Simply put, an adventure elopement is all about exploration and intimacy with the outdoors. It’s about choosing to have an experience to start your journey together as a married couple–a meaningful experience that brings the focus back to YOU.
It is love with and in nature.
It is love for each other and life.
Experience > Things
Intimacy > Big party
Quality time > Being the center of attention
Exploring and trying new things > Tradition of a larger wedding
Spontaneity > Rigid plans
But remember, adventure looks different for everyone! Some people are seasoned backpackers who live for the outdoors! That’s where they’re the most comfortable, so it makes sense for them to have a backpacking elopement. Some people love the idea of eloping, but have never really been hiking before or aren’t super familiar with the outdoors. Both of those situations–and everything in between–is perfectly fine! Adventure is about trying new things, maybe getting out of your comfort zone, exploring a little, and just truly enjoying your life and the experiences you create for yourself. And maybe that just means having an awesome picnic on the beach!
Step 1: Photography + Videography
The first step is to pick a photo + video team to capture your day… *HINT HINT* We’re always down for an adventure! Plus, we can sign as your witnesses, too!
This step is important because you really want to find a team who is going to help you with every step! And you want to make sure that you connect with them and feel comfortable to be 100% yourself around them. You also want to make sure to do both photo + video because they are completely different ways of documenting your special moments. If you want to learn more about the importance of photo and video, check out our experience page!
Step 2: Choose A Date
The second step is choosing a date. That’s ALL you need to have figured out when you book us! Of course, it’s nice to know a general area (aka Washington, contiguous United States, or Destination) so we can send you the right pricing information. But you don’t need to have a specific spot chosen already, just the date that you’re hoping to elope on! If you’re having trouble picking a date, think about the type of location you might like to get married at. For example, if it’s a National Park that is visited a lot during the summer, consider eloping in the off season (fall, winter, or early spring). And another tip is to consider picking a weekday! Weekdays are typically always going to be less busy than weekends, so you have a better chance that your location will be a bit more private.
To summarize… (1) Choose a season (2) Consider a weekday (3) Pick a date
Step 3: Pick a Location
After that, let’s pick your dream location! Here’s how to go about narrowing down your search:
Step 4: Permits + Marriage License
The next step is making sure you secure the correct permits, passes, and that you get your marriage license! We are more than happy to help you do research and make sure you know exactly what permits/passes you will need for your location. We’ll let you know about deadlines, but it’s up to you to make sure that all permits/passes are properly purchased in time! You might need a wedding permit and/or a special use permit for photography and videography. And when it comes to locations, you might need a National Park pass, Discover Pass, or Forest pass for example. Make sure you also know when to get a marriage license in your area. Each county/location is different!
Step 5: Guests
We have this step last because it’s YOUR elopement. The focus should be 100% on what YOU want to do, not anyone else. For some people, they don’t feel super connected to their family or it would be way too stressful to include family on their wedding day. And that is totally fine! It’s not about your family anyway! But if you do want to include family or friends, think about how. Do you want to include them in the planning process? They could help you pick out your attire or help you get ready. Do you want to have them be a part of your ceremony? Make sure to consider your dream location, and see what the limit is for the number of guests that are allowed. Or do you want them to celebrate with you afterwards? Think bonfire with s’mores and fireworks or a dinner party at an Airbnb! It’s totally up to you, but those are just some things to consider.
An adventure elopement is not necessarily less expensive than a traditional wedding. It’s more about prioritizing how you spend your money. So instead of buying meals for 200+ people (some of which you haven’t seen or talked to since you were a baby), you’re spending that money on a guided safari, or your honeymoon!
Anyone can choose to have an adventurous elopement, no matter what your skill level is in the outdoors. You just have to be open to having an incredible experience!
You can include traditions if you want to! An adventure elopement doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re skipping everything, you’re just skipping all of the things that aren’t meaningful to you.
Your adventure elopement can be however long you want, and in whatever order you want! We offer packages for WA and the contiguous U.S. that start at 4 hours and go up to 16 hours (you can add more if you want!), and we have destination packages that start at 8 hours and go to a 2 day event. Check out our pricing information here!
If you want all day or overnight coverage, just know that your day will NOT be an all day photoshoot. You won’t have cameras in your face the whole day. We are your friends and we’re here to document all of the special moments. We’ll be capturing your candid movement throughout your adventure! And when you’re ready, we’ll give you prompts to accurately showcase your relationship!
If you feel like this is right for you, don’t hesitate to contact us!