How To Get Married During A Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has displaced and disheartened an incredible number of couples this year. My heart aches for each and every one as I can only begin to imagine how it feels to try and plan a wedding during times as uncertain as these. While you may not be able to have the big wedding you've been planning, I'm here to tell you that it's still entirely possible to get married this year. A lot of things have been canceled in 2020, but adventurous elopements are not one of them!
There are so many misconceptions around eloping! It no longer means what you probably think it means.
WHAT IS AN ELOPEMENT?
Eloping is taking all the expectations, productions, and opinions that come with a big, traditional wedding, and THROWING THEM OUT THE DAMN WINDOW. When you do this, you get to truly dial in and focus on how you and your partner want to marry each other. Whether that's on a mountaintop, rooftop, or in your backyard, there's no right or wrong way to do it as long as it's how YOU want to do it.
While I can't fathom the stress and disappointment you're likely feeling right now, I can say for certain that an elopement in Colorado- although totally different than what you had originally planned - still has the possibility to be an equally meaningful and authentic wedding day. Eloping is not a consolation prize! In fact, it can be a day full of intimacy and authenticity focused on you, your best friend, and the love you have for each other. Don't you think you deserve that? I do!
Eloping doesn't need to look like a quick stop at the courthouse and a photoshoot afterward, either. If you could craft a whole day where you get to go wherever and see whatever you want, what would that look like for the two of you? Do you and your partner have any special locations? Favorite drives or campsites? Do you have an epic mountain AirBnB you've had your eye on?
Believe me when I say that I'm not here to just be your photographer - I'm here to guide you, support you, and be your best friend (and research assistant!) through the whole thing.
And don't worry - you can still invite up to 25 of your closest friends and family to your elopement!
What does a full day elopement look like?
EXAMPLE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY TIMELINE - ADVENTUROUS SUNRISE HIKE NEAR STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO
4:30 am: Get up, get ready. Couple and photographer take about 45 minutes to make sure all the gear, clothing, accessories needed for the ceremony and photos, and snacks are packed. Eat a quick breakfast.
5:30 am: Get to the Gilpin Lake trailhead, begin hike. Hike to ceremony location is about 4.25 miles and should take a little over 2 hours to reach.
6:57 am: True sunrise! Stop along the trail as the sky lights up with the sunrise.
7:45 am: Arrive at ceremony location right before the sun rises in the mountains. Everyone moves into position and couple gets ready to say their vows during sunrise.
7:55 am(ish): Ceremony during sunrise.
8:10 am: Photos of couple during mountain sunrise on trail around lake with mountains in the background.
9:00 am: Begin hike back down to the trailhead. Another 4.25 miles, should take around 2-3 hours to get back depending on photos. Stop for photos on scenic parts of the loop.
12:00 pm: Hike done, couple checks into their AirBnB to change, decompress for a moment.
1:00 pm: Couple goes to their favorite brewery in Steamboat, gets food from food truck, plays some board games in the brewery.
2:00 pm: Couple heads to Strawberry Hot Springs to relax and soak in the hot springs after their long morning hike.
I'm not just your photographer...
I'm hoping to be your research assistant, planner, and dear friend while helping you craft one of the most epic days of your life.
I bring to life all the little details that define you and your partner while creating an elopement experience that's unlike anything you could have imagined because I believe you deserve it.
Let's tell a story of your wedding day that you'll want to remember for years to come.