Telluride, a former Victorian mining town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, is set in a box canyon amid forested peaks at the base of a popular ski-and-golf resort.  Telluride’s mountain views and mountains are very unique and can’t be compared to Aspen or Vail.  Its quaint downtown features a few nice restaurants and its main street faces the mountain view range, which can be adored during each season. Take up the gondola and enjoy an incredible and breathtaking experience and enjoy a good steak meal at the major mountain top restaurant called X. Rehearsal dinners are ideal for this special restaurant. It houses a window wall in midst of the mountains and one might want to ‘touch’ the mountains – it’s so surreal.

Shelby and Taylor, both from San Diego in California, fell in love with the quaint town of Telluride and its majestic mountain views years ago. They planned a trip to Telluride each year and it was clear to them that they would elope in Telluride. They tied the knot with their closest family – a group of 15 people and organized a fun filled Colorado destination wedding weekend for everyone. On day one they took their family for a horse ride to enjoy the scenery of Telluride. On the second day they got married at the small chapel in Telluride followed by an intimate dinner at the Sheridan restaurant. This restaurant is a non-typical Colorado restaurant – an elegant space with a few rustic Colorado elements such as a bison’s head on the wall. They all celebrated until the wee hours. On the third day I took Shelby and Taylor around for their ‘after-wedding’ session with spectacular Telluride mountain views to create unforgettable imagery of their Telluride elopement. Shelby looked absolutely stunning in her custom Hayley Paige wedding dress. At the end of their photo session they even went into the river with their outfits – a very unique experience even for me as Colorado wedding photographer.

If you can’t get enough of Shelby and Taylor’s intimate elopement head over to Style Me Pretty to see more here.