Modern Day Elopements

Modern day eloping involves foregoing a traditional wedding in favor of a more intimate ceremony. It doesn't necessary imply that you and your partner went on a secret getaway without telling anyone.  It's a unique way to commemorate your marriage, especially if you don't want to have a typical ceremony. If you don't want to have a traditional wedding, you can elope with your partner. 

As you honor your big day, you might both plan to visit your dream spots throughout this time. It's a fun alternative that doesn't require you to invite a large number of people, unlike a traditional wedding.

What is a modern day elopement?

You must consider the true meaning of elopement because there are many myths surrounding it. People used to believe that elopement was a disgraceful practice and that couples who chose to have private weddings were unhappy. The couple decides to depart because they believe their family have disapproved of their romance. Some people even feel that elopements aren't legitimate weddings since they've been fed false information. However, as time has passed, so have the interest in modern elopements. Elopement was defined differently back then and been redefined as follows...

Elopement is a non-traditional, private, and intentional means of getting married in today's world. Elopements today come in a variety of flavors. Others will include a lot more than simply a simple wedding with two individuals, the required witnesses, and the officiant. Some couples will invite their family members to the wedding, while others will opt for a more private ceremony. Unlike typical weddings, where the emphasis is on the guest experience and everything is done to ensure that the guests have a good time, elopement is all about the eloping couple.

Why Are Modern Elopements Different?

Why are modern couples opting for elopements instead of costly weddings? Eloping relieves all of the stress of preparing the ideal wedding. Elopements make sense across the board. It's an effortless wedding!

Elopements still have the elements of a traditional wedding and you don't have to sacrifice the flair, style and luxury. Elopements can incorporate hair and make up, personal flowers for the couple, a photographer, an officiant, witnesses, and a stunning location.

With the introduction of destination or adventure elopements, a growing number of modern couples are looking to get away from the pressure of traditional weddings and exploring the idea of adventure elopements. They want to have fun and only fun and no family drama.

It's about getting away from an event that many find outdated and uncomfortable." Modern day couples are choosing to forego the traditional route because these weddings don't feel authentic to them and seem archaic to them.

12 Reasons to Elope

Elopements are planned.

Elopement allows couples to be more intentional about how they spend their wedding day, which is one of the main reasons couples choose to elope. Traditional weddings often seem to devolve into something couples conduct for the sake of others' enjoyment. If a huge party doesn't feel right, eloping gives you the freedom to do what feels right! It might be a simple ceremony in your garden with your family, or a romantic getaway for just the two of you in a foreign location. Because there are no rules, the meaning of eloping can be whatever you want it to be! 

Elopements have importance.

There's a common misperception that eloped couples aren't willing to devote time, money, or effort in their wedding.

But this is far from the case! If anything, I believe that the fact that you're eloping and planning every detail of your special day makes it more important than many typical weddings. 

Elopements are less stressful than weddings. 

Because weddings are a family occasion, you may discover that some of your family members, particularly those from the extended family, are not on speaking terms. Others may produce drama because they disapprove of the person with whom you have chosen to spend your life. It leaves you with a slew of problems to solve. You may develop feelings of anger toward your in-laws as a result. Elopements are ideal since they eliminate the necessity to invite extended family members. In other words, you have the choice to select what you want rather than what your family wants. People nowadays reject the notion of what their family expect of them and instead prefer to do what they want.

Elopements are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

An elopement is about the complete experience, in addition to being meaningful and intentional. It's not just a ceremony; it's everything from getting dressed to hiking, kayaking, stargazing, picnicking, or whatever adventure you choose for your special day. When you commit to the love of your life, it's about getting to spend the entire day with and truly being there in the moment.

The cost of a traditional wedding is insane.

Couples on a tight wedding budget may find it more cost effective to elope and focus their resources on their new lives together not on pricey vendors and venues for a one day event. Overall, while couples may not necessarily be not be eloping in secrecy, the concept of elopement appears to be gaining popularity, particularly among those who wish to spend a day away from it all, including financial concerns and other distractions, so that they can focus solely on themselves and their moment together on this one special day.

Elopements give couples the privacy they desire. 

The desire to have an intimate celebration with the people they love and care about is another major reason couples choose elopement. You won't have to be concerned about the caterers' lateness or the fact that some visitors will be seated. Some couples choose to run because they don't want to deal with the stress, pressure, and commitments that come with planning a wedding. With an elopement, you have complete control over the outcome. If you wish to go see the sights in another nation, for example, you have the freedom to design and plan your ideal vacation. Elopement allows couples to create a lovely and intimate setting for their wedding. Couples can create a magical and private event that they will remember for the rest of their lives through elopement. Both of you will have the opportunity to focus on each other and freely express your affection.

Elopements require less preparation.

For some people, planning a large wedding can be enjoyable. Most people, however, find it stressful because so much is expected of them. If you want your wedding to be a success, you'll need to do a lot of calculations and planning. To begin, make a list of the people you want to invite. After that, you must decide which of your pals will be in the bridal party. You can even forget to add some of your pals to your list in rare circumstances. Such difficulties elicit a great deal of drama. You must also select a mode of transportation for your visitors.

