved for a seriously amazing price through St. Matthew’s Cathedral, and is perfect for a small elopement or up to 100 people. Keep in mind St. Alban’s is typically only accessible during the late summer months.

Vee Bar Guest Ranch, outside of Laramie, Wyoming

Vee Bar Guest Ranch lies near the foot of the Snowy Range Mountains, just a quick drive outside of Laramie, Wyoming. This rustic Wyoming Dude Ranch truly has it all.

Mountainous backdrops? Check. Cozy Log Cabins? Check. Prairie views, horse herds, and w o n d e r f u l staff? Check, check, check. Take a peak at this snowy spring elopement or this rustic summer wedding to see more of what Vee Bar Guest Ranch has to offer.

Happy Jack Summit, outside of Laramie, Wyoming

Happy Jack Summit and Recreation Area has long been one of my favorite locations for a quick, intimate, and beautiful elopement (Like this one!). Located only 15 minutes outside of Laramie, you can enjoy sprawling scenic views while having all the amenities of the nearby town.

Lake Marie, Medicine Bow National Forest

If you haven’t already noticed, the Snowy Range Mountains will forever be one of my favorite photography locations. And right at the top of the Snowy Range is Lake Marie.

Nestled right below rocky peaks, Lake Marie is sure to provide a breathtaking backdrop for your elopement ceremony. Like many other locations in the Snowies, Lake Marie is usually only accessible during the summer.

Have a look at this intimate Lake Marie wedding to see how truly spectacular this venue is for a wedding with guests… or this elopement for an even more intimate experience!

Albany County Courthouse in Laramie, Wyoming

Who says you can’t have the wedding of your dreams at the county courthouse? The Albany County Courthouse, located in Laramie, can give you the best of both worlds: the simplicity of a courthouse ceremony and the elegant beauty of a wedding day.

Not convinced? Take a look at this Laramie elopement which highlights the courthouse’s grand interior and rustic stone walls.

Esterbrook Church in Esterbrook, Wyoming

I cannot get over how magnificent this quaint little chapel is. Esterbrook Church, located in Esterbrook, Wyoming, was built in the 1940s and still remains a beloved town landmark.

The altar window frames the distant Laramie peak and gorgeous western skyline, and the chapel is surrounded by vibrant wildflowers all summer long.

Whether you want to be surrounded by loved ones, or simply share an intimate ceremony with your partner, Esterbrook Church proves to be a splendid elopement venue.

Virginia Dale Chapel in Virginia Dale, Colorado

Okay, OKAY! I know. This one is not technically in Wyoming. But it is so close, and so spectacular, that I just had to include it in this list.

Located only a few miles south of the Wyoming border on Highway 287 is the seemingly isolated but oh-so-cute Virginia Dale Community Church. I had the honor of capturing this intimate elopement here a few weeks ago, and was so impressed by its quiet simplicity and surrounding charm.

Schwabacher’s Landing, Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is hands-down one of the most beautiful places in the country, and has so many splendid places to tie the knot. One of those places is Schwabacher’s Landing.

The gentle terrain, rugged mountainous backdrop, and relatively easy accessibility make Schwabacher’s Landing an ideal elopement location. I captured this National Park elopement here last summer and G O S H. Everything about it was stunning.

The Wedding Tree, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Ah, The Wedding Tree. The name honestly says it all.

The Wedding Tree ( located in Bridger-Teton National forest near Jackson Hole) frames the majestic Grand Tetons and provides a natural arch under which you can exchange your wedding vows. This is a rustic and undeveloped venue for the adventurous-at-heart, and has AMAZING photo opportunities (as you can see here!).

And just any old hilltop in winter! Let’s be honest, our views are awesome, statewide!

This last one is a bit of a bonus! Winter wedding just your style? Make like Ethan & Jackie, grab your snowshoes, your dogs, and head to the nearest mountain. Any mountain will do, especially with THIS view!