Eloping is a way to celebrate your love and your commitment with intentional choices.
Whatever you say goes.
We believe in safety, a loving environment, sustainability, and epic adventures for all.
to the production, the stress, and the expectations.
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Just like the rest of your day, your ceremony is personalized to your love story. You can structure it like a traditional ceremony with one partner walking down the aisle, exchanging of rings, vows, all that jazz-- or you can do whatever you want. If you want to start with a meditation, that's cool. If you want to make a unity painting and include your dog's pawprints, that's cool too!
There is no set flow for how long an elopement ceremony has to be or how it is structured. There are also no rules for any traditions or religious/cultural aspects that you want to include or omit.
We are happy to help you organize the flow of your ceremony, and help with logistics if you want to throw in a few unique ideas! Vows in a canoe? First kiss in a hot air balloon? We are here for it.
Every state and country has different laws for what is required. We can help you navigate this so you have all of your boxes checked.
If you don't want an officiant or witness, there are a few states that are self-solemnizing which means you don't need an officiant or a witness! You can take advantage of this in:
*A few of these states have specific stipulations or caveats.
You also have a few other options apart from using an officiant. You can use a loved one as your officiant (if they get ordained) or your witness, and you can flag down a hiker as your witness!
Another option (that we highly recommend with international elopements) is to take care of the legal aspects later. The day you are married is spiritual, emotional, mental, and heart guided. It is so much more than when you sign a piece of paper. If it's easier, have your epic elopement and sign the papers when you get home.
When you self-solemnize, your dog can act as your witness! Michael and I did this and Tekka's sweet paw print is stamped right on our marriage license.
When we say, "expect the unexpected", this is what we mean. Of course, no one can predict every lightning strike, flash flood, or moose charge. However, we do everything we can to take preventative safety measures. For example, we will check the weather far away from canyon locations because it does NOT need to be raining where you are (or currently raining) for a flash flood to happen. Watershed from 50 miles away can create flash flood conditions.
We also will do everything we can to stay below treeline during a storm, and we know the best measures to take if you are about to be struck by lightning. We are educated in wildlife safety to minimize the risk of being hurt by local wildlife.
This only scratches the surface of wilderness safety and first aid, and this isn't meant to scare you. It's to let you know that dangers of the wilderness are very real, and you might encounter these adventures during your day. It's also to let you know that your safety is important to us, and we will stay educated to keep you in good hands. Some things are out of our control. This is a calculated and accepted risk. Don't let it keep you from the beauty of the backcountry.
Though unlikely, this is a very real possibility. While chances are low that you will actually get struck by lightning, there are inherent risks with outdoor adventures. It's much more common to experience a sprained ankle, sunburn, or something that involves a quick and easy recovery. We will do everything we can to prepare for and mitigate any risks. Things still happen, and it's all part of the accepted adventure.
For insurance purposes, we require that you follow all rules for any activities that we participate in. For example, if we rent a canoe, your lifejacket will be required.
If you do get injured, we are first aid certified and will take care of you to the best of our abilities, or call on experienced medical personnel to step in. We care about all of our clients and will keep you in good hands.
Elopement ceremonies are legal, but it is necessary that you follow the local laws for the state and/or country that you are eloping in. Sometimes this is super easy (like in Colorado), and sometimes this is really complicated (like certain international destinations).
Some locations require an officiant and a witness, while other locations are self-solemnizing. This means you can marry yourself, and you can even have your dog sign as your witness!
You want to make sure that the area you are eloping in doesn't have any weird stipulations where your marriage won't be recognized in certain areas. We can help with this!
The last thing we want is for you to feel stress. This is our profession, so we are here to help with all of the logistics. However, if this feels intimidating, do the legality before or after your elopement! We highly recommend this with international elopements. The day you are married is spiritual, emotional, mental, and heart guided. It is so much more than when you sign a piece of paper. If it's easier, have your epic elopement and sign the papers when you get home.
Absolutely! In some cases, like international elopements, this is what we recommend!
You might even already be married by the time you decide to plan your elopement. Couples make this choice for a variety of reasons, like tax or health purposes, military reasons, immigration, you name it. Your day is still epically special even if you are already married.
Again, the day you get married is spiritual, emotional, mental, and heart guided. It is so much more than when you sign a piece of paper. If the legal aspect is getting in the way of having the elopement of your dreams, sign the documents at home. Your vows will still hold all of the weight.
If you're not sure what is the best fit for you, we can help you walk through your options. Sometimes legally getting married during your elopement makes sense and adds to the fun. If you feel like it's taking away from the fun, then don't let that into your day. You can sign the papers anytime.
You sure can, it just takes a little bit of extra effort. Some countries make this very easy, while others have a few more boxes to check. You might have to plan well in advance and submit things that you wouldn't have to submit in your home country. As long as you're okay with the extra steps, we can help you check off the legalities.