Elopements do not require a costly venue.

One of my favorite aspects of eloping is this! When you aren't bound by venues, you can elope wherever you choose! Mountain peaks, forest groves, or sandy beaches can all be used as a background for your wedding ceremony. Remember, there are no rules?

Elopements do not require wedding insurance.

Wedding insurance needs to be discussed as well, just in case something goes wrong. Wedding insurance is another something that needs to be discussed in case an issue occurs during the wedding. In other words, you and your partner will have to spend many sleepless nights attempting to plan every detail of your wedding.

Elopements aren't all about you. 

Many couples are concerned that they are being selfish. And many families tell them that they are! But what is selfish about wanting to have a good time on your wedding day? What's so selfish about getting married the way you want to? 

Because it's your wedding day, no one else gets to make decisions about it! Many couples find the decision to elope stressful, but if it feels right to you, you've made the correct choice.

Elopements aren't just for couples who want to be alone. 

While an elopement with no guests is possible, it is not required. Eloping does not preclude you from inviting anyone; it only means that your guest list will be smaller, and you will be able to choose who you want to be with you on your most special day. An elopement with 20 guests might feel just as spectacular if your favorite people support you and your decision. 

For many couples, though, an elopement with only them and no visitors feels natural. Eloping with just the two of you isn't lonely, either! It simply means that you have the freedom to live your life as you see fit, without the influence of others.

Elopement photography.

Another myth about elopements is that you don't need a photographer - which, as you've probably realized from the rest of this essay, isn't true! It's your wedding day, thus it's a special day! And having a photographer on hand is one of the most crucial things you can do, because memories fade quickly. You'll be able to look back on the complete story of your journey and remember every amazing moment if you take images of the entire day.

Elopements mean freedom.

Because of the freedom and intimacy it affords the couple, elopement is the new opulent wedding for millennials. Because it is the most significant day of your life, you must put your pleasure and needs first.

Contact me if you're ready to start preparing! As an elopement photographer, I assist couples throughout the entire process, from selecting the ideal location for their wedding to preparing the adventures they will embark on.

What Are Adventure Elopements?

An adventure elopement takes a regular elopement to a higher level, with couples traveling to fun locales that require, you guessed it, an adventure to reach. Planning an adventure elopement provides couples with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tie the knot while surrounded by nature.

If you are searching for an adventure elopement, I am here to be your photographer and your guide. The backdrops will nourish your soul with so much beauty.

Hike, drive, wander, horseback, or simply spend peaceful time together before your 'I do's' to really appreciate the beauty of your chosen place. When it's time to exchange vows, you'll be precisely where you want to be – peaceful and simple. True to you and your vision.

Want to know what to pack for your adventure elopement?

Here is a list of the essential things you will need for your adventure elopement. Click here for the complete list.

What will my adventure elopement include?

What do my photography adventure elopement include:

Photographer you can trust!

A seasoned photographer with 14 years of photographing elopements and that has lived in Santa Barbara for twenty years. I know of many magical places for your adventure elopement.

Photography for the whole day.

I will be there for every step of your elopement journey...photographing, having fun, and making several stops along to provide unique backdrops for your adventure elopement.

List of customized locations.

I know of some off-the-beaten path hidden locations. I will detail the list of stops and locations. During our face-to-face consultation I will be happy to walk the adventure trails, if necessary.

Assistance to the vendors.

I'll assist you in narrowing down and booking your vendors to ensure a flawless and stress-free wedding. 

Itinerary that has been completely customized for you.

With breathtaking views and a one-of-a-kind location to exchange vows! I will be happy to officiate your elopement with a mini ceremony. I am a certified celebrant/minister and have married over 3,000 couples. I bring 18 years of elopement and event planner to your adventure elopement.

Gallery of your photos.

You will receive unlimited photos in form of a link to your inbox, you can view and print all of your adventure images (unlimited downloads). 

Travel Consultant and Guide

Create a once-in-a-lifetime journey with your own personal travel guide and photographer, available anywhere in Santa Barbara County.

Travel your own path and savor every moment. 

Whether you're planning a destination wedding, vow renewal, or a milestone event in a pristine place I am here to be your guide! I will guide you in planning all-inclusive, custom-tailored luxury adventure elopement as well as photographing the entire event.

When you work with me, you will obtain a completely customized vacation itinerary based on your interests. One that makes you feel seen and eager for adventure, to be precise. 

As a seasoned elopement guide, I'm familiar with many of Santa Barbara most spectacular sights (that are wildly unknown to most). And I use my insider connections to find the best flights, accommodations, and activities for you, all at the greatest pricing. 

I'll save you numerous hours of research time, money, and the agony of decision fatigue. When I arrange your luxury vacation schedule, we will discover gorgeous destinations and unique experiences together.

LET'S GET STARTED! Contact me here.

"Elopements in Santa Barbara mean freedom and peace of mind."

—Alma Rose Middleton