Elopement Photography

Begin Your Marriage YOUR Way

Imagine a day entirely your own

Free from Stress, Expectations, Performance & Rules

THIS is the day you commit your lives to each other.

How you get married

~ MATTERS ~


If you could share a perfect day together, what would it look like?

Imagine spending your entire wedding day celebrating your love, making amazing memories together full of carefree laughter and quiet, uninterrupted moments without stress or judgement.

I want you to know it’s possible.

You’re already the type of person who thinks outside of the box and marches to the beat of your heart. Why should your wedding day conform to what society endorses or what your parents or peers expect?


Your wedding day should be completely yours to create and enjoy

Break the Rules. Follow Your Heart.


Is your gut telling you a big, traditional wedding doesn’t feel right?

You Should Listen to it


Only 54% of couples remember their wedding day.

Traditional wedding days are often full of pressure and distractions and the couple spends the majority of their time apart. I can’t tell you how many couples have said to me, "I'm so relieved it’s over."

The wedding industry (and the well-intentioned people in your life) can make you feel like this is the only way to get married and you have no choice when it comes to your wedding day but,
that’s not true.


Elopements Are:

  • Choosing the moment over the material and each other over all others.
  • The intentional choice of a celebration that speaks to your soul, free of distractions or excess.
  • A chance to incorporate your feelings of being more alive in nature and more at home in forests into the most intimate day of your life.

5 Signs Eloping is Right for You


  1. You want the day you begin your marriage to be as intentional as possibleThis is the day your promise your life to each other. It should be utterly and completely about that sole purpose and celebrating who you are as individuals and as a couple. You should not feel like it’s a performance and you shouldn’t be preoccupied with making others comfortable. You can design every element based on what holds meaning for you.
  2. You like to avoid stress and dramaFamilies are messy and complicated. You DO NOT need to invite people you are not close to or people who make you feel the need to be less of yourself just because you are related to them. You have the right to a completely safe space free of judgement on your wedding day.
  3. You’re an introvert or a private personYou wouldn’t feel comfortable with a large crowd of eyes on your or lots of people hearing your intimate vows to your lover. Elopements allow you to create a day where you can be your most authentic self without censoring yourself for anyone else.
  4. You’d rather skip all the excessBetween decorations and centerpieces and a lavish buffet dinner for scores of guests, the average wedding produces a shocking 400-600 pounds of trash. That not only leads to an environmental impact but, it also adds up to quite a bit of money that could be allocated towards your honeymoon or beginning your lives together.
  5. You come alive outsideBallrooms make you feel claustrophobic and you would rather surround yourself with the natural beauty of the outdoors.

Does This Sound Like You?

I want to help you

Make The Brave Choice

I’m not just a photographer.

I want to empower you to fly in the face of tradition and create a stress-free elopement day full of meaning and intention.

I will guide you through each step of the planning process and be by your side on the day you promise your life to the person you love, documenting every moment.

Chances are, we will end our time together as best friends, already planning out the next time our paths will cross.

Are you ready to

Blaze your own trail?

The Heart Behind Elopement Photography

I want to get personal for a moment: my family relationships are a mix of either distant or strained and I spent years hiding who I am and what I believe in. After coming to terms with my heart and allowing myself permission to just BE, I can’t imagine going back into hiding – especially on the most important and intimate day of my life. I can’t imagine inviting almost any of my relatives to my wedding.

And I know all about wanting to skip the crowds and the excess and the performance because – my heart is saying the same thing.

Be Different. Be Yourself.


I am SO glad there is another way to celebrate the beginning of your married life together. One that completely focuses on the two of you and the intimate intricacies of your relationship where you are free to be yourself without any restrictions.

Elopements light my soul on fire because they allow couples to focus on what really matters and ignore all of the needless distractions the world tries to throw in their way.

Why Melody?


I am with you every step of the way: from the first phone call, through the entire planning process, until the final moments of your wedding day (at which point we are likely best friends planning out the next time our paths will cross). I am hands-on and invested in you and your relationship from the start. I will likely tear up as you say your vows and I am ordained to handle all of the paperwork. I would love to be your planner, photographer, friend and champion.


No one has a right to be at your wedding.

