Elopements are an extremely intentional way of getting married. They’re all about crafting an adventurous and meaningful day that’s about the two of you – the ones actually getting married! I wish I knew that. I wish I had known what eloping was really all about and what other options I had.
You see, when I got married I wasn’t a photographer at the time and honestly knew nothing about elopements. The only thing I thought I knew about elopements was that you went to the courthouse and got married – end of story.
How wrong I was!
I honestly had dreamed of a huge wedding ever since I was a little girl and as I got older that dream never really went away. I had a very specific vision in my mind and I was determined to have it. I remember one day I was searching online for my perfect venue. I came across one and I thought, “This is it!!” So, I set up a date to go check it out with my parents and I fell in love.
However, this venue was about 45 minutes from where I lived and was out of the way. It was down a long winding road in the middle of nowhere. My Dad was extremely hesitant. “I don’t know Courtney. It might be too long of a drive for some people.”
I barely even started planning my wedding and it was already all about the guests.
Eventually he realized it was fine after a lot of convincing and so I got my dream wedding venue. I was stoked! I went on planning my wedding as usual and went on to have my wedding. I loved my wedding day as it was the day I got to marry the love of my life and my best friend and I wouldn’t change that for the world.
However, looking back on my wedding day I would 100% have eloped in the mountains with my immediate family – the people I actually care about and make a difference in my life.
When I look back on my wedding day I see that I hardly got to eat the meal I picked out for everyone as I was rushed off for quick sunset photos. I see that I had one mini cupcake when dessert is my all time favorite and I had spent time picking out a lavish dessert bar. I see that my husband and I hardly got to enjoy each other’s presence as we were constantly trying to make everyone feel welcomed or listening to speeches and pretending to laugh when inside I really just wanted everyone to stop talking.
I remember sitting at our sweet heart table and I looked at him and said, “I feel like this isn’t our wedding.” He agreed.
I see that I had people at my wedding that I didn’t even know and people that I hardly even spoke to, because I had lists from my parents and in-laws of people whom HAD to be invited for them. Not for us, but for them. How ridiculous! I see that I spent loads of time making decorations that were just thrown away or stuffed into the garage.
I see a day that was about everyone else.
It was a large dinner party put on for my family – and people I didn’t know! That’s not how it should be. That’s not what people should be seeing when they look back on their wedding day.
So, that’s why I do what I do. This is why I’m an Elopement Photographer.
I’m here to give you another way to get married and to let you know that you have another option if you feel a traditional wedding isn’t right for you, because I wish I had someone like me to tell me what elopements are actually about. I don’t want anybody to look back on their wedding day and see what I see.
You shouldn’t feel pressured into having a day that doesn’t feel right for you. Your wedding should be about YOU and not everyone else! I believe you deserve to have a wedding day that’s crafted around the two of you.
Oh, and guess what?! Just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean that you deserve any less than someone having a traditional wedding.
Think about this – Someone who has a traditional wedding will typically have their photographer there for a minimum of 8 hours to capture their whole day. So, why should elopements be any different?! THEY SHOULDN’T! I believe you deserve to have your elopement experience documented from beginning to end. Eloping comes down to the type of experience you want to have on your wedding day.
It’s about creating an entire day that you can look back on and actually want to do all over again! Your elopement day is a story and it’s a story that deserves to be told!
Elopements aren’t about purposefully leaving your family out or running away and getting married at the courthouse. They’re about getting married exactly how you want! They’re about creating an experience that reflects the two of you. If you love hiking then go hiking on your elopement day! If you love mountain drives and exploring national parks then create an adventurous day all about hitting up the most amazing locations.
There are no rules to eloping! If you can dream it up, you can do it!
Why I Focus on Adventure Elopements in the Outdoors
I grew up going to the mountains every summer. We would go hiking and camping or stay in a secluded cabin by a lake. My love for the outdoors is why I focus on Adventure Elopements and elopements that take place in nature.
There’s something about being away from busy cities and only being able to hear the wind, birds chirping and the rivers racing down that brings complete solitude.
I love going on a good hike that brings epic views. I love seeing stunning waterfalls crash down. I love the solace of a lake a sunrise when nobody is around. Being in the mountains is one of my greatest joys and photographing couples on such a special day of their lives in that type of scenery couldn’t make me happier!
It’s a job that I love and I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love! It’s amazing to see couples get married in the way they truly want knowing there won’t be any regrets. It’s so special to me to be a part of that and knowing that I helped them plan and create a day that they’ll be able to look back on with a huge smile on their face. It’s incredible to know that there are amazing people, like you, who trust me to tell the story of their epic adventure elopement. I’m so honored to do that for you!
So, that’s my story. That’s why I’m an Adventure Elopement Photographer.
Looking for someone to guide you through planning your epic elopement?!
If you’re looking for a meaningful and adventurous elopement day I would be stoked chat with you! I’m here to guide you through every step of planning and elopement. You won’t feel lost or unsure what to do, because I’ll be here for you helping you pick out the perfect location for you to say your vow, helping you plan out your activities and guiding you through the logistics of planning. Ready to get started planning the epic adventurous elopement of your dreams without regret?! Contact me >HERE< and let’s friggin’ do this!!
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