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7 Signs You May Want to Elope

Real talk – everybody loves a wedding. But weddings can get stressful in a hurry. 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, weddings can be…. too much! With that being said, every wedding doesn’t necessarily need to be the big black-tie affair with hundreds of people. Some people choose to opt for an  intimate elopement instead. Have you ever thought of eloping or are you trying to figure out if eloping is right for you? 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!reasons that eloping is right for you

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

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, and spending some true quality time with your them on your wedding day, eloping may be the way to go for you.signs and reasons eloping is right for you


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!

If you’re newly engaged and anything on this list resonates with you, you may want to consider eloping! If you’re looking for some recommendations for places to elope, or for elopement photographers 🡪 LET’S CHAT! I’m here to help guide you through every single step! I’m here to help you plan and handle the logisistics so you can have a stress free day!

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

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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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I'm here to make your life SO much easier and I'm so excited to do so!! I'm here to keep your day and planning process as stress-free as possible. I'm not about stressing out and I especially don't want you losing your mind on your elopement day! I'm here to guide you through every single step.

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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."

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

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 on the web, I was scrolling on Pinterest and came across some BEAUTIFUL photos taken of an elopement in Ireland. Those moments were captured by, yep you guessed it, Courtney!

Her website and Courtney herself 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

"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 was 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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