If this doesn't sound like your vibe, then just take care of the paperwork another time. I know we sound like a broken record, but the day you get married is when you say your vows. It's spiritual, emotional, mental, and heart guided. It's so much more than signing a piece of paper. If things are getting complicated, sign the papers another time.
You can not legally get married without a marriage license, but you can still have a commitment ceremony or a symbolic ceremony. These ceremonies are very real and still unify you as a couple, even if you can't file taxes together.
We can help with the logistics of making sure you take the right steps to secure your marriage license. We have a step by step checklist in our 100+ page client guide to help with this, as well as everything else you might need for your elopement!
This is fully dependent on where you are deciding to elope. If you are opting for a National Park or a more public area, the answer is probably yes.
We can make sure that you have all of your ducks in a row with permits. Some are very easy to get, and some require you to plan ahead. The cost of permits is dependent on the location, typically $50-$300.
Most permits go directly to the preservation, protection, and growth of public lands. It might be an extra step, but you can feel good about your purchase.
Eloping produces substantially less waste compared to a wedding. There are less people traveling, and a lower "single use item" count with no invitations, menus, disposable dinnerware, etc. We practive Leave No Trace, and it is easier to make eco-friendly choices when you elope.
When it is just you and your partner, you can take responsibility for yourselves to respect and care for your environment.
When you work with us, we provide plentiful education to help you Leave No Trace. It is important that we care for and respect the space around us. The environment is fragile, and sometimes damage is permanent.
We will help you learn about how to respectfully explore the backcountry, the dangers of spreading non-native seeds with florals, and so much more. In the mean time, check out our blog below to get started with LNT.
When you elope with us, you can feel good knowing your investment directly supports the growth and foundation of our nonprofit; MB's Trailhead. With a portion of profits in conjunction with federal grants, this nonprofit is on the way to being fully funded and will break ground the summer of 2024.
Together, we are advocating and providing resources to children in foster care as well as children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We strive to make adventure and nature's healing accessible to everyone. Through outdoor recreation activities, dance, music, art, mentors, and therapy, these children can become their best authentic selves and discover how much potential they hold.
I believe in safety, love, a welcoming/loving environment, sustaibability, and epic adventures for all. Nature is healing for everyone and what better place to love and be loved? By working with us, you will be a steward for the outdoors as well as a philanthropist for individuals who really need a loving hand. When you join your adventure with ours, you get to love each other, the environment, and those in need.
Every adventure has a trail head. That's where we meet you, and we will help you all the way to the summit.
My favorite part of your day is seeing your face when the adventure comes to life. We have a step-by-step process to take care of every planning detail, as well as great recommendations for vendors, locations, activities, attire, and everything in between. We are your sounding board and your compass.
A dive into our client guide
Start with a vision board for your day. Close your eyes and picture yourself holding hands with your loved one about to say your vows. What's around you? Do you hear birds chirping, rushing water, or the blow of crisp alpine air? Is the sun warmly kissing your skin or are snowflakes landing on your cheeks? Does it smell like the beach? Or maybe it smells like pine trees? You can also think about places you have always wanted to travel or activities you have always wanted to try.
This is where you should start. What do you want to immerse yourselves in? What are your hobbies or values as a couple? Do you want to eat gourmet food on your elopement day? Do you want an afternoon meditation or massage? There's no right or wrong-- just start dreaming.
This piece is really important. Although it's possible, elopements are not necessarily a way to save money. Instead, they are a way to intentionally spend your money to curate a day that really feels like you. You don't have to worry about making anyone else happy, and you can focus more on making memories that are authentically you. In our opinion, that's money well spent.
Set your budget. From there, we can help you prioritize the elements of your day and create an elopement that is meaningful and memorable.
After you think about the experience that you want as a couple and what is most meaningful to you, here is a quick list to get your brain moving with a vision board and budgeting:
This is the easiest place to start. What kind of weather do you want (keeping in mind that this is out of your control), and what kind of seasonal vibe are you after? Do you like fresh spring flowers and rain? Fall colors and bonfires? Taking a dip in a lake under the summer sun or snuggling up with hot cocoa in a snowy cabin?
After you narrow down your season, you can lock in a date. This is a good time to think about what crowds will look like. Peak seasons in beautiful locations often draw other people. This isn't a problem, and people are usually very respectful of elopements. If you want to avoid crowds but you don't want to go to the backcountry, here is what we recommend:
Off season has pros and cons. There will be less people, but that also might mean that activities aren't operating and you might have a harder time finding local vendors if they are seasonal. We can help you weight your options of eloping with crowds and eloping in different seasons.
Dream of eloping in Patagonia or Iceland?
Do you and your partner visit the same National
Pak on your anniversary?
