What Is An Elopement and Is It Right For You?

Elopements have come a long way from their origins. Once associated with secret weddings in remote locations, elopements have evolved into a romantic and intentional choice for couples seeking an intimate and meaningful way to exchange vows. In this blog, we’ll delve into what an elopement is, explore its modern definition, and help you determine if it’s the right choice for your love story.

An elopement is intimate but not just because of the number of people in attendance. Intimacy isn’t a number, it’s a FEELING.

The Evolution of Elopements

Elopements have had quite the glow-up! Gone are the days of whispered ‘I do’s in a hushed corner. Nowadays, elopements are like that exquisite handcrafted cocktail—personalized, intentional, and oh-so satisfying.

In this modern era, elopements have shifted gears. They’re not about hush-hush, slip-away moments but are grand intentional expressions of love and personal values. The heart of an elopement? It’s about celebrating your union in an authentic and profound way. Imagine breathtaking mountains, waves serenading your vows, or a cozy fireside exchange – these intimate celebrations echo your unique love story.

Adios to the old-school stigma! It’s 2023, and the judgmental whispers about elopements being cheap, sneaky, or unapproved have dissipated like morning mist. Our grandparents might’ve missed out on this enchantment, but lucky us, we’ve got the chance to create our fairy-tale moments.

No more ’40s-style hurried, unplanned weddings. Now it’s about hiking to a secluded waterfall, laughing under the stars, and crafting unforgettable memories. Elopements today are a blend of personal touch, sincerity, and sheer joy. So, break free from the traditional wedding playbook and leap into the adventure of creating a day that’s truly your own. Your love story deserves to be painted against the backdrop of your dreams. Cheers to the evolution of elopements – it’s a story of magic, authenticity, and pure, unadulterated love.

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Adventure Elopements

Adventure elopements aren’t just about tying the knot; they’re about promising your love on the grandest stage of them all – Mother Nature! Imagine an intimate ceremony against the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes – mountains that rise to meet the sky, serene lakes, or forests that echo with the sweet symphony of the wild. These elopements are the pinnacle of romance and adventure, all rolled into one! It’s like starring in your very own love-filled movie, where every frame is a majestic, jaw-dropping vista like Buena Vista in Colorado! Gosh- that’s magical.

Unlike traditional weddings, adventure elopements offer that dreamy freedom and flexibility to craft an experience that’s completely, unapologetically you. There are no cookie-cutter venues; instead, your options are as vast as the wild landscapes themselves. Picture standing atop a cliff, exchanging vows as the sun dips behind the horizon. Or perhaps a quiet lakeside ceremony with only the birds as your witness. Adventure elopements are the ultimate romantic quest, where love, nature, and your story intertwine into a breathtaking narrative.

They’re not just weddings; they’re an exploration of your love story in the most spectacular surroundings nature can offer. The entire journey is a magical ride, from choosing the perfect spot to capturing those moments that’ll be etched into your memory forever. If you’re someone who seeks excitement, thrills, and an intimate bond with nature, adventure elopements might just be your perfect love-laden escapade.

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Elopements aren’t for everyone, but they might be the perfect fit if:

First off, privacy is your thing! You value intimacy and adore the idea of sealing your love away from the crowd. It’s all about having those sweet moments together without the hustle and bustle of a big event. Then there’s the craving for that Instagram-worthy, heart-stopping location that makes your heart do a happy dance! You dream of standing on a mountaintop, by the sea, or in a lush forest saying, “I do.” Let’s talk stress levels! You prefer a chilled-out, relaxed vibe for your special day.

No fuss, just bliss, right? Well, elopements are the magic solution – a stress-free, easy-breezy wedding day. Lastly, authenticity is key! Your love story is unique, and you want your wedding day to reflect that. From the setting to the vows, you want every detail to tell your story and scream, “This is us!” If any of these hit home, an elopement might just be your golden ticket to a wedding day that feels like an adventurous love-filled escape!

Elopements aren’t for everyone, but they might NOT be the perfect fit if:

An elopement might not hit the right notes for you. If you dream of that grand celebration – an event where you can go all out, decked to the nines, with an awe-inspiring décor and a big dance floor. If you’re all about the glitz, glamour, and a large-scale production, an elopement might not offer the stage you’re envisioning. You might also have a large, close-knit family that absolutely needs to be there for your big day. If saying “I do” without your beloved tribe around feels a bit incomplete, an elopement might not be the perfect match for you.

