Svenja Josefa Nietfeld
What is an elopement wedding?
You have just searched for inspiration and suggestions on countless wedding blogs and accounts from hip wedding photographers, brides or wedding agencies.
The term "elopement" comes up again and again and you wonder what it is exactly. You might even slightly feel uncomfortable because you have never heard of the term before.
First of all: don't worry! You are like most people who just stepped into the big world of weddings.
I am here to explain Elopements to you briefly and simply
When I am asked what it is I am photographing, my answer leaves question marks behind.
"I take photos and film portraits, photograph destination weddings and elopements, ..."
Wait a moment. Elopements are a thing?
A friend recently replied:
„I have never heard of this and you use it like it’s the most ordinary term.“
Therefore, here is the official explanation à la Dictionary first:
noun [ C ]
the act of leaving home secretly in order to get married
Traditionally, this means running away with a love partner. For example, if the parents of the bride do not give their blessing to the couple, or (in very traditional cultures) the bride has actually already been promised to another groom.
That sounds very exciting.
The term has changed especially in the last few years and
has been recognized as a beautiful and successful concept in the wedding industry.
What exactly that is, I'll explain to you now.
What is an elopement style wedding?
What is meant by the elopement ceremony is a very intimate wedding that the couple carries out alone or in close circles.
Especially in times of Corona, it is almost unthinkable to plan a wedding with many guests. The special thing about it is that the couple perceives this wedding very intensely and consciously decides to be together for the rest of their lives.
Flexibility is an important factor in today's world. The obligatory tail of an ordinary wedding with hundreds of guests and service providers who reserve one date for you is omitted with an elopement wedding.
With an elopement celebration you are far more flexible.
How and where do I organize an elopement?
The nice thing about it is that you can freely determine the location. Regardless of whether it's your favorite spot in the forest or the great vantage point where you kissed for the first time - you decide!
An elopement set-up should above all reflect the magic of this special moment.
You can have a look at a few inspirations on Pinterest and create your dream altar with an experienced decorator or wedding planner.
Even some photographers now offer the All Inclusive Elopements, in which they also look after the planning and the concept.
As an Elopement photographer, I think it's great, because creativity can run wild and, above all, the locations convey a very special atmosphere. Good photos / videos are especially important to share the day with loved ones and to keep it in good memory.
I photograph most of my weddings on the balearic island Mallorca because of it’s beautiful light and unique atmosphere.
There are great locations that you can ideally use for elopement celebrations. Unique rock formations, great views of the sea and landscape or an old, traditional country house provide an unbeatable setting. As a wedding photographer and videographer on Mallorca, light is a very special factor for guaranteed great shots. Since elopements mostly take place outside, the weather is of course an important factor.
With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, it definitely gives the nerves a little rest.
If you want to find out more about elopement packages, please get in touch with me.