Eloping takes the
stress out of
planning a wedding.

And we take the stress out of eloping.

But you know what shouldn’t be taken away from you?
Options. Both big traditional weddings, and all-inclusive elopement packages do that. They take away your options. If a big traditional wedding isn’t for you, you shouldn’t settle for a cookie-cutter, all-inclusive elopement package that isn’t tailored to you either.

So cheers to you for choosing to elope your way, because now…

YOU STILL HAVE CHOICES.

That’s why we offer fully “UnBundled” elopement packages.

You get everything you want and nothing you don’t.
You get all of the fun of planning with none of the stress.

Cause that’s how eloping is supposed to be.

You Deserve An
Experience, Not Just
A Wedding

There is no one-size-fits-all formula.
Because that’s not good enough for you.

That’s what an elopement is: an experience. An intentionally intimate, authentic wedding day where the focus of the day is actually about you two as a couple.

That means you do what you want: whether that’s a day with just you two or with 20 of your closest friends and family. Whether that’s a 10-mile hike or a casual walk to the lakeside where you say your vows. Whether you take two years to plan and save for it, or do it all in six weeks.

Whatever keeps the day all about you, we’re here for it. And we’ll customize each detail to represent and celebrate your relationship.

How do we do it?

By providing:

The UnBundled Experience

We never photograph the same elopement twice. Because we believe every couple deserves an experience completely tailored to their relationship. We’ll give you customized location ideas, personalized vendor suggestions, and a hand-crafted timeline full of unique activity ideas.

“Best-Friend” Photo Coverage

Your wedding day shouldn’t feel like a stressful, rushed, all-day photoshoot—it should be your best adventure yet, with you both just being yourselves and having the best day of your lives. So you can count on laid-back, FUN, & candid photos of it all.

Unlimited Expert Guidance

We’re here for you every step of the way. We are on call for you by email or phone from the minute you book us. We have guides, resources, and checklists for you to follow too!

Meet Your
Photographers

Who you’re trusting with your
wedding experience matters.

We are Maddie, Amber, + Tori. And you
can trust us.

We can say that confidently because more than 300 other couples have. And not only have they trusted us to plan and photograph their elopements, but they trusted us with their stories. They invited us along for one of the biggest adventures of their lives and gave us the privilege to help them remember it forever through our photos.

“Just hire them, you’ll die from happiness.”

Missy + Ray

“Her excitement for our elopement was infectious and her expertise on how to plan, prepare, research, etc. was absolutely incredible.”

Mike L.

“I cannot stress enough that you get what you pay for.”

Sami E.

“It was truly magical, the story of our lives and it would not have been the same without her.”

Jacilyn S..

Women Owned &
Operated Business

LGBTQ
Friendly

5 Star Rated
150+ Review
s

Environmentally
Conscious

Leave No Trace
Aware

We know an “all-day elopement” sounds like a crazy idea at first.

But think of it this way …

Going “big” for your wedding doesn’t mean a big venue, a ton of guests, or spending all your money. Going “big” means having an experience that’s true to you and no one else.

The best adventures often go on for days or weeks. That’s why we recommend planning an elopement that at least lasts a whole day and having as much of it documented as possible. Photos of your all day-elopement:

  • Tell the whole story of your wedding.
  • Give your friends and family a chance to relive your day with you if they aren’t there.
  • Become the ONLY way to really remember the day you got married.
  • Document how each moment felt, not just your vows.

What will we do
all day?

You’ll smile. A lot. You’ll laugh, maybe cry (we usually do). You’ll have a whole adventure together that you enjoy every minute of.

That could be your wedding day.

Let’s throw out the rulebook for a second and just think:

If you two could plan the most enjoyable day together, from sunup to sundown, what would that day look like?

  • When you got up, what would the view & weather be like outside?
  • What would you go and do and see first?
  • What activities and fun would you have together?
  • What would make you two feel the happiest and most celebrated?

Imagine the possibilities

Examples from other elopements

At some point, you’ll be in an awe-inspiring location to say your vows. But just like any
wedding day, there’s more to it than that moment. There’s more than just an hour of
“quick pics.” After planning and photographing more than 300 elopements, we know your
options are truly endless when it comes to having your perfect wedding.

