how to elope

So your elopement day can be a day full of adventure & ease.

my travel schedule

your step by step adventure elopement checklist

#1

consider where you would like to elope

Is there a specific backdrop or scenery that you as a couple are drawn to? Or maybe a National Park or even country you've never visited that you'd like to elope in while experiencing it for the first time?

Think about things like mountains, oceans, forests, deserts, or waterfalls. Do any speak to you?

How close do you want to be to a nearby city or town? Do you want to make a full vacation out of it or have activities to surround your elopement day with?

Of course if you have zero clue and are open to suggestions, your elopement photographer can help you choose! Which will bring us to the next step!

Some resources on picking out the perfect elopement location!

europe location ideas

7 best places to elope in washington

talk to an elopement photographer

#2

book your elopement photographer & other vendors

The best way to assure you are taken care of and have a stress-free elopement day? Hire professionals to take care of you! I recommend booking your photographer or your elopement planner (if using a planner) first, and we can help you find other vendors such as florists, hair and makeup artists, or any other outfitters for excursions you might be going on.

We've done this a time or two, and are more than happy to make things easier for you so that you can have the best adventurous elopement day ever.

9 cabins to book for your wa elopement

#3

book accommodations

Now that your elopement photographer has helped you pick out the general area for your elopement, go ahead and book an awesome place to stay!

Whether it's a A-frame cabin surrounding Mount Rainier, a canvas glamping experience in Joshua Tree, or and Airbnb comfortable for you and your closest friends that are joining, it's important to take this step as soon as you can. Especially in Washington, our summers are busy and things can book up fast! So if you need help finding the best town or lodging recs, let your elopement photographer or planner know you need some help.

If you're traveling at all or coming from out of state, you'll want to book flights, rental cars, etc. as well!

15 unique elopement ideas

#4

start planning the most epic & unique adventure elopement

This is where the fun really begins!

I always try to walk my couples through an exercise that helps them envision what truly their best day ever would look like. 

Whether it's spending time hiking through one of your favorite mountain ranges, or traveling abroad and experiencing an entirely new culture, nothing is too big or too simple. It's completely up to you how you wish to spend this day.

As your elopement photographer, I help consult with you the whole way. If you need an epic excursion idea? I got them. Trail research? On it.

Before you know it, I will have crafted a timeline for the best day ever, and it's gonna start to feel real!

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#5

have the best day full of adventure, ease, and love

Before you know it, your elopement day will be here!

Take a deep breath, make sure your bags are packed, and get ready for a day that you'll remember for a lifetime.

I promise - this day will be full of FUN, emotion, adventure, and ease. I'm already excited for you just thinking about it! 

If you have more questions about the elopement process, I love sharing more in depth with folks on their discovery calls! Shoot me an inquiry and we'll get it all set up!

More resources for your adventure elopement

how to elope, some of my favorite locations & more!

the resource library

The complete guide to eloping in the "American Alps", the North Cascades! And my favorite national park Washington has to offer.

The outdoors are for everyone, period. Here are some accessible hiking trails (wheelchair friendly included) to plan your elopement and include all those who you love.

The complete guide to planning your Mount Rainier adventure elopement. From the permits, to seasons, locations , accommodations and more.

Everything you need to know about this Bavarian town nestled in the Cascade mountains, and why it's a great place to elope!

The ins and outs of all things hiking elopement logistics! How to hike in a dress, what to pack, and more.

Got the travel bug? Same. Let's get you eloped internationally!

resources i've created to help plan your elopement

how to elope in the north cascades

accessible trails for your inclusive elopement

how to elope at mount rainier national park

the ultimate guide to eloping in leavenworth, wa

how to elope in europe - a few of my favorite countries

how to have a hiking elopement

ready to plan your dream elopement?

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elopement photographer

emma studley

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