6 Elopement Mistakes You Don't Want To Make | Elopement Photographer

6 Elopement Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make | Elopement Photographer

If you and your fiance have decided to elope, there is a high chance it was because you wanted to leave behind the stress that comes with planning a big wedding bash. However, just because you aren’t having 200 guests and planning a table arrangement doesn’t mean there aren’t details to nail down! Here are 6 Elopement Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make!

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6 Elopement Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

1. Elopement Mistake — Don’t Forget To Deal With the Legal Stuff

You might think this is obvious, but it’s definitely better to deal with this sooner rather than later! There are a few options you have to legalize your marriage when eloping. If you are eloping in another country I highly suggest to get legally married where you live and have your elopement day ceremony be symbolical. After all, it’s the vows that really matter and not what a piece of paper says!

If you’re eloping in a different State than where you live the process is definitely easier than getting married in a different country. You could go the same route of getting legally married where you live and have your elopement be symbolical, but if getting legally married on your elopement day matters to you then go for it! Every state has different marriage laws, so be sure to look them up and make sure it’s possible for you to do that. Certain States have a mail in options which make the process easier, but some you have to be there in person and then you have a waiting period to be able to use the marriage license.

So, in short, do your research!

2. The Biggest elopement mistake – Don’t Down Play Eloping

Elopements are incredibly special. They allow for more intimate moments, more adventure and allow you to get married exactly how you without having to worry about pleasing all the aunts, uncles and cousins. So, just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean you deserve any less than someone who is having a traditional wedding! If you think about it someone who has a traditional wedding typically won’t settle for less than eight hours of coverage on their wedding day. They want their full day documented so that they can look back on their wedding day and remember it like it was yesterday.

Why should elopements be any different? They shouldn’t! This is your wedding day. This is the day that the two of you will look back on and celebrate for the rest of your lives. You deserve to have a full experience on your elopement day. You deserve to be able to look back and remember your entire day like it was yesterday, because I believe your elopement matters. Elopements aren’t just about pretty pictures. They’re about the entire experience you have on arguably the most important day of your life! You deserve to have that experience.

Read more about What Elopements are Truly about!

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Elopement Mistakes To Avoid

3. Hire Your Dream Photographer – Don’t let this be your biggest elopement mistake!

This topic goes along with number two! This your elopement day and having someone you trust, someone you’ll get along with and someone’s style you love is SO important. This is your day so why not go all out and hire your dream photographer?! After the day ends all you’ll have left are your memories and your photographs. You deserve to be able to keep and cherish those moments forever!

Hiring a photographer tends to be one of the most important things to couples eloping. If it’s a priority to you, then don’t shy away from contacting the photographer you would love to work with!

4. Don’t Forget About Those Details

Just because you are eloping doesn’t mean that you can’t have a creative vision! Do you want to get married under an arch? Do you want to have a first dance? Do you want to have a color scheme with your florals? Do you want florals? You can have whatever you want!

There are no rules to eloping! If you can dream it up, you can do it. Leave all the logistics behind and I’ll be here to help you turn your dream into a reality!


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5. Transportation and Details!

If you are having an elopement in a location you don’t live I’m sure you haven’t forgot to buy those plane tickets, but how are you going to get from your hotel or your Airbnb to your epic location? If you are going on an adventure elopement and taking a hike? Don’t forgot to pack your hiking shoes and extra socks. Shoes are another form of transportation, right?!

I’ve written an in depth Elopement Checklist for you, too! It’ll help you know where to start to plan your elopement and figure out those details!

6. How To Break It To Your Family

Your friends and family might be disappointed that they aren’t able to be a part of your big day if you decide to elope with just the two of you. They may be sad, but check out these three articles that you’ll find incredibly helpful on this topic!

How to Include Your Family During Your Elopement

5 Tips for Announcing Your Elopement

What To Do After Eloping

Looking for an elopement photographer? I’m here to guide you through planning out all the details and logistics of your elopement so that you won’t feel lost or unsure on how to go about planning you epic elopement! I’d love to hear all about your vision and chat with you about your elopement! >>CONTACT ME<< and let’s get started!!