No two elopements are the same, but we have examples of elopements we’ve done for
other couples so you can get started imagining all the possibilities.

You have earned the right to

Have a whole day dedicated to
celebrating your relationship.

Let us help you create an incredibly fun, stress-free
experience while we document the whole story of your day.

The Adventure Instead
Elopement Experience

What you get in all our elopement packages

Your Own Personal
“Elopement Consultant™️”

The “Did We Just Become Best Friends?” Questionnaire”…

As soon as you book, our first priority is to get to know you two and everything you want out of your wedding experience. There are no wrong answers—we just want to ensure we help you plan a day that’s really “you.”

Customized Location Ideas & Permit Assistance…

All of the photos you’ve seen on our site are in locations the couple had no idea existed until they hired us. After deep-diving into your questionnaire, your photographer (Maddie Mae, Amber, or Tori) will send you a customized, detailed, highly researched list of very best hidden-gem elopement locations that check all of the boxes of what you’re looking for.

Local Elopement Vendor Suggestions…

Once you’ve narrowed in on a spot, we’ll connect you with the absolute best of the best: local florists, hair & makeup artists, etc—we provide contacts for anyone who can help elevate your experience (think private chef, professional 4×4 driver, hot air balloon pilot, anyone?).

Hand-Crafted Timeline for your Day + Unique Activity Ideas…

Once the basics of your elopement plans are set, we’ll help you dream up an all-day (or multi-day) elopement experience that’s better than you’ve even imagined is possible.

Customized Client Portal & Elopement Planning Resources…

We’ve combined our experience from photographing over 300 elopements as a team and come up with the ultimate elopement planning guide and tons of additional resources that will help you avoid any classic elopement-planning pitfalls.

Unlimited Consultations & Planning Help…

We’re here for you every step of the way whether you need advice on travel, help finding a bomb-ass AirBnB, or want to know how to pack your wedding dress in a backpack.

Laid Back, FUN, & Candid Photo Coverage of Your Day…

Your wedding day shouldn’t feel like a stressful, rushed, all-day photoshoot—it should be your best adventure yet. It’s about relaxing, just being yourself, and having the best day of your lives.

All Your Photos to Keep forever

You’ll always get all of the full resolution, edited digital image files from your elopement day—delivered in an easy-to-use online digital gallery so you can view, download, print, and share your images worldwide.

Optional Complimentary Officiant Services…

All 3 of us are ordained officiants and we can legally sign your marriage license in most U.S. states. If you’re looking for someone to walk you through your ceremony, we know awesome celebrants who can do that for you too!

Adventure Instead
Elopement Packages + Pricing

For the best damn day of your life

Worldwide Destination Adventure
Intimate Wedding + Elopement Packages

The place you say your vows is one of the most important parts of your day and one of our favorite things to help you with. We’ll go literally anywhere in the world with you, at no added cost. Go big or go home (and we all wanna go big).

What’s included:

Full-day photo coverage by Maddie Mae, Amber, or Tori

including your beautiful, full-resolution image files with printing rights and a digital gallery to view, download, print, and share your images worldwide.

Your Own Personal Elopement Consultant™️

Customized location scouting and research, permit assistance, personalized vendor recommendations, unique-to-you activity suggestions, hand-crafted elopement timeline for your best day ever, planning tools and unlimited access to our brains.

Photographer travel fees to anywhere in the world

are included (along with our Carbon Neutral travel policy)!

Optional Complimentary Officiant Services

(where applicable)

Packages available starting at…

$10400

Anywhere in the U.S.A. Adventure
Intimate Wedding + Elopement Packages

You and your love can craft the adventure of a lifetime and say your vows somewhere unique that is JUST YOURS (how cool is it to get married somewhere no one else has?!)⁣. We’ll not only help you find that spot, but we’ll help plan the whole thing and document every moment of your adventure.

What’s included:

Full-day photo coverage by Maddie Mae, Amber, or Tori

including your beautiful, full-resolution image files with printing rights and a digital gallery to view, download, print, and share your images worldwide.

