Elopements vs. Intimate Weddings vs. Traditional Weddings: What’s the difference?

Hey there!

 

One question I get a lot is how I define an elopement vs. an intimate wedding vs. a traditional wedding. And I get it! The very definition of what a wedding is has changed rapidly in the last few years, and a certain worldwide event that happened in the year of our Lord 2020 has accelerated this change even more dramatically. Let’s get you up to speed!

 

First off, elopements involve no more than five people, plus your photographer. Most of the time it’s just the couple and myself (I can even marry you in some counties!), while sometimes parents or a select few close friends or family members will attend. This is the epitome of an intentional, intimate “just us” experience where you get to do what you want, how you want it. Elopements start at four hours of coverage, with the base price depending on location. Kindly send me a carrier pigeon for more details.

 

eloping couple laughing in mountains

 

An intimate wedding is similar to an elopement and has 6-25 people, give or take. If you want to have the elopement experience but don’t want your very closest friends and family to feel left out, this is the way to go. Your loved ones can be by your side as you say your vows and share your first kiss as a married couple, toast and roast you at your celebratory dinner, and be there to create memories and party with you all night long. Pass the champagne! Intimate weddings are priced the same as elopements.

 

A wedding (or traditional wedding), as I define it, is more than 25 and usually closer to 75-200 guests. This is what I first started shooting when beginning my business. Elopements and intimate weddings are my forté these days, and I only take on a select few traditional weddings a year. If your wedding has a chill vibe that’s unique to you, I’m more than willing to chat! My traditional wedding packages start at six hours and can be upgraded to twelve hours and to include a second shooter and an engagement session. 

 

At the end of the day, the choice is really up to you and how you want to experience the day you get married. You may also see me throw around the term “adventure wedding,” which refers to any wedding incorporating elements of the outdoors and adventure, however you define it – this is my bread and butter. 

 

If you want to do marriage your way and make sure you spend your wedding day doing what you want and living fully in the moment, an elopement or an intimate wedding may be the right choice for you. Interested in having an adventure elopement or an intimate wedding? Hit me up! 🙂

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