Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the greatest spots in Colorado, and it’s a perfect location for a couple who loves being outdoors to take their engagement photos! Meet Alissa and Mark, two souls with hearts of gold who chose to compliment their upcoming summer wedding with a snowy engagement session.

When the subject of engagement photos come up, you hear a wide range of responses! Some people have already planned out their ideas, and are just hoping you’re on board. Others aren’t even sure they want engagement photos. I always recommend it though, because engagement photos are a great way to get comfortable in front of the camera before the big day! It’s also a perfect time to capture a different more casual side of yourself!

I could relate a lot to Alissa and Mark because like these two, I love coffee. When they suggested meeting a coffee shop to snap some photos there, I knew we were a perfect photographic match. Cannon Mine Coffee Shop in Lafayette, Colorado, is a true gem and total favorite. It’s got an eclectic vibe, is super comfortable, and their coffee is amazing!

Alissa and Mark met when Mark walked in for an appointment for his dog, and Alissa was his veterinarian. They both love animals, Alissa so much so that she’s opened her own business for vet services, including acupuncture (check her out: Longevity and Wellness Vet!). It couldn’t have been more perfect that there at the coffee shop where they were featuring several beautiful paintings of dogs (The exhibit:“Truth is a Good Dog” from local artist Tiff Choate).

After we fueled up on coffee, we drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) in Estes, Colorado, and ventured to two spots! First was Bear Lake, which was totally frozen over and we were able to venture out above the water to capture the amazing mountain views. Next stop  was Alberta Falls! We had no idea what it would look like with all the snow, but we had to find out if we could see any running water. Along the way we stopped at bridges, and aspen groves to capture the scenery, and finally we made it all the way up to the waterfall which was sadly frozen over. That’s ok though because the hike and beauty was more than worth it!

I can’t forget to mention that I totally lucked out because Mark was kind enough to lug my heavy camera bag up and down the trail at Alberta Falls for me! My camera bag weighs close to 30 pounds (feels like 50 to me!), which made it a lot easier to hike up and down. I still don’t know how Alissa did it in her cute boots!

This was absolutely an engagement session to remember. My advice for any couple’s looking to get their engagement photos done up in Rocky Mountain National Park, plan plenty of time to get up there and to make your way through the park and onto the trails. Be prepared for any weather, and don’t forget sunscreen! Lastly, have fun with it. You never know what you’ll discover along the way, be in the moment, and look at it as an amazing outdoor date adventure (with your photographer).