Your wedding is for You.

The 4 Stages of Elopement Planning

This is how it all works. I’m with you every step of the way.

Let’s Dream & Brainstorm!

1

Start by reaching out so we can let our imaginations run wild. Together we chat about you, your relationship and what your dream elopement looks like. We brainstorm and visualize the most perfect day and the things that are most important to you as a couple.

Reserve a Date & Research

2

All we need is your elopement date and a general area of the country (or world) to begin the planning process. Then, we dive into all of the things that interest you and consider them for feasibility, weather, season and accessibility.

Decide & Book

3

Consider all of your options and decide what best fits your vision and goals for your elopement day. Purchase your attire, hire your vendors and book all locations & travel. I’ll provide tons of recommendations and be with you every step of the way!

Have the Best Day Together

4

Experience your incredible wedding day come to life! I’ll be by your side documenting everything from sun up to sun down - your first look to your vows to your last dance together. You deserve to have the whole story of your day documented.

My Elopement Statistics

Data from Couples who Hired me as their photographer

Bear in mind that these are just averages to give you ideas. The great thing is, your elopement doesn’t have to follow ANY rules or standards. It is entirely customizable and should completely

reflect what is important to you.

Average Amount of Hiking:
0-3 miles

That’s right: no 14K climbs, no overnight camping required. Elopements are for anyone who feels led to share an intimate, intentional day.


Average Number of Guests:
4

Lots of couples choose to elope just the two of them but, plenty of others bring along their inner circle. Elopements can still be incredibly intimate and intentional with 10-15 guests so don’t stress about eliminating the guest list entirely.


Average Elopement Timeline:
12 hours

Your elopement day isn't just a ceremony and some portraits – it's the entire day you experience together. My couples spend anywhere from 8 hours to 2 full, amazing days celebrating the beginning of their marriage.

Elopement Photography
Packages & Pricing


Full 2 Day Experience


What’s Included:

  • 2 Full Days of photography by Melody capturing your adventure together
  • Custom location recommendation and planning
  • Timeline creation and customization
  • 8x10 Fine Art Album with your vows or love letters inscribed
  • Questionnaire to capture the details of your love story
  • Full resolution digital image files with printing rights
  • Digital gallery to view, download and share your images
  • My travel fees to anywhere in the world with roads that 2 wheel drive can access are included

$8500

1.5 Day Experience


What’s Included:

  • 12+ hours of photography by Melody capturing your adventure together
  • Custom location recommendation and planning
  • Timeline creation and customization
  • Day After/Honeymoon Session option included
  • 8x10 Fine Art Album inscribed with your vows or love letters
  • Questionnaire to capture the details of your love story
  • Full resolution digital image files with printing rights
  • Digital gallery to view, download and share your images
  • My travel to anywhere in the US with roads that 2 wheel drive can access is included

$6500

Full Day Experience


What’s Included:

  • 8 hours of photography by Melody capturing your adventure together
  • Custom location recommendation and planning
  • Timeline creation and customization
  • Time can be split between sunrise and sunset for the best portrait results
  • Questionnaire to capture the details of your love story
  • Full resolution digital image files with printing rights
  • Digital gallery to view, download and share your images
  • My travel to anywhere in the US with roads that 2 wheel drive can access is included

$5000

Local Experience


What’s Included:

  • 4+ hours of photography by Melody capturing your adventure together
  • Custom location recommendation and planning
  • Timeline creation and customization
  • Questionnaire to capture the details of your love story
  • Full resolution digital image files with printing rights
  • Digital gallery to view, download and share your images
  • Travel within 150 miles of my current travel calendar is included

Starting At
$3800

What’s it Like Having Melody as your Elopement Photographer?

Take a Peek Behind the Lens

Film by: World Without End

What’s the Next Step?


If the idea of eloping sets your soul on fire like it does mine, reach out and let’s start planning the most amazing day of your life – together.

Check My Travel Route


I live on the road full time traveling the US in my RV and frequently hop over to Iceland, Ireland and Scotland. I have a travel outline planned at least one year in advance but always leave room to add destinations!

Make the brave choice


Let go of all the noise and
choose each other
over all the rest.

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