Planning Your Elopement Timeline

We all know what a big wedding timeline looks like. Getting ready, first looks, ceremony, pictures/cocktail hour, and then it's time to party. And they usually take up a whole day.

But you might have no idea what to expect when it comes to elopements or intimate weddings.

It's kind of a misconception that elopements are quick and easy (unless that's what you're going for). I know what you're thinking--how can an elopement last all day?! Let me explain. If you're planning an adventurous elopement in your dream location that includes as much meaning as you deserve, it can easily fill up a whole day. Traditional weddings--that usually take up a whole day--are stories being told, and so are elopements.

This your love story, and there's no need to rush that.

Elopements are the adventures you've always dreamed of, in the places that inspire you, with the people that you love. They are the best and biggest day of your life! When you think about the best day you two could have together, what does that look like? What would you want to do from the minute you woke up until you go to bed? Where would you be & what would the scenery look like? What would you eat? What adventures would you take together?

The answers that pop into your head might be exactly the adventure you want for your elopement day. And they probably can't fit into a 1-2 hour photoshoot. Again, think about a big, traditional wedding--your big day deserves to have the same moments captured to relive for years to come. You deserve the same experiences that anyone having a traditional wedding might have, but structured in a way that authentically reflects who you two are and what matters to you.

Ok, so what does this whole elopement thing really look like? Of course you want to exchange vows, but the rest of it might not be so clear!

This is where I come in. I'm here to help you bring the details to life! We'll work together to make your day as close to perfect as we can get. Instead of table settings and a DJ, you'll find beautiful scenery, maybe a new place to check off the bucket list, and a meaningful, intimate experience that keeps your love story as the focus.

Step 1: Plan An Experience

Think back to the best day ever you just envisioned, and let's use that to think about how you want to spend the day of your elopement. Do we start the morning with a relaxed breakfast at your Airbnb in Jackson Hole? Do you love hiking? Do you dream about exploring a hidden waterfall, or overlooking a lake on your big day? Are we under the Tetons in the sagebrush? If so, let's incorporate that! Let's make your elopement a day you completely love.

Ultimately, this is about the connection you share with your person. Incorporate moments that celebrate that connection into your timeline.

Step 2: List Events & Moments

Make a list of things you want to experience on your wedding day. These can be things like:

  • Getting ready photos
  • A first look
  • Adventure--hiking, off-roading, etc!
  • Vows
  • Family portraits
  • Celebratory dinner/dessert
  • Champagne
  • The sky's the limit!

Step 3: Craft a Timeline

Once you have an understanding of the things you'd like to incorporate into your day, you and I will partner together to make it all work. I can help budget time for hiking to your vow location; to schedule your events for the perfect golden glow lighting; how we can best avoid tourists and crowds at popular locations (so you can find the private and intimate moments you crave!), and more. We'll work together to create a timeline that allows you to remain in the moment, have enough time to do everything you need and want to do, as well as find time to share moments just the two of you.

Here's a sample of what your schedule could look like (all adjustable, factoring in that Wyoming sunset time, or wherever we are!):

8-11: Hike to a hidden alpine lake, charcuterie, and fun--all documented with photos of course

12:30-2: Hanging out with family and friends (at any location, including your reception site--this is a great chance for capturing candid moments or the two of you relaxing together!)

2-3:30: Get ready!

3:30-4: Drive to the ceremony location

4-4:30: VOWS!! Ceremony + champagne toast

4:30-5:30: Couples portraits at the ceremony spot and nearby locations

5:30-6: Drive back to the reception site

6-whenever: Celebrate! Dinner, drinks, speeches--all the usual suspects

This day can be whatever you want it to be, and can look however you want it to look. I totally get that sometimes, it's the lack of rules that can make it seem overwhelming--but that's where I come in. I'll send you a questionnaire that covers every last detail, send you a list of possible locations with everything you need to know to make an informed choice (even from across the country), and help put it all together in a fluid timeline that will give you space to do everything you want to do!

I'd love to chat with you about your vision, hear your story, and share how we can make your dream day a reality. Click here to contact me or email me at