It's like streaming. We have all these streaming services now and all of them have so many options. So we have what is called 'The Paradox of Choice'! Too many options makes it a lot harder to choose.

You are always welcome to call me and have a talk about the options. I don't care if you plan to book me, my phone is always open, if you want to know more about eloping in general. 

But even if you have an idea where you wanna go, it may be a bit hard to know, how you can put a day together.  So to help you get a better understanding of how an elopement could look, I have put together some example timelines. But first....

I know it can feel overwhelming, when you are no longer bound by tradition but actually can do what you want to.

Create an adventure around your day doing what you love to do with the one you love to do it with!

Examples of Elopement Timelines!

How many hours should you book an elopement photographer for?

Many of the elopements I book these days are 8 hours. Yep, that's a full day. You might be thinking: how can an elopement last an entire day? Well: this is your epic, magic, once in a lifetime day! Why shouldn't it last a day? Why should it be cut short and done with in an hour?

The classic wedding typically takes the whole day, right? From preparations, ceremony, reception, cocktail party, dinner, dance and party. And that's pretty standard.

But sometimes people think, that an elopement cannot be the same. That an elopement is just documenting the ceremony and doing some portraits afterwards. But who says, it can't be all day? Who says, that your elopement can't be an epic, meaningful day, that should be captured for you to relive as often as you'd like. And to be shared with your loved ones.

Think of the best day you can imagine? Create that day. From the moment you wake up, till the moment you go to bed. Where would you be? What would you do? What would you eat? What would you wear? How would it look around you? What activities would you do? What adventure would you create? When you answer these questions, you'll see, that it does not fit into a one or two hour hit and run photo session.

That does not mean, that it will be a full day, back to back, photoshoot, where I just pose you for hours on end. You will at times even forget I am there, 'cause I just wanna blend into the background, let your day unfold and capture that. The big things. And the little things. A lot of story and emotion is hidden in the little things. Maybe at some point you have a croissant and a coffee. I want you to remember that croissant and that coffee. The smell. The texture. The taste. And I want your friends and family to experience that with you, when you sit around the table, looking through your album, passing on the photographs.

Now, let's have a look a some timelines...

  • 9:30 Meet at hotel. Photographer captures mood, details and finishing touches
  • 11:00 Go to the ceremony
  • 11:30 Legal Ceremony
  • 11:45 Go to a café for a coffee or cake
  • 12:15 Explore city for portraits
  • 13:30 Photography ends
  • 6:30 Meet at hotel. Photographer captures mood, details and finishing touches
  • 7:45 First look
  • 8:30 Walk through city, shoot portraits
  • 10:00 Legal Ceremony
  • 10:15 Champagne
  • 10:30 Photography ends

4 hour elopement timelines

Learn about the difference between a legal ceremony and a commitment ceremony
  • 13:45 Meet at ceremony location
    Photography begins
  • 14:00 Commitment Ceremony, champagne and portraits
  • 15:30 Leave for beach
  • 16:00 Go paddle boarding
  • 17:00 Meet friends and family at restaurant
  • 18:00 Photography ends
  • 11:30 Meet at cabin. Photographer captures mood, details and finishing touches
  • 12:45 First look outside cabin 
  • 13:00 Head to ceremony location, stop for photos along the way with VW van
  • 14:30 Arrive at location, Commitment Ceremony followed by exploring & portraits
  • 16:00 Head back to cabin (30 min drive)
  • 17:30 Back at cabin for private chef dinner with a wonderful view
  • 19:30 Photography ends

All Day elopement timelines

  • 6:00 Meet at hotel. Photographer captures mood, details and finishing touches.
  • 7:30 Head to location one, outside city
  • 8:15 Arrive at location, Commitment Ceremony followed by exploring & portraits
  • 10:00 Drive to Town Hall
  • 11:00 Legal Ceremony
  • 11:15 Walk through city, shoot portraits. Stop at café for coffee and a bite to eat
  • 12:30 Arrive at tattoo shop, get tattoos
  • 14:00 Photography ends
  • 5:30 Meet at location one and setup for first look
  • 6:00 Sunrise first look followed by portraits 
  • 7:00 Head to 2nd location (15 min drive)
  • 7:15 Arrive at trailhead, gear up
  • 7:30 Hike to location, take photos along the way (2 miles hike)
  • 9:30 Arrive at lake for ceremony, picnic brunch, relaxation and exploring
  • 12:00 Hike back to trailhead (2 mile hike)
  • 13:30 Arrive at trailhead, head for location three (45 min drive)
  • 14:15 Arrive at location three for exploring and kayaking
  • 17:30 Return kayaks, photography ends

8 hours

8 hours

12 hours

Activities

There are so many things you can do together on your elopement day and if you wanna have a multiple day elopement, your options for creating a truly unique experience are just through the roof. You know of course what rocks your boat, but here are some examples, just to inspire you and show you what's possible.

  • Sightseeing
  • Bike riding
  • Horse carriage
  • Horse back riding
  • Hanging out in a hammock
  • Visiting food markets
  • Relaxing on a café
  • Doing yoga together
  • Having a picnic
  • Wine tasting
  • Whiskey tasting
  • Making a painting together
  • Getting tattoos
  • Mountain biking
  • Paragliding
  • Paddleboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Huddling up at a campfire
  • Making smores
  • Playing games
  • Boat riding
  • Ice skating

"Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose."

- Walt Whitman

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