Nestled in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, Sapphire Point Overlook in Dillon, Colorado, is a dream destination for adventure-seeking couples looking to elope in an intimate and unforgettable setting. This stunning outdoor space offers panoramic views, beautiful trails, and an enchanting atmosphere that make it the perfect backdrop for a romantic elopement ceremony. In this blog post, we’ll explore the magic of Sapphire Point Overlook and share some essential tips to help you plan your own unforgettable elopement experience.
The Magic of Sapphire Point Overlook
Sapphire Point Overlook is a true gem tucked away in the heart of Summit County. Its awe-inspiring views of the Dillon Reservoir and the Tenmile Range make it an incredible location to exchange vows and capture unforgettable memories. As an adventure elopement photographer, I’ve been fortunate enough to witness the beauty of Sapphire Point Overlook firsthand, and I can assure you that the breathtaking surroundings will leave a lasting impression on your special day.
Why Elope at Sapphire Point Overlook
- Intimate Setting: With a maximum capacity of 35 guests, Sapphire Point Overlook ensures that your wedding ceremony will be intimate and focused on the love and connection between you and your partner. This secluded spot allows you to share your special moment with only your closest friends and family, creating a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
- Easy Access: The overlook sits between Keystone and Breckenridge just off of Swan Mountain Road. Sapphire Point Overlook is easily accessible and only a short drive from Dillon, Frisco, and Breckenridge. Its convenient location makes it a perfect choice for couples looking for an adventurous yet accessible elopement destination.
- Affordable Venue: Sapphire Point Overlook is a budget-friendly option for couples who want a picturesque outdoor wedding ceremony without breaking the bank. Reserving the space costs only $120 for a two-hour time slot, making it an affordable choice without sacrificing the stunning mountain backdrop.
- Four-Season Beauty: No matter when you choose to elope at Sapphire Point Overlook, you’ll be surrounded by nature’s beauty. The vibrant wildflowers of spring and summer, the golden hues of autumn, and the serene snow-capped peaks of winter all provide a breathtaking backdrop for your elopement ceremony and photographs.
Planning Your Sapphire Point Overlook Elopement
To ensure a seamless and stress-free elopement experience at Sapphire Point Overlook, keep the following tips in mind:
- Reserve Early: Due to its popularity, it’s essential to reserve your desired date and time as early as possible. You can book your ceremony up to six months in advance through the White River National Forest website.
- Be Mindful of the Weather: Prepare for unpredictable weather by dressing in layers and having a backup plan in case of rain or snow. An experienced adventure elopement photographer can help you scout alternative locations nearby if needed.
- Choose the Right Time: For the best lighting and fewer crowds, consider having your ceremony during the golden hour (around sunrise or sunset).
- Respect the Environment: Leave no trace, and be mindful of the delicate ecosystem at Sapphire Point Overlook. Always pack out trash and avoid picking flowers or disturbing wildlife.
- Hire an Experienced Photographer: A skilled adventure elopement photographer will not only capture the incredible moments of your special day but also guide you through the planning process and offer invaluable advice on location, timing, and more.
Sapphire Point Overlook Wedding Rules
Before getting into the nitty gritty on how to obtain your permit, read over the rules first. Is this even the right wedding location for you? Keep reading and find out!
1) There is a limit on the amount of people attending
You’re allowed up to 35 people total including the couple, the guests, and all vendors (officiant, photographers, videographer, planners, day of coordinator, etc.)
2) Limited Parking
The parking lot can only hold up to 22 cars. Keep in mind that this parking lot is for public use also, not just for the overlook reservations. Hikers, mountain bikers, tourists, etc. will be using this parking lot also. Getting your guests to carpool is a great way to avoid any parking headaches!
3) We’re Leaving No Trace, ya’ll!
That’s right. Leave it as you found it. Trash, chairs, flowers, anything you brought in with you, needs to be taken out. Period. End of story. Non negotiable.
4) A permit is required
It’s super easy, but super important. The permit cost ~$120 for a two hour reservation, and can be obtained online in less than 5 minutes. If you book with us, we’ll take care of the paperwork and the cost for you! If you’re taking care of this yourself, print out the permit and bring it with you the day of incase someone asks to see it.
