Welcome to the enchanting world of elopements, where love takes centre stage in the most intimate and joyous way!!!
As I share the most magical cabin & helicopter elopement I photographed in Mont Tremblant a little while ago, I also want you to join me as we dive into what elopements truly are, what couples should consider when planning one, the incredible benefits and potential challenges, as well as what is my personal photography approach to your elopement!
What is an Elopement?
Picture this: a celebration of love that is intentionally intimate, deeply personal, and completely focused on the couple. Elopements have evolved from secret weddings to intentional ceremonies filled with love and commitment. They are all about capturing raw emotions and creating unforgettable memories. Think of smaller guest lists, breathtaking locations, and an atmosphere of pure joy and love!
Now, let’s take a moment to appreciate the amazing perks that come with eloping:
- Intimacy and Meaning: Elopements create a space for you to exchange vows in an intimate setting, allowing you to bask in the deep connection and unwavering commitment you share.
- Flexibility and Personalization: With fewer guests and formalities, elopements give you the freedom to design a day that reflects your unique personalities and quirks. This is your chance to let your love story shine!
- Breathtaking Locations: Elopements are the perfect excuse to say “I do” in awe-inspiring destinations that showcase the beauty of the world. Imagine exchanging vows on a mountaintop, on a secluded beach, or in the midst of a charming forest.
- Lower Stress Levels: Bid farewell to wedding planning stress! Elopements allow you to skip the pressure of organizing a large-scale event. Instead, you can savour every moment and create memories that will last a lifetime.
While elopements are incredible, here are a few things to keep in mind as well:
- Limited Guest List: If you’ve always envisioned a big celebration surrounded by family and friends, eloping might not align with that dream. However, remember that intimate elopements create cherished memories with your closest loved ones.
- Family Expectations: Eloping can be met with mixed reactions from loved ones who may have anticipated a more traditional wedding. Keep those lines of communication open and share your vision with them.
- Potential Logistics Challenges: Planning a destination elopement requires some extra coordination. From navigating travel arrangements to researching local regulations, it’s an adventure that comes with a few logistical hurdles. But fear not. With careful planning and support, you can overcome any challenge that comes your way.
- Departing from Tradition: Eloping often means leaving behind some traditional wedding elements like a grand reception or walking down the aisle. Embrace this departure from convention and find joy in creating your own unique celebration.
Tips for Planning an Elopement:
- Define Your Vision: Take a moment to envision your dream elopement. Consider the style, atmosphere, and ambiance you desire. Don’t forget to consider your timeline as well, whether you’ll want some traditional elements such as a wedding first look, detail shots, etc., or you have a more unique vision. This will set the stage for an unforgettable day.
- Explore Destination Options: Discover stunning destinations in Ontario that speak to your hearts. Whether it’s a lakeside hideaway or a charming vineyard, let the beauty of the location sweep you off your feet.
- Guest List Love: Decide whether you want to include a few close friends and family members or keep it a private affair. Remember, it’s your day, and your guest list should reflect your desires.
- Budget Beautifully: Establish a realistic budget that covers all aspects of your elopement, from travel to accommodations and, of course, photography. Make sure to prioritize what matters most to you.
- Timing is Everything: Consider the time of year when planning your elopement. Think about the weather, seasonal availability, and potential crowds to ensure the perfect date for your love-filled adventure.
- Legalities with Love: Research the legal requirements and marriage licenses needed for your home country or province and any necessary documentation for your chosen destination.
- Seek Professional Support: Consider hiring an experienced elopement planner or coordinator specializing in bringing your wildest dreams to life. They’ll be your fairy godparents throughout the planning process.
- Wanderlust Ready: Embrace the thrill of adventure that elopements offer. Arrange accommodations, transportation, and any necessary permits well in advance. Immerse yourself in the local culture and create memories that will make your hearts dance.
And as your elopement photographer, here’s how I bring your love story to life:
- Your Unique Love Story: I’ll take the time to get to know you as a couple, ensuring that your elopement photos reflect your personalities and the journey that led you here.
- Candid and Intimate Magic: Elopements are about raw, heartfelt moments. I’ll be there to capture the stolen glances, the tender embraces, and the vows that make your love story sing.
- Majestic Location Shots: Let’s make your surroundings a part of the magic. Whether it’s a mountain peak, a hidden waterfall, or a secret garden, I’ll use the beauty of the location to enhance the romance and create breathtaking images.
- Little Details, Big Love: From intricate lace to carefully curated decorations, the little details play a big role in telling your unique story. I’ll capture those cherished details, adding depth and richness to your visual narrative.
- Unforgettable Storytelling: Through a blend of stunning portraits and documentary-style photography, I’ll weave together a visual narrative that beautifully encapsulates your elopement. Every photo will tell a chapter of your love story, from beginning to happily ever after.
- Your Guiding Light: I’ll be by your side throughout the planning process, offering guidance and support. Whether it’s suggesting the best lighting for dreamy photos or coordinating with other vendors, consider me your personal cheerleader.
- Tailored Packages: I offer customized elopement photography packages to suit your unique needs and desires. Whether you prefer a few hours of coverage or a full-day experience, I’ll preserve your love story beautifully.
Eloping into forever allows you to create an intimate and authentic celebration of your love. By embracing the beauty of elopements, considering the essential aspects of planning, and documenting every heartfelt moment, you’ll create a day that’s truly yours.
Just look at this gallery we created with Tiff & Alex! It was uniquely them! They are an outdoorsy couple who loves adventure, and this setting was so perfect for documenting their love!!
So, let’s embark on this extraordinary journey together, capturing the joy, emotion, and adventure of your elopement, so you can relive the magic for years to come.
Click HERE to learn more about North Saplings Photographer Elopement Experience. I’m currently actively booking weddings and elopements in Canada and beyond for 2024 and 2025.
Lastly, if you have any questions about eloping, how we’d work together or anything else – I’m just an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) away!!
Below is the amazing elopement vendor team that made this amazing day for Tiff & Alex a reality:
- Photography – Ina Soulis (North Saplings Photography)
- Concept + Host – Danielle Aisling
- Planning, Coordination + Styling – Amelia Carleton Weddings + Events
- Florals – AM Floral Studio
- Dress – Sinders Bridal / All Who Wander
- Earrings + Hairpiece – Sinders Bridal
- Suit + Tie – Giroux Menswear
- Hair + Makeup – Chelsea Dawn Chawsky
- Veil – Amy Scarlett
- Helicopter – Heli-Tremblant
- Venue – LD Cabin
- Couple – Tiffany + Alex
Ina Soulis (owner of North Saplings Photography) is a Wedding, Elopement, & Portrait Photographer based out of Ottawa serving couples across Canada, Europe, and beyond!