Your Own Personal Elopement Consultant™️

Customized location scouting and research, permit assistance, personalized vendor recommendations, unique-to-you activity suggestions, hand-crafted elopement timeline for your best day ever, planning tools and unlimited access to our brains.

Photographer travel fees to anywhere in the world

are included (along with our Carbon Neutral travel policy)!

Optional Complimentary Officiant Services

(where applicable)

Packages available starting at…

$8600

Oregon Adventure Intimate Wedding + Elopement Packages

Oregon is the perfect combination of every adventure imaginable: big, rocky-topped mountains in lush and mossy green forests, waterfalls galore, high-desert environments, and coastlines with amazing beaches. We can’t wait to share all our secret locations with you to plan a day that’s just yours.

What’s included:

4+ hours photo coverage by Maddie Mae, Amber, or Tori

including your beautiful, full-resolution image files with printing rights and a digital gallery to view, download, print, and share your images worldwide.

Your Own Personal Elopement Consultant™️

Customized location scouting and research, permit assistance, personalized vendor recommendations, unique-to-you activity suggestions, hand-crafted elopement timeline for your best day ever, planning tools and unlimited access to our brains.

Photographer travel fees to anywhere in the world

are included (along with our Carbon Neutral travel policy)!

Optional Complimentary Officiant Services

(where applicable)

Packages available starting at…

$4800

Colorado Adventure Elopement +
Intimate Wedding Packages

The definition of eloping? Having an intentionally intimate, authentic wedding experience where the focus of the day is actually about you two as a couple. If that day is with just you or 20 of your favorite people, we are here for it. And if it’s in Colorado? You’re coming to our home that we know like the back of our hand. We’ll help plan the perfect day in the perfect spot for YOU.

What’s included:

4+ hours photo coverage by Maddie Mae, Amber, or Tori

including your beautiful, full-resolution image files with printing rights and a digital gallery to view, download, print, and share your images worldwide.

Your Own Personal Elopement Consultant™️

Customized location scouting and research, permit assistance, personalized vendor recommendations, unique-to-you activity suggestions, hand-crafted elopement timeline for your best day ever, planning tools and unlimited access to our brains.

Photographer travel fees to anywhere in the world

are included (along with our Carbon Neutral travel policy)!

Optional Complimentary Officiant Services

(where applicable)

Packages available starting at…

$4800

Out-Of-The-Box
Custom Elopement
Packages

For those who just can’t stand the box

If you can dream it up, we want to plan it and photograph it.

We keep repeating ourselves (because we really, really mean it): elopements get to be whatever you want them to be. So if your dream day doesn’t fit into the elopement packages we listed above, there’s more where those came from. We don’t want to put any limitations on what’s possible for your day.

You could have:

  • An all-day hiking elopement
  • A multi-day backpacking elopement
  • An extreme adventure wedding (think helicopters, hot air balloons, snorkeling, and skydiving)

Hell, we’ve even photographed a week-long safari elopement in Namibia with elephants & giraffes as the couple’s witnesses.

Why Elope with Us?

We’ll let our couples
do the talking.

“league of their own!”

“Adventure Instead is in a league of their own! There needs to be a new category to include Maddie because her photography is other-worldly. She was the very first vendor I hired once we got engaged and she was worth everything! As an out-of-state-bride, I was nervous about planning for our intimate wedding in CO, but Maddie helps with much more than just taking pictures the day of. She assisted us with finding a gorgeous ceremony site, first look site, and the spot we took our gorgeous sunset couple's photos. Maddie helped us with our timeline to make the day flow smoothly. Our friends and family are blown away by the pics! Hire Adventure Instead NOW!”

“best decision ever!”

“I am telling you choosing Adventure Instead was hands down the best decision we have ever made. My husband and I knew we wanted our wedding day to be about US. Spending quality time together, making memories without any stress and staying authentic. What Tori gave us was beyond our wildest dreams. From the very second we reached out, she helped us feel good about the cost and start brainstorming badass locations based on our lifestyle and the things we like. I cannot stress enough that you get what you pay for. 100% and much, much more. Tori says in contact with you the entire time, she’s up for anything and it seems like is continually doing research to make sure you don’t have to worry about a THING. She even was so kind to stop on her way from another wedding a couple months before ours and scout out our location, find a perfect first look spot and send us videos of the whole thing!! She’s so flexible with you and your family and just seriously the sweetest lil badass you’ve ever met. Our wedding day truly wouldn’t have been the same if it weren’t for Tori and Adventure Instead.”