5) No blocking the trail
When you reserve your time slot for the overlook, you’re reserving the overlook and not the trail behind the overlook that passes right on by. Make sure all of your guests know this rule!
Do I need a permit to get married at Sapphire Point Overlook?
Yes, you do need a permit to get married at Sapphire Point Overlook. The permits sell 6 months in advance. So if you’re looking to have your wedding on 8/8/2023, starting on 2/8/2023 you’ll be able to get online and get yourself your permit. If you have any questions or need help securing your permit for a Sapphire Point Overlook wedding just reach out to us and we’ll take care of you. You buying your permit, and reserving that time slot are the same thing. You don’t need to get a permit, AND reserve your time slot. It’s all done within the same transaction.
What does the permit cover, and what do I get with the permit?
Obtaining a permit for your Sapphire Point wedding will block off a two hour window at the overlook so you and your guests can hog the area all you want, and it also acts as a permit for your photographer. One permit is all you need. It’s a good possibility that someone else has the reservation before, and after yours, so if you’re worried about needing more than 2 hours we recommend booking 2 time slots. Also, if you’re planning on holding a rehearsal at the overlook before your actual wedding you’ll need to reserve a time slot and get a permit for that as well. The permit only gets you the actual space. If you’re looking for an officiant, or chairs, or anything additional to the actual location, that is completely separate from the permit we’re talking about here.
What Time of Day to Have your Sapphire Point Overlook Wedding
If you don’t already have a strict timeline you absolutely need to follow for your wedding day and ceremony times, we suggest working with your photographer to pick the best time for lighting. This will depend on the time of year you’ll be having your Sapphire Point Overlook wedding. We always go for either sunrise, or sunset for the best lighting and to avoid those harsh afternoon direct sun shadows.
The time slots are as follows: 6am-8am, 8am-10am, 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm, 6pm-8pm, and 8pm-10pm.
As you can see, there isn’t much wiggle room in between slots — actually, wait there’s no wiggle room at all! You can book multiple time slots if you wish.
Book with us and we’ll take care of the permit for you, and cover the cost!
You read that right! If you book with us for your Sapphire Point Overlook wedding, we will personally secure your permit for you, and cover the cost. We’ll print the permit and make sure to bring it with us on your big day. Consider it just another item we’re checking off your to do list, and you can forget about it. We’ve got it taken care of. We’re happy to do it! Making our couples lives easier is literally in our DNA (real 23&Me results).
Where is Sapphire Point Overlook located?
Swan Mountain Rd, Dillon, CO 80435
How far is Sapphire Point Overlook from Denver International Airport?
Sapphire Point Overlook is a 1 hour and 40 minute drive from the Denver International Airport.
What is the hike like getting to Sapphire Point Overlook?
The overlook is a short walk from the parking area, roughly 50 yards and is a dirt trail. Walking from your car to the overlook is a bit of a downhill walk, so the walk back up to the parking area takes a bit longer, just because, well, it’s up hill.
What elevation is Sapphire Point Overlook at?
What to expect when getting married at Sapphire Point Overlook?
Although you can reserve a time slot, there is no park official present during your time slot, leaving the area open to the public. Some photographers find this extremely inconvenient, and won’t even suggest this location to their couples anymore due to it. The way we look at it is, we (Alex & I) absolutely have no problem with politely regulating the area. We will do whatever we can, and do our very best to make your Sapphire Point Overlook wedding experience the most enjoyable. With that being said, if you’re the type of person who wants a private ceremony, Sapphire Point Overlook might not be the perfect wedding ceremony location for you.
No Protection From the Elements
The overlook is 100% natural (with the exception of a retaining wall). The only place to take cover would be under the trees if it did happen to rain.
It’s the reason this location is so popular for weddings. You really can not beat the backdrop.
Limited Parking Could be an Issue
All the times we’ve been there, parking hasn’t been an issue, but I could see how it could be. There is limited parking at the lot, only enough room for 22 cars. Have your guest carpool!
We get it, this location is absolutely beautiful, but maybe your date isn’t available, or maybe you’re looking for something a little more “out there”. Don’t worry. We got you. Sapphire Point Overlook may be the only location you can legally get married at in the Dillon Ranger District, but there are loads of other spots if you’re willing to drive just a bit further away to get outside that district. Click to learn more below!
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