WHAT’S AN ALL DAY ELOPEMENT?
If you have made it here, you are probably looking into an intimate way to say your vows. By the time you read through this, you will not only understand what an elopement means to me, but what an all day elopement can look like for you.
So what is my personal definition of an elopement? An elopement is about two people who value details and those they care for most. There is a common misconception that in order to elope, you must be alone. However, this is simply not the case for everyone. Eloping can be just you as a couple or up to 30 of your closes friends and family.
Another common misconception is that you must go to Vegas to elope. One thing I have learned about intimate weddings is that you can have them pretty much anywhere. Of course I love Tennessee not just because I grew up here but because of its mountain views, beautiful lakes, old estates and the food is simply divine! If mountains aren’t your thing, and you want a more urban environment, Nashville is perfect! I have an entire educational series beginning on Tennessee elopements because I truly believe there is a perfect place for everyone to say their vows.
Also, elopements can be luxurious. Adding a private chef, plane, boat or air b&b overlooking an epic location can be something that makes your day even more memorable. You want to make sure you stay true to who you are and let your wedding day showcase your personalities. That is why all day elopements are an amazing option for couples who want an unforgettable experience.
I truly believe elopements should be just as luxurious and beautiful as a regular wedding day. To cover only one or two hours of memories is just simply not enough and that is why I do not offer collections less than four hours. My job is to capture one of the best days of your life and why not go all out by doing what you love most? So below I am posting my timeline of my personal dream elopement. I always say Matthew and I should have eloped and if I could go back this is what that day would have looked like.
I began the day off at the cottage at the Biltmore Estate. I also wanted to add in a mini fine art boudoir session because on your wedding day you already feel like the most beautiful woman in the world, why not take some boudoir photos before you slip into your gown? I would have wanted my mom there to help me into my gown and then afterwards meeting Matthew on the lawn of the Biltmore Estate for our first look.
After taking our first looks photos, we would jump in our bronco and drive up to Max Patch with our photographers so they could capture every part of our adventure together. Upon arrival we would have a pre-celebratory picnic overlooking the mountains. Did I mention this would be in the fall so you can imagine how beautiful the colors would be. Afterwards, we hop back into the bronco and make our way to Cades Cove for our golden hour ceremony.
Upon arrival we would be greeted by our closest loved ones and then saying our vows. Before heading to our final location we would take some family portraits and make sure to get some of us as alone as well. Once we arrive at our air b&b in Gatlinburg we would be welcomed with a meal from a private chef. Having a celebratory toast and ending the night dancing to our favorite vinyl records.
To be honest, I would even add on a second day of coverage as a day after session. Getting some photographs of us tubing down the river together and exploring our favorite shops in Gatlinburg. This is something I talk about in my FAQ.
So I hope this was informative in what an all day elopement looks like. As you can see from above, you can make it however you want. Elopements don’t have to be super adventurous with tons of hiking. They can be anything you want them to be. I wanted special moments with Matthew and I alone, as well as moments with our loved ones. If you are interested in booking a dream elopement click here to inquire.