Lumalia’s debut Memoir, Blooming Upside Down, is out now!

Twin Lakes Colorado Wedding | Disabled Elopement | Camping Elopement | Twin Lakes Elopement


Ready to have a Twin Lakes wedding or an epic elopement even if you’re disabled?


Your wedding day can be everything you love. Swimming, mountains, laughter and not letting any limitation hold you back. This is my favorite thing about mountain elopements here in Colorado. You can get married by yourself and go swimming and camping right after!

I meet Mairead and her partner Lashaw through instagram. When I first meet Mairead I felt like “finally someone who understood the complexities of striving to be yourself, full of adventure and not taking no for an answer as you pursue your dreams despite your disabilities.”


Mairead (chroniczebra), like me has a condition called P.O.T.S. I’ve been hesitant to share any details of my chronic illness because I don’t want clients to loose confidence in my ability to work, though my illness greatly affects my daily life. But today as I share my heart behind this stylized swimming chronic illness elopement I know I must share a little.

People with P.O.T.S. have low blood pressure, that is life threatening and hazards, basically we’re prone to passing out. But thanks to self care and management of symptoms many of us can continue on in life, just a little differently.

Mairead is a part time wheel chair user, for days that her P.O.T.S. isn’t manageable with all her standard protocols her and her physicians have worked through she uses a wheel chair to allow her mobility when the alternative would be bed ridden or home bound.

As I’ve gotten to know Mairead through instagram, following along on her account document and sharing her experiences with multiple, rare and complex illnesses, I knew we’d be able to connect instantly. She too has a passion to pursue her dreams (a dance therapist), a love for dance, living life full of adventure despite our bodies waging war daily, and a love to swim.

I’ve wanted to show case to the world along with many other chronically ill people I’ve encountered that just because you battle with illnesses does not mean you life is over. So when I kept seeing Mairead post that she and her boy friend would go swimming around all of the Colorado alpine lakes, I knew we just had to work together.

I threw the idea out to Mairead, to do a stylized “elopement.” And she and her boyfriend, Lashaw said yes. After trying to coordinate a lot of other vendors in the end it was just us and  Tera N Tina hair and make up artists.

After a change of plans I grabbed a dress from my closet. I ran to Trader Joe’s before meeting up with Mairead and her boyfriend Lashaw to attempt to make a bouquet  (for the first time ever I might add.) We headed to the mountains to Twin Lakes, Colorado for our stylized swimming elopement.

We took some photos in their “wedding clothes.” I had them write letters to each other and put on a ring. Lashaw knocked it out of the park with his letter, almost put this girl in tears it was so beautiful!

We then all changed into swim suits to go jump in the water. We all had so much fun we didn’t want the day to end. Then above the hill someone was starting a fire and had set up camp. We asked to use their fire for photos. I love this idea though of an unconventional wedding day.

You can do all your favorite things to celebrate your wedding day with and intimate wedding or elopement, especially if you’re anything like me and prefer to skip the big crowds at all costs.

I love how joy filled and playful these two are. They  never cease to have fun. Especially and inspite of Mairead’s illnesses she radiates an infectious joy with her smiles and easy going spirit that seem to never end. Lawshaw is quite and tender hearted but the joy he experiences around Mairead is clear that these two are a beautiful pair.

I hope this too inspires you friends, chronically ill or not to go out and pursue your life, viewing your limitations as mountains to climb and not a never ending valley of despair.

Thank you to Mairead and Lashaw for being up for the adventure and to the wonderful hair and make up stylists Tera N Tina!

Learn how to have your own Twin Lakes Colorado Elopement!

Learn more about what we do as Colorado elopement photographers. Or head to our guides

Hire an
Elopement Wedding
Photographer + Guide

We would also adore coming alongside you to help you navigate all the rules, permits and locations around the park for your wedding experience as your guides and photographers.

Brittany and Emmy, Colorado and oregon elopement photographers in a beautiful location

We believe that your wedding day is meant to be cherished as an experience and not just an event. We’d love to help guide you in crafting a wedding day experience that you’ll never forget. Learn more about hiring us as your Colorado elopement photographers.

NOTE: All fields are required

Don’t miss our emails! Add our email right now emmy {at} 



Ready to make wedding planning easier? Download our free planning tool kit!

We respect your privacy. If you don’t see your download immediately after signing please check your spam/prompotionals folders or email us 


6 Responses

  1. Pingback: Your Insider’s Guide To Best Places to Elope by 20 Adventure Photographers - Celebrate Again
  2. Pingback: Exclusive Colorado Packing List to a Successful Adventure
  3. Pingback: Best Alpine Lake Mountain Colorado Elopement + Couple Locations Part 2 | Denver, Colorado Mountain Wedding Photographer | Couple Photographer | Celebrate Again
  4. Pingback: 25+ Fun Ideas for How To Make Your Elopement Special & Magical
  5. Pingback: Dazzling AirBnb Wedding Venues Colorado For An Epic Wedding
  6. Pingback: Rock Climbing Wedding That Will Rock Your Socks Off - Celebrate Again

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You’re Welcome Here

About the Authors

Lumalia with her hand in her hair leans to the side smiling
Sam with her hands in her jean jacket pocket smiles at the camera with a happy welcoming face

Hey, we’re Lumalia (Emmy) and Sam, the leading voices behind Celebrate Again (Lumalia) and our sister elopement company The Dropped Pin (Sam and her husband Kyle). Here you’ll find ways to live the Celebrate Again lifestyle.

We want to help you embody life’s joy by learning to Celebrate Again in everything from practicing intentional breathing to taking on major life events. I believe your life should be full and be what you make it.

Whether you’re joining me to plan your wedding, dive deeper into your couples connection, celebrate an anniversary, adventure around the USA, stay connected to your beloved, practice yoga or whip up a plant-based recipe, I’ve got you covered, friend.


Elopement Contact Form

NOTE: All fields are required

Colorado Elopements + Location Guides

Oregon Elopements + Location Guides

Anniversary Trip Locations Guides

Free Yoga

Schedule your free elopement consult

Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch within 48 business hours to set up your free consultation with me, Emmy. Don’t forget to add our email to your contacts so you don’t miss a thing! We’re excited to join your journey!

NOTE: All fields are required

More Resources

Self Care That Makes You Wet

Join Lumalia’s 30-Day Self-Care Challenge beginning October 11, 2023.