Colorful Queer Elopement in Fort Collins | Ruth and Will

If you like color and gorgeous unique wedding style, this wedding is for you!

Photographed by Lucy Schultz Photography

From Lucy:

For this colorful queer elopement, Ruth wore her Grandmothers’ vintage gold satin prom dress for her elopement day. Her partner Will wore a custom purple suit with a very unique bone & lace corset. They got ready – and had a pillow fight – at the Solarium hostel in Fort Collins. 

Will kept his look a secret from Ruth, until he tapped her on the shoulder for the big reveal. It was an incredible moment in the beautiful garden atrium of Solarium.

Then we grabbed their pup, hopped in our cars and headed up into the mountains outside of Fort Collins for their intimate elopement. On the way up the mountain road for their romantic portraits, they told me to just yell “STOP!!” when I saw a scene I wanted to shoot – and stop we did! I’m so glad they put their trust in me, as we shot with cliffs and peaks, red rocks and golden streaks of late afternoon light. 

They picked out a circular meadow in between a grove of aspens for their intimate elopement ceremony. It was quiet and still and everyone came with their hearts wide open. One by one, their friends made speeches of encouragement, support, and love in the growing darkness.

Everyone cried during the couple’s private vows, and when they were finished we realized it was pitch dark. All ten friends witnessed and signed the marriage license on each other’s backs lit by cell phone flashlights. 

Vendors for this colorful wedding:

Solarium Hostel (website currently down) @solariumcolorado
Ruth’s dress – vintage 
Will’s hair and makeup – friend, Rachel Johnson 
Flower hoops – Etsy 

Check out other local Colorado vendors for your own colorful queer elopement or wedding!

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