Maybe there is a willow tree in your grandparent's backyard that holds a special place in your heart.
Our only advice is to pick a location and then pick a backup. You might have a general idea, like the North Cascades, but not know where to elope within the park. We can help you pick a location and pick a backup.
When you climb on board for an adventure elopement, anything can (and does) happen. Wildfires close the parks, mudslides close the roads. Your location at 10,000 ft is in blizzard conditions, so maybe you need to swap for 6,000 ft. Nature is WILD, as it should be! It's our job to roll with it.
Sometimes, even with planning, the unexpected happens. It's our job to help you navigate the trail.
Something to keep in mind when you are picking an elopement location is that nature lovers love spending time in beautiful locations. If you are in an easy to access, jaw droppingly beautiful spot, you will probably be sharing the space with other nature lovers. If you don't see anyone for miles and the view is epic, it probably took some work to get there. This is a give and take and is all part of eloping on public lands. If you want to elope in a poplar location that doesn't require 3 hours of jeeping or a 5 mile hike, we recommend eloping on a weekday at sunrise. You might still see a smiling face or two, but it is a way to avoid most crowds.
If you are after an epic, full-send adventure, this is for you. These elopements are whatever you want to make them. Backpacking? Sure. Rock climbing Yosemite? Let's send it. Camping? Yes. Please. Patagonia trip? I think you get the picture. We are always down for a rad adventure. These options allow you to have everything you want for your day. The dirt won't stop us and neither will the rain. We are down for it all. Oh, and your dog is definitely invited.
These options allow you to have a full day of awesome adventure. Maybe you want to take a longer hike, add a second location, or kayak all afternoon. This allows you to do just that. Your day can be unique to your vibe and values, and you have plenty of time for a few fun activities.
Your elopement, sweet and simple. If you have a short hike planned, want to elope at an easy to access location, or even have a shindig planned at a local brewery, we are there for it. This is your adventure, with your love, your way. Ready for deep emotion and belly laughs? We are too.
This is another opportunity for me to say that what happens and what's included on your elopement day is up to you. If you want to do your own hair, skip the cake, and self-solemnize in the cabin back yard, cool. If you want all of the works to take your day up a notch, cool. Your day is immensely special no matter what you do, and we are here to help all of the moving parts come to life.
This is different for every vendor. Vendors like photography, videography, planners, and hair + makeup will book up quickly for popular dates and might book 9-15 months out regularly. Accommodations also tend to book up quickly. You might want to book all of these vendors first. That said, we have found last minute vendors for our couples on more than one occassion. If you decide the week of your elopement that you want to add a picnic, great, let's do it! We can help you nomatter your timeline.
Want to kick your feet up and just show up to an awesome day? We've got you covered. We offer all-inclusive package that cover every vendor you might need, adventure activities like helicopter rides or a sailboat excursion, and even a massage in the morning. Our all-inclusive packages also take care of luxury accommodations the night before and after your elopement. We will have a few questionnaires for you to fill out so we can lock in your vibe, and then you really get to just show up and have an awesome day!
Check out our packages here.
You came to the right place! We are all about lowering your environmental impact. We will educate you on how to Leave No Trace with your elopement, help make sure you don't bring any non-native seeds into fragile environments, and can even pair you with caterers that will compost your leftovers.
We can help you create a timeline that will fit all of your activities into your day (or multiple days). We love to work out the logistics of adventure planning and can keep all of these moving parts flowing smoothly so that you get to just focus on each other.
If you decide to pick us as your elopement team, you will be getting extensive planning guidance with all of our packages. We offer photo, video, or combined coverage options. We are your experienced experts right in your back pocket.
100% absolutely yes. We believe that adventure and beautiful nature are for everyone, and we know great locations that are safe and accessible.
I spent many years working with individuals who have intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities. Absolutely everyone is welcome in front of my lens, and we would love to help you have an epic day.
It's YOUR DAY.
You get to spend it connecting, loving, focused on each other, and having an awesome time.
Have a hobby you both love? You can do it.
Want to camp overnight and make it two days? You can do that too.
The options are endless.
You can breathe a sigh of relief, because you won't have to "take pictures all day"! We document the day as it is which means you can be fully immersed in each other and your adventures. Sure, we will stop a few times along the way to capture great content, but it is rare that we will ever make you "stand here and smile".
Michael and I are addicted to fun, and we do what we can to bring that to your elopement. You will be laughing, and even crying. Our prompts are emotion and movement based. You will have an experience with one another. We specialize in capturing raw emotion, and we will prompt you to bring out that emotion during your adventure. It is an awesome journey, trust us.
Our timelines are not set in stone on your day. If you are having a great time on your hike and want to soak up the view a little longer, cool. If you feel like floating in the water is raising your stoke, let's stay. We will be respectful of other vendors and any scheduled activities you have, but otherwise we go with the flow.
