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Intimate Sunrise Elopement on Stanley Lake

When I came down to Stanley for the first time this summer, I was lucky enough to be able to photograph two elopements. The one thing I love most about elopements is how unique and different they are. Even if they take place in the same location, each elopement is unique to that couple and is so special!


This time around we planned a sunrise elopement on Stanley Lake for this adventurous elopement with Laura and Brian in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. They have always loved taking trips to Idaho together while they dated, and they have never been to Redfish Lake and that was a huge item on Laura's bucket list. So we decided that Stanley was the spot to say their I do's!


The night before the elopement, there was a crazy thunderstorm. We were all feeling worried about what the weather might be in the morning, especially for sunrise. We decided to just see what it looked like in the morning and we still hoped for a clear morning. I kept checking the radar on my phone and it said it was supposed to clear up so we just hoped for the best, and as it turned out, it was absolutely amazing!


I met them at their rental the next morning for getting ready photos and we watched the sunrise illuminate the tops of the Sawtooth Mountains as Laura got her hair done and hiking boots on, and it was so beautiful!

sawtooth mountains at sunrise

stanley idaho adventure elopement getting ready photos

stanley idaho adventure elopement getting ready photos

stanley idaho adventure elopement getting ready photos

stanley idaho adventure elopement getting ready photos

stanley idaho adventure elopement getting ready photos and hiking boots

stanley idaho adventure elopement putting on hiking boots

We met up with Brian for their first look in front of the mountain reflections on the lake. He said we arrived at the perfect time because a few minutes before, the fog was covering the mountains. Talk about perfect timing and a beautiful setting for their first look and ceremony. Their officiant Nicolle did an absolutely amazing job with their ceremony, it was so beautifully done.


stanley lake elopement sunrise first look

stanley lake elopement sunrise first look

stanley lake elopement sunrise first look

stanley lake elopement sunrise first look

stanley lake elopement sunrise first look

stanley lake elopement sunrise first look

stanley lake elopement sunrise first look

stanley lake elopement sunrise first look

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

stanley idaho elopement at stanley lake, sunrise ceremony

After the sunrise ceremony on Stanley Lake, we hit the trail for a morning hike. The sun was out and everything was so fresh from the previous night's storm. The trees were filled with drops of rain and the sun made them shine. It was so pristine!


And of course with fresh rain comes mud, so Laura became a real adventure bride and got her dress dirty!


stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

stanley idaho hiking adventure elopement

After our morning hike, it was time for food! Stanley Pioneer Park was a perfect location to host their lunch with a spectacular view of the snow-capped Sawtooth Mountains.


Laura loves to make quilts so she brought a special one for their elopement day too!


elopement picnic at stanley pioneer park

elopement picnic at stanley pioneer park

elopement picnic at stanley pioneer park

elopement picnic at stanley pioneer park

elopement picnic at stanley pioneer park

elopement picnic at stanley pioneer park

elopement picnic at stanley pioneer park

elopement picnic at stanley pioneer park

elopement picnic at stanley pioneer park

After some good food and cake, (cake made locally by Stanley Supper Club), I led them to a local hot springs that they picked! It was right in the town of Stanley right by the river.


Then because Laura wanted to see Redfish Lake, we definitely planned in time to see it into the timeline! What was even better is that Brian rented a boat to take us all out onto Redfish Lake to really experience it. The mountain views from the boat once you round the corner are so much better than seeing it from the beach!


stanley adventure elopement hot springs

adventure elopement at redfish lake stanley idaho

adventure elopement at redfish lake stanley idaho

adventure elopement at redfish lake stanley idaho

adventure elopement at redfish lake stanley idaho

adventure elopement at redfish lake stanley idaho

adventure elopement at redfish lake stanley idaho

adventure elopement at redfish lake stanley idaho

adventure elopement at redfish lake stanley idaho

After the boat ride, we said our goodbyes. This adventure elopement in the Sawtooth Mountains was so incredible. There is so much beauty to be explored out there!


I am a local to Idaho, so if you want me to photograph your Stanley elopement, reach out to me! I would love to explore more of this mountain town with you!


stanley lake sunrise elopement with karlie larson photography

If you're curious about the services I offer, here are the things included in every elopement package:


↠ Booking Gift

↠ Polaroid Photos of Your Favorite Moments from Your Elopement Day​

↠ 48 Hour Turn-Around Time for Sneak Peek Images

​↠ Day of Elopement Gift

↠ Beautifully Edited Final Images

↠ Access to High Quality Print Products

↠ Free Phone Consultation or Zoom Call​

↠ Timeline Creation

↠ Leave No Trace Guide

↠ 30+ Page Planning Guide

↠ Idaho Location Guide

↠ Vendor Recommendations

↠ Unlimited Planning and Assistance

↠ 6 Week Turnaround Time for Full Elopement Gallery

↠ Travel & Accommodations are Covered for Photographer


Idaho is such an underrated state to elope, but my goal is show its beauty and how perfect it is for elopements, just like this one! If you want to see another Stanley elopement gallery, check out this Hiking Adventure Elopement in the Stanley!


Or if you want to know more about eloping in Idaho, check out