UNTAMED & WILD
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Intimate weddings and elopements are becoming a unique alternative to traditional weddings all over the world. Couples are opting to marry under the stars, at airbnbs, on top of a mountain, anywhere beautiful. These types of intimate ceremonies are perfect for couples in love with nature and the great outdoors, for adventurers and free spirits that want to have an intimate immersive day event instead of a big traditional wedding with a couple hundred guests. Intimate wedding or elopement is for you if:
1. YOU PREFER A STRESS-FREE DAY AUTHENTIC TO YOUR RELATIONSHIP
2. YOU VALUE EXPERIENCES OVER THINGS
3. YOU BELIEVE YOUR VOWS SHOULD BE PERSONALIZED
4. YOU WANT YOUR DAY TO BE ABOUT THE TWO OF YOU, NOT OTHERS' EXPECTATIONS
5. YOU DON'T LIKE TO HAVE THE PRESSURE OF A BIG WEDDING PRODUCTION
6. YOU WANT TO HAVE FUN WITHOUT REGRETS!
THIS MEANS YOU JUST ENTERED A UNIVERSE
My job as a Michigan elopement photographer and intimate wedding photographer is to help you find your epic venue or landscape and capture your wedding celebration in an authentic way. Whether you're considering to host your intimate event in a national park, in the desert, in the mountains, forest or on a beach, these visual inspirations might help you decide on the style of your event.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE SETTING
If you have a vague idea of the vibe of the landscape, but aren't sure, I can help you find your dreamy wedding location. Whether it’s a strenuous backpacking trip in the Rockies or a breathtaking overlook in Big Sur - whatever your comfort level, we'll find your unique spot. After we settle on the vibe you're going for, and the type of terrain you enjoy exploring, I will start researching specific locations for your session. As a Michigan elopement photographer, I use professional tools to map out hiking trails and to determine the best season and light during the day of your shoot. On your wedding day, we'll go over the final plan, then hit the trail, or head up to the overlook, if hiking in a wedding dress just isn’t your thing.
If our travel schedules happen to sync up, or you're stoked to just meet me anywhere, I will explore that area uniquely to match your vision. If I am already planning to travel to a location posted on my schedule within certain dates, my travel fee will be waived for your shoot and you will pay for your session as if it was done locally.
If you're not the eloping type, but you're also not satisfied with a generic wedding interior, you're most likely itching to find your hidden gem! Spaces have a unique ability to set the tone for a wedding, there is a bit of magic to be found, when peoples' personalities perfectly blend with the vibe of the architectural features of the venue. My favorite spaces are quirky, inspiring, they evoke a certain feeling or bring out a lovely memory. But most importantly - they are a vibrant and meaningful setting to your wedding day celebration. There are so many unique venues to discover all over the US, from rad eco greenhouse elopement venues to opulent art museum wedding venues, from historic houses to luxe Airbnbs.
Reimagining your wedding?
Are you reimagining your wedding and considering a smaller intimate ceremony in an unorthodox venue or an outdoors adventure elopement to celebrate your love story? The typical wedding day of 10+ hours can be stressful and the pressure to create an event for hundreds of guests in this added uncertainty can feel overwhelming. Instead, you can plan an intentional celebration with your one and only in a beautiful landscape or a backyard overlooking the Lake Michigan. You can say your vows privately, under the pines, overlooking the Lake Superior or while you are sitting in a canoe on the Manistee river. These intimate ceremonies are incredibly emotional and powerful. Being a Michigan elopement photographer for the past decade, I can help you craft your dreamy day!
let me guide you through this experience
If you see yourself surrounded by a circle of your favorite people somewhere in the Mojave desert, watching the stars at night by a campfire and dancing to melancholic melodies, that’s crazy amazing! Or maybe you envision yourself overlooking the rugged cliffs of Pictured Rocks coastline while the wind carries your vows towards the vast lake. But, at the end of the day, your wedding should be about you two. It should be your expression that tells your story. Whatever that looks like, I am here to capture it for you!
If you book me as your Michigan elopement photographer, you're also booking a decade of experience in the industry, shooting in different lighting situations, difficult conditions that require flexibility and creativity. You will get access to wedding vendor recommendations, venue suggestions and I will give you tips on how to build a comfortable timeline allowing enough time to create stress-free memories and candid images of your wedding celebration.