All-Day Elopement Timeline Example
Updated: Feb 5
Firstly, what is an elopement? The word "elopement" use to mean people getting hitched in an Elvis chapel in Vegas or running away with the love of your life because your love was "forbidden". Ok, maybe that's a little dramatic, but I promise that elopements have come a long way from those old and dated beliefs!
So. What is an elopement? Today, eloping means an actual experience for a couple getting married to celebrate their marriage and their relationship. It's meant to be a low stress day and could potentially include a small number of family and friends (usually 10-40 guests) with the day focusing entirely on the couple and their relationship.
To me, as the photographer, elopements are a huge honor to get to capture because not many other people are in attendance. Sometimes, I'm the only person in attendance capturing photos of the couple and their elopement experience. However, I think it's equally important to have an entire day to celebrate and capture your marriage, just like I would a traditional wedding. You only get married once; you only have one wedding day to look back on for the rest of your life. Think about that: on your anniversary, you're going to think back to your day and how you celebrated it. Do you really just want to go to the courthouse, get a few photos taken for an hour, and call it a day? Or do you want to do something fun and create an entire day that is entirely perfect for you and your fiance, that truly represents your relationship, and makes you smile every time you think or talk about your wedding day? I don't want you to look back 10, 15, 50 years from now and regret your short 2-hour elopement shoot and that's how you remember your entire day. You deserve to have an entire day celebrating you and your fiance and your marriage.
You could choose to elope in the mountains, by the beach, or in a city. It's completely up to you and your fiancé whether you choose a sentimental place to read your vows and explore or if you choose a place on your bucket list to explore and commit your life together.
So, let's get into it. Here's an example of a full-day 13 hour elopement -- because you deserve an entire day to celebrate getting married.
Alex & Cameren
Asheville, NC | 10.28.2021
Getting Ready Location: Alex and Kamryn's rustic Airbnb
Ceremony Location: Mountain top in Blue Ridge Parkway
Additional Portrait Location: lookouts, brewery, sunset mountain views
Meal/Celebration Location: picnic lunch at park and dinner at brewery
wake up, coffee, light breakfast & being together in dimly-lit common area
getting ready - separate rooms
emotional first-look & private moment
leave - travel in Jeep to trail
arrive and drive with Jeep on trail
vows, first kiss, portraits at top of mountain before heading back down
On the way down, stopping for portraits at lookouts
Head to town park -taking scenic route with Jeep
picnic brunch, mimosas, cake/donuts, music, first dance, private moments
(travel time included) head to private brewery for portraits with beautiful views, open fields, rolling hills, small pond with canoes
30-35 of the closest friends and family meet here to join for toast, feast, photos, and little dancing
Dinner is served to everyone
wildflower send off
Couple leaves for trail for a sunset hike (about 1.5 miles roundtrip)
7:30 pm -
Arrive at trailhead, begin hike
Get to top of mountain, take portraits, and champagne pop
Sun starts going down, start hike back to parking lot
Couple and photographer part for night, couple gets ready for honeymoon
Your wedding story is meant to be told for years to come. This is a day meant for you to relax, be flexible, and simply soak in the fact that you're getting married to your partner surrounded by and celebrating with your closest friends and family - while still staying authentic to yourselves. For the rest of your life, you'll be able to smile look back on your wedding with a smile thinking about the wild adventure you went on together.
That is personally my favorite part of the job - capturing your authentic love. I want you to be able to relive these moments and emotions over and over again. So if you're down the ultimate adventure of a lifetime (because marriage is meant to be an adventure!) and for photos to authentically capture you and your love story, reach out to me here.