When it all comes down to it... when you're old and reminiscing on the "good ole days" with your equally wrinkled (but still smoking hot) babe by your side, pictures are the only thing you'll have to look back on and share for generations to come. I can think of no better gift than captured moments in time and this is what has really sparked my love for what I do. If you are looking for artistry and adventure, look no further.
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Hi, I’m Alyson: the gal behind the lens! Oh, and I’m also the lucky one who gets to capture your love story! At a young age, I initially fell in love with photography as an art form for self-expression, and over the years my love for photography has morphed into the ultimate storytelling tool.
January 30, 2019
Before we begin, What exactly is an elopement?
I like to describe elopements as investing in what truly brings you joy and leaving behind everything that doesn’t. It’s curating your day to be exactly what you want, at whatever pace you want, surrounded by your closest friends and family. You get to bypass the stress and chaos that comes with wedding planning and invest in what brings you joy. It’s for those who prefer a little adventure over a fancy cocktail hour. Who would rather get their dress a little dirty for the sake of experience. If that sounds like you, keep reading:)
1. ELOPING MEANS YOU GET TO DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO
Your wedding day is exactly that, YOURS. Want to have a small ceremony in your backyard? Awesome do that. Want to hike a mountain and say your vows at the peak? Go for it. Want to throw an epic party with your closest friends and family? Do that! Your wedding day does not in any way have to fit in a certain box that society has painted for us. Eloping allows you to prioritize what you really care about and leave behind all the things that don’t matter.
2. ALLOWS YOU TO INVEST YOUR MOENY INTO AN EPIC ADVENTURE
It’s basic knowledge that you practically need to sacrifice an arm and a leg for weddings these days, and while weddings are absolutely beautiful and magical, you can spend a fraction of the cost you’d be spending on a wedding and just book two tickets to New Zealand. That’s not for everyone, but if adventure and travel is in your blood then eloping is for you.
3. THERE’S NO RULEBOOK
**Plot twist, theres really no rule book for anything in life, if you want to get philosophical (I’ll leave that for another day), but you can’t deny that theres a certain pressure that looms for following the rules on your wedding day. Whether that be from your great grandmothers expectations or just good ole societal pressure, weddings are stressful and constraining. Eloping allows you to literally do whatever you want at whatever time at whatever pace and theres a certain kind of beauty and freedom in that.
4. YOU CAN DITCH THE FAMILY DRAMA
Feel obligated to invite your 3rd cousin once removed who you really haven’t seen in 20 years and didn’t even know about till last year? How about we side pass all that and elope in Italy. Yeah that sounds much better. Jokes aside though, eloping allows you to be picky about who comes and who doesn’t. Life’s too short to stress about whether or not your Uncle Jerry will be ok if you invite your Aunt Susan since they haven’t talked in two years. You want the people who you truly care about and who truly care about you on your wedding day so if theres a day to be picky, let it be this one. Also, telling someone you couldn’t invite them because you’re having a private ceremony 2,000 miles away tends to go over more smoothly then them finding out you had a 150 person wedding and they weren’t invited.
5. YOU CAN BE PICKY ABOUT WHAT YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY ON
Eloping is beautiful in that you get to be picky about where your money goes. I think there’s this stereotype that eloping means being cheap and running away from your disapproving family but its evolved so far from that. If you’ve always dreamt of wearing the most magical gown but never knew how you’d afford it, eloping let’s you side pass having to spend thousands on a venue, food, seating arrangements, a DJ, and event planners. Rather, it allows you to spend a little more on what you love and less (or none) on what you don’t.
6. YOU BASICALLY GET TO DOCUMENT YOUR HONEYMOON
Let’s be real, the best part of weddings is the honeymoon and what a pity to only hire a photographer for the ceremony. If you’re eloping somewhere epic you basically get two in one. There’s the ceremony that gets photographed, but you also get shots of you and your person adventuring around after.
At the end of the day, all that really matters are the people you’re surrounded by and the experiences you create together. Thats all life boils down to anyways, really. And just how huge weddings aren’t for everyone, neither are elopements. But if any of this resonated with you then don’t let societal and family pressure stop you from having the wedding of your dreams.
Have any questions about eloping? Shoot me an email and I’d be more than happy to chat!