Eloping at 11,850 ft. Opa’s Taylor Hut near Aspen, Colorado

Colorado Rockies Elopement. Brooke and Dirk Skied to the Opa’s Taylor Hut at 11,850ft with their closest friends to elope! Near Aspen, Colorado. www.carlzochportraits.compinimage

Happy Places. If you’re Brooke & Dirk, intrepid lovers (and of backcountry skiing), the Opa’s Taylor Hut is just such a place. Damned if it’s six miles in straight uphill or thereabouts. No, if you’re Brooke & Dirk, this is the kind of stuff that “enriches” experiences — seasoning, if you will.

So naturally, when it came time for Brooke & Dirk to pick a spot to be married, the hard-to-get-to one, near tree line, at 11,800 feet, the architectural masterwork where some of the state’s last grizzly bears once roamed — the Opa’s Taylor Hut — was the first and only real plausible choice.

Hut Trip Wedding, then.

Now, April can be a tricky time of year in the Rockies. This year, it was particularly tricky — much of the lower route to the hut had already melted out of snow. This meant the bride n’ groom — and officiants and attendees (formal sounding for “friends”) — were entreated to a brief (ly grueling) mile-and-a-half stroll along a ramped dirt road before arriving at snow in sufficient enough quantities to actually commence the skiing part of the weekend. Yay!

A beautiful bride in a gown. A handsome fellow in a suit. A backcountry hut transformed, somehow, into a glowing, magical chapel while outside a storm brews. This is truly a sight to behold — and somehow everybody has produced gallant formalwear from overstuffed backpacks?! A special few moments. Tears. Laughter. Joy. Party.

Outside, meanwhile, this storm is lashing at the newly-raised prayer flags. A white wedding, of course! Overnight, as the fire smolders in the central wood stove, these newlyweds will be blessed with 20-plus inches of new snow. And, again, we are reminded why memories run deepest … in happy places.

 


 

Words by Brooke and Dirk’s close friend, Tim Mutrie
Photography by Carl Zoch
Custom Invitations and bouquet magic by Sarah Uhl
Elopement Location: Opa’s Taylor Hut

After Brooke and Dirk eloped high in the mountains with their close friends, they hosted a reception back in Carbondale, Colorado with their extended family and friends.

Colorado Rockies Elopement. Brooke and Dirk Skied to the Opa’s Taylor Hut at 11,850ft with their closest friends to elope! Near Aspen, Colorado. www.carlzochportraits.compinimageCustom Wedding Invite. by Sarah Uhl. www.sarahuhl.compinimageCustom Wedding Invite. by Sarah Uhl. www.sarahuhl.compinimage

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Day two at the Opa’s Taylor Hut.

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