7 Reasons why you should Elope

It’s happened…the moment you’ve dreamt about all your life. Your honey finally popped the big question! So what’s next? Well, there’s the planning, the details, the seating chart, the headcount, need I go on or are you realizing you’re just more on fire to marry your boo thang than you are to plan a wedding.

Well guess what, I’m going to say these two words that mean everything, THAT’S OKAY. I repeat, that’s okay.

For the longest time, there’s been this thing called Tradition. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, the new tradition…is to be untraditional. Which means that you can literally do whatever the heck you want for your wedding day. You can skydive, run to Vegas, go on a camping trip to your favorite spot, let your dogs be your wedding party, skip the reception and have your own ceremony on a mountaintop. You get to celebrate YOUR love, not anyone else’s. Of course not everyone will be on board, but lets normalize that shall we? Let’s tell our closest family and friends that what special love you have with your fiancé, is just that….special. Let’s make it okay to tell your parents that it will only be the two of you and your photog in the desert, exchanging vows and not feel guilty for it. Because again….THATS OKAY.

So let’s talk elopements. Elopements are pretty much the exact opposite of a traditional wedding. You don’t have to worry about making everyone happy and picking out the prettiest plates. You can get married wherever you want and however you want! It allows the focus of YOUR wedding day to actually remain on the two of you. The way it should always be.

But are you on the fence? Here’s 7 reasons that can help you weigh your decisions on what you truly want.

1. You’re not a huge fan of being the center of attention

Some may live for the attention, but you may be stressing out on the idea of possibly tripping over your feet walking down the isle and exchanging vulnerable words in front of a crowd. Thats okay! That just means a traditional wedding may not be your thing. Eloping allows you to have the wedding you want, with the person that matters most, minus all the eyeballs on you.

2. The words “Big Wedding” stress the hell out of youBig time.

There can be a lot of pressure when planning your big day. Planning something for a lengthy time, means hoping that it comes out perfect. Planning your big day should be so freaking exciting ( hello! marrying the love of your life!), but many people tend to get tied down and stressed out with all the craziness. If the idea of running off to your favorite National Park and eloping brings you a whole other level of peace, then maybe this big fat greek wedding wasn’t really want you wanted in the first place. Eloping in a place you love alleviates so much stress and leaves you with nothing but precious memories.

3. You’re all about traveling & experiencing new places

Alright I promise I’m not just saying this as being a destination photographer, but get this….you can get married ANYWHERE ON THIS PLANET! How mind-blowing is that? If you and your fiancé already have a desire to see more places then my question to you is “why not?”. This is the perfect opportunity explore and see new places.

4. You & your fiancé just aren’t that big on traditions

Does the idea of doing what everyone else does kind of make you feel blah? Thats totally okay, in fact that’s pretty damn awesome. You don’t have to have a huge party out on the dance floor. Your wedding should be a time to engage in your authenticity as a couple and feel personal to you both. So if it means running to the chapel with some close friends, getting married by Elvis in Las Vegas and then skipping through the desert taking photos, then I’m all for it & you should be too!!

5. Money Money Money

Let’s be transparent, weddings aren’t cheap. When I was planning mine ( P.S….we ended up eloping 😉 ), my heart dropped when I saw just how much a napkin was. A FLIPPIN NAPKIN. You know…that thing that people use to wipe the food off their face only to be sitting there dirty on the table. Yeah that. If you aren’t in a place to spend thousands of dollars on your wedding, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be happy. That money can be spent elsewhere like your honeymoon, deposit on your new home or even a badass photog ;). Eloping allows you to splurge where YOU want to. In the end, you never feel like you just dumped a bunch of well earned money on useless things.

6. You’d prefer to spend your day alone with your fiancé or even with your best friends

A traditional wedding usually entails a bunch of guests, some of who you have never met before because you felt obligated to give your cousin that +1 card. So you stand at the altar and say “I do”, but after that you’re on your feet for the rest of night making sure that all of your guests are having a great time. So if you don’t mind that, then traditional and big could be your thing, but if something more intimate sounds relaxing and exciting all at the same time, then consider the campfire reception with 10 of your closest friends and family. You’re guaranteed to have quality time with those that matter and hey get this…you’ll remember every minute of it.

7. The idea of eloping excites you!

It’s honestly the most resonating and honest feeling when you know exactly what you want and when you know you want to elope, your heart and your brain sync up and it just feels so right. Sure, mom may want you to go traditional, but sometimes you just have to go with your gut. This is YOUR day, need I remind you? So if you want to elope, simply E.L.O.P.E. It really is as easy as that and you won’t ever have to explain yourself to anybody.

Whats Next???

You read this article and everything about it just resonates with you so now you want to elope? HELL. YES.

I truly believe in you as a couple and wanting what’s best for you on your wedding day. The focus should be on the two of you and giving you everything you want. So let’s start planning for those upcoming memories that you’ll be able to look back on and relive over and over again. Have a vision? Let’s talk about it. I want to be there for you every step of the way, logistics and all. I want this to be relaxing and enjoyable for you both.

If you’re ready to do this, im literally stoked! You can contact me here and tell me all about your elopement vision. 10/10 , you can count me in!

Yours Truly,

The girl that decided to elope & has no regrets



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