• A newlywed couple looks on as a moose crosses behind them in Rocky Mountain National Park on May 20, 2019.

  • A moose in Rocky Mountain National Park on May 20, 2019.

  • A newlywed couple looks on as a moose crosses behind them in Rocky Mountain National Park on May 20, 2019.



When a couple from Illinois decided to elope in Rocky Mountain National Park, the plan was to not have any guests at the ceremony. But one Colorado resident had other ideas.

And so it was that a moose bore witness Monday to the union at Sprague Lake, covered in late-season snow and photobombing what might be one of the more Colorado wedding shoots ever.

“Anything can happen with weather, but that was unexpected,” said Jane Gorman, who officiated the wedding.

Gorman, who runs Jane’s Personalized Weddings out of Boulder, said a runner told the group before the ceremony that a moose had been seen wandering around the area. It didn’t appear during the ceremony or in time to object, but once the couple exchanged “I dos,” the animal showed up.

“I’ve seen dogs at weddings, deer, elk, but this is a first time a moose walked by,” Gorman said. “How cool is that?”

Wedding photographer Sarah Goff was able to get some shots of the moose walking across the lake in the background. But as everyone began walking toward the parking lot, the moose came even closer.

“She just kept coming closer and closer,” Goff said. “We kept an eye on her, and when there was a break in all the people looking at her she came up onto the trail.”

The animal ended up wandering right behind the couple, who had never seen a moose before coming to Colorado this week. They have so far declined to be interviewed about the nuptials.

“I told them to look at each other, but they were so terrified they kept looking at the moose and that’s the shot I got,” Goff said.

The moose eventually wandered off away from the newlyweds.

“She seemed nonplussed about the whole thing,” Goff said.

Goff pointed out that, while the moose showed up uninvited, she at least made sure she held her peace when she did.

“She didn’t have any objection,” Goff said.

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