The Elopement experience

An elopement is an intentionally small, intimate, meaningful, and authentic wedding experience that is a true reflection of your relationship where the focus of the day is really about you two. 

Elopement - What is it exactly?

My focus on your elopement day is to capture the authentic emotions of your love story for you to look back on for years to come. But I also realize that photography is so much more than just amazing photographs. My goal is to create an experience that you'll remember from start to finish, so what does that look like?...

If you are just looking for a photographer to show up and shoot your wedding, then I'm not the girl for you. I am so much more than your photographer.

I am your wedding planner, cheerleader, travel guide, best friend and so much more. I want to be by your side throughout the entire process to help make your elopement the best day of your lives! Need help picking out a location? Finding the perfect elopement style dress? Hiring vendors? Don't know what to pack? I'm here to help you with all of it, because you deserve an epic enjoyable day that is 100% a reflection of you!

How it works:

KIND WORDS

Cara Marie photography took the most breathtaking photos of my engagement and wedding. They captured every emotion perfectly. They were also completely professional and communicative throughout the process. I could not recommend Cara Marie enough.

- Sarah & Greg

KIND WORDS

Cara did an amazing job with our engagement pictures, we couldn't be happier! She made us feel so comfortable at our engagement session, and we had a great time shooting with her. We would definitely recommend booking her for your wedding!

- Nicole & Cody

KIND WORDS

Cara Marie did a couples session for us at an awesome location that she suggested, which was beautiful! It was so fun and natural and the pictures turned out incredible! She has such an eye for photography and her editing style is very natural and real! Love her and would highly recommend!!

- Maddy & Brandon

KIND WORDS

Cara is so amazing to work with. Our final gallery from our family shoot with our two pugs had my husband and I in tears. We can never thank her enough for the memories she has captured for us.

- Amy & Sean

Cara goes above and beyond for her clients by being reliable, kind, and attentive. She takes care of all the details, so that she is prepared for a smooth and seamless day. Not only is she efficient and attentive she is also so easy to get along with. When you hire Cara, plan on becoming her friend. I had no idea what I was doing when planning my wedding and she jumped right in to help me plan. You can tell how happy she is to help and how knowledgeable she is about weddings. She was very accommodating to our nontraditional wedding plans and was prepared for anything. 

She made our wedding photos comfortable and fun! She directs you the whole time and it's so easy to follow and makes sure you enjoy your time in front of the camera too! Her editing style is stunning. Every time I look at my gallery it's like reliving my wedding day. Hire Cara! You will not regret it. Whether you are having a traditional wedding or eloping she would love to help you plan your day! Thank you Cara Marie Photography!

- Rachel & Colin

"SHE MADE OUR WEDDING PHOTOS COMFORTABLE AND FUN!"

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We hired Cara for our engagement and wedding photography and we can't say enough about how wonderful our experience was. Cara's kind and positive personality made her so easy to communicate with, and also made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. She really encourages you to let the love you have for your partner shine, and she does an amazing job capturing genuine emotions. We are so grateful we found Cara for our engagement and wedding photos, and can't wait use her in the future!

- Gabrielle & Jim

"She really encourages you to let the love you have for your partner shine!"

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Cara was a kind, genuine and professional every step of the way! She ensured that our engagement and wedding photos were full of light and life. Her work has blown me away. We are completely overwhelmed by our photos...they are breathtaking and moved us right back to that perfect moment in time. My husband and I will never be able to recommend her enough! Book her now! Thank you so much Cara you are so clearly doing what you were created for! Jeremy & I will never get over how grateful we are to have the perfect day captured in such a precious & beautiful way. 

- Katrina & Jeremy

"our photoS are breathtaking and moved us right back to that perfect moment."

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Having an intimate, relaxed and romantic wedding experience filled with intention and dedicated to celebrating your love, however you want. 

Opting out of a traditional wedding experience in exchange for the most epic adventure / travel experience. 

Your day being authentic and true to you, even if it means doing things differently. 

Taking things slow, and enjoying every moment. 

Having the most fun stress free start to your marriage! 

Do you value?...

