So, you’re thinking about eloping? Congratulations! Over the years eloping has been becoming more of a popular thing to do for your wedding– rightfully so. Eloping is the perfect way to celebrate new beginnings and intimacy, really making your wedding day all about you and your partner. Whether you’re planning on eloping in Colorado or somewhere else in the world, today I’ll be giving you the ultimate guide to planning the perfect elopement.

1. Picture Your Perfect Day:

Close your eyes and imagine the scene: where are you? What does it look like? Maybe you’re standing on a cliff, the wind whipping through your hair, or you’re strolling hand in hand through the city streets. Take some time to visualize your dream elopement—it’ll make planning a lot easier.

2. Location, Location, Location:

 Now that you’ve got a vision, it’s time to find the perfect spot. Do some research and scout out locations that match your vibe. Are you drawn to a secluded forest or the romance of a historic city? Consider factors like accessibility, weather, and any permits or regulations you’ll need to navigate.

3. Make it Yours: 

Your elopement is all about you, so don’t be afraid to inject some personal touches. Write your own vows, incorporate meaningful rituals or traditions, or bring along sentimental items that represent your relationship. This is your chance to do things your way, so make it count!

4. Build Your Dream Team:

 Even though it’s just the two of you (and maybe a witness or two), having a solid team on your side can make all the difference. Find a photographer who shares your vision and understands your style, a hair and makeup artist who can make you feel like the best version of yourselves, and maybe even a florist to create a stunning bouquet or boutonniere.

5. Capture the Moments:

As your photographer, my job is to capture all the magic of your day—from the nervous excitement before the ceremony to the quiet moments you share as newlyweds. I’ll be there to document every laugh, every tear, and every stolen kiss, so you can relive those precious moments for years to come.

6. Stay Flexible: 

Elopements are all about embracing the unexpected. Whether it’s a sudden rain shower or a wrong turn that leads to a hidden gem, roll with the punches and embrace the adventure. Some of the best memories are made when things don’t go according to plan.

7. Celebrate Your Love: 

After you say “I do,” take some time to celebrate! Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two at a fancy restaurant or a cozy picnic in the park, make sure to toast to your love and the exciting journey ahead.

Planning the perfect elopement is all about embracing adventure, celebrating love, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. So go ahead, dream big, and let’s make some magic together! I hope the ultimate guide to planning your elopement helped because, whether you’re planning a traditional, micro, elopement, or any other kind of celebration, these tips apply to all. For some sneak peeks of a recent elopement I photographed in Colorado for Emely + Caesar, keep scrolling!

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Kind Words

“Grace was amazing! She was so patient and did so well with directing me and my fiancé with natural poses! I love the candid vibe! Couldn’t ask for someone better!” – Stevi Keen