“Incredible!”

“My husband and I are both in agreement that hiring Maddie was without a doubt the best decision we made for our wedding! Maddie is so much more than a photographer – she found us an amazing trail to hike for our photos, helped create a realistic day-of timeline, and even patiently taught me how to drive on rough 4WD roads on the way to the trailhead. Maddie goes above and beyond. She provides so much detailed information that wouldn't have even crossed my mind in the planning process. What kind of dress do you wear for an adventure elopement? What do you pack? How do you do your hair and makeup while hiking? She's seriously got it all covered in the files she sends you. My husband and I are both shy, introverted, and a little awkward in front of a camera. We were instantly comfortable with Maddie; she gave us such a great pep talk right at the beginning that almost made us forget there was even a camera. Even if you're not exactly sure what you want to do for your intimate wedding/adventure elopement, just talk to Maddie. She's got such a wealth of experience and seemingly endless great ideas; you really can't go wrong. Just five stars doesn't do Maddie justice; she's an incredible photographer and person.”

Just A Couple More
Things

(More questions, answered.)

How do we know how much photo coverage we need?

Get in touch with us and this is the first thing we’ll help you figure out. During your free elopement consultation we’ll show you what’s possible and help you pick the right elopement package—and you can always add more time throughout the planning process.

Is it okay if we want to bring friends & family to our elopement?

If that is what makes this day feel like the best day ever, then YES. There is no boundary on what defines an elopement. Just that you both are all about it and your people that come are all about you!

What happens if the weather is bad?

Honestly? It will make for great photos. And for a story. And for the adventure of it. We are also experts at pivoting plans last minute. If we plan to hike to the top of a mountain and it’s a rainstorm, we’ll find you a STUNNING forest nearby to say your vows. Is the national park on fire where you were planning on getting married? We’ve got two back-up plans that are better than the original (this has actually happened!). Whatever Mother Nature throws at us, we’ll be ready!

How do you hike in wedding attire? And do we have to hike?

Adventure doesn’t equal hiking and trails are not a prerequisite for eloping! Some of our couples love it, some wouldn’t dream of it. But if you are someone who dreams of hiking for your elopement, there are so many ways to make it happen in wedding clothes. You can embrace the mess, pairing your dress with your favorite hiking boots and letting the train get dirty (we love the way that looks in photos!). Or we can pack in your clothes and we’ll help you get changed just before you say your vows.

Will you help us find a spot to get married?

A thousand times YES! We’ll get to know you both by asking deep questions and chatting on the phone and help you dream up a vision for your day. Then we’ll spend hours researching spots, catered to the exact adventure you’re after. We’ll send you a list of options and talk through all the possibilities with you until we nail down the perfect location.

Will you help us figure out permits?

Absolutely. We will help you research who to contact to figure out if your elopement location requires you to get a “special use” permit in order to have your ceremony there.

Do you help us with logistics like vendors, accommodations, and timeline?

Sure do. We’ll give you our personal recommendations for local vendors (who has helicopter pilots in their cell phones? We do.). We’ll help you find killer lodging that elevates the whole experience. And? We’ll make sure you have a timeline for every piece of the plan leading up to saying “I do.”

Do we need an officiant?

It depends! We are all ordained officiants and can legally sign your marriage license in most U.S. states. Certain states may require additional paperwork and/or processing fees but we’re happy to help! (P.S. Colorado doesn’t require an officiant or witnesses at all). If you’re looking for an actual celebrant to verbally walk you through your ceremony, we know some awesome people who could do that for you.

Do you photograph big weddings?

Nope. While we believe every couple should get married exactly the way they want to, our passion and experience is 100% for helping couples who are getting married with 25 guests in attendance or less. 

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to plan your elopement?

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