Cara did such an amazing job with our engagement and wedding photos. She made us feel so comfortable on camera and the photos are gorgeous and real. During the wedding she was so accommodating and patient while also keeping things moving along and getting us to take perfect shots. I cannot recommend her enough. My family and friends and my husband and I are gushing over the photos and cannot wait to have them all over our house. 

- Brianne & Ben

"THE PHOTOS ARE GORGEOUS AND REAL."

Cara did such an amazing job with our engagement and wedding photos. She made us feel so comfortable on camera and the photos are gorgeous and real. During the wedding she was so accommodating and patient while also keeping things moving along and getting us to take perfect shots. I cannot recommend her enough. My family and friends and my husband and I are gushing over the photos and cannot wait to have them all over our house. 

- Brianne & Ben

"THE PHOTOS ARE GORGEOUS AND REAL."

Cara did such an amazing job with our engagement and wedding photos. She made us feel so comfortable on camera and the photos are gorgeous and real. During the wedding she was so accommodating and patient while also keeping things moving along and getting us to take perfect shots. I cannot recommend her enough. My family and friends and my husband and I are gushing over the photos and cannot wait to have them all over our house. 

- Brianne & Ben

"THE PHOTOS ARE GORGEOUS AND REAL."

Cara did such an amazing job with our engagement and wedding photos. She made us feel so comfortable on camera and the photos are gorgeous and real. During the wedding she was so accommodating and patient while also keeping things moving along and getting us to take perfect shots. I cannot recommend her enough. My family and friends and my husband and I are gushing over the photos and cannot wait to have them all over our house. 

- Brianne & Ben

"THE PHOTOS ARE GORGEOUS AND REAL."

WOOHOO! You're married! After your elopement day, the anticipation to receive your photographs will have you checking your email every day. You can count on me to send you a few sneak peaks 3-5 days after your wedding and I will share your blog post within 2 weeks, so that you can reminisce and share with friends and family and also still have more images to look forward to! Your final images will be ready within 8 weeks. Consider buying an album to share your memories with family and friends. I put my heart and soul into every photo and I can't wait to deliver your photographs and have you reliving your elopement day all over again!!



Delivery

You did it! This is where all the planning pays off and you two get to enjoy your perfect elopement experience together. At this point, all of the questions have been taken care of, and I'll be there right by your side for the entire day. I will be there to help make sure everything goes just as planned. So you can relax and soak in every moment! 


The Best 
Day Evah!

I don't expect you to know what the best timeline is for your unique day, and this is where my expertise really comes in handy. I'll recommend a timeline for you that will reduce stresses and maximize enjoyment on your day! I will send over a questionnaire to finalize your details, and we'll work together to form the most amazing adventure for you two. This is also when you'll get your wedding day attire, book vendors, plan and book activities for your day, and plan out your ceremony. 

Finalize the Details

We'll save your wedding date on the calendar, start booking travel and lodging. And my favorite part, you'll get to pick out the location where you want to say your vows! We'll have a general location in mind to book travel and lodging, it is up to you if you want your ceremony spot to be spontaneous or scouted out beforehand! 


Set it in Stone

Once you have an idea for where you want to be and what you want to be doing, we'll work together to plan all the details of your day. I'll assist you with permits and marriage law requirements, timelines and plan Bs, vendor recommendations, planning activities, and any other advice you might need.

Plan it

The first step is for you to dream up your perfect elopement day! The best part about eloping is knowing that you can get married in some of the most gorgeous locations in the world. You'll start to think about what location or general area you would like to elope. If your vision is a bit fuzzy or you aren't quite sure what you want, no worries! That's what I'm here for. We'll talk through all the options and talk through your perfect day from start to finish. 


Dream it

Your'e in... Let's chat elopement packages!

You've decided to elope! I created packages that allow you to have the full experience of a wedding day, the way you want it!  

Just because you aren't having a big wedding day with 100s of guest, doesn't mean you don't deserve to have your wedding day documented from beginning to end. Your wedding day is so much more than a ceremony. Whether or not your day includes family and friends or just you two, if you get ready alone or together, choose to go on an adventurous hike or a casual walk to the location you say your vows, no matter what your day looks like,  I'll be there to capture every heart-felt moment along the way. You'll get to go home and share every moment with family and friends. And you'll have each sentimental moment captured to remember forever.


You deserve the best wedding experience possible and that's why I'm here!

