7 Signs You May Want to Elope

Real talk – not everybody loves a huge wedding. They’re stressful and the focus of the day is really more about pleasing the family than the couple getting married. If you ask me, that’s not the way it should be. From the hundreds of envelopes you’ll lick and stamp for your invites, to figuring out all of the details to make the big day happen, big weddings just aren’t for everyone! With that being said, every wedding doesn’t necessarily need to be the big black-tie affair with hundreds of people. Luckily, there’s another option for you! THANK GOODNESS! 

Elopements are pretty much the exact oposite of a traditional wedding. You don’t have to worry about pleasing the family and picking out table linens. You can get married wherever you want and however you want! They allow the focus of YOUR wedding day to actually remain on the two of you. If you’re considering eloping here are 7 Signs You May Want to Elope!

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7 Signs You May Want to Elope

1. You’re not into being the center of attention

Although some people live for the attention to be on them, maybe that’s just not you. If the thought of tripping as you walk up the isle, or stumbling on your words as you say your vows in front of a crowd makes you sick to your stomach, a traditional wedding may not be for you. But that’s okay! Eloping can help you still have the wedding of your dreams with the person who matters the most. Eloping allows you to celebrate your relationship fully, without all of the attention.

2. The thought of a ‘big wedding’ stresses you out… big time 

There can be so much pressure behind planning a big wedding. When you spend a lot of time planning something, you want it all to be perfect. As you plan your big day you should feel excited (you’re marrying your best friend!), but many people begin to feel bogged down and stressed out by the craziness of it all. If thinking about running off on an adventure and eloping brings you a level of peace, then maybe the big wedding was never in the cards for you anyway. Elopements can help ensure that your wedding day still brings alllllll the joy, without all the extra stress.


Signs you may want to elope

3. You love to travel and explore

I’m a little biased… but if you asked me the best part about eloping, my answer would be easy – YOU CAN PICK ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TO DO IT! If you and your fiance are already seasoned explorers and love to spend your weekends traveling to new places, eloping is the perfect opportunity to travel and explore a new beautiful place (and get married while you’re at it!).

4. You’re not into all the wedding traditions

You and your soon to be spouse may not care about following the societal tradition of a big wedding. That’s okay! You don’t need to have a big hoopla party just because other people do. Your wedding day should be extremely authentic to you as a couple, and the way you exchange your vows should feel very personal to you as a couple. If that means exchanging vows on a mountain top with just the two of you or with your absolute closest friends (plus a rockin’ photographer so you can look back at these memories forever) – then it’s time to start planning out your elopement!

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Signs You May Want to Elope

5. You think your money could be better spent elsewhere

With the average cost of a wedding steadily rising over the past decade, sometimes planning a wedding can be financially stressful. It may leave you picking between a big wedding, a luxurious honeymoon, or a down payment on your first house as a couple. Eloping allows you to splurge on the areas you find most important and you can be intentional on where you spend your money! 

Check out this article to dive deeper into this–> How Much Does it Cost to Elope?

6. You’d rather spend your wedding day alone with your new spouse or with your absolute closest loved ones

Traditional weddings are typically spent with other people. Sure, you kiss your now spouse and stare into their eyes during your ceremony, but the rest of the day is spent mingling with your guests. If you like the thought of everyone being together for your big day, a traditional wedding may fit the bill for you. But if you’d rather spend the day with just the two of you (or if you want to elope with your closest friends and family) and spending some true quality time with your each other on your wedding day, eloping is probably the way to go!


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It’s as simple as that. Once you’re engaged people start bombarding you with questions about when the big day is, where it’s being held, who you’re inviting, etc. Eloping helps relieve a lot of stress, because you don’t have to think about these things. There is no better reason to elope than simply wanting to elope. Don’t feel like you need to rationalize your decision to anybody, this is your wedding day!

Want to elope?! What’s next?

I believe elopements are the best kind of wedding. They’re such an intentional and meaningful way of getting married and allow the focus of your wedding day to remain on the two of you! I believe that you deserve to have a day that you can look back on and actually want to do all over again! I’m here to help you turn your vision into reality. I’m here to help you plan out all the details and logistics of your elopement so that you can relax and enjoy every single moment throughout your elopement day without stressing out.

If anything on this list resonates with you, you’d love to have someone guide you through the entire process from finding your dream location to creating your elopement timeline I would be so stoked to hear from you! You can contact me and🡪 LET’S CHAT! I cannot wait to hear all about your vision and guide you through making it happen!

Or, you can check out my related blog posts:

10 Tips for Planning an Adventure Elopement

How to Elope with Family

A Complete Guide to Eloping in Washington State

3 Reasons Eloping is Better Than A Traditional Wedding

How to Make Your Elopement Special

Ultimate Elopement Planning Guide

7 Signs You May Want to Elope | Courtney Lynn

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  1. Great tips! Your wedding photos are so crisp and clean… Love the colors and fun vibes!

  2. I can relate to literally all of these! 😀 Also, swooning over the snowy mountain photos, you captured them beautifully!

  3. Kayla Dolce says:

    I connect so deeply with all of these reasons! What an amazing post!

  4. Jennie Crate says:

    Yes, great tips, especially the first two! They resonate so much!

  5. Yes!! These reasons are sooo real and I hope everyone reads this and seriously considers eloping because it can change the perspective on weddings from stress to fun!

  6. Sienna says:

    I love being able to give couples different options to see if having a more traditional wedding, something intimate, or eloping is right for them!

