This is a very personal choice you have to make. Adventure elopements are usually very intimate. Many people opt only to bring a photographer. This works great as they are able to focus on each other and still share their story with family and friends.
But sometimes there are people that have to be there. In this case, it can be helpful to give these people a role in the day. They can act as an officiant, carry essentials, be in charge of hair and makeup, or even be crowd control. (those pesky, but well meaning tourists mentioned earlier). Not only can this take a little weight off your shoulders, it makes them feel more connected and part of the day.
I may be a bit biased, but this is the most important decision you will make. Your photographer will determine most of the memories of this experience. Plus, how the story looks and feels for everyone who were not there with you. You should choose someone enthusiastic about the location and the spirit of your day. I love getting to know my couples, and telling their story in a way that reflects what is important to them. I want you to see yourselves in the photography.
I often hear people say that their images help fill in the blanks of their experience and that’s important to me. I don’t want to you to look back at an image and think about how you were being posed or asked to perform an action. Be adventurous and have fun, then I’ll capture what happens authentically. I also believe in photographers helping out when it comes to traveling. Part of the reason I love elopements and destination weddings, is that I get to explore with couples. We end up collaborating on the places we go and the things we experience. It’s a powerful thing that plugs me into the story even more.
I hope this has you dreaming of your perfect adventure elopement or wedding. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch and learn more about what I do. I’m always up for a new adventure with passionate couples!
Speaking of adventures, here are some destinations I think would be amazing options for an adventurous elopement:
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Columbia River Gorge
The Alps, Switzerland
San Francisco City Hall
Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend
Zion National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Here are some of my favorite destinations for desert elopements.
Also, look for how to make your wedding day more intimate.
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