Virginia Adventure Elopement Photographer
Shenandoah Elopement is such a beautiful way to get married! There is nothing more romantic than saying your vows on a mountaintop and spending the day enjoying beautiful vistas. Here’s a few tips to consider as you’re planning your Shenandoah Elopement.
Is Shenandoah Elopement The Right Choice For Us?
It is a perfect choice for free spirited couples who don’t want to be bound by traditional settings or a long guest list. Marriage is the adventure shared between two people. That’s exactly what eloping in the Shenandoah mountains feels like! Want to keep the planning simple or just absolutely love outdoors? Shenandoah Elopement would be a great option for you!
What to pack:
The best thing about eloping in Shenandoah – the whole day fits into your backpack. That is the ultimate motivation for making it intentional and meaningful. A few simple details go a long way to make a day memorable. Gorgeous florals, easy breezy flowy dress, and a few champagne glasses are a nice way to make the day feel festive and special.
Who to invite:
Unlike with big weddings, your vendor list is going to be pretty slim. That means you can go all out when picking the few professionals who will make this day truly unforgettable. At the very least you need to have an elopement photographer. That will be someone who can help you map out the day, avoid crowds, get the best light and capture all the epic moments that you would otherwise forget. It also might be worth inviting a videographer along. Working with a florist will immediately upgrade the look and feel of the day. (Florals for this elopement were done by the amazing Brooke from Stem and Thistle).
And last but not least – you might want to invite an officiant along. Also in DC you can officiate your wedding yourself these days.
When is the best time:
Shenandoah is one of the most popular national parks on the East Coast, which means that it can be really busy. Consider planning mid-week and away from holidays to ensure that the crowds are minimized.
The best part about eloping is that you don’t have to watch the clock or worry about a strict timeline or entertaining your guests. So you can really take all the time and dedicate it to having fun with love of your life. Elopement is not a “drive through” version of a wedding. Just because you are choosing to have a more intimate celebration doesn’t mean you don’t deserve it to feel big and take your time enjoying it. So plan some time for all the indulgent things for just the two of you. Allot time to feel all the excitement of getting ready, seeing each other for the first time, saying your vows in a perfect spot. Continue the day by sharing a champagne toast or a picnic in a romantic spot. And, of course, taking all the epic photos. Nobody ever wants the best days of their lives to end, so allow yourselves to enjoy the whole day instead of just a few hours. Your photographer will be your guide and help you plan the day with all the activities and ensure that you are at the best spots at sunset.
Hopefully this blog post was helpful to you in planning your Shenandoah Elopement. Feel free to click here to reach out with any more questions or get info on my elopement packages.