elopement frequently asked questions
All of your questions, answered.
There are plenty of different variations of the definition of “elopement” floating around right now. Just know that if you’re wanting your wedding day to be 100% focused on your relationship, with less guests, and less “stuff and fluff”, you’re here for the right reasons. If you know your values don’t align with what a traditional wedding day offers, let’s start brainstorming a wedding day you can get behind, because we can make that day happen for you, and deliver the photos you’re dreaming of.
ELOPEMENT DEFINITION: A day planned for two people to get married, involving a small number of guests, giving special attention to the commitment the couple is making.
This is a hard question to answer because every couple’s elopement day is completely different. From landscapes to number of guests to number of miles hiked, each elopement varies greatly. We pride ourselves in the final gallery delivery, and rest assured, you will receive more epic photos than you know what to do with! Every single photo will be a banger, and your album will be a perfectly curated work of art that you’ll be able to look back on for life.
I (Kelly) started my own photography business in 2017, and not shortly after, Alex became the second shooter. While we both loved shooting traditional weddings, we have a much deeper connection with couples who elope because we eloped ourselves. We understand why couples like you want to throw the rule book out the window, and do their wedding their own way. We realized we could be an advocate for couples who need that little extra push by sharing our own elopement story, and encouraging them to do the same.
We chose to specialize in elopements because we eloped! We believe that the way you get married matters, and we believe the only way to have a wedding day that is fully focused on the couple, is to forget all of the traditions, and elope. We also believe that every couple deserves to have the best wedding day experience, and we don’t think that’s possible with social expectations, high stress levels, and family drama that comes with the ‘big’ traditional wedding. Trust us, and we will create your wildly unique elopement experience, all while capturing and telling your love story.
Absolutely! We love the idea of bringing those closest to you on your intimate wedding!
When possible. Kelly is the main photographer, and Alex is the guide. While Kelly focuses on taking those epic photos you’re dreaming of, Alex is making sure we are on track, checking coordinates, updates on the weather, and when he can, snapping photos.
We are located in Colorado! Just south of the city of Denver.
We don’t book anything more than 18 months in advance, but if you’re wanting to elope soon, we pack up quick. We once planned an elopement in 3 days, it was our own, read all about it on our blog.
Absolutely. We want your elopement day to be tailored to your needs. If you believe your day would be more enjoyable by splitting up the hours of photography coverage, then let’s do it that way. We are always open minded to suggestions our couples bring to us. This is your wedding day, and nothing will be tailored to our needs, only yours.
Not at this time. Currently we only offer photography services.
We require a 50% of total cost retainer, a firm date, and general location to secure your wedding date on our calendars.
Shoot us an email, or fill out our form on our contract page. We will send you the full pricing guide that goes over all of our elopement packages we offer, that only couples who reach out to us get to view. We will set up a good time to hop on the phone. On the phone we will go over everything you get when you book us (cause it’s a whole lot more than just us taking your picture), our process, get to know each other, and pick out a date for your wedding day (if you don’t already have one picked out of course!). Once we know the date of your wedding day, and the general location of where you want to get married, we will send you a contract and an invoice. We require a 50% of total cost retainer, a firm date, and general location to secure your wedding date on our calendars. The contract and invoice can all be done on your phone, it’s super easy and user friendly!
Yes, Yes, Yes! Absolutely! We start the process by sending you a detailed questionnaire that will help us understand the location you’re dreaming of. We do location scouting services for each one of our couples, so no two location lists we send out are the same. Alex is the most absolute bad ass location finder there ever was. He’s very good at navigating the backcountry, and doing it safe. He’ll view resources for hours to find our couples exactly the location their dreaming of sayin their vows at. It’s super impressive. Also! We will help you come up with a Plan B, Plan C, and Plan D options for your elopement day. We are all about being prepared, having our couples be prepared, and being the ones to make it all come to life.
Our favorite quote, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” We want to make sure each couple understands that there has to be some level of open-mindedness when it comes to your elopement day. If you’re not open to possibly walking in some rain during your elopement day, or refuse to take in the mountain scenery while your veil is blowing in the wind, then maybe adventure elopements are not for you, and that’s okay! You just really have to be able to roll with the punches, pivot, and possibly go with the Plan B, or even C option. If the conditions are safe, we won’t be turned away. There are ways to make our gear solid in the elements, and we can get really creative and still take amazing photos even when the weather isn’t ideal. Only if the conditions are unsafe will we have to re-schedule. So what happens if we have to reschedule? We always keep 1-2 day before, and 1-2 days after your planned elopement day open for rescheduling due to unsafe weather.
Us being located in Colorado also had its advantages. We’re the locals you’re looking for. We know the area well, and can suggest different areas when Plan A doesn’t pan out. Put your trust in us, and we will guide you on an amazing adventurous wedding day.
To put it simply, we wish we had something like this when we got married. We eloped in 2016, and we planned the entire day ourselves just three days before we got married. We eloped before adventure elopement photographers were a service. There was no one helping us get a permit for the beach we wanted to elope on, no one giving us direction on obtaining a marriage license, no one suggesting time of day for the best lighting for photos, and no one helping us brainstorm what activities we wanted to include for our wedding day.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
If we help our couples in more ways than they could ever imagine, they will remember, and never forget how we made them feel when they look back on their wedding day photos.
We strive to be our couples confidant.
We have a very documentary style approach when it comes to taking photos on your wedding day. We know how to anticipate moments, and capture behaviors that are authentic. While we are very good at getting those candid moments, we will spend some time focusing solely on “posed” shots. Why is the word “posed” in quotes you may ask? Because even though they’re “posed”, they don’t feel it. It’s not forced. We’ve created a way to get our couples in front of the camera, take photos of their true selves, the photos turn our amazing, and our couples feel comfortable the entire time.
Then we’ll start planning for a full day elopement! We love when our couples decide to document their entire elopement day because honestly, you’re elopement deserves way more than just 6 hours of coverage. It’s totally normal for a traditional wedding day to have 12-14 hours worth of photography coverage, so what makes your wedding day any different? Just because you’re choosing to have less people at your wedding doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the same amount of coverage. Your elopement actually deserves MORE coverage than a traditional wedding because it is so unique. You’re going to have this amazing story to tell your friends and family of how you decided to get married, don’t skimp on the coverage!
Absolutely! During our phone call we can go over how many hours of coverage we recommend for what you’re wanting out of your big day.
We adventure! We location scout all of our own adventures, go out, and explore. In the winter and spring (because there is still snow on the ground in Colorado in the spring time) we snowshoe and snowboard. We love the ski resorts, but since we’ve moved to Colorado we’ve been doing a lot of backcountry snowboarding. There’s nothing quiet like hiking up a mountain for hours only to ride down in 5 minutes. LOL. In the warmer months we hike, and camp. We own a Quigley 4×4 Ford E-350 van that we do all of our camping in. We’ll spend days in the van at a time camping and hiking, and then head back to our home base in Denver to recoup and start planning our next outing. Our two furry babies Olive and Hamilton love hiking even more than we do, and every time we get in the van they get hella excited because they know an adventure is in store for us. But we also do love the occasional Netflix binge, and movie nights we get to spend cuddling up on the couch in front of the fire place. Alex has been playing guitar for over 20 years, so open mic nights and nights out in the city happen often. I’m (Kelly) a book worm and you’ll find me reading Michael Connelly, or Nicholas Sparks (cause i’m a real sap) for fun. If you’re ever in the Denver area and want to meet up for a coffee or a hike, reach out!