With covid-19 on the forefront of everyone's minds and couples having to cancel their weddings we're seeing more and more couples opting to elope and pushing big celebrations back a year. If this is an option you're considering we are so glad. Thank you for thinking of others and your vendors. Thank you for wanting to keep everyone safe. We know this year has been.. a lot, and you are handling it like a champ.
I recently asked the community (if you're a photographer you can join here) for advice they would give to a couple eloping. Here are some of my favorite responses. Scroll down to see some beautiful elopement photos + advice from the photographers who took them.
"Let the day be whatever you want it to be. There are no rules, only love. It's your marriage, no one else's. It's your wedding too - do it the way that makes the most sense to you. The beauty of eloping is that so much stress and pressure is taken off event planning. You can really just focus on each other and spending a day celebrating your love together! "
"Write down your vows! You will be so emotional in the moment that you might not remember what your partner says. Having the vows written down, in their handwriting, will be such a special keepsake that you can look back at again & again"
"Make sure to include special personalized details in your elopement! After all, the day is about you two and your relationship. So write handwritten cards to each other in the morning, include an inside joke in your vows, bring your dog, stop at your favorite coffeeshop, slow dance on a mountaintop to 'your song', and whatever else will make your wedding day even more meaningful for the two of you!"
"My advice: Go with the flow and embrace all the moments. The thing about elopements is they are unpredictable. There isn't always a timeline. They're more about the couple and less about the "things"."
"When it comes to weather on your elopement day, don't get your hopes high. Instead, embrace the weather that mother nature gives you on your elopement day. Kat and David traveled across the country to Washington for their elopement to get epic mountain views. It turned out that 80% of their day was almost all the way fogged in. The couple embraced the conditions they were given and had the most amazing wedding day in the PNW. Luckily, we did get a few minutes of semi-clear views to get some portraits in. "
"Elopements are more than “just a ceremony and a few quick photos”. It’s your freaking WEDDING DAY! Have fun, celebrate, and do something to make it extra special. Your elopement is your chance to celebrate your wedding, your way."
"Just because it is a small wedding doesn’t mean it won’t have a huge impact. Sentiment and intention go a long way to making elopements absolutely magical! Plus there's a 0% chance no ones yelling at the drunk groomsmen"
"My advice for 2020 couples would be to remember why you’re getting married in the first place. A smaller wedding can save you money for your futures together, and you’re still going to be married to your best friend. "
"If you're planning on getting married, do it however feels most true to you and your partner. Considering eloping? SWEET! Do it!! Do whatever feels right to you, and go with the timing that feels right for you as well. Don't worry about pleasing everyone else. Your wedding day is going to be the most magical day ever no matter how you decide to do it."
"The thing I love about elopements is that it brings the focus back to your commitment to one another. It's not about the production and whether or not you choose pie or cake and who that might piss off. This particular elopement was so special-- it was just me and the people you see here. They looked into each other's eyes the entire time. They allowed their minds to be fully present with one another. They kissed and embraced before the actual first kiss prompt. They laughed. They cried. They swore. It was fully THEM and not about appeasing anyone else. They drank beer during their post-ceremony photos and ran around like teenagers in love. It was beautiful and REAL and by far the most emotional ceremony I have ever photographed. I guess this is less about giving advice and more about confirming whether or not an elopement can be as special as a full wedding. I can confirm it absolutely can be."
"My advice is to have everything you love, as a couple, for your elopement. If that means just the two of you, great - if it means some family members and your pets, also great. If that means neon yellow flowers and pink shoes, even better. Don't let other people dictate what you do for that day. Also - LOCATION SCOUT BEFOREHAND! This is important, so you know what obstacles you may have on the day of the elopement/taking photos."
"A marriage is a marriage regardless of how it happens. Do what makes YOU happy."
"When planning your elopement, don't get overwhelmed with all the location options. Think about what place has a special meaning to you: where did you meet, where did you live, where do you two enjoy hanging out most? That way you can narrow it down significantly!”