Let's talk elopements!
First things first, let's clear the air about a few things. Elopements have changed so much in the last several years, and it's time we have some real talk about them. Here's my definition of what an elopement is: an intimate and intentional union between a couple where the focus is solely on them. It doesn’t matter where it takes place, or who else is there; the only thing that matters is the couple who is saying, “I do.” Because elopements are centered on the couple, generally they have a small number of guests; like your closest family and/or friends; or they can be only you two, your officiant, and your photographer.
Now that you know what the term elopement means, at least to me, let's debunk some popular myths. First off, elopements aren't just for couples who can't afford a big wedding or want to runaway to tie the knot. Secondly, when most people hear the term, "elopement," they think a last minute, not planned ceremony. This might be the case for some, but most are actually being planned months / a year in advance, and take a lot of planning just like a traditional wedding. And lastly, they are JUST AS MEANINGFUL as a traditntal wedding.
Traditional weddings and elopements both have value, even if they look a little different. Let me tell you a little why I love the idea of an elopement. The main reason: it's just about the two of you. You may have a few other guests attend, but for the most part it's just you two. Isn't that the whole point of a wedding?! The bride and groom can sometimes get lost in the commotion of a large wedding, but you're front and center of your own elopement. Elopements create an even more intimate and authentic day that only you two share, and that's so incredibly special. It will be an experience you'll remember for a lifetime.
Now that you know more about what eloping means, let me tell you why having all-day photo coverage for an elopement is just as important as having it for a traditional wedding. Photographers spend 8-12 hours covering a traditional wedding, and the same can and should be done for an elopement. It's just as important of a day, because it's still your wedding DAY. Regardless of where your wedding was, or who was there, this is still the day you said "I do" and it's the day you'll celebrate for years to come. It's still important to capture all of the same moments, from getting ready, to first looks and portraits, to the ceremony, and the celebration.
If you're wondering what you would do for 12 hours, let me tell you that the possibilities are endless. Whether you want to elope in the mountains, at the beach, in the city, or right in your backyard, you can plan an intimate and special day that is meaningful to you. Like I said before, this is your wedding DAY. A whole DAY that's centered around the two of you, which means that you're free to create the adventure that you want.
So, if you do decide to go with me as your photographer, I want to tell you a little about what you can except from me before, during, and after your elopement. First of all, I want to know all about you two! I want to get to know you, and I want you to get to know me too! Couples spend most of their wedding/elopement with their photographer, so it's important to feel comfortable with each other. We'll meet up for coffee or chat on the phone to get to know one another better!
I'm a huge planner, so I'm here to help you with as much or as little planning as you'd like! Whether you want a more local elopement, or you want to travel to Washington and elope on Mt Rainier, I'll help you plan it! We'll get down to all of the details from location, to what you want your ceremony to look like. I'll be there from start to finish on your special day, capturing the special moments, and all of those little in between moments too.
If you're wondering what you would do for 12 hours, let me tell you that the possibilities are endless. Whether you want to elope in the mountains, at the beach, in the city, or right in your backyard, you can plan an intimate and special day that is meaningful to you.
I would love to talk with you more! You can fill out an elopement contact form and we can set up a time to chat so I can give you more information and answer any questions you may have. Here's to new beginnings!
*Elopements in the US start at $3800.*