With a traditional wedding, there’s a pretty clear-cut plan on what the timeline is supposed to look like. The ability to make the day your own is what makes an elopement so special. There are no rules, no forced traditions, and no limitations, which can make it hard to know where to start when you have so many options at your fingertips.
I hear that last question so frequently and I’m here to tell you that it’s not about “filling” endless hours of photography coverage with busyness and obligations. I mean, isn’t that why you chose to elope in the first place? Honestly… who enjoys rushing around on their wedding day on a strict timeline; your coordinator anxiously tapping her watch- “it’s 1:57, you were supposed to be outside for the first look 12 minutes ago!” Hurry hurry hurry, rush rush rush… anxiety, stress, exhaustion. Oh look, time to cut that cake you won’t have time to enjoy! No. That sounds awful. Let’s NOT turn your elopement into the same thing.
*Don’t forget to make time for relaxing and downtime (even naps! Seriously…)*
You don’t need to fill every second with something to do. Maybe pick one of your favorite activities to do together and one new thing you’ve been wanting to try.
Hopefully, this list has inspired you to find ways to make your Texas elopement feel personal and intimate. The day should feel fun and carefree, not a huge production with a strict timeline or an endless list of to-dos. It’s not an extra-long photoshoot with your photographer in your face the whole day and it’s not about “okay- stand, smile, and say cheese”. I approach photography from the standpoint of creating genuine experiences and documenting the moment as it unfolds, not the other way around.
When you look back on your photos from the day, do you want to simply see another snapshot of you and your partner? Or do you want to relive the way her eyes light up when she looks at you, the silly smirk on his face when you’ve just done something dorky? You should be transported back to that exact moment in time; feel the goosebumps crawl across your skin as you remember the crisp breeze enveloping your bodies, feel the phantom touch of your bride’s hand across your face just before she kissed you as your wife for the first time, and smell the warm scent of the campfire embracing you once more. I’m a sucker for messy, in-between moments. This is what true, photojournalistic elopement photography should do. At the end of the day, the photos are about your wedding day; your wedding day shouldn’t revolve around a shot list.
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With a traditional wedding, there’s a pretty clear-cut plan on what the timeline is supposed to look like. The ability to make the day your own is what makes an elopement so special. There are no rules, no forced traditions, and no limitations, which can make it hard to know where to start when you […]