We can help you find attire and accessories that will keep you cool or warm depending on the season, as well as clothing that is stretchy, packable, and anything you might need for an adventure. You can wear whatever you want, and all colors are on the table.
We also recommend checking out fun shops on Etsy for custom elopement accessories (and a chance to support an artist!) like:
The rest of your time, of course!
Whether you are local or are adventuring to a destination for your elopement, the days surrounding your big day matter. Michael and I decided to do a "wedding week" when we got married where we planned different activities every day. If you are traveling in, this is a great opportunity to make the most of your trip and go on tours, visit other national parks, and try local food!
What we craft for your day is totally up to you! Our adventure elopements are typically 5-8 hours. This includes hiking, any necessary travel during your elopement, the ceremony + events, and your adventure session. Your adventure elopement can also include an overnight camping trip, full backpacking trips, snorkeling adventures, you name it!
The amount of hiking we do for an adventure elopement is totally up to you. We will provide location suggestions based on what you are up for. We will usually hike at least a few miles, but we also have plenty of "easy to get to" locations in case you have guests who need something a little easier. After your ceremony, we can venture off to a different epic location for your adventure session.
OF COURSE! This is YOUR day. If you have loved ones that you want surrounding you, bring them! The more the merrier.
Yes, PLEASE DO. We love animals, and if your elopement is a few days long, we might bring our dog too (as long as your dog is cool with it). It's important to remember that not all national parks allow dogs on their trails, and we will respect the laws and rules of whatever space we are in. If your pup is allowed, bring them!
We don't really believe in bad weather. We will make sure you are safe, and we will still have an awesome adventure! If you have checked out our travel map, you might notice that we are moving pretty quickly through the U.S. and Canada. Because of this, we can't really "come back next week" when the sun is shining. We won't have you out in dangerous conditions like avalanches, mudslides, or lightning-- but we aren't afraid of a little snow or rain. We acutally love what the rain does to the colors in a landscape! If it does get dangerous, we will reschedule.
You sure do. You have the ability to print professionally with us, and we can guarantee quality prints. We offer metal wall art, wood prints, traditional prints, albums, magnets, and even Christmas ornaments. That said, you can totally print yourself and we will help you along the way.
Great question! We are traveling all over the U.S. and Canada in 2020, but we will adventure ANYWHERE. We have photographed worldwide, and plan to continue doing so. Just reach out, and we will head your way! You can check out our current travel schedule here.
No worries! We will still come to you! We LOVE to travel, and capture elopements, weddings, births, and family sessions all over the globe. Reach out and we will give you a travel quote.
Overall, I would say that Michael and I are addicted to fun, and we do what we can to bring that to a session. You will be laughing, and even crying. Our sessions are emotion and movement based. That means that you won't do a lot of "stand here and smile". You will have an experience with one another. We specialize in capturing raw emotion, and we will prompt you to bring out that emotion during your session. It is an awesome journey, trust us.
You can do WHATEVER you want! We also love the water... and the forest, and the desert, and basically anywhere outside. We shoot in the mountains very frequently, but we go wherever the wind blows us. In 2021 we will even offer scuba elopements!
We don't have a set travel rate. We believe that by itemizing our travel, we can save our clients money. We are budget friendly travelers. We love hostels, take public transportation (because who wants to drive on the other side of the road anyway), and don't mind taking that late flight because it is cheaper. If you are planning a destination elopement or wedding, reach out and we can set a travel quote for you.
A traditional elopement is typically two hours, and the location is easily accessible for all friends and family members.
Adventure elopements involve remote locations, and activities like backpacking, camping, or climbing. They are more extreme and tend to be 5-8 hours.
No worries! We get it that this isn't everyone's cup of tea. If you plan on eloping at a courthouse or somewhere where you can make it from start to finish in two hours, you are looking for a traditional elopement. You can find them here.
This is our favorite option. Michael and I work really well together, and we also believe that photography + videography combined tell the full story of your love journey. We know how to tango to capture your love and some epic scenery. We offer separate services, but we do feel like the services compliment each other.
Our packages represent the base price for adventure elopements and encompass most (if not all) of what we do, including all of the planning prep, capturing your day with photo, video, or both, and drone (weather + location dependent). If your elopement has a few more moving parts like extensive travel or excursions where we would need a seat, there might be a few extra fees added on.
So, fun fact, we used to live on the road with our dog, our cat, and a ton of plants. We are travel bugs at heart, and will meet you to capture your wild love story anywhere. Colorado is home, but the world is our playground.
Colorado, Washington, California, and Alaska are free from travel fees. If you flag us down during scheduled travel, there are also no fees. Outside of that, we love to adventure. Just reach out and we will make a bee line straight to you.
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