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Elopement Timelines & How Long You Should Plan for Your Elopement

How Many Hours Should You Hire An Elopement Photographer For?

The most of the elopements I worked was for 8+ hours (all day).

You probably wondering, “how can an elopement possibly last all day long?”

People think of elopement ceremonies as wedding ceremonies. Sure, some similarities exist, but when it comes to photography services, it is much different. Why, you may ask. Well, with elopements, you are planning an adventurous ceremony, you are exchanging vows in your dream location, and you are tying the knot in the most extraordinary, intimate way.

As a photographer, it is my job to capture the beauty of all those moments, of the surrounding nature and of the preparations for the actual ceremony. So, usually, elopement photo sessions last throughout the entire day. It may seem like a lot to you, but 8+ hours are nothing compared to how the time flies when you’re eloping.

Just imagine an elopement ceremony where the couple wanted to hike through hills to a glacier and have multiple photos done in the surrounding nature as we climbed up. Sessions like this should not be rushed and should be left to flow spontaneously.

Because, trust me when I say, the best photos come from spontaneity.

Why rush the elopement love story?

Destination elopement

When the couple wants to travel to a different state or even to a different country across the ocean, the photography sessions can last even up to 2 or 3 days to be able to catch the entire trip and exciting parts of it. Through the elopement photography, I create a story from beginning to end. So, when you think about it, having a photo shoot that lasts the entire day is not all that unusual.

This is your special day. And you have a story to tell. So, there’s no need to rush the beautiful moments just for the sake of photography. Hiring me as your eloping photographer for the entire ceremony, from preparations to vows and after, will give you the chance to be yourself.

You won’t have to waste your time on specifically posed photos that take you away from your ceremony or your guests. You can simply hike or walk on the beach, take your time with your partner, and I’ll do the magic of telling your story, just as it is.

A short little window of a couple of hours won’t do your elopement justice. To me, your entire story deserves to be told. Something like you and your partner walking down the beach when he sweeps you off your feet with the sunset lighting up your smiling eyes.

The stunning, lush, green, mountainous forest in the background while you two are hiking and looking at each other. The bride, with her bouquet in her hands while her partner is reading the vows on the most beautiful location you can possibly imagine.

The couple standing on a rock, looking into the abyss with the sun shining above them, illuminating their joyful eyes. The beautiful nature surrounding them while they enjoy the scenery. The photographer gives them enough time to explore and pick a spot where they feel the best, so they can be themselves on the photoshoot. Nothing too posed or arranged: just you and your best feelings.

These authentic, sincere moments are what elopement is all about. This is why photography sessions should last for the entire time while you two are on the location.

What does a whole-day elopement look like?

Destination Elopement Europe

To be honest, as your photographer, I’m as flexible as you like when it comes to your photo session.

Each couple and each elopement is different, which is why I tend to talk and plan everything beforehand with the couple. When I have a consultation, I ask what they would like to do, how they start their day, when and how they will travel, the exchanging of vows, from start to end.

The elopement agendas cannot be fitted into a 2-3 hour session. It’s your big, once-in-a-lifetime day, and you look back on it forever. So, why shorten it, when we could capture the best that happens in it for the entire day.

You see, elopement photo sessions aren’t about a few portraits, saying vows, and scheduling out an hour or two for photos. Even with traditional weddings that happen in just one spot, the photographers are there for the entire day. So, when you are eloping, you are traveling, visiting your dream locations, which is why it would be a shame to cut it short.

I’m there, not to turn your elopement into a photo session, but to blend with the background and capture the most beautiful moments without disturbing your moments. You won’t feel like you are on an all-day photoshoot at all. This day is everything about you, and I’m there to simply guide and suggest potential sceneries and poses from time to time. Of course, an elopement photographer arranges everything with the couple, so based on your requirements, I will adapt and work accordingly.

The most important thing is to have enough time to capture all the beautiful moments that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Why hire an elopement photographer for the entire day: The Timeline

By now, I hope you have a better understanding as to what’s happening with the photography session during your elopement. To get an even clearer idea as to what to expect, here’s a timeline of what happens on an all-day elopement photo session.


8am - meet in AirBNB, the getting ready begins—hair, makeup, dress up, vows writing, shoots of details: dress, rings, vows books, bouquet and etc.

10am - First look.

10:30am Jump in to the car and drive to ceremony location in Cannon Beach

11am -11:30am - ceremony

11:30am - 12:30pm walking around and have some fun

12:30pm - 2pm - Walking in Cannon Beach City, have a snack.

2pm - drive to second location

2:30pm - 4:30pm - Open bottle of champagne, dancing on the beach, rest and relax.

4:30pm - heading back to Cannon Beach City for restaurant for dinner

5pm - 6pm - Dinner

6pm - walking on the beach for Sunset

7:30pm - Back to AirBNB

How to make your elopement photoshoot even better?

Your elopement photos and memories are here to last. So I am there to capture them and make them eternal.

Here are a few tips for enjoying your all-day elopement as much as you possibly can.

  • Be in charge of your eloping This is your day. So, it’s normal that you care for it a lot and want to organize everything. I’m here to say that you should do just that! Don’t let anyone tell you how to plan your elopement or to do something otherwise than you are planning to do. Pick the place and location as you wish, the time, the clothes, the guests... All that should be according to you and your partner’s wishes.

  • Create an all-day elopement that lets you breathe Plan your elopement so that you can have time for yourself and your partner to do all things that you wanted to. A day that gives you the freedom to enjoy the scenery, exchange the vows in peace and share your excitement with your guests (if any are present). You shouldn’t be looking at your watch, timing your day out, making sure you have enough minutes left for your photographer to hang with you. It’s your day, and you deserve spontaneity and fun on your elopement day.

All in all, when planning your elopement, have in mind that memories fade away. No matter how joyful and exciting moments were, unfortunately, in time, details slip your mind.

But fortunately, as your elopement photographer, I’m here to make each second, each moment eternal. This is an important day in your life, and you deserve to know what every second looked like—what it felt like.

Every moment of your elopement deserves to be captured forever—stuck in infinite memory books that you can open, thumb through, and smile at every single anniversary.

Also maybe interesting: Planning an Elopement: How To Elope The Right Way?

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