Why Eloping is the best way to get married!
Why Should You Elope?
It's having an authentic wedding experience where the focus of the day is actually about YOU and your love story. Getting married no longer needs to adhere to any expectations other than your own. Picture the best day ever from the time you wake up, to the time you go to bed.
The Focus Is On You & Your Beloved!
The saddest truth that I hear frequently with my traditional wedding couples is that their favorite part of their wedding day is when it’s over. This is heartbreaking, but no surprise. The reason that they feel this way is because a traditional wedding is incredibly stressful. Couples spend months, sometimes even years planning logistics for a day that becomes so overwhelmed with unnecessary traditions and familial expectations, it’s not even about them anymore. I watch many of my couples become so wrapped up in the chaos of their big day, they hardly even spend time together. The true meaning of the day becomes lost, and I witness many of my couples walk away exhausted and depleted. Eloping allows couples to spend intimate, meaningful time with one another and truly focuses on the vows that they exchange on their wedding day. Ask yourself; why would you want to start your marriage burnt out, when you could start it feeling renewed and inspired?
Eloping is Eco Friendly
Not only is the typical wedding financially wasteful, but the average wedding produces between 400-600 pounds of trash on non-reusable waste. This includes food, napkins, plates, and hundreds (if not thousands) dollars worth of flowers. Eloping keeps waste to a minimum because the day is about making memories not a statement of status. You can go to the most beautiful place in the world and keep it just as beautiful with a Leave No Trace mentality. Walk away from your elopement feeling good about the planet, and financially prepared to start a life together.
Travel To Your Dream Location
Wedding and honeymoon in one? Everyone has a dream location that they are itching to visit, but haven’t brought themselves to to justify the cost or time away. Getting married is the best excuse to finally go. Why should you say “I Do” at a local country club down the road when you could exchange your vows in one of the most beautiful, awe inspiring places in the world? It is the perfect way to extend your honeymoon at your dream location as well. You can actually enjoy your travel experience instead of needing to recuperate from a stressful traditional wedding that you secretly are glad is over. Eloping means your entire wedding & honeymoon from start to finish is an adventurous vacation.
No Family Drama
We all have relatives who are difficult where the thought of seeing them next is more stressful than a blessing. Uncle Steve, anyone? Maybe you are being pressured to invite distant family members that you barely know in order to avoid offending anyone. Whatever the reason may be, if trying to accommodate and impress a large quest list makes you queasy, eloping might be a great choice for you. Eloping doesn’t mean you have to get married alone - oftentimes it means that you’re choosing to get married surrounded by only those closest to you.
Money is Spent on Making Memories
In the United States, the average cost of a wedding is $33,931 - and that’s on the low end. Most of the money invested into a traditional wedding is spent on “stuff” that is thrown away and forgotten about the very next day. What if you could take a fraction of the cost to go on a dream bucket list trip to celebrate with your honey? Stay at an Air BNB overlooking an epic view, book a helicopter tour, have a 5 course meal (every night!). Invest in things that would make YOU happy and create lasting memories instead of throwing an expensive party for your guests, their plus ones (strangers), and the third cousins you never wanted to invite in the first place.
Every Elopement is Unique
Every elopement is completely unique and special - there are no templates to follow, no family members to please, and no guests to impress. You are completely free to get married the way you want to, and create a day that revolves around what’s most important - you and your partner. Anything goes on an elopement day and it can be overwhelming to have no limitations - but that’s why I’m here! Not only am I here to tell the story of your elopement day, but I’m also here to help you create it. I love the process of diving deep with my couples to make their most magical wedding day adventure a reality - completely stress free.
Hi, I'm Anna Claire
Your Elopement Photographer & Guide
I am an elopement photographer & videographer based in Charlotte, NC. I have been to 38 countries and cannot wait to help plan and capture your perfect elopement! You deserve to get married your way. I can't wait to hear from you!