How to Plan a Destination Elopement | Elopement Photographer

Eloping is truly an incredible way to get married! If you desire to have an intimate and adventurous wedding day then eloping is probably a fantastic choice for you–but just because you don’t have to create a seating chart and pick out linens doesn’t mean there aren’t things that need to go into planning! Would you even know where to start on planning your destination elopement?! Well, if you don’t that’s what I am here for. Here is my guide on How to Plan a Destination Elopement!

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Should I Elope?

First, let’s chat about the benefits of eloping and see if it resonates with you! Every decision that you make a long the way is about what you and your fiancé want. You don’t need to consider or take anybody else’s preference into account. You can get married and have your honeymoon all in the same place–how awesome is that?! You’ll be coming back all refreshed from a relaxing wedding and honeymoon while others are a bit more exhausted than they should be. Also, whatever money you spend will be just for your own personal enjoyment! If you want to have a nice dinner at the most expensive place, go for it. It’ll just be you and maybe your nearest and dearest family! Or if you want to go to the cheapest place, who cares! There isn’t anybody around to judge.

If you have an adventurous spirit and desire to have an intimate experience on your wedding day then eloping is probably a great choice for you! Eloping is all about having a stress-free, laid back and incredible experience. It is about starting your lives together on a rad adventure and committing your lives together in a place you’ve always dreamed of or in an extremely meaningful place to the both of you. If you are looking for an elopement photographer and for someone who will be by your side and help guide you through planning your dream elopement then I would be so honored to be a part of your special day! You can contact me >HERE< and I cannot wait to talk to you about your destination elopement!

Are you wondering what exactly is an elopement?! Check out this article to answer your questions!

Find Your Destination Elopement Photographer

One of the most important parts of a destination elopement is finding the right photographer for you. Most couples who elope are focused on having a flipping incredible adventure and intimate experience with their spouse and want their memories to be captured so that they can be treasured forever and to share with friends and family back home. One of the most important aspects to couples who elope is have their experience documented. So, for most, this is where a good amount of your budget is spent.

Spending money on a photographer is something I guarantee you will not regret! Most professionals usually spend tons and tons of time investing in their knowledge, in their business and each and every client – I know I have! Whatever equipment they use they will know how to use it inside and out without fumbling through their gear and take seconds to make any necessary adjustments throughout the day. They will be worth every pretty penny because they invest so much time before your wedding helping you plan a timeline and getting to know you, on your wedding day capturing every moment and after your wedding day perfecting every image.

My motto as an elopement photographer is to help turn your dream into a reality! I will be there by your side literally the whole day so it is so important to me that we vibe well with each other so when I ask to Skype or FaceTime with you, DO IT! I genuinely want to get to know you and hear about your vision for you day and you should want to get to know who is going to guide you through this right?! I am 110% invested in you and want to create a fricken incredible experience for you on your elopement day.

My goal for every couple I work with is to be more than just a photographer. I am here to help guide you through planning your dream elopement and to help in any way that I possibly can! I will help location scout for you so you can pick the absolute perfect place to say your vows. I will help create the perfect timeline so that you can be stress-free and enjoy every moment of your day. Being stressed out on your day is definitely NOT what I want for you. So, I am here to fix that! Most of all, I will be by your side every step of the way and I will be your friend and support. I have been a part of many elopements so I can guide you on how to plan your dream destination elopement! If you’re searching for a destination elopement photographer I would absolutely love to hear your vision for day and would be so flipping stoked to document your day! You can contact me >HERE< and I am so excited to hear from you!tips for planning a destination elopement

How to Plan a Destination Elopement

Pick Your Destination Elopement Location

Picking the perfect destination for your elopement can be difficult because there are so many incredible places in this world! There might even be some in your own backyard. So, how do you choose?! Deciding on a location correlates to your budget, how much travel you want to do and the type of couple you are! Are you an outdoorsy couple who loves to enjoy the mountains and go for hikes or are you the type of couple who wants to have a relaxed elopement in the romantic city of Paris?

When it comes to choosing a location think about how much money you want to spend and where you want to spend it. If you live in the U.S. and want to elope in Ireland look up flight costs, hotel/Airbnb, car rental, etc., so that you can get an idea of how much it is going to cost. Be sure to choose a location that means a lot to you both or a place you have always dreamed of going! This will help your day to be even more memorable. However, I do have many couples come to me that know they want to elope in an epic location, but have no idea where and honestly, I love that! I love helping my couples pick out the perfect location for them. I spend time getting to know my couples through video calls and questionnaires and then I send them list of amazing locations that I think will be a great fit for them! I love this part of how I serve my couples!

