What does it mean to elope? Historically the word relates to running away from family and marrying someone in secret; however, this term has evolved over the years and in many cases an elopement is now more planned. Durango photographers tend to witness a different type of ceremony when compared to this classic definition.
These new elopements are more concerned with finding a beautiful outdoor location to perform their ceremony and may even involve close family and friends forming a very small "wedding party" that is invited along.
If you are considering an elopement I would highly recommend it, especially if you are considering doing it in Colorado or the Southwest! There are many pros and few cons when comparing Colorado elopement packages to standard wedding pricing and follow-through. As a Durango elopement photographer (and wedding photographer) I can attest that planning an elopement will result in much less stress, a healthier bank account, better photos, and a lot more peace of mind! The only con is that some of your extended friends and family may be slightly upset with you for not allowing them to be there. Explore my elopement packages here: Colorado Elopement Photographer Packages
Colorado and the Southwest are great places to elope for several reasons: the weather tends to be fantastic, the views are stunning, the crowds are easily avoided, flying is usually affordable, finding a great location is easy, and there are plenty of locations that don't involve too much effort to get to! If you need help finding a spot for your perfect elopement ceremony I am more than happy to assist you for no extra charge. Feel free to browse my landscape gallery for inspiration: Southwest Elopement Photographer Ideas Gallery
I absolutely love elopement photography and as an adventure wedding photographer mountain elopements are my favorite. If you are planning your own outdoor ceremony you are off to a good start because you have already tracked down a Colorado elopement photographer! The first important step in the process is choosing your ceremony location; this process can be a lot easier if you talk to someone familiar with the region that you are interested in IF you aren't already familiar yourself. Once your location is set you'll need to decide what kind of services you want to be involved. Do you want a videographer, photographer, and or an event planner? In many cases most people only need a photographer because their photographer can help plan the ceremony *ahem*. Time of year is obviously very important because winter weddings are much more difficult to plan and facilitate, yet may be worth it for the effort!
A great elopement can be well done with a small budget, a few good friends or family members to help, a few decor items, possibly a few flowers (and/or beverages i.e. champagne), and a well formed plan. Feel free to reach out if you need assistance with yours!
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Interesting areas of the Southwest: Lonely Planet
To explore some ideas click here: www.pinterest.com/artandsoulevent/elopements-and-micro-weddings/
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