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5 Tips for Planning an Elopement

February 11, 2020

Congratulations! You’ve decided to elope! It’s an empowering choice to celebrate your love in an authentic way that truly reflects your relationship, style, and personality. Now the fun part starts: planning your elopement! This should be a time of reflection and meaningful thought. Here are 5 tips for planning an elopement of your dreams!


1. Celebrate the Process

With all the steps involved in planning an elopement, it can feel like you’re losing sight of how precious each detail is. Firstly, I urge you to celebrate each milestone, every detail, and decision. When it’s all said and done, it can seem like the whole process flew by, so make a point to spend quality time with your loved one during this amazing time!

Sit down together, get comfortable, and start envisioning your perfect day. You two will inevitably have some differing ideas. Communicate your priorities and make a point to listen to each other’s needs.



2. Focus on what’s really important

Secondly, life isn’t always in the habit of giving us what we want so when something doesn’t go quite as planned, take a step back, breathe deep and relax. You two have decided to love and cherish each other for the rest of your lives. These small hiccups truly aren’t that big of a deal. Trust me on this one.


If you want to learn more about how to avoid stress and worry, check out my blog on How Mindfulness Can Help Your Elopement.



3. Invite the people you’re excited to see

This should be a no-brainer, shouldn’t it? Instead of your invitation list escalating along with your stress levels, you have absolute authority to only invite the people you know you will be truly happy to see, usually up to 25 guests. And it’s also absolutely okay if that means not inviting anyone! Make sure to learn about your state’s marriage requirements. Some states require you to have guests present on your wedding day, others require you to have an officiant, some don’t require anyone at all! These states allow something called self-solemnization, meaning you can marry yourselves! Colorado is one of those states. If you choose to elope alone, you can always celebrate with others on another day. You have the choice to celebrate later with everyone at a reception. Throw a party when you get your wedding photos back!


Check out these specific examples of How to Tell Family and Friends that You’re Eloping.



4. Find inspiration

The Internet is a great place to look for wedding inspiration but the sheer amount of information can feel overwhelming. The following is a list of my favorite blogs & online magazines. They have a ton of helpful advice and beautiful images to get you inspired for the big day. 






Pinterest is another wonderful resource but it can be super addictive. My advice for whenever you see another great post is to check in with yourself and ask: Is this truly what I want or am I getting carried away? Does this really fit with my style or is it just another really cool idea?



5. Don’t hold back

This is your chance to dream about all the ways you want to celebrate your love. Consider some of the following questions:


  • Will it be just you the two of you or are you wanting to invite some guests to witness and celebrate your love?
  • Do you plan on wearing traditional wedding attire? Or do you want to throw caution to the wind and get married in casual yet comfortable clothes? What if it rains?



  • Will there be music? Do you want to pop champagne? Have a picnic? Will you read your own vows or enjoy a cake? Will you have a bouquet?
  • How long will your elopement celebration last? A day, a weekend, a week? Will you combine it with your honeymoon? (Learn more about creating an epic elopement timeline!)



  • Are you planning on stargazing? Do you want to go on a hike? Will there be a helicopter involved? Maybe you’re wanting to celebrate at a brewery afterward or soak in a hot spring. Or maybe you want to go skiing or zip-lining.


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This is your day to make it what you want! Start the next chapter of your life with an amazing adventure!



You’re not alone! I’m here to help you craft the elopement experience of your dreams, leaving you with more time to enjoy and focus on the top priorities on your to-do list. Let’s chat about how I can help!

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I'm Marcela!

Elopement Photographer
Here to help you plan a deeply connective and intimate elopement of your dreams!

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Chris, Anniversary SESSION

"The photos we just got back from Marcela are giving me CHILLS!! They are absolutely stunning!!!

She did SO MUCH more than just photograph us — she created special moments that I’ll cherish forever. She encouraged Con & I to genuinely interact & share intimate moments together. She prompted us to tell each other things that we love about one other, ways that the other person inspires us, & how being together has positively changed us.

It was more than just a beach shoot. We ended up giving each other precious, heart melting encouragement & that makes these photos all the more treasured to me. "


"We had a pre-meet with her before the big day which definitely helped me feel more relaxed going into the wedding day. She gave us great suggestions and things to think about to be ready with on the wedding. On the day of she showed up early to help scope out the venue. She was creative to try and pull extra joy into our photographs.

When I look at these photos I see more than just beautiful images. I feel the moments that Marcela helped us experience and the connection we had.

I can't thank Marcela enough! We will treasure these moments forever!"

Lauren, Great Sand Dunes

"We loved every moment of the day she helped create. Marcela was the perfect photographer for our adventure elopement! She worked tirelessly to make our adventure into marriage happen after our first options were snowed in! Great Sand Dunes felt like the perfect unique place for two Floridians who met in the mountains.

She made us comfortable to be ourselves throughout the whole day while making her job look effortless and fun. Our cheeks hurt from smiling, laughing and a few tears.

Marcela captured every precious moment! Her photography is absolutely stunning every way! I highly recommend Marcela for your elopement or wedding!"


"Instead of telling us how to pose or interact with each other, Marcela gave us prompts that seemed simple but made a huge difference.

She asked us to talk about our first date. We discussed the weirdest things we loved about each other (which made us laugh) and how we could fulfill each other’s love languages. Amy and I played games with each other and Marcela captured the energy that happened naturally between us.

I love this shoot because it perfectly captures the love we share. It’s incredible to see that love and admiration encapsulated in a photo! Thank you for this!"

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