Here are some blog posts with some fun locations for you to check out as well!

10 Amazing Iceland Elopement Locations

10 Best Places to Elope in the U.S.

Best Places to Elope in Oregon

10 Incredible Places You Want to Elope

Choose Your Elopement Date Wisely

Wherever you decide to have your adventurous elopement be sure to consider the weather! Research the best times to visit the area, but also consider how busy that time of year will be.  If you’re having an elopement in a more remote location in the mountains then you don’t have to be worried about privacy, but if you want to say your vows in a more public space be sure to look into this!

Do you have a favorite season? If you want to elope in the mountains, but aren’t a fan of the cold then have a summer elopement. If you want to get married in the dessert, but don’t want to sweat like a pig then choose a date during the winter! Research rainfall, average temperatures, and so on and so forth. Of course, when eloping in nature you have to prepare yourself for anything and everything, but this will help to give you the best idea of what you’ll be dealing with.destination elopement planning tips

Plan a Destination Elopement

Be Patient When Corresponding with Vendors

When you email vendors be patient when waiting to hear back from them. The time difference will slow down your roll in emailing back and forth with your florist, officiant, planner, etc. You most likely won’t be able to meet face-to-face with all your vendors so having a Pinterest board dedicated to all the aspects of your wedding will tremendously help you and your vendors out. You should have a board for your florals and other visuals! By sharing your boards with your vendors they’ll be able to see your vision and more accurately be able to give you what you want on your elopement day! Since communicating by email isn’t the easiest to portray your vision, using visuals to communicate will be the easiest for both parties.

Add Personal Touches

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! After all, it is all about you.

Some other ideas for some personal touches are custom vow books, ring box, favorite wine or champagne to celebrate, custom wine glasses, bouquet, boutonniere, a watch, jewelry, clutch, etc.

Share the News with Your Family

I totally get it. Announcing Your Elopement can make you a little nervous! You might be scared of how your Mom or your best friend will react. You know your goal isn’t to hurt your family by leaving them out, but they probably don’t. Check out these articles for more in-depth conversations about this topic!

5 Tips for Announcing Your Elopement

How to Keep Family Involved in Your Elopement

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How to Plan a Destination Elopement

Well, there you have it! I hope you found all this information on How to Plan a Destination Elopement helpful!

I am all about helping my couple’s dream become a reality. So, whether you want to go for a hike to an epic location in the mountains, whether you want to take a helicopter to a remote location, whether you want to frolic through a meadow in a forest, or whatever it may be–I will be here to help guide you through planning your dream elopement. I want you to have a fricken incredible elopement day that is 100% stress-free and all about you so you bet I will create an amazing timeline so you can kick back and just enjoy your day. Want to know?! YEAH YA DO!  You can contact me >HERE< and I can’t flipping wait to talk to you about your elopement!

Check out these related articles!

3 Reasons Eloping is Better Than a Traditional Wedding

Ultimate Elopement Planning Guide

Ultimate Olympic National Park Elopement Guide

How to Pack for Your Hiking Elopement

How to Write Wedding Vows for Your Elopement

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  1. Greg Hastain says:

    You seriously did a great job putting all of this info together! Thank you and I appreciate you taking the time to include something about sharing the news with family.

  2. katelynd mercer says:

    amazing Courtney!!
    such good advice!

  3. Aneisa says:

    Love this blog post! Such great information for those looking to elope!!

  4. You have some amazing destination elopement work!

  5. Haha hey! Thats me! 🙂 These are such helpful tips in planning a destination elopement!

  6. Traci says:

    Planning a destination wedding or elopement can be so daunting this is so great and well put together!

  7. Sienna says:

    It can be tricky trying to plan a wedding from out of state etc, but informative posts can definitely help those who are looking to plan a destination elopement!

  8. Brady says:

    This was so educational and your editing is amazing! Loved this so much

  9. Tom says:

    This guide looks awesome!! Great work!

  10. Lauren says:

    This is such great advice and super helpful for couples looking to elope in a different place!

  11. Jessica says:

    So many great tips for eloping with so many beautiful images to highlight what a wonderful choice it is!

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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!!"

NINA & JASON

"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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