Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

The 4 Main Reasons You Need More Coverage Than You Think on Your Elopement Day

 head due north

4 Reasons to Book More Coverage on Your Elopement Day


Before you read this title and think, “well, of course, the elopement photographer wants me to book more coverage–that’s kind of her job,” I want to be super blunt about something.

It is my job to capture authentic, amazing, epic photos of your elopement day.

And it’s also my job to make sure you’re getting the most out of your day that you can.

That’s entirely what drives my interest here–I want you to feel completely and utterly in love with each other and your wedding day–that’s why I think it’s so important to have the conversation about more coverage.

The fact of the matter is, I’m not here to tell you how many specific hours you should book on your elopement day. Truly, I want you and your partner to think about the day you genuinely want, and we can work around that–not the other way around.

But I do want you to think long and think hard about taking that number, whatever it might be, and adding to it–even if it’s just by an hour or two.

Why? Well, I have four very good reasons.

Every Detail Deserves to be Documented

Often, people think that elopement days are all about the big elements–the ceremony, the first kiss, the epic hiking around your gorgeous location. And don’t get me wrong, these things are massively important to your day. But the real beauty of your elopement day is that the magic happens in each and every second of your day.

The lipstick smudge on your cheek as you get ready for your first look.

The breakfast and coffee together before you go your separate ways to prepare for your ceremony.

The tiny details where you ask your partner to tie your tie or button your dress.

The moments you couldn’t stop laughing while eating a picnic lunch by a lake.

All of these moments are just as big and beautiful and important as those giant elements that make up an elopement day–and each one of them deserves to be documented fully and authentically. More coverage means more time in your day to absorb each of these moments–but it also means more time for me to capture these moments forever.

Imagine being able to remember that spontaneous giggle fit you two had over breakfast on the morning of your wedding–something that otherwise would have left you asking, “What were we laughing at that day?” Imagine having every moment frozen in time for you–seconds that you can’t get back. That’s what more coverage gets you, really–more opportunities to sit down and relive that day time and again.


You Might Want to Soak Things in Longer

We can plan the most timely, to-the-minute timeline that accounts for everything you both want on your elopement day. We can schedule it all out to account for weather, for delays, for guests that could slow the process down a touch.

We could plan for everything–but what we can’t plan for is the possibility that you both might want to just sit in a wildflower meadow and feel this moment for as long as possible. We can’t plan for a sudden inspiration in your vows–the desire to share something more with your partner because you felt the spark of inspiration in that moment.

A husband and wife explore the Colorado wilderness together on their elopement day with see-through umbrellas.

And things like that–those beautiful and intentional and sporadic things–deserve a place in your wedding day. You shouldn’t be caught up in timelines; you shouldn’t be worried about coverage running out. You shouldn’t forgo doing or saying or feeling something because you’re worried about running out of time.

More coverage means less stress, less worry, and more opportunity to breathe in your day, soak in the magic of the moments, and experience things as they happen and as you feel them.


If You’ve Got Guests, More Time Makes Sense

I’m not saying that everything always runs smoothly when it’s just you and your partner–but the general rule is, that the more people, the more time it takes to do something. Is that a bad thing? Not at all. Does it mean you shouldn’t have your loved ones join you on your wedding day? No way! It just means that adding a little extra coverage can ensure you’re getting all the time you need–even if having a few more people delays things a touch.

Maybe your relatives can’t find the exact spot of your ceremony, so there’s a little wait there. It’s possible it takes your best friend a little too long to finish your wedding day makeup look, so your first look doesn’t happen when you think it might. Without planning for these things with a little buffer room in your timeline (which often translates to a touch more coverage), it’s possible you could miss out on documenting the most important parts of your day.


You Can Fit More Must-Haves Into Your Day

Maybe it’s a second (or third) location. Maybe it’s an extra-long time spent together at a spot you’ve been dying to see. Maybe it’s having that slow, low-key picnic in the middle of the day to just pause, breathe, and soak it in. Whatever it might be, when you plan for a little more coverage, you essentially plan for time to include extra must-have activities, locations, and adventures into your day.

Big activities–like skiing down your favorite mountain together or hiking the long way to your go-to overlook–and small elements of your day–like making lunch together at the Airbnb or having a slow first dance just the two of you–all matter. And they all should get the time they deserve.

An eloping couple takes their time hiking up to Lake Isabelle during their adventure elopement.

Rushing these things just to fit them into your day doesn’t give them the slow, intentional, meaningful credence they deserve. If you want to add more adventure or more meaningful elements into your day, you should–just make sure you’re giving them–and you–the time deserved to enjoy every second of them.


Your Coverage Counts on Your Elopement Day

It’s my absolute favorite thing in the world to work with a couple who’s putting their wants and their desires for their epic elopement day ahead of everything else. Your job is to have the day of your dreams–my job is to help you get there. If you want to talk coverage, elopement locations, or even where to begin when it comes to planning your elopement location, I’m here to help. Contact me anytime to get in touch, chat about your dream day, and figure out how we can start creating the wedding day you’ve always dreamed of.

Join the Facebook Community, Mindful Elopements, filled with free resources, free videos, engaging conversations and questions, and other couples that are exactly like you, in the same place, trying to book an adventure elopement and intimate wedding photographer.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Alex, Coastal Elopement

"We loved our experience having Marcela as our elopement day photographer.

What was even more special about our experience was her ability to set us at ease months before our day. Through constant communication leading up to, and during, the day we got eloped. Her personality is that, in just four days time, we felt as if we've known her for years. 

Ah, but you're wondering about her photos. We loved every thing about them especially the raw emotion captured in many of the shots."

Caitlin, Alpine Lake Elopement

"My husband and I have been trying to put into words how simply amazing working with Marcela was.

From the start we could tell she truly cared about us, our relationship, and our story. She asked us so many questions, valued what we wanted, and kept up with the ever changing plans that came along with planning a wedding.

She made us feel so comfortable, made us laugh till we cried, and captured our true wholesome love for each other."

"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!"

Lauren, Sand Dunes Elopement

Amy, Forest Elopement

"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!"

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."

Andrea, Red Rocks Elopement

"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!"

explore more


couples I've worked with


5 star
review record 


years as a photographer


My business is rooted in inclusivity, equality for all, and the inarguable truth that love is love. I am whole-heartedly and endlessly committed to capturing and celebrating your love regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

My Values


dollars donated to charity


(and counting!)


countries visited so far




A couple enjoys their adventure elopement in Colorado, never stressing about the extra time spent because they booked extra coverage for their elopement day.


The 4 Main Reasons You Need More Coverage Than You Think on Your Elopement Day