Updated: Jul 25
With the current situation going on, many couples were forced to move their wedding dates or downsize their weddings significantly. Some couples just decided to elope instead, having only their immediate friends and family around, or saying their vows by themselves at their favorite getaway spot. There are so many different ways to elope, but many have one thing in common: A photographer that joins the event to capture this special moment so it can be shared with friends and family and be relived and remembered forever. I’ve decided to put some helpful tips together to make your elopement extra special, and most of all, picture perfect.
The great thing about eloping or planning a microwedding is that you have so much freedom when choosing the location and planning your timeline, since it’s much less complicated than organizing a huge celebration.
Make sure to schedule your elopement around golden hour. It will give your photographer the chance to capture you in the absolute best light. It depends on your location and time of the year when golden hour will occur, so make sure you do some research beforehand. There are some helpful apps such as Photo Time that will tell you exactly when the sun will be setting and how long golden hour and blue hour are going to be. If you’re planning your elopement at a rather popular location, you might want to consider sunrise as well. I know, not everybody is an early bird, but I met this couple you see above at 5.30am and it was totally worth it! They used the solitude of the morning hours at the beach to say their vows at sunrise and then we created some epic photos together!
Keep in mind, that if you choose a location in the middle of the woods, you will lose light slightly earlier in the evening, so plan in a little buffer!
This one is for the couples that want to have their elopement or mini wedding in their own backyard or family property. Cleaning up the premises should be a no brainer, but sometimes you can get so used to certain things that just sit around in your yard, that you don’t realize that they will be disturbing in the photos. You have to realize that your photographer is going to want to capture many different angles and walk all around you during your ceremony. When preparing the location, stand in the middle and do a 360° turnaround to scan the area. Anything that sticks out to you that doesn’t look “pretty”, move it somewhere else during the event. Objects that can be disturbing are wheel barrels, trash cans, cars, or garden furniture that’s not being used at the time. Take some sample photos with your phone, that might make it easier to decide if an object is in the way or not.
I’m sure you already have a great vision of how you want to decorate your elopement space, and you probably already checked Pinterest for some amazing ideas. Perfect, get creative!
If you’re having your ceremony in the evening hours, think about adding some light sources to add some extra pop to your set up! You can never go wrong with string lights and candles, every photographer will love you for putting lots of them up!
Of course you can only hope for good weather, but keep in mind that rain might cross your plans. Think about a plan B location just in case, and get some clear umbrellas if you don’t mind a little drizzle. If you’re thinking about putting up canopies, definitely go for white ones, since any other color will throw a color cast on your skin. You can also get creative and use sailcloth and mount it to the trees (or whatever you an find around your location), they look a little nicer than canopies and still keep your elopement dry.
Elopements or Micro Weddings leave much more room to get creative than regular sized weddings, mostly because you simply have more time you can dedicate to the photos since you don’t have to worry about attending hundreds of guests. You can use props such as smoke bombs, twinkle lights or sparklers, and think about other ideas, such as getting in the water somewhere, laying in the ferns, or anything else you and your photographer can come up with. The list is endless, just make sure you find something that doesn’t feel forced and is in line with your personalities.
You still have some questions or need help planning your elopement? Don’t hesitate to contact me directly or follow me for more inspiration: www.instagram.com/isabelstudios