intimate weddings are a very popular phenomen these days and often to a certain level, non-traditional, but very realxed. Once in a while the bride and groom will get ready in the same place and simply have their first look casually in the hall way. At the same time the presence of selected guests will create a certain intimacy which even doesnt require formal seating for dinner. While there is of course a focus on beautiful portraits of the couple, there’s also a storytelling approach to the day in order to capture all the intimate moments between the bridal couple and their few guests present.
First of all – The true definition of an elopement is: when a couple runs off to get married, without telling anybody. Some people will “elope” and have their closest relatives like their mom, dad, brothers and sisters with them but that’s then all of it. In some very intimate cases the couples simply use their photographer as the witness for the marriage register and have literally no one else there, just the two of them, the priest and their photographer. Elopements are typically last minute; while there’s no rule for it my personal opinion is 1 at least 1 month for planning as minimum. To keep in mind, the true definition is to “run off and get married” which inherently implies a minimal amount of notice and planning. In fact, most elopements happen during the week (Monday through Thursday) to attract less attention to anyone. Most elopements have their focus not on the actual ceremony (which can be only a few minutes long) but on a beautifully creative and intimate portrait session leading to amazing images in amazing locations.
If you desire to have a wedding with a smaller amount of guests, planning a destination can naturally avoid most of the upcoming conflicts. Chosing a destination wedding can have quite a lot of good reasons – it not only allows you to visit a new place (or one of your favorite places), it also means that you can create your own vison of a special and unique experience for your nearest and dearest. A destination wedding doesn’t mean you have to go to another continent, but it does allow you to plan a individualized wedding that is more personalized to you, your partner and your closest friends.