Adventure Elopement by a Hidden Lake in Colorado
This adventurous hiking elopement in Colorado took my breath away right away. As does all of Adventure Instead’s work. This adventure-loving couple stayed true to who they are and what they love with this adventurous hiking wedding. When planning your wedding the biggest thing to remember is to stay true to yourself! You won’t regret it! This couple did just that!
They also showed us that you can have your family and friends a part of your wedding day! These two had so many special moments including their loved ones throughout the ceremony!
How did this adventurous couple meet?
We met in community college in chemistry class. We were in our second year of college in 2012.
Randy chased me down as I was walking to my car to try to talk to me and I didn’t even know his name. He was really sweet and cute! No one had ever approached me in that way so I knew right away that he was not going to be like most guys. After that, we began to chat with each other outside of class and I quickly learned that he was super kind and caring.
A few days later I was walking to my car and he pulled up next to me and asked me if I wanted to go for a ride. I was hesitant because I did not really know him well, but my gut told me you have to go. We ended up riding around to a lake and just talked for hours. I quickly learned that we had a lot in common and we began hanging out from then on :).
When we started our chemistry class I noticed Natalia right away because she was the prettiest one in the class. So throughout the semester, I tried to sit next to her or talk to her before and during class. Any chance I had I attempted to get her to notice me but she was completely oblivious. She didn’t talk much because she is always being very studious.
Finally, towards the end of the semester, I knew my time was running short so after class, she was walking to her car while I was driving my truck past her I pulled over and asked if she wanted to come for a drive in my truck and she hasn’t left the shotgun seat since.
Their proposal story?
From Natalia’s perspective:
We hiked to upper Ice Lake Basin in the San Juans, set up camp, cooked dinner, and watched the sun go down not knowing anything of what was going to happen the next day. The next morning we had breakfast and some hot coffee as we watched the sun come up and light up the peaks above the ice lake. That day we hiked to Island Lake when Randy surprisingly asked me to be his forever adventure life partner.
We hiked above Island Lake to the pass for amazing views and then back to camp to cook dinner and watched the marmots run around trying to steal our dinner. This was the best backpacking trip of our lives! We had the most beautiful clear skies and we want to go back to re-live the moments.
What they love most about each other:
Natalia: Randy has the kindest heart. He respects me all the time and makes me feel so appreciated more than anyone in the world. After we began adventuring together I one day realized that I was so lucky to find him because he is the best friend that I ever had and I never wanted to lose him. I wanted to travel and adventure with him forever!
Randy: We didn’t fall in love right away, it seems like over the years we became closer and closer. Throughout our relationship, we always got along and never fought so I knew she was a keeper. When we went on our first camping trip to Maine and New Hampshire we had such a fun time spending 24/7 together so I knew I wanted her to be my forever adventure partner.
Favorite memory of the day?
From Amber: Natalia & Randy had hiked to the upper lake by themselves at sunrise. Their family hit the trail a few hours after us and planned to meet us at the lower lake for the ceremony. It’s not often that we have family members make a hike for the ceremony, especially one this challenging.
I’ll never forget as we were coming down the switchbacks from the upper lake. We spotted a group of well-dressed people down below waiting for them at the lower lake. Just as we planned! We waved to them from up above. And the family got to watch the bride and groom come down the switchbacks to join them!
It was so exciting to see that their family made the hike, and were all in such good spirits!
The sun started to peek over the mountain just in time for their ceremony and lit the lake up a bright turquoise color. It was such an epic morning, and it could not have gone smoother!
Advice for future couples?
From Amber of Adventure Instead: Have fun doing the things you love together because you will have those memories to look back on for the rest of your life.
Any other cute notes about this amazing couple!
The reason why Natalia & Randy wanted to elope: We both did not want a traditional large wedding at all because it is just a big performance for others, so it was an easy decision. The wedding is about the two of us and no one else. So we believe it should be an absolute day to remember doing the things we love.
With both our interests and lifestyles we thought this would be the most amazing way to start our journey in life.
Photographer: Adventure Instead