I’m your personal guide to help have a meaningful, memorable, FUN elopement to start a lifelong adventure.
An elopement is a small, intentional, intimate wedding experience that focuses on you as the couple rather than a large traditional wedding event. Some couples choose to elope with just the two of them, while others opt to include a small number of close friends and family.
When you elope, you get to choose exactly how you want to spend every minute of your day. If you're considering eloping, I encourage you to think about this: What would the best day ever look like for you and your partner? Maybe that includes hiking to a really epic mountain overlook, traveling to a place you've always wanted to visit, sipping craft beers around a campfire, or just spending a relaxing day with your closest family without the stress or expectations of a traditional wedding.
Whether you choose a traditional wedding, an elopement, or something in between, the end goal is the same- getting married and committing your life to your partner. No type of wedding is right or wrong. It's whatever you and your partner want to do and whatever will make you and your partner happiest.
There are many reasons to elope, but there is no right or wrong reason! From my experience, here are a few reasons why couples choose to elope:
Yes, you'll get amazing photos, but I'm more than just a photographer! I'm your personal elopement helper, location scout, planning consultant, cheerleader, and adventure buddy. I'm most passionate about helping couples have a meaningful, memorable, fun elopement that truly represents who you are. I am committed to capturing real moments and genuine emotions, not just posed photos. My editing style is bright, bold, and colorful while preserving the natural colors in the landscape.
You want a more intimate experience with just the two of you or a small group of close friends/family.
You don't feel a connection with the traditions of a large wedding. It just doesn't feel like you.
You don't want to manage the stress, planning, drama, or expectations of a traditional wedding.
You value experiences more than things.
You want to explore somewhere new together.
You want something different. And that's ok!
Location recommendations while taking into account accessibility, seasonality, difficulty, and of course, photo ops.
Planning the elopement day timeline
Carrying things, fluffing dresses, or anything else you might need!
My goal is to create an experience to make your elopement the best it can be every step of the way. I build relationships with my couples and get to know you so that when the elopement day comes, you feel comfortable and confident in having a day that will feel authentically you.
On elopement days, yes I take photos. But I also keep us on time, fluff dresses, hold bouquets, guide hikes, change plans if necessary, set up photo spots like first looks, figure out where to be to best capture moments, and make sure that I do my absolute best to tell the story of your elopement day through photographs. I'm there when you have no makeup on, and when you're getting dressed. I'm there when you laugh and when you cry.
At the end of your elopement day, all you are going to have is the photos and the memories. Being an elopement photographer is exhilarating, exhausting, moving, inspiring, fun, a physical workout, lots of work, and a true honor.
What’s it like to have me as your photographer? Hear it from some of the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
My fiancé and I were so pleased with our experience with Abby! The golden hour light was so flattering, the location was beautiful and she was a pleasure to work with. She made us feel comfortable and let us be silly. The end results are amazing! Thank you Abby!!
My wife and I had the pleasure of working with her for our wedding and absolutely LOVED the way that things turned out thanks to Abby's creative eye. I am so incredibly grateful for all that she did to make our wedding amazing.
There is no accurate way of expressing how kind, helpful, funny, and wonderful Abby was. She walked us through very step, made us feel comfortable in front of the camera, and was such a huge part of not only the wedding, but the whole planning process. Abby is easy to contact, easy to talk to, and INCREDIBLY TALENTED. There was not one picture that we didn’t absolutely love.
We hired Abby to photograph our destination wedding, and the whole experience is top notch. On your wedding day, you spend a lot of time with your photographer and Abby perfectly balances her easy going personality with professionalism. If you are like me and worry about being awkward in your photos, you should hire Abby because she guides your every step of the way. And the pictures? INCREDIBLE! She sent me 100 "preview" pictures a few days after my wedding, and each one was better then the previous. Thank you Abby!
She gives great direction, making photos look and feel natural. She is prompt and sweet and has a great eye for beautiful photos. I cannot say enough good things about Abby and having her as a part of my wedding. She captured our big day so beautifully and I will cherish the memories she captured forever!
Abby is amazing to work with! She responds quickly to questions, and even provided preview photos the day of our wedding! Her excitement and passion only make the photography experience even better. She asks for a list of photos prior and made sure we got all of the shots we wanted, even in the business of the wedding day! She joins in and truly enjoys herself while she is photographing the wedding.
Our wedding pictures far exceeded our expectations and we’ve had so many people compliment the images and originality of some of the shots. They’re perfect in every way and it wouldn’t have been the same with another photographer. She is the best at what she does!
Abby was amazing! Her attention to fine detail and coaching really gave us amazing wedding photos. From our first phone call, to the engagement session, to all the planning and finally the wedding itself, her knowledge and skillful planning made everything run smoothly. She captured the day beautifully and we wouldn’t ask for a better photographer!
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If you like what you see, fill out the contact form and tell me more about your elopement. I will send you more information and we will go from there!
We will schedule an initial phone call to talk about your vision, get to know each other, and answer any questions. After the call, I'll send you a customized package and contract.
After officially booking me (yay!), I'm here to help you plan. We'll talk locations, schedules, timelines, and more.
About three months before your elopement date, I'll send you an in-depth questionnaire that goes over everything I'll need to know.
About a month before the elopement date, we will have a final call to talk through all the final logistics and plans.
The elopement day is finally here! I’ll be there documenting the day and helping to ensure that you have the best day ever.
Within a week of the elopement, I will send you a preview gallery. Within 2 months, you will receive your final digital gallery.
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I believe in keeping my pricing upfront and straightforward. All packages include photography coverage by me, planning assistance, print credit, and a digital gallery of professionally edited, high-resolution images with full printing and downloading rights. I do not limit myself to a certain number of images, but you can expect to receive approximately 60 images per hour of photography coverage. All packages can be customized based on what you're looking for.
Note: pricing and packages are subject to change at anytime without notice.
Usually not available on Saturdays from May-October, but I might have an opening so feel free to reach out!
Not available on weekends from May-October
I offer special rates if you want to elope in Colorado in the winter between November and April. Don't worry, we can still have an awesome day without completely freezing. Snow can be really fun!
11:30am-Getting ready at a cabin
1pm-Drive to trailhead
1:30-2:30pm-Hike to ceremony location
3:30-4pm-Photos with guests
6:30-7:30pm-Hike back in twilight
7:30pm-Arrive back at car. Abby leaves.
1:30pm-Meet Abby at trailhead
1:30-2:30pm-Jeep ride to ceremony spot
3:30-4pm-Photos with guests
7:30pm-Arrive back at car. Abby leaves.
2:30pm-Meet Abby at trailhead
2:30-2:45pm-Walk to ceremony spot
6:30pm-Arrive back at car. Abby leaves.
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