You might be interested in a Micro-wedding! Lastly, you’re someone who wants the spotlight on your big day. If you want the whole world – or at least your entire social media list – to witness and celebrate your love story, an elopement, which is more private and intimate, might not align with that desire. Remember, an elopement isn’t one-size-fits-all, and it’s completely okay if it doesn’t resonate with your wedding vision. Your day should be a true reflection of your love, no matter the style or size of the celebration!

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Is a Micro Wedding a better fit for you than both?

So, picture this: you’re considering a ‘just us’ elopement, but maybe it doesn’t completely check off every box for you. Let’s explore if a micro wedding might be a better match! A ‘just us’ elopement – the ultimate intimate ceremony, just you two – might not be your cup of tea if you’re torn between sharing your big day with a select few people. If having your closest circle present feels essential, a micro wedding could be the best of both worlds. You get the intimacy of a smaller event while celebrating with those dear to your heart. Perhaps you’re yearning for a slightly more structured celebration – think vows followed by a small dinner party or a cozy reception.

A micro wedding allows you to extend your ‘just us’ vibe into a sweet, shared celebration. It’s the perfect balance between an intimate elopement and a small-scale traditional wedding. Also, if you desire a bit more room to personalize your celebration with more details, a micro wedding offers the space to add that extra flair. It’s your chance to express your unique style and infuse a little more decor, creativity, and personal touches. In essence, a micro wedding retains the intimacy you cherish while allowing for a bit more of that traditional wedding vibe. It’s a splendid compromise, ensuring you share your special day with a few loved ones while still keeping that magic of a more intimate affair. Cheers to celebrating love, your way! Intimate celebrations like these are near and dear to my heart as an elopement photographer.

Booking Your Photographer

Absolutely thrilled that you’re diving into the world of elopements! Let’s chat about finding that picture-perfect photographer to capture your magical day.

When booking your elopement photographer, keep an eye out for someone who truly gets you. Look for a photographer who not only shares your adventurous spirit but also understands your vision for this special day. Someone like me!

Aside from stunning photography, here are some top-notch perks I bring to the table:

Photography: My lens captures every fleeting moment, crafting beautiful memories for you.

Planning Guide: Together, we’ll plan the intricate details, ensuring your day unfolds seamlessly.

Activity & Lodging Ideas: From exploring the best to stay and things to do, I’ve got your back.

Timeline Creation: Crafting the perfect schedule to fit your day and make it stress-free.

Vendor Recommendations: Want the best florists, makeup artists, or other services? I’ve got a list!

Custom Location Guide: Take the hassle out of finding that dream location. I’ve scouted and handpicked the finest spots just for you!

Romantic Picnic & Champagne Toast: I pack it, hike with it, and set up for you!

My goal isn’t just to capture breathtaking photos but also to be your trusty guide, helping you create and execute your dream day. I’m not just another vendor; I’m your go-to partner in adventure! Whether you’re dreaming of a cozy in-home ceremony or a Rocky Mountain Elopement, I’m here to turn your vision into reality.

Your elopement should be perfect, and I’m committed to making it as magical and stress-free as possible. Let’s start planning and capture your love story in the most epic way!

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In the End it’s Your Love, Your Choice

Navigating the wedding planning path, you might be weighing between an elopement, a micro wedding, or a traditional wedding. Micro weddings offer a middle ground, striking a balance between intimacy and a small, purposeful celebration. If the idea of a tiny, yet meaningful gathering appeals to you, a micro wedding could be your perfect blend. It’s like having a dash of the elopement’s intimacy while still enjoying a select guest list for a beautiful celebration.

So, when considering your options, think about your heart’s true desires and how you envision your love story being told. Whether it’s the quiet and personal exchange of vows during an elopement, a micro wedding’s smaller yet meaningful celebration, or the grandeur of a traditional wedding, the key lies in the commitment you make to each other.

Feeling torn between these different paths? Take a moment to explore what resonates most deeply with your vision. Stick around for further tips, ideas, and inspirations as you venture through the planning process. Whatever path you choose, whether an elopement, micro wedding, or a grand festivity, let’s work together to craft your dream celebration, because in the end, it’s all about the unique love you share! Ready to dive into planning? Get in touch, and let’s bring your perfect celebration to life!

 Photographing love and life for the past 7 years. My passion for elopements comes from the intimate memories and inspirational landscapes that we share our earth with. 
My goal as your photographer and guide is to provide you with all the essentials needed to elope. You and your partner deserve a stress-free experience surrounded by love and admiration from every direction in every moment of your special day. Your wedding day is an unforgettable day and it should be documented in a way that authentically serves you. 

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