Pricing and Packages

Worldwide Intimate micro 
weddings & Elopements!

- Your Photographer - aka ME! :) 
- Full Day of Wedding Coverage
- Unlimited Consultations and Planning Assistance
- Travel Costs to anywhere! - overnight accommodations & 2WD car rental so you don't have to worry about it! 
- Custom Timeline + Activities - I'll help you dream up your elopement plans so it will be the best day ever!
- Online gallery for viewing, sharing, and ordering prints
- USB of your high resolution images and print release

INCLUDEs:

PRicing starting at $4600

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united states intimate micro
weddings & elopements

- Your Photographer - aka ME! :) 
- Full Day of Wedding Coverage 
- Unlimited Consultations and Planning Assistance
- Travel Costs to anywhere in the USA! - overnight accommodations & 2WD car rental so you don't have to worry about it! 
- Custom Timeline + Activities - I'll help you dream up your elopement plans so it will be the best day ever!
- Online gallery for viewing, sharing, and ordering prints
- USB of your high resolution images and print release

INCLUDEs:

PRicing starting at $3800

pa, nj, md intimate micro
weddings & elopements

- Your Photographer - aka ME! :) 
- half day - 5 hours of coverage
- Unlimited Consultations and Planning Assistance
- Travel Costs to anywhere in PA, NJ, or MD! - overnight accommodations, so you don't have to worry about it! 
- Custom Timeline + Activities - I'll help you dream up your elopement plans so it will be the best day ever!
- Online gallery for viewing, sharing, and ordering prints
- USB of your high resolution images and print release

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PRicing starting at $2800

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anniversary & couple
adventure sessions

- Your Photographer - aka ME! :) 
- 2-4 hours of coverage
- Free Consultation 
- Travel Costs - up to 400 miles or $100 in travel fees.
- Online gallery for viewing, sharing, and ordering prints


INCLUDEs:

PRicing starting at $400

Explore a new or old favorite epic location. Perfect for a short vow renewal, day after wedding photos, or a couples session. Adventure sessions can be 2-4 hours depending on the location(s) and typically involve hiking, exploring, and some kind of fun adventure. It should definitely include the activities that you love, whether that's lazing around in some hammocks, or something more active like rock climbing, long boarding, or kayaking! No matter what it looks like it should feel like the best adventure yet, and the best part is I am there to document the whole thing!!

Explore a new or old favorite epic location. Perfect for a short vow renewal, day after wedding photos, or a couples session. Adventure sessions can be 2-4 hours depending on the location(s) and typically involve hiking, exploring, and some kind of fun adventure. It should definitely include the activities that you love, whether that's lazing around in some hammocks, or something more active like rock climbing, long boarding, or kayaking! No matter what it looks like it should feel like the best adventure yet, and the best part is I am there to document the whole thing!!

NOT GETTING MARRIED BUT YOU STILL WANT AN EPIC EXPERIENCE?...

GEt in Touch for full packages and pricing

Starting price includes up to 2 hours of shooting time with additional time for exploration. 

Find out where I'm traveling and book while I'm there for no travel fees: Visit my travel page and reach out for more info.

FAQ

HOW DO WE KNOW HOW MUCH COVERAGE WE NEED?
I can help you figure that out. We will jump on a call discuss your plans and I'll help you to pick the right collection for you! You can always add more time throughout the planning process. 


IS IT OKAY IF WE WANT TO INCLUDE FRIENDS AND FAMILY ON OUR ELOPEMENT?
Absolutely, if you want to bring people along then I'm all for it! As long as it is what you want and everyone is there to support you. You can: Invite no one – elope just the two of you, invite family & friends (up to 25 people!), or invite only an officiant & two witnesses (to satisfy a legal requirement).


WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS BAD WEATHER?
If you're up to endure the elements, it can make for create photos and a fun story! If we truly need to pivot, we can! We will work together to come up with a few plan B scenarios beforehand so that we can have an awesome day no matter the weather! 


HOW DO WE HIKE IN WEDDING ATTIRE / WHAT IF WE DON'T WANT TO HIKE?
If you want to hike in your dress and you're all about that natural ombre then just pair your gown with your favorite hiking boots and you're good to go! Or we can always pack up your dress and change before your vows. If your adventurous elopement day doesn't look like a hike, that's totally okay! There are tons of drive up locations and easily accessible spots that we can walk to. 


