Planning your elopement is an exciting, beautiful time. However, just like planning anything monumental, it can be overwhelming and stressful. You have endless details to think about such as location, licenses and permits, travel arrangements, lodging, attire, potential guests, food, and so much more. And, of course, we can’t forget to mention finding and hiring the right photographer to bring your vision and experience to life.
Elopement photographers are different than your typical run-of-the-mill wedding photographer. One of the main reasons is that they will often help you plan out your elopement. You can forgo the wedding planner this way, making the decision of hiring a photographer that much more difficult. But if you do need a little bit of help trying to figure out which direction to go in, I might be able to assist. Here is my quick guide on how the elopement planning process works.
You can’t just find any photographer off the street and say “yep, that’s the one!” without getting to know them first. Just like with any relationship, you wouldn’t commit to anything unless you know you’re compatible. It’s the same with hiring a photographer for your elopement. After all, you’re going to be spending all day together, while they capture every sweet, intimate moment of your day.
Sometimes personalities and styles don’t match, but that’s okay! This is why it’s important to get to know each other and discuss what type of experience you want your elopement to be before making your final decision. The right photographer will fit in with you and your partner effortlessly—every bit of communication should leave you even more excited about your elopement day.
Once we’ve mutually decided it’s the right fit, it’s time for a bit of location scouting. The location is one of the most important aspects of your elopement. Whether it’s someplace you’ve never been before or a location that is meaningful to you and your partner, there’s more to it than just saying “I wanna get married here.” Maybe you know the area you want to get married in, but you don’t have a specific spot picked out. This is where I can help.
I’ll put together a list of locations based on your preferences and you can narrow it down to your favorite. I’ll also make sure we have several backup spots. It’s hard to predict the weather, road closures, construction, and other factors. Having a backup location is essential (even if it’s just your Airbnb).
Not to state the obvious, but the timeline of your elopement day is vital. However, it can be one of the trickiest, stress-inducing things you have to do—especially if you’re not a planner. I can help you plan out your day from sunrise to sunset, making sure every last detail is perfect. One of the best parts about eloping is there is a lot more flexibility throughout the day.
Even with the perfect timeline, I’ll make sure there is plenty of built-in time for spontaneity. After all, we want your day to feel stress-free, flexible, and exciting. But even with the built-in flexibility, your timeline comes in handy for things like avoiding crowds, making sure we’re in your location at the right time of day, avoiding bad weather, and ensuring you have enough time for activities. This allows everyone to feel the most prepared.
One of the biggest things couples don’t always think about for their elopement day is permits and licenses. (Of course, the exception is a marriage license—I’m sure that’s at the top of everyone’s minds.) If you are getting married in a national, state, or local park, you may need a permit to do so. Many of these parks have rules and regulations about when, how, and where you get married inside the park. Making sure you get your permit is essential to ensure you’re getting married legally in the park and to understand the rules. I’ll help you navigate this process and ensure you’re not missing anything come elopement day!
Vendors are really a personal choice for your elopement. Some couples still choose to have a meal catered or made by a private chef, have floral arrangements put together, or hire a hair and makeup artist. While it’s not absolutely necessary, I can help you find local vendors in the area you’re eloping in. This way you won’t have to do endless amounts of research trying to find the best one.
Your elopement day is special and every last detail matters. I’ll make sure there’s no stone left unturned before your day comes along. The biggest thing to remember is that even with the most detailed plan, it’s important to stay open-minded and flexible. This is what makes eloping so much fun—all of the spontaneity. If you’re ready to start planning your elopement, contact me today and let’s get started!