Colorado is known for its beautiful mountain peaks, crystal-clear alpine lakes, dense evergreen hiking trails, and incredible Sunrises and Sunsets. Sapphire Point Overlook, nestled just between Keystone and Breckenridge, offers couples the ultimate elopement spot that looks out onto all the best scenery the state has to offer.

If you’re planning an elopement or intimate wedding in Colorado and have been looking for a dreamy outdoor ceremony location with endless views, look no further! Sapphire Point Overlook is the ideal spot to bring your Colorado ceremony dreams to life. I met Brooke and Brady here to help them say I Do and am still awe-struck by their beautiful celebration. Here’s a look into their ceremony day, along with some tips and tricks for planning a Sapphire Point Overlook elopement of your own!

A photo of the view from Sapphire Point Overlook.

All About Sapphire Point Overlook

Sapphire Point Overlook is located in Dillon, Colorado, just 15 minutes from Breckenridge! It soars 9,500ft over Dillon Reservoir, with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Sapphire Point is a day-use overlook and hiking area. The hiking trail, the Sapphire Point Overlook Trail, is an easy 0.6-mile loop through towering evergreens. There are two viewing areas at the beginning of the trail. The first area is open to any visitors. Here, guests can view and take pictures of Lake Dillon and nearby Red Peak.

The second viewing area and ceremony location, the Overlook, requires a three-hour reservation block for private gatherings. It is the only designated site where wedding ceremonies are permitted to take place in the Dillon Ranger District. These reservations can be booked on recreation.gov six months in advance at $128.00 per reservation. The Overlook is just under a 5-minute walk from the trailhead!

Sapphire Point Overlook is accessible via a parking lot off Swan Mountain Road. There are restrooms located at the beginning of the trail, just off the parking lot, along with a trail map and National Forest guidelines!

A bride and groom embrace atop Sapphire Point Overlook.

A couple dances at Sapphire Point Overlook after their elopement.

The Adventure Leading Up To Brooke and Brady’s Elopement

Brooke and Brady’s love was mesmerizing. From the moment I met them, I loved their sweet chemistry and shared passion for outdoor activities like horseback riding and hunting. The couple made the trip to Sapphire Point Overlook for their elopement from Kansas. This trip was extra special for the couple because neither Brooke nor Brady had been to Colorado yet! I just knew they would fall in love with the snow-dusted Rocky Mountains, wildlife, and epic overlooks. 

A bride gets ready before her intimate wedding ceremony near Breckenridge.

A bride puts on her heels before her wedding ceremony.

We started the day by meeting up with Brooke for some getting-ready photos. She wore a delicate, white lace dress with white heels. The dress looked absolutely stunning on her; she was glowing! We then met with Brady and the couple’s families for the first look. Brooke and Brady’s reaction when they saw one another was so pure and sweet. They stood back to back in a field full of knee-high grass before spinning excitedly to see one another. The bright Colorado sun illuminated the mountains in the distance and highlighted the happiness on their faces so perfectly. Their love for each other was tear-jerking throughout the entire afternoon and evening, but the first look, in particular, stole my heart.

A bride and groom prepare for their first look near Dillion, Colorado.

A woman touches her groom's shoulder before their first look.

A groom is excited to see his bride for the first time before their intimate wedding in Colorado.

A close up of a man and wife's wedding attire and wedding florals.

Sapphire Point Overlook Intimate Elopement Ceremony

After the couple’s first look, vows, and field portrait shots, it was time for Brooke and Brady’s intimate elopement ceremony. We drove up to Sapphire Point Overlook and were surrounded by a few loved ones who were excited to join the couple for the big evening!

Brooke and Brad’s ceremony took place right at Sunset. Sapphire Point Overlook is basically a natural rock altar, so the couple was surrounded by large rocks and flat stones as they said I Do! After the ceremony, Brooke and Brady had their first dance as an officially married couple. This was such a special and intimate moment I was able to capture for the couple. Afterward, we took time to do a few portraits before ending the night with heartfelt, celebratory goodbyes.

The sun shines through a bride's hair during her ceremony atop Sapphire Point Overlook.

A couple kisses while overlooking Dillon Reservoir.

Newlyweds share a first dance near Keystone, Colorado.

A couple dances on a mountain overlook near Breckenridge.

Tips For Eloping At Sapphire Point Overlook

If you’re thinking of planning an elopement like Brooke and Brady, there are a few things you should know before getting started! Sapphire Point Overlook is a very popular elopement location in Colorado. Tourists frequently traffic this beautiful spot, which makes it particularly crowded in Summer and on weekends. Here are a few tips to consider before planning a Sapphire Point Overlook:

  • Set your elopement or intimate wedding date at Sunrise or Sunset for a weekday. This will ensure you have the best chance of an intimate ceremony experience. 
  • Getting reservations for this elopement location can be tricky due to its popularity. Avoid booking frustration by reserving your desired time and date slot as soon as you know your ceremony plans!
  • If you plan to have a small catered celebration – like champagne and Hors D’oeuvres – you can reserve two 3-hour time blocks back to back! There are also picnic tables located along the trail.
  • The parking lot at Sapphire Point Overlook is very small — get to the lot as early as possible to grab a spot!

Newlyweds sign their marriage certificate in Colorado.

A newly married couple walks hand and hand to their getaway car after their elopement in the Rocky Mountains.

Ready To Plan A Sapphire Point Overlook Elopement Of Your Own?

A little preparedness can go a long way to ensure your elopement day goes off without a hitch! As your elopement photographer, I can help make your elopement day as stress-free as possible. I assist couples with things like location scouting, elopement day permits, ceremony day timelines, and more! You can tell me about your dreams for your special day and how I can help by filling out my contact form. I can’t wait to explore the beauty of Colorado with you and your partner and capture all the big, small, and in-between moments that make eloping so special! In the meantime, you can learn more about eloping in Colorado by reading another one of my Colorado elopement blogs here!

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A destination wedding and elopement photographer based out of Colorado! You can usually find me with a hot cup of coffee in my hand, sporting some comfy tennis shoes, or in pursuit of my next big escape! 

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