Considering eloping instead of a full blown traditional wedding? Girl, I feel you! If/when I get married one day, this is definitely the route that fits my personality best. If you’re just exploring this idea or you straight up know this is the direction you want to go, I’m here for it and want to help you decide which is best for the two of you.
1.LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
This is the best part in my opinion. You get to go to super unique amazing places that you usually don’t have the opportunity to do when you have 100+ people at a traditional wedding. Think of a spot that represents your relationship well. Is it a random beach in Maui? Or maybe a mountaintop in Tahiti? Or on the cobble streets of Europe? Or maybe it’s on a cliff in Greece overlooking those stunning white buildings & ocean. Wherever it may be, let it represent your love story well and have FUN with it.
2.WHO GETS TO COME?
Many times people think eloping is just the bride & groom going somewhere with their photographer. This isn’t wrong! It’s certainly a possibility! However, you aren’t limited to that – you can definitely invite more people if you want. My general guideline is less than 50 people for an elopement. This can be anywhere between just your immediate family tagging along – to adding a few close friends to that grouping. Make it whatever you want it to be, surrounded by the people you absolutely love the most.
3.WHAT DOES MY ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY LOOK LIKE?
When you elope, you get SO.MUCH.TIME devoted to your bride & groom photos. My general coverage for an elopement is 3 hours, but this is flexible depending on your needs. You can use your photography time for whatever you’d like! It’s very common for me to show up, photograph the ceremony, do a few family photos, and then spend the majority of the time photographing your couple photos. You won’t be stressed, it’s all about the two of you, and we can adventure around and have a blast.
4. WHY AN ELOPEMENT OVER A FULL WEDDING DAY?
If you relate to any of the following below, eloping might fit you best!
– you don’t want to spend the money for a full blown wedding day
– you don’t want to have the stress of planning a wedding & coordinating everything and everyone
– you’re a major introvert and cherish alone time with just your significant other
– you don’t want to wait to get married while you’re planning your big wedding
– you want to get married at an epic location
– you prefer more of a casual day instead of the whole ‘hustle & bustle of a wedding day’ vibe
5. I WANT A TRADITIONAL WEDDING BUT I LOVE THE VIBE OF ELOPEMENT PHOTOS
I tooootttaaallllyyyy understand! Sometimes you can’t decide! Or your mom is super adimit about throwing you a traditional wedding. You can still have the best of both worlds. Go through with your traditional wedding & then we can go at a different time on a adventurous couples session and photograph the two of you in your epic location. You’ll have photos from both and it will be the best of both worlds.
In the end, regardless if you choose an elopement or a traditional wedding, the day is yours and it’s unique to your love story. Make it special & cherish the time.