Elopement Photography Guide |Detroit, MI|

In this strange, strange time we are living in I know so many weddings have been affected in one way or another.

By either canceling all together, moving the date or just eloping.

bride and groom holding hands in a wedding ceremony grand hotel mackinaw island

If you have been one of the couples that have decided to elope now and have your party later or just elope period? This is for you.

You can still get married this year!!

The freedom that comes with eloping is amazing!!!

You can do what you want, when you want, wear what you want, truly make the day about you and your spouse…

My husband and I eloped. He wanted a big wedding but I wanted the simplicity of an elopement. At the end of the day he was happy we went that route and how easy it was. As well as how “us” we were able to make it!

bride and groom hugging bride in black wedding dress red roses bouquet

I get a lot of inquires for elopements every week. So I figured I would write out the photography expectations and timelines for elopement packages. Because there is still some confusion around that.

two brides getting married in a backyard elopement wedding ceremony

One thing to keep in mind is that an elopement is still a “wedding”- its NOT just a photoshoot/session. It’s still treated like a wedding and still requires the same amount of work for a wedding. Just on a smaller scale. The same expectations for a “big wedding” are there for an elopement or smaller wedding. There are certain things that go into a wedding that don’t go into a regular photo session. There is a lot of planning and preparation no matter the wedding size.

jewish orthodox wedding in a backyard bride and groom walking up the aisle

Something almost everyone is wondering when deciding to have a small wedding/eloping is: What can you get out of a small wedding?

bride and groom holding hands walking through a garden at sunset

This is totally a valid thought and concern and makes total sense! Especially if you have spent the last year or two envisions and planning a huge, grand wedding.

bride and groom in the woods getting married bride with green hair

Small weddings and elopements can still be such a magical, special and wonderful event! Here is a list of my elopement time lines broken down and just what to expect by the amount of hours booked.

bride and groom laughing and holding hands in the sunset

4 hours of photography:

  • Getting ready photos
  • First dance/cake cutting
  • A local location change is possible
  • First look is possible if you are wanting one
  • Family photos/ family formals
  • Detail photos of rings, flowers, etc.
  • Couples photos in one or two locations
  • Photos of your ceremony

3 hours of photography:

  • First dance/cake cutting
  • A local location change
  • First look if you would like to have one
  • Family photos/ family formals
  • Detail photos of rings, flowers, etc.
  • Couples photos in one or two locations
  • Photos of your cermeony

2 hours of photography:

  • First look if you would like to have one
  • Family photos/ family formals
  • Details of rings, flowers, etc.
  • Couples photos in one location
  • Photos of your ceremony

1 hour of photography:

  • Couples photos in one location
  • Photos of your ceremony
bride and groom kissing during their first dance in their living room during the pandemic
bride and groom holding each other during their elopement bride in floral dress and black veil

Plusssssss, if you are wanting to just have the two of you there I am also ordained so I can sign your license…. IN ALL 50 STATES!!!!

You can send me a message for pricing if you are interested!

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