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Hi, I'm Michaela, the heart behind Lovely & Planned. This blog is all about elopements and destination weddings, but you'll also find general tips and advice on wedding planning. I'm so happy to have you here! Grab a cup of coffee and stay a while!

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Why You Need a Wedding Photographer Even for an Elopement I Q & A with Cory & Jackie

Elopements are unique, intimate boutique weddings that focus entirely on the couple. And while there are many reasons for an elopement, one of the most common ones is to avoid the stress of planning a big, fancy wedding.

But while skipping on the time-consuming party planning, the huge ceremony, and all the stress that inevitably comes along with it, there is one thing you should not forgo!

Namely, hiring a wedding photographer for your elopement, even if it’s just the two of you.

Your elopement is still a wedding that deserves to be captured and remembered in the most beautiful way. Gorgeous photos allow you to share your special day with your loved ones by posting them on social media or uploading them on your wedding website.

[Related: Top 5 of the Most Common Elopement Questions Answered]

Like with any other wedding, your elopement day will pass in the blink of an eye. And your photographer will ensure to capture all those memorable moments—your vows, your first kiss as newlyweds, and overall your happiness.

But don’t just take it from me. I asked destination wedding photographers Cory and Jackie that have specialized in elopements and intimate weddings, why hiring a photographer, even or especially for an elopement, is truly important.


Meet the Experts:

WE ARE CORY & JACKIE. WE ARE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS, INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS, FOLLOWERS OF JESUS, LOVERS OF GOOD FOOD AND WINE, COFFEE SNOBS, SMITTEN BY SAILBOATS AND SPERRY’S, AND WE ARE CRAZY IN LOVE.

Image by Brandon Kidd Photography


Why do you need a wedding photographer even for an elopement?

Q: You are currently only shooting elopements, destination weddings, and intimate weddings. Why did you choose to focus on small celebrations?

A: Small celebrations are intimate and personal. After years of doing so many weddings of various sizes, we connected the most with small weddings & elopements. It truly feels like it’s about the couple.

Q: A common reason for couples to choose an elopement is to have a casual, stress-free wedding, just for the two of them. Why should they still invest in a wedding photographer? 

A: Investing in great photos is always worthy, regardless of the occasion. However, an elopement is still special and more so, because there are potentially no guests or witnesses. The photos will be the one thing you can share with family & friends. 

Q: How does wedding photography for an elopement differ from traditional wedding photography? Are there even any differences?

A: Wedding & Elopement photography is definitely different. With weddings, there are more details, people, and logistics. With Elopements, it’s truly focused on the couple. 

Q: How many hours do you usually shoot at an elopement?

A: We spend about 3-4 hours of shooting elopements. This includes some getting ready, ceremonies, and portraits.

Q: What are your top tips for couples who want to hire a photographer for their elopement?

A: Hire someone you trust. The photographer you hire will be so much more than a photographer. They will be your sounding board for location, the timing of day for photos, and potentially your only eye witness and who you will be sending the most intimate part of your day with.

Q: Couples that have an elopement tend to be cost-conscious. Do you have any special elopement rates?

A: We do have special rates. Here is our pricing http://elopements.coryandjackie.com/. This does not include travel costs.

[Related: How to Save Money Planning a Stunning Elopement]

Let’s get to know Cory and Jackie a little bit better

Q: What inspired you to become a wedding photographer?

A: Happy Accident, we didn’t actually pursue weddings. It fell into our lap.

Q: You have traveled a lot across the USA and also internationally. Can you tell us a little bit about where you have been? What has been your favorite destination so far?

A: We have been all over the world. South Africa, Vanuatu, Italy, France, Bahamas, Nicaragua, and so many others. Our favorite country is Italy, a close second is South Africa.

Q: Which destination is still on your bucket list?

A: The Maldives!

I hope you found this article interesting and helpful. If you want to find out more about Cory and Jackie head over to their website http://coryandjackie.com/ or follow them on Instagram @coryandjackie!

And if you like to have more support planning your wedding, get in touch with me right here or send me an email directly at michaela@lovelyandplanned.com.

Love, Michaela

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