What Is An Elopement?

Elopements in the 21st Century

Elopements are romantic escapes that in the past meant keeping it a secret and running away from home. There is a new way to get married that empowers couples to create their day. WITHOUT seeking permission or approval from others.⁠

To elope means to get married in your own way. An elopement day will focus on you and your partner. It means you don’t have to follow traditions. Your marriage is all about you and your partner, so why not take the leap (the root word of elope).⁠

Encouraging my couples to elope with ease anywhere in the world with oodles of resources, guidance, location scouting and vendors!! I provide my couples with all the tools they need to have an epic, meaningful and breathtaking wedding day!

SO, why even elope??

I’m finding that people still don’t know what an elopement is or what it means in this day and age. Recently, I ran into a few people I haven’t seen in ages, and they asked me what I do for work. I simply replied, “I am an elopement photographer.”. And they looked at me with a big question mark on their forehead. So here goes:

Traditional weddings are for traditional people–and you are anything but. Unlike traditional weddings, which often prioritize guest experience, elopements offer a chance to focus solely on the couple. I repeat, you don’t need permission to get married the way you want to from loved ones.

For example, if you don’t like to be the center of attention (a sentiment I hear often), why would you want a big wedding?? You might want to consider eloping.

If you have no idea how to begin, or how to decide if eloping is right for you – that’s where I come in and help! I have so many ideas to create an amazing experience for your unique and intimate wedding. We get to know one another, and plan this adventure together! Need more info on why eloping is ideal? Let’s dive in deeper!

Elopements are all this and a bag of chips:⁠

A way to get married in an intentional way⁠

Eloping is more than just a spontaneous decision; it’s a deliberate choice to get married in an intentional way. Unlike traditional weddings, elopements are carefully planned in advance, ensuring that every detail reflects the couple’s desires and values. While elopements aren’t necessarily cheap, they offer an unparalleled experience that transcends the constraints of tradition.

Privacy is another significant benefit of eloping. Unlike traditional weddings, which often involve large crowds of family and friends, elopements allow couples to exchange vows in a more intimate setting, free from outside distractions. This privacy creates a sense of intimacy and closeness, allowing couples to share this special moment without feeling self-conscious or overwhelmed.

Experience⁠ > tradition

One of the most significant advantages of eloping is the emphasis on the couple’s experience over adhering to traditional norms. Rather than conforming to societal expectations, eloping allows couples the freedom to design a ceremony that truly reflects their relationship and personalities. This focus on experience over tradition can lead to a more meaningful and memorable wedding day.

Furthermore, eloping is often less stressful than planning a traditional wedding. Without the pressure of coordinating with vendors, managing guest lists, and navigating family expectations, couples can enjoy a more relaxed and intimate celebration. This reduced stress allows couples to fully savor the moment and focus on each other, creating a more authentic and enjoyable experience.

Freedom to do whatever the heck you want!

Additionally, elopements offer the freedom to choose any location for the ceremony. Whether it’s a secluded beach, a majestic mountaintop, or a cozy cabin in the woods, couples can get married just about anywhere their hearts desire. This flexibility allows couples to create a wedding that reflects their unique personalities and interests, making the day truly their own.

Contrary to popular belief, eloping is not selfish!! Instead, it’s a celebration of love and commitment that prioritizes the couple’s happiness above all else. By choosing to elope, couples affirm their freedom to be themselves and express their love in a way that feels authentic and meaningful to them.

Top 10 Reasons Couples Why Couples Choose to Elope

  1. Intimacy Over Opulence: Couples seek a deeply personal and intimate ceremony without the pressure of a large guest list.
  2. Meaningful Locations: Eloping allows couples to say their vows in places that hold significant meaning or breathtaking beauty.
  3. Freedom of Expression: Without the constraints of traditional weddings, couples can truly express themselves and their love story.
  4. Stress Reduction: Planning a large wedding can be overwhelming; eloping simplifies the process, focusing on the joy of the union.
  5. Cost Efficiency: Eloping often reduces expenses, allowing couples to save money or invest in other aspects of their lives together.
  6. Adventure and Travel: Many couples choose to elope as a way to combine their love for each other with their passion for adventure and travel.
  7. Avoiding Family Drama: Eloping can be a solution for couples looking to avoid potential family conflicts or pressures.
  8. Eco-Friendly Options: Smaller ceremonies are not only intimate but also offer a chance to reduce the environmental impact of the celebration.
  9. Customization: From the ceremony to the celebrations, every detail can be tailored to the couple’s preferences, making the day truly theirs.
  10. Focus on the Future: Without the financial and emotional strain of a large wedding, couples can focus on their future together, setting the foundation for a strong marriage.

Some examples of unique elopements I’ve photographed!

I hope this helps you decide if eloping is for you. I’m rooting for you! You will never regret being true to yourselves, but I can guarantee, you will never be happy if you are worried about pleasing other people. ⁠

If you are ready to take the leap, I cannot wait to provide you with all the resources you will need to have your dream wedding anywhere in the world. I’ve got you!⁠ Contact me to begin planning for your adventure!

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