Your wedding deserves to be captured beautifully, honestly and boldy.

Weddings don’t have to be stressful. Your photographs don’t have to be stiff. And the experience can feel totally and authentically you.

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So what does that mean exactly?

There are lots of wedding planning guides out there. And, don’t get me wrong, they can be super useful. Even I have Pinterest. But they are just guides, not rules.

If going to the mountains with just ten guests is more of your style than a big ballroom wedding, do it.

If you LOVE your dogs, and want them to be a part of the celebration, we can make it happen.

If you want pizza for your reception and a donut truck instead of a cake, because donuts are life, then don’t have a cake. Eat donuts.

I truly believe that wedding days should be a reflection of your relationship and love for one another — not what you think you have to do because that’s what others do.

And when you let go of the arbitrary things that don’t feel authentic, you also let go of stress, save money and can have the celebration you’ve always dreamed of.

Because, in reality, there are no rules when it comes to how you want to get married (obviously there are rules about the actual legal part). And ultimately, I really, truly believe that weddings are about saying “This is my person. And I’m committing to my person. And that’s a really, freaking, big, huge deal and we want to invite our community to celebrate the decision with us. Rather than “let’s put on the biggest, most extravagant party possible.”

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So wedding or elopement?

Choosing how and what kind of wedding to have is such an incredibly personal decision. And your families will likely have lots of opinions about it. If you’re on the fence — get in touch. I’d love to walk through the pros and cons of an elopement vs. intimate wedding vs. big traditional bash with you over a phone call. But here are a few things to consider:

- Do you want wedding photos in a really epic location that you might have to hike into? And does the idea of an “experience” more than a “party” sound more appealing to you?

- How big of a deal is celebrating with family and friends? Are you a more private couple who’d like to do an intimate celebration? Or are you super close to 200 people who’ve supported you through school, life and your relationship who you can’t imagine not being there?

- What are you most excited about when you think about your wedding? What are you least excited about?

 

Wedding and Elopement Pricing

First — what’s the difference between a traditional wedding, intimate wedding and elopement? For me, traditional weddings are celebrations that include more than 50 guests. Intimate weddings have 20-49 guests, and elopements are you and your partner or the couple and a handful of guests. Generally, traditional weddings include big receptions, dancing, games and lots of family and guests.

Intimate weddings tend to be more focused around food and hanging out with your guests around a campfire or over a fancy meal. They are typically low-key, may be held in a friend’s backyard or fun destination, and often include a full weekend of activities for guests.

Elopements are a “just us” experience. And truly, if you choose to elope, that does NOT mean your day is “just a ceremony and photos,” or that it means less than a traditional wedding. Elopements are an experience and we will put a TON of time and effort into crafting your elopement into a beautiful day celebrating your love.


So what’s included in your wedding or elopement package?

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All weddings and elopements are lead photographed by Kara and include high resolution (i.e. print-quality) digital images delivered in an online gallery with printing rights.

The couple gets a sneak peek emailed to them within 48 hours of their event.

Intimate weddings and elopements are delivered within 8 weeks, traditional weddings within 10.

All couples get planning help (vendor recommendations, epic little-known spots for engagement sessions and recommendations for a totally custom day-of timeline). And elopement and really intimate weddings get me as their personal guide. I’ll help you find the perfect spot for your elopement, help you plan your ceremony, help you navigate permits, and find an officiant and hair/makeup artists who are willing to get up at the crack of dawn if you want a sunrise session!

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Destination Weddings start at $6000

Destination Elopements start at $4000

Traditional Local Weddings start at $3200

Intimate Local Weddings start at $2100

Local Elopements start at $1600