Shooting elopements are my absolute fave and something I specialize in. Elopements are so fun, and so much less stress. So, did you just get engaged and are terribly overwhelmed by your to-do list? Are you looking for something that showcases your love and focuses on the relationship and not the party? Do you have a small budget? Or are you just looking to break tradition and do something totally different?
Either way, I’ve got all the reasons why you should break tradition and ELOPE! I have an interview from an elopement bride, Vanessa, who recently eloped at the Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She was asked to give some insight into her elopement and why they chose to do it the way they did.
Vanessa was able to find a seamstress to make her a unique and custom dress for only $300! “After lots of fun dress trying on sessions with a bunch of different family. My brother found a girl to make my dress and she charged $300” Finding a budget-friendly dress can be a huge weight off any bride’s shoulders.
Vanessa also said, “One of my favorite tips is to make a list of three important things splurge or focus on those and don’t get stressed about the rest!” This is one of my favorite tips for planning a wedding whether an elopement or a traditional wedding. Things aren’t perfect, but THREE things can be! Don’t ruin your day worrying about how everything is going wrong or not according to plan, but focus on the things you love. Or the things you think you can handle. Vanessa DIY-ed her bouquet, and it was seriously so so stunning.
“Daniel encouraged me to make a bouquet! I found an awesome Youtube video that went through how to choose flowers and placement and it came out awesome. Flowers aren’t important to me but I need a way to incorporate Daniel’s baby Bonnet into my outfit. We had so much fun doing this project together the night before! The thing I liked about the YouTube video was the lady was not a florist just a normal person who was trying it for the first time also have real expectations. There are some bouquets that will require flowers to be imported and some looks need a professional to be achieved ! If flowers are important to you there are so many flower shops in town.”
Not only did are you able to do whatever you want, however you want, you can literally get married and then go explore…. or explore, then get married. Especially in the Grand Teton National Park, not only is it a picturesque and beautiful location, but there is so much to do and so many memories to be made.
“There was so much love that week! We got to check out Yellowstone. We visited Schwabacher’s Landing almost everyday leading up to the wedding. Our first hike as a married couple was Jenny Lake. We watch our wedding video and look at our pictures all the time. We can’t wait to show our children one day and bring them to these spots.” How freaking awesome is that?! Not only did they have a relax and chill week and then an epic elopement in the beautiful Grand Teton National Park, but they have memories to share and remember forever.
Vanessa was able to find a super talented, low key bakery tucked away in Jackson to make their cake. “ I found a lady to make an elopement cake on the drive up and it sent us on a fun adventure through the Tetons. It was from @jacksoncakeco. in Moose, Wyoming. By the look of her Instagram we were expecting a fancy store front but what we found was much more awesome. The baker’s family owned the little stores in that area and they lived in a group of houses down the hill. Her bakery is in a back room of one of the stores and you have to ask around to locate it because there’s no signs for it. We talked about the cold weather at the cake pick up and she ran to her house to grab me some hand warmers. It was so sweet and we had so much fun walking around Moose.”
From a photographer’s side of things, elopements are so rad because there’s so much excitement in the air and it kind of feels like a big surprise. Everything is only done that one time, there is no rehearsal and no trial runs for makeup or hair, this is it. And honestly, it’s such a surreal and incredible experience. Have more questions about eloping? I’m your gal, let’s chat and brainstorm some ideas for your day. I’ll go along with all your crazy fun ideas, promise! Let’s jump on a call together and talk about your dreams! Click below!