WE HAVE NO IDEA WHERE WE WANT TO GET MARRIED, CAN YOU HELP?
YES! I love helping my couples come up with the perfect spot for their day. I'll start by asking you some questions on our call and I'll help you to dream up the best version of your day. After we decide what type of location you are looking for I'll do tons of research to suggest specific locations, hiking trails, restaurants, etc. for you to choose from. I'll send you a list of all the options for us to go through together so we can pin down the perfect spot for you to say I do! 


WHY DO WE NEED A PERMIT AND CAN YOU HELP US FIGURE THAT PART OUT?
If you choose to get married in a national park or on private property permits are often required. This allows us to use the space, while also supporting the systems and making sure that the areas are taken care of (Leave no trace). I will absolutely help you with this! I can 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 at a specific location 


DO WE NEED AN OFFICIANT / IS AN ELOPEMENT REALLY LEGAL?
Whether or not you need an officiant depends on where you choose to get married. Certain states such as Colorado, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington DC recognize a law called, self-solemnizating. Self-solemnizating grants you and your partner the power to marry each other! You don’t need an officiant, and you don’t need a witness! And yes, an elopement is totally legal! An elopement is recognized as legal as long as you’re abiding by the rules and regulations of the state or country that you’re choosing to get married in. If you don't want to bother with the legalities of a certain location you can totally still have your elopement day exactly how you want and worry about making your marriage legal either before or after your big day. If being legally married on your elopement day is important to you then we can definitely make it happen, we will have to make sure you’re abiding by that state or country’s waiting period, marriage license rules, and ceremony regulations. If you’re getting married in the US usually the biggest complications are a waiting period, a legal officiant, and witnesses.


WHAT IF WE ARE ALREADY LEGALLY MARRIED BEFORE OUR ELOPEMENT DAY?
That's awesome! You've got the hard part out of the way, now all you have to do is plan the wedding day of your dreams! The legal signing of papers doesn't lessen the importance of your day. You still deserve to commit yourselves to one another and have the best celebration ever! 


HAVE YOU PHOTOGRAPHED AN ELOPEMENT AT OUR LOCATION BEFORE?
This is a very common question that I get. Sometimes the answer is yes, and that's great! But the reality is that 90% of the time the answer is no, and that is great too! I travel to new locations for most elopements that is what makes my job so fun. I have experience traveling and love to go to new places. I have a passion for adventure, so new places are what light my creativity on fire! Because there are so many places to see in the world, it is very rare that I am at the same place twice, and I love that! All a good photo takes is some beautiful light and beautiful people, and we always have those two things. I have photographed in PA, NJ, MD, NC, GA, CO, CA, MO, and HI. There are so many tools online that can help me to scout out new locations. And I always make sure to scout out your location in person 1 day prior to your elopement if possible. 


HOW DO I BOOK? 
Fill out a contact form below, or on the contact page, and tell me about your love story. Then, we will schedule a time to talk in person or through Skype to get to know each other. Once you both decide that you want me to be your wedding photographer, I will send you a contract and invoice with a deposit to hold your date with me. Once your contract is signed and your deposit is paid your wedding date is officially booked! 


WHEN WILL MY PHOTOS BE READY?
When editing your wedding, I like to take my time and edit each image with love to create a consistent and cohesive gallery of your day. Wedding galleries are delivered within 10 weeks. However, I also want you to be able to enjoy your images as soon as possible. For this reason your wedding blog post will be shared within 2 weeks, so that you can reminisce and share with friends and family and also still have more images to look forward to!


CAN I SEE A FULL GALLERY?
Of course! I love to show couples a full gallery, as well as album samples, together so that you are able to look through the images and ask any questions you might have.


HOW MANY PHOTOS DO WE GET?
The number of images you receive depends on a lot of things, including your hours of coverage, the size of your wedding party, your guest count, as well as the specific details surrounding your wedding day. Typically you will receive 60-90 images per hour of shooting time. Your will receive all of the good images, so essentially we don't hold back. We want to give you as many images as we possibly can in your photo gallery. You also have the rights to download all of your images, and you can order prints straight from your online gallery! 

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