If you're already thinking about eloping, why not do it sooner rather than later? There are so many reasons why winter is the perfect time of year for an elopement, and only one of which is that the season sets the stage for some of the dreamiest, jaw-dropping wedding photos you'll ever set your eyes on. But there are other points to consider, too. That's why we asked three photographers to explain what they love most about winter elopements, and why they think you should consider planning your own intimate nuptials this season.
They feel especially intimate.
The hallmark of an elopement is that it's super intimate, but Kristian Irey, a photographer who is based in Alaska and Hawaii, says that these private I dos feel all the more private when they happen in the cold season. "Elopements are wonderful because they allow for flexibility and budget to dream as big as you want, while still being small and simple enough to let you truly soak in the emotions that come with marrying the love of your life," says Irey. "Winter elopements add even more to the unique opportunities by encouraging adventurous aspects such as ice, snow, campfires, and freshly dusted mountain peaks all within the realm of possibility to help create beautiful memories." We really couldn't say it any better.
The photographer can really bond with his or her client.
Other photographers love elopements because of the especially close bond they get to make with their couples, especially during the winter. Abbi Hearne of The Hearnes Adventure Photography specializes in destination weddings and elopements for just that reason. "My husband and I run our photography business together. We are often the couple's only witnesses. We've literally signed marriage licenses! A lot of our couples choose to elope somewhere they've never been before, and my husband and I have the privilege of not only hiking out with them to these locations, but showing them these amazing places for the first time," says Hearne. "We love that our couples are so relaxed and spend their wedding day hiking, exploring, and taking in a beautiful setting, which is what they love to do together anyway. It makes their wedding day special and fun instead of stressful and overwhelming."
They're so personal.
All elopements are an intimate experience, but Colorado-based photographer Kisa Conrad, of Kisa Conrad Photography, believes winter elopements are even more personal because they say something about the spouses. "The warmth of the cabin, a closeness of family and friends around, and the snow slowly falling from the sky is the perfect way to say 'I do' to your best friend," Conrad informs. "There is truly no better way to get a little closer to your partner when it's a little chilly outside."