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so, what's an elopement?

You might find yourself asking “why should I elope?” or “is it better to elope than have a wedding?” Solid questions! So, for those of you who don’t know, eloping is when you forgo a big traditional wedding (and all the responsibilities that come with it) and go back to the basics with a small, meaningful ceremony.

The definition of elopement used to mean that you were running away to get married in secret without permission from your family, probably to Vegas (we’re super ok with the last part). That’s not the case any longer! We’re here to tell you why we think eloping is awesome and how it could be a great choice for you.

okay, but why elope?

Simply put? To have a day that’s your own. When you choose to elope, it allows you and your partner to focus on your love for one another, the most important thing of all on your special day. It’s no secret that weddings can create unnecessary stress, expectations, and seemingly infinite distractions that only take away from your experience. But when you elope, you go without the things that don’t serve you, and instead trade them for an unforgettable experience that is solely for you and your partner alone.

Furthermore, eloping also means you get to grab your honey and travel to whatever amazing destination you can dream of for the elopement of a lifetime – and save some money while you’re at it! And even more importantly, you allow yourself the gift of truly being present on your wedding day. Then at the end of it, you receive unique, timeless photographs (that’s where we come in!) that preserve those moments for you forever.

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some of our

recent elopement stories

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Nadia + Michael Yosemite Elopement

Malia + Derrik White Sands, NM Elopement

Victoria + Luke Joshua Tree National Park Elopement

Why You Should Elope

“If you’re thinking about eloping, DO IT. We cannot stress enough how happy we are with our elopement. The day had zero stress – seriously, ZERO. We were able to have everything we wanted on our day, and we got to completely focus on each other and the important life moment we were sharing. If there is any day in your life when you shouldn’t have to compromise a thing, it’s your wedding day. Make it about you! Ryan and I got to spend the whole day together, just us, deliriously giddy.”


– claire & ryan