Adventure Weddings & Elopements
What's the difference?
Adventure weddings or elopements consist of a very small group, usually you, your fiance, your officiant, myself, and maybe even your dog! We can walk, hike, fly, or row to an amazing and picturesque destination to perform your ceremony. The beauty is in the experience, the adventure along the way, and the memories you'll keep forever! Consider it your wedding and honeymoon all in one amazing trip! Destination examples: The red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, in front of Rifle Falls in Colorado, a secluded beach on Kauai, under a majestic arch in Moab, Utah.
Intimate weddings can be just exciting, only with a bigger audience! Invite your close family and friends, usually under 30 guests, to experience the moment with you. This doesn't necessarily have to be as adventurous as an elopement, but can be somewhere small in your hometown or abroad. Celebrate afterward with dinner and drinks (maybe even crash the local pub or do a little bar hopping to close the night??). Destination examples: The French Quarter of New Orleans, The OBX of North Carolina, or a mountain lake in Idaho.
What do these two styles of weddings have in common?
1.) You're putting your money towards an experience. If you're the type of person who values travel, learning about new cultures, great food, and having fun then you're probably more excited to invest in an elopement or smaller wedding than centerpieces and table runners.
2.) Less stress and more freedom. Don't worry about what time your church needs you out by. Don't worry about whether you should invite your grandma's 3rd cousin or that co-worker you really don't like anyway. The only things you need to worry about are your flight schedules, finding the coolest Vrbo/hotel in the area, and purchasing a wedding dress to match the landscape (and that you don't mind getting a little dirty on the edges!).
3.) They're both priced the same for photography & guide coverage.
French Quarter, New Orleans
How Does the Process Work?
1.) Let's Be Friends
Schedule your complimentary consultation where I get to know more about the two of you and we'll discuss your vision, scheduling, location options, and questions you have.
2.) Make it Official!
Once you've chosen a date and have a general idea for the "where", you'll just need to sign our contract, pay the retainer, and we'll be all set - let the planning begin!
3.) Nailing Down the Details
I'll send you a list of location ideas and vendor recommendations, plus research permits and laws. You choose your favorites, make the reservations for hotels and with the vendors (florist, officiant, dinner), and choose your wedding day attire. And if there's anything you have questions about or need help deciding I'm here for it all!
4.) Get Married!
It's here! Whether it's a 3 am wakeup and walk to your destination by headlamp before sunrise, or a sunset ceremony with the alpenglow sky in the background, I'll be there documenting your store from start to finish. And if there's a little champagne poppin' in-between then so be it!
What if we're awkward and not the greatest at taking pictures?
SAME - I'm bad at faking it. Both small talk and posing for pictures. The photo on the main page shows my messy hair blowing in the wind, a hairband on my wrist (because I'm nothing without a pony), my sunglasses on my head (their usual spot because they're basically my headband), and whatever presentable shirt was easiest to grab from the suitcase in the back of the Jeep, and it works (for me) because it's real and candid. That's my goal for all of my couples. This is about having fun, documenting your experience, and capturing real memories for you to look back on forever. I promise - you can be an amazing subject in front of the camera when you're not trying!
What do we do for 8 hours during an elopement??
Don't worry, it's not 8 hours straight of pictures! Again - I'm there from beginning to end, starting with detail shots and getting dressed, the driving, hiking, walking, ATVing, and eating in between, your ceremony, some champagne poppin', some exploring, maybe dinner or post-wedding celebrations, aaaand some time for pictures in between all of that. This day is just as important as a traditional wedding day, and there's just as much to do, it's just way more laid back without structure.
How far in advance should we expect to book?
6-10 months in advance is ideal, but if you're feeling spontaneous and are thinking more like 3 weeks we might be able to make things work! Again - no structure, so you can make anything work if you want it bad enough! As long as we can get the permits and permission in enough time, you're good to go!
What should we wear?
You can wear a $35 white convertible dress from Amazon, or you can wear a $4k a-line with layers and layers of tulle, perfect for twirling. Guys - you can wear a full-on tuxedo or a pair of khakis with a button-up and suspenders. You're going to look amazing in anything you wear that day because it's what you want. If the adventure you're planning is a long-distance walk/hike then it's perfectly fine if you wear your comfy clothes until we make it to the perfect spot. The most important thing is that you pick a good, comfy pair shoes. But if you reeeally are loving a pair of heels then you better have those stuffed in your backpack too! Just remember - there's a really good chance you will get dirty. But dirty dress photos are sometimes the best ones from the day because they represent all of the fun that was had!