  7. Katy Homan says:

    All of this rings so true! And beautiful, inspiring images too… Elopement weddings look so romantic & so much fun!

  8. Lauren says:

    These are SUCH great tips, I couldn’t agree more with this! Thanks for the helpful advice!! xx

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Courtney made the process SO easy! She does more than just photograph your day. She cares about you having the BEST elopement experience possible! I'll never be able to thank Courtney enough for making our dream day happen!

Contact me about your Elopement!

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?!

No need to stress, you're in the right place! This is where I come in and do the heavy lifting for you.

I'm Courtney, and I specialize in documenting adventurous elopements for couples who love the outdoors, but role is so much more than just an elopement photographer.

I'm here to guide you through every single step of planning your elopement and to give you a clear path tossing that stress out the window!

So, if you're ready to have a unique elopement experience that's actually focused on you, then let's friggin' do this!!

You know you want to elope,

and you know you want it to be meaningful and adventurous, but where do you start?!

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Courtney has a very warm and bubbly personality that shows through her work! She made my husband and I feel SO comfortable throughout the whole day.

We were very confused on how to start planning our adventure and she was there to answer a lot of our questions in the beginning and honestly with a very short time frame! We planned and got married in 6 weeks, because we knew we really wanted her there for our day and that is what she had available! It was a challenge well accepted for all three of us.

Our day was perfect. She captured our true essence of love and laughter and each photo shows it. There weren't very many set up photos unless we asked for them. She just gets you in the moment!

You can absolutely tell that Courtney loves what she does and wants your day to be perfect. She listens to you and really tries to understand you as a couple first and then uses that within her photography skills.

If you are looking for an adventure/elopement photographer I would highly suggest Courtney Lynn. We will be looking at and reliving our elopement forever thanks to her amazing photos. You won't be disappointed!

Amber & Ryan

Courtney was so helpful during the whole process! She helped put together a wonderful day!  She really wanted to make sure our wedding was just right for us. She made our elopement perfectly formulated for us, and I can't think of a more beautiful day!

One of our concerns going into an elopement was wanting to have pictures that let us remember the entire day. Courtney was there from start to finish and captured the whole day! Because of her outstanding work, we can share it with our loved ones, and they can experience the event almost as if they were there. We also really appreciated that she captured genuine moments between us instead of making it a photoshoot.

It felt like we were hanging out with a friend, and we think that helped us enjoy our day to the fullest.
If your dream wedding is an adventurous elopement day, I couldn't recommend Courtney more. She went above and beyond and was such a joy to work with throughout this whole experience.

She made us feel at ease and relaxed. Some wedding photographers are all about capturing posed moments that can be really awkward; that's NOT Courtney's style at all. Not only was she down to do whatever we wanted and go on little side adventures, but she made us feel comfortable.

She captured our true personalities and who we are as a couple! When looking at our gallery, our love for each other and our personalities can be seen in each image! She is extremely talented and did a phenomenal job of capturing the beauty of our wedding location. If you hire her, you will not regret it!

Sadye & Matthew

We are SO happy we decided to go with Courtney for our wedding photos! Originally we were supposed to elope in Italy, and she helped a TON with planning things like travel and what our day was going to look like.

Then the pandemic hit and we realized we probably weren't going to be able to go to Italy. So, we decided to change locations to Glacier!

She made it super easy and stress free, and helped plan what our new day in Glacier was going to look like!

Courtney was super easy to spend the entire day with, very friendly and fun to talk to! Even though our day didn't go exactly how we planned due to the weather, we all just went with the flow of it and it still turned out to be an amazing day!

If you're in doubt, just hire her!! You won't regret it one bit and you will get so many incredible photos to look back on your day!!

robbie & Aryton

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. We knew we wanted to get married in Ireland, but had too many options on exactly where. After doing some research of elopements, I was scrolling on Pinterest and came across some BEAUTIFUL photos taken by Courtney!

Courtney  made the process so easy! She is organized, professional, sweet, and so so funny!! Courtney does more than just photograph your day, she cares about you having the BEST day! She helped us plan EVERYTHING! Even down to the little details, like what type of shoes to wear! 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! After we exchanged our vows, we went to celebrate at a local pub (Courtney’s idea ;) ). It was a blast!!

Our elopement was an absolute DREAM COME TRUE! I will never be able to thank Courtney enough for making it happen. So for anyone on the fence, swaying back and forth about whether or not work with Courtney on your big day, 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!

Taylor & andrew

"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."

Ellie & Zac

"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.

Courtney balances both of these necessities (but rarities) with poise, great direction, and an overall kind calmness that just makes you breathe a sigh of relief. If you've come across Courtney's page and see what you like already, BOOK HER NOW. Don't spend another second looking for another Photographer that doesn't bring anywhere near the amazing light and spirit that this girl brings right here. Thank you again Courtney for allowing my husband and I to marry each other all over again! The images are stunning and I can't wait to blow them up and hang them in our home."

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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Don't take it from me,
Take it from my past couples!

You’re in the right place!

I’m here to guide you through EVERY. SINGLE. STEP.

Let’s toss that’s confusion out the window and focus on how you want to get married!

Let me relieve those feelings of being lost, save you time, tell the story of your day and let’s get started creating a day that you’ll never forget!

So, if you know you want to elope,
but feel unsure on where to start, 

contact me & let's get starting creating your dream elopement!

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