Colorado & Utah elopement pricing guide

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So you’ve made the decision to elope. Congrats! Eloping is THE VERY BEST way to get married if you ask me. Marriage is about YOU, the couple.  I am beyond thrilled to help make your elopement a fun time & capture not only gorgeous images but also those little in-between moments showing your personalities as a couple.

 

If you’re planning your elopement in another destination from where you live, getting started may seem a little daunting at first.

• Where are you going to elope?

• Does your location need permits?

• What about officiants & other vendors you may use?

• How will the lighting look?

I include planning assistance with every elopement. It’s hard to find a qualified planner for your elopement & who better than a photographer who is familiar with all the aspects of the day to help you plan things out! I’ll keep in contact with you to help throughout the entire process. We can have as many planning meetings & video chats as you need to make sure everything is just right.

 

 

What is an elopement?

Your elopement is your chance to have your wedding day be anything you want it to be. What an elopement boils down to is this- YOU.

What do you do on an elopement?

What you do on your elopement is totally up to you! You can hike up to a blue alpine lake in the San Juan Mountains, invite a few close friends & family to hear you say your vows with the mountains as a backdrop, get married on a 14er, or take a Jeep through some amazing canyons & find a spot for your intimate ceremony in Moab. With your elopement, you don’t have to follow traditions & you can break all the rules! If you want some ideas & suggestions, just let me know.

Why have a photographer all day at an elopement?

Having a photographer all day at your elopement will allow you to relive your entire day. And you will be able to show any friends & family that weren’t invited what an incredible time you had. Having me there for the entire day means that I can basically just be a fly on the wall. Little moments happen & I’ll be there to photograph you every time you laugh, cry, or fall on your butt! And it will NOT be an all-day photoshoot. Your elopement is more than just a ceremony & a little photoshoot, it’s just the start of your lives together & it is just as important & just as deserving of amazing photos as a more traditional wedding.

Investment & Pricing Information

Moab elopement with the Manti-La Sal

2 Day Elopement Experience

Have the ultimate adventure elopement over 2 days! You can split up the hours equally between the days or mix it up. Do a full day & a half day, spend one day hiking & the next exploring backroads by Jeep or do something unique like taking a helicopter or hot air balloon tour! The options are endless.

 

• two days of coverage for your elopement, up to 16 hours total, you can split the hours between the days for whatever works best!

• unlimited planning assistance for help with locations, timeline, needed permits, etc

• personalized list of location ideas for an epic elopement

• couples gear guide of exactly what to wear & what to bring to be prepared

• custom timeline for a stress-free wedding day

• online gallery of the best images

• optional adventure session for more fun & photos

• get a 20% discount off any future album purchase

 

$7950

 

Have the ultimate adventure elopement over 2 days!

All Day Adventure Elopement

If you want an amazing all day adventure, this is for you! This gives us enough time to capture those getting ready moments, sunrise & sunset, stargazing or campfires, your awesome adventures together, multiple locations, or a meal or reception you may have.

 

• full day of coverage for your elopement, up to 12 hours

• unlimited planning assistance for help with locations, timeline, needed permits, etc

• personalized list of location ideas for an epic elopement

• couples gear guide of exactly what to wear & what to bring to be prepared

• custom timeline for a stress-free wedding day

• online gallery of the best images

adventure session for more fun & photos

 

$4950

 

This gives us tons of time for full day adventures! This is my most popular package with couples wanting their full wedding day captured.

Sunrise Elopement in Grand Teton National Park

Half Day Adventure Elopement

If you just want sunrise or sunset, this half day package would be a good fit! We’ll start around sunrise & end around noon, or start in the afternoon & end at sunset. Depending on the locations chosen, we can sometimes do multiple areas.

 

• half day of coverage for your elopement, up to 8 hours

• unlimited planning assistance for help with locations, timeline, needed permits, etc

• personalized list of location ideas for an epic elopement

• couples gear guide of exactly what to wear & what to bring to be prepared

• custom timeline for a stress-free wedding day

• online gallery of the best images

 

$3950

 

Great for half day sunrise or sunset adventure elopements!

Bride and groom kiss in front of Delicate Arch during their hiking elopement.

Mini Elopements

This mini elopement package is if you just need the basics. This amount of time is best for easy to access locations & is best if you have few to no guests. Time is best spent exploring one area.

 

• up to 4 hours coverage for your elopement

• unlimited planning assistance for help with locations, timeline, needed permits, etc

• list of location ideas for your elopement

• couples gear guide of exactly what to wear & what to bring to be prepared

• custom timeline for a stress-free wedding day

• online gallery of the best images

 

$2950

 

* Please note this package only includes travel for western Colorado & eastern Utah, other areas have travel fees. This package is only available for booking up to 5 months in advance.

What is an adventure session?

An adventure session is similar to an elopement in that it can be anything you want it to be! Adventure sessions are great if you wanted engagement photos before your elopement. You can also use your adventure session for more photos in your wedding attire as a day after session. We can go on a hike, find a hot spring, climb a mountain, or do anything that sounds fun to you guys!

How It All Works

Wondering more about the process? Here’s a basic overview…

• You decide on a general location & a specific date

• I’ll send you the contract to be signed & invoice to be paid

• After everything is signed & paid, I’ll start helping with specifics & planning

• A location questionnaire is sent to you to help me know what you are looking for

• When the questionnaire is completed, I’ll compile a complete list of locations for you to choose from

• I’ll also send you a getting to know you questionnaire

• You’ll also get access to your client portal, elopement gear guide, & leave no trace guide for elopements

• Once you have a specific location picked out, I’ll do my research & help with any needed permits & other logistics

• As we get closer to your day, I’ll send a details & timeline questionnaire

• I’ll create a timeline on where & when to meet, as well as other scheduled times as needed

• I’ll check in with you once we are about 1-2 weeks out from your elopement & also send an elopement checklist just to make sure you have everything

• Then it is finally your elopement day! We’ll have fun adventuring around, exploring, & taking photos

• Soon after your elopement day, I’ll send you a bunch of sneak peek photos

• You’ll get the full gallery delivered within 60 days after your elopement

• Your online gallery will be live & you can download & print photos, as well as order albums & share your awesome photos with everyone!

Malachi Lewis at Shell Creek Photography with his dog and parrot

About Me

I'm Malachi! A lover of color, photographer, & adventurer. I am currently living on the western slope of Colorado. With elopements I've been able to combine my love for photographing landscapes & my skills with photographing weddings & I'd love to help with your elopement day!

Leave No Trace & Elopements

Following the 7 principals of LNT (leave no trace) is very important. A lot of elopements take place in outdoor areas that are very vulnerable. We need to do our part in preserving these places not only for future generations but also for the here & now. There are some things that couples may not think about how they could impact the environment such as walking off the trail, popping champagne, & throwing plastic confetti. You may want to do these things for photos but they all can impact the environment & wildlife in negative ways. But don’t worry! There are some great alternatives.

Read more about leave no trace & elopements.

   

I took a course from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics & am an official Leave No Trace Aware Photographer!

adventure elopement in Moab, Utah in Arches National Park in a black wedding dress

I was shooting landscapes before people, so I know how to capture you & the environment well!

 

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