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You probably have a million thoughts running through your head making you a bit overwhelmed.

How does this work? What can I do during my elopement? How do I choose my location? Is the ceremony legal? Can I elope with family?

One of the reasons you're probably eloping is because you want to have a stress-free day, but with so much uncertainty on how to plan an elopement how is it even possible?!

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"When my now husband and I started planning our elopement, we were confused to the max. We didn’t know where to start or how to go about planning anything. 

COURTNEY MADE THE PROCESS SO EASY! She is organized, professional, sweet, and so so funny!! She does more than just photograph your day, she cares about you having the BEST elopement experience possible!

She helped us plan EVERYTHING! Even down to the little details! She helped us narrow down where, giving us her informative opinions on each of our options! She gave us cool ideas that we could incorporate into our special day. No idea was too big! When the day came, we had the absolute best time exploring and getting married!

Our elopement was an absolute DREAM COME TRUE! I will never be able to thank Courtney enough for making our dream day happen. 

So, for anyone on the fence, swaying back and forth about whether or not work with Courtney, SWAY NO MORE! You’ve found your person!! My day couldn’t have been any better and my pictures are beautiful and capture the fun we had!!! I can’t wait to work with her again!"

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"Planning for our day and the day itself would have been completely different without Courtney. We only knew that we wanted to share our vows in the Tuscan countryside and have beautiful photos, and Courtney planned the perfect agenda for that to happen.

She coordinated our timing around sunset, and not only were the photos breathtaking, but the actual evening was too. I remember looking out over the vineyards as the sun set, the view becoming more and more stunning by the minute. There were no moments that felt forced or posed, every shot was comfortable and fun and full of love.

Courtney is such a sweet, kind, fun person and we truly enjoyed spending the day with her. Courtney helped us to turn our dreams into reality, and we hardly had to do a thing. She allowed us to be in control of our day but gently took all of our wants and needs into consideration while making everything happen. Lastly, our pictures are just magical. Courtney is an incredibly talented photographer, and I feel so lucky that we were able to work with her. I would recommend her over and over again to anyone eloping."

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"Let. Me. Tell. You. It's not the technical aspects of photography that are the most difficult. It's the human aspect. Remembering that as a Photographer, you may be behind the lens but you are still a human, in front of other humans, in some of the most raw and intimate of moments.

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Shannon & Brandon

"Working with Courtney was an extremely easy experience, seamless, positive and obviously fun. My wife and I went on our honeymoon and wanted to surprise her with a surprise honeymoon adventure session.

Courtney worked with me to make that dream gift for my wife a reality. Meeting and posing for a photographer for the first time can be intimidating, but with Courtney it was anything but that.

Courtney is extremely positive and helpful and made us feel very comfortable in front of the camera. She played some of our favorite songs and before we knew we were just having fun and she was catching them every second. Perhaps the best part of our session was that Courtney knew all the characteristic and peaceful places of where we were, which made our photos even more extraordinary.

She kept the focus on my wife and me. When we shared our images with friends and relatives, everyone complimented on Courtney's aesthetics and the emotion she was able to capture. I can't thank Courtney enough for exceeding all our expectations with this photo shoot!!"


"Pick her -- she's the best! Courtney is amazing! Seriously! If you're thinking about eloping you should snatch her up to capture your day. She makes the entire experience fun and relaxed plus the pictures just blew us away. I will never forget our magical time in Venice and I'm obsessed with the gorgeous photos Courtney took of us. She's so so good!"

Jami & Tim

Courtney is not only a talented photographer, but she makes you feel so comfortable even though being in front of the camera can be nerve-wracking! She did such an amazing job with our day and if I had to pick my favorite photo it would take FOREVER, because I love so many! Definitely consider her if you want adventurous and beautiful photos coupled with an amazing experience!

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