Colorado Elopement Inspiration | Great Sand Dunes National Park




Eloping in Colorado can seem like an equally exciting and daunting task. With so many beautiful mountains to choose from, where do you even begin?
One option you may not have considered is the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The sand dunes offer stunning landscape for elopements, intimate weddings, and portraits in general. A permitted photographer (like myself, Jamie Pratt Photos) can guide you to places were professional photographs are allowed for a sweet and intimate experience in an epic place.
The Sand Dunes are located in southern Colorado just outside of the town of Mosca. They are a collection of massive dunes nestled against the mountains featuring a variety of landscapes. The wedding photos below are just a glimpse into the beauty that can be created when you elope at the Sand Dunes. Leslie, Will, a fellow photographer, and I spent our evening taking portraits all along the dunes in June. Enjoy a few of these images and read more about eloping at the sand dunes below!

Venue: Great Sand Dunes NP | Calligraphy: White Ink Calligraphy | Earrings: Ash from Nash | Dress: Lulu’s | Flowers: Kate Cleary



There are a few extra logistics that come with planning an elopement at Great Sand Dunes National Park. One of those is acquiring a special use permit for your ceremony. The park allows elopements as well as weddings year round in a few designated places. You can read more specifics on the park’s website here! For photography, you will need a photographer who has a permit for the park, like myself.

Another point to consider when planning to elope is the time of day. The best time for photography is right after sunrise or right before sunset. I always help my couples plan their timeline and logistics, so you will know that you’re in good hands.

Overall from a photographer’s perspective, I think the Great Sand Dunes National Park is an incredible choice for your elopement or intimate wedding. It is unique and it offers a variety of fairly private places. As an elopement and wedding photographer, I will help guide you through the entire process from helping to recommend lodging for you and your guests, to planning the timeline and helping find vendors like florists and makeup artists. Whether you’re here for a tent camping elopement weekend or your plan to drive in from your airbnb, your elopement in the Colorado sand dunes will be absolutely perfect.

My priority in capturing your wedding day is to enhance your experience and create images that capture your personality and your love story. Want to hear more? Read more info or click here to reach out!


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