Cory & Rob

A surprise elopement wedding at the Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens in Denver, CO

November 11, 2019

Yes, you read that right. A surprise elopement.

I was very skeptical when Cory called me to ask about wedding photography and told me his plan, but he assured me that his long-time partner, Rob, loves surprises.

The two live in Kansas and Cory planned a weekend getaway to the Grand Canyon for himself and Rob, with a stop over at the Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens (or Lumber Baron Mansion) in Denver, CO for one night. What Rob didn’t know is that the next day they would be getting married.

Just like Cory said, Rob loved the surprise and the two had fun shopping for their wedding outfits together before I arrived to start documenting.

two men stare into each others eyes during dusk on their wedding day in Denver, CO

The October chill and golden hour made for some pretty dreamy couple’s portraits!

The Lumber Baron Inn always does a great job of making their guests feel welcomed and special.

The Lumber Baron Inn always does a great job of making their guests feel welcomed and special. For Cory & Rob's wedding they put a chalk board sign out welcoming guests.

Cory and Rob chose to enter their ceremony together, to one of their favorite songs, it made for the perfect gorgeous staircase moment.

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Two men walk down a grand wooden staircase
Erin of Lumber Baron made sure that there ceremony was perfect and reflected the humor of this couple.

Erin of Lumber Baron made sure that there ceremony was perfect and reflected the humor of this couple.

Erin of lumbar baron mansion performs gay surprise wedding ceremony at Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens in Denver, CO
intimate gay elopement at Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens in Denver, CO

Only very close family attended Cory and Rob’s elopement, they all ventured out to Denver, CO in one big passenger van! I love how this family was so open to any sort of portrait idea I threw at them.

small elopement party of two men in Denver, CO

The Lumber Baron is welcoming, tasteful, and spacious- no matter the size of the wedding.

The Lumber Baron is welcoming, tasteful, and spacious- no matter the size of the wedding.

Rob’s only qualm with a surprise elopement in Colorado was that his cat couldn’t be with him. He requested this portrait ???? We can relate, Rob!

A man poses with a picture of hit cat on his wedding day

I couldn’t leave without getting few posed photos utilizing the Lumber Baron’s grand staircase.

two men pose on the Lumber Baron's grand staircase after their elopement wedding in Denver, CO.
I had to get a photo of the two grooms on the Lumber Baron's grand staircase after their elopement wedding in Denver, CO.

Check out these photos of the reception. Everyone’s favorite moment of the night was Mom getting a better view of the cake cutting in this photo.