Many people seem to think that elopement photography is easy. After all, how hard could it be to photograph an intimate ceremony with just a handful of people? What many fail to understand, is that an elopement isn't just a glorified photo shoot. it's still your wedding day!
As a couple who has been together for 9 years, we understand how much this day means to you. Your hopes that the day can fully encapsulate who you are as a couple and celebrate the love you share in a meaningful way. This is why as elopement photographers we often take on a lot more responsibilities that are unique to elopements. From vendor recommendations, to location scouting and permit research, we're here to help you craft your perfect day from start to finish.
Morning coffee and reading the newspaper together, the cool fall breeze blowing through the window as you pour another cup. Black denim and leather boots, the deepest crimson flannel. Rose gold and velvet. Rich and lush. Chatting with locals while we sip our coffee and head out for the next adventure.
Sipping chartreuse and green tea while looking at the most perfect white subway tile and hand painted signs. Driving through the mountains to Portland reminiscing about the best memories back home. Cozy sweaters, vintage denim, and Pabst while telling one of a kind love stories.
In the past elopements were often thought of as a shameful act, or seen as somehow less than a traditional wedding, but in recent years they have taken on a whole new meaning.
Elopements today are more about celebrating your love with an amazing experience you will never forget. That may seem super vague, but that's because the options are limitless on what you choose to do with your elopement day. I even hesitate to say that the sky is the limit, because honestly? We're hoping space travel progresses enough in our lifetime to capture an elopement off planet.
In our opinion, there are no rules to an elopement, as long as you are intentional in creating your day, and that your celebration is right for you.
Elopements may be trending right now, but that doesn't mean they are right for everyone. If the idea of a perfect wedding day includes 300 of your closest friends and family and partying it up on the dance floor, then a traditional wedding is probably what is right for you! But if the idea of standing in front of a crowd to say your I do's, or having to chat with hundreds of people throughout the day sounds like a nightmare to you, then you should think about eloping! If you're still unsure on your feelings, try reading our post on 6 Reasons You Should Elope Instead.
At first glance, this question can seem very overwhelming. There are SO many amazing options worldwide, that trying to narrow it down can sometimes be difficult. With many of our couples, we always suggest visualizing your day first. Think about your perfect elopement, where you would wake up, what you would see when you look out the window, and what kinds of activities are you interested in?
Do you smell the ocean breeze coming in from the window? Or do you see some snow covered pine trees when you open the door? What's the weather like?
Are you on top of a mountain listening to the sounds of nature or are you enjoying your coffee on a balcony in Europe, as you watch the people bustling below? From those questions, think about if you are willing to go international, across the country, or if you want to stay in your region. Then think about where you might find the elements you want included in your day, and try to find a general location from there. Oftentimes, an elopement photographer (like us!) can help you with this part of planning, by scouting out or researching locations for you.
If you have your heart set on a certain date, keep in mind you may have to be more flexible on the location. If you're not super worried about the date, you probably will want to pick out the location then try to find a date that works best. Weekdays may be better than weekends for many locations in order to avoid crowds. Certain areas may also have road or trail closures during some parts of the year, or in certain weather, so we will always try to advise you on the best time to travel there.
1. Refer back to the paragraph above and figure out what elements you want to include in your elopement day. It's ok if you're still not super sure on a location or a date at this time.
2. Contact us and tell us about what you are envisioning, and possibly your top location choices or general area you want to stick to.
3. We will hop on a call with you to discuss more about your day and answer any questions you may have.
4. If you choose to move forward with us, we will get you guys booked, then get started in the planning process! We can help you with vendor recommendations, location scouting and research, pulling permits, creating a timeline, and sending you resources you may need to ensure you have the perfect day.
5. Elopement day! Head out on your own, with just us tagging along, or bring some of your closest friends and family on your adventure and get fucking married!!