What Does Eloping Mean? | Elopement Photographer


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What Does Eloping Mean? | Elopement Photographer

Are you wondering what does eloping mean? There are so many different ways that people define elopement, but I think a few perceptions about eloping need to be fixed-LIKE NOW! Some people frown upon it and some people love it, but I want to get down to the nitty-gritty of why you should elope and what eloping really means. I’m going to debunk perceptions your parents, family or friends might have of eloping. So, please share with them and everyone else so that you can help me spread the love on eloping!

What’s the Difference Between an Intimate Wedding and an Elopement?

First of all, let’s chat about the difference between intimate weddings and elopements. You may think that the difference between having an elopement and an intimate wedding is defined by how many people you choose to have witness your marriage, but I don’t think that is an accurate definition.

Choosing to have an elopement is about the experience you want to have on your wedding day. If you want to have your closest friends and family with you, then do it, because it’s your day! So, in the end, it’s about your intentions on your wedding day. As long as you want to have an epic experience I would love to be a part of your epic elopement! I define elopement by the type of EXPERIENCE you want and not by how many people you want by your side on your wedding day. So, whether you have 0 or 50 people, but you want to have a stress-free day and want to keep the focus on the two of you and how you want to commit your lives together, then call it whatever you want. I’ll be here for you! You can contact me >HERE< to chat about your elopement!

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What is an elopement?

There any many ways that I could define elopement, but in short, it’s all about your desire to have an intimate experience that is focused on the two of you. Traditional weddings tend to take the focus off of the couple that’s getting married and puts more focus on the needs of the guests and putting on a big party for them. You can check out this blog I wrote on 3 Reasons Eloping is Better Than a Traditional Wedding. I think your wedding day should be focus on you–the ones actually getting married! It’s all about getting married exactly how and where you want and I’ll be here to help guide you through every step to create your dream elopement!

Why Should I Elope?

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 elopement!

What’s an elopement about?

Alright, now it’s time to break some elopement myths and false perceptions!

False Perception #1

You decided to elope because you want to run away

First of all, when you tell people you eloped or you’re eloping a few things are going to run through their mind and one of them is that they’re going to think you’re eloping because you want to secretly get married or run away, because someone doesn’t approve of your marriage or for a vast reason of other things. While a very small number of elopements might happen because of this, all the couples I work with elope because they want to have an intimate and adventurous experience. They desire to start their lives together by committing themselves to each other in an epic place. It is truly all about the experience and nothing to do with running away!why should I elope

What Does Eloping Mean?

False Perception #2

You want to elope because you want to leave your family out

When you tell your parents or closest family they might feel hurt or left out when that truly isn’t your goal. While some couples decide to have their nearest and dearest family and friends celebrate with them other’s don’t and that isn’t because they want to hurt or purposefully leave someone out. The amazing couple’s I get the honor of working with want to have their day be as stress free as possible and that means getting married exactly how and where you want without having to worry about everyone’s opinions. If you are curious as to what I classify as an elopement check out this article.

If you want to elope with just the two of you and want to find ways to include those closest to you check out How to Include Family in Your Elopement. This article will give you some fun ideas on how to make sure your family doesn’t feel left out!what is an elopement

Why Should I elope?

False Perception #3

You decided to elope because you want to save money

This is probably the number one reason people are going to think you want to elope. The couple’s that I have spoken with that have decided to elope aren’t interested in saving money, but rather eloping gives you the opportunity to spend your money on what really matters to you as a couple. I know plenty of couple’s who have spent just as much on their elopement as a traditional wedding! You can hire your dream photographer (Uhm, that would be me!!), you can have that incredible destination elopement, you can take that helicopter ride–if you can dream it, you can do it!how to keep family involved during your elopement

What is an Elopement?

So, in reality, eloping is about you, it’s about the experience you want, and it’s about committing your lives together in an epic place wherever you want and starting out your lives together on an incredible adventure. Eloping is about the experience you get to have on one of the most important days of your life.

I wrote an article on how much you should spend on a photographer so be sure to check it out as well!

Are you searching for the perfect elopement photographer for you? I would absolutely love to chat with you and help you put together your dream elopement. You can contact me HERE and I can’t wait to hear from you!


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  1. BreeAnna Lasher

    June 5th, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    wow! What an informative article! I love how you phrased this blog!

  2. Steph

    June 5th, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Heck yes to all of this! Amen!

  3. Puf creatif

    June 5th, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    This is sou helpful! Good job!

  4. Laëtitia Donaghy

    June 6th, 2019 at 4:02 am

    Super helpful! And beautiful photos too 🙂

  5. Alexandria Odekirk

    June 6th, 2019 at 4:37 am

    I love this! I’ve always viewed it as such a taboo thing to my family but the older I’ve gotten, the more and more I realize it’s about me and my partner and we would want to do that for us! no one else!

  6. nicole wagner

    June 6th, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Such great information! Love elopements! Gorgeous photos as well!

  7. Traci Edwards

    June 6th, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Love this post and busting those myths about eloping!

  8. Taylor

    June 6th, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Okay wow – this is such a great post about what elopements are, at least these days! Such gorgeous images to showcase it too!

  9. Erica Fuchs

    June 6th, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Courtney, what a beautifully written article! So important that couples are reassured that they have no reason to be afraid of eloping. Love the photos you included too.

  10. Kyle

    June 7th, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    This is a really helpful guide for couples considering doing something a little bit different when they get married. Eloping is always a great option!

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