1. my best advice is to DO IT! Italy is incredible and such a beautiful place to elope and explore. For mountains, the Dolomites can't be beat. For coastal, Lake Como and Positano are so beautiful. Depending on the vibe you're looking for, I'd also recommend Croatia; it's inexpensive and such a beautiful country.

  2. I photographed an elopement a Samuel H Boardman this summer and it is such an incredible place to elope because you can start your day in the redwoods then end on the coast at sunset 🥰

  3. Oh wow! Definitely something to take into consideration since we have an older family friend who will be officiating for us! Was it possible to take photos but with the natural bridge in the background?

  4. It's possible but you would likely still have to hike a little ways down to get a good angle

  5. I just gotta say that this post is a *relief* as someone who's an elopement photographer who always feels like they're not 'hyped' or 'extra' enough! I'm also pretty introverted and I don't like talking on IG stories, etc. that photographers are 'supposed' to do, and I've always wondered if that's held me back. But your post is a good reminder that not everyone wants the over-the-top hype, and those are my kinda people! 🥰

  6. So beautiful!! 😍 Lake Como is incredible, congratulations!!

  7. Airbnb was my first thought as well. Are you sticking to Seattle or open to other areas in WA as well?

  8. Ohh this is amazing, I love you're open to anywhere in the world! All of those places you listed would be incredible. I've traveled quite a bit and if I went back in time and eloped instead of a big wedding, it'd be either in Iceland or the Dolomites - Both are incredible and have so much to do and see 😍

  9. I think a lot of people planning an elopement find it to be more than they anticipated - from cost to planning, etc. The biggest difference (IMO) is that you're planning a day based 100% on your own preferences and not having to accommodate other people's opinions. Plus, just sheer numbers 2 people vs. 200 people - there is a lot less in terms of centerpieces, different meals, speeches, etc.

  10. If you're looking for more info about eloping in Italy - here's a helpful post!

  11. I don't have any Copenhagen-specific advice, but a good compromise may be to elope in Copenhagen and then head to Croatia or somewhere south for a hot and sunny beach honeymoon :)

  12. I don't have any specific recommendations but I just got home from Switzerland and wow - what a beautiful place to elope 😍

  13. So exciting - congratulations! Ireland is so beautiful and such a perfect place to elope 🥰

  14. I photographed a bride who ordered her dress from there and it was beautiful and held up well!

  15. Officiants have to be licensed in the jurisdiction where the marriage will be taking place - in this case, Utah. Utah recognized the Universal Life Church so should be easy peasy :)

  16. omg the Oregon coast is *the* best place in the US to get married (IMO). Congrats! 🥳

  17. Agreed with the other comments - if photography is the most important thing to you, I would choose a photographer first. There are quite a few that travel to shoot elopements all over the world, and some will even help you with planning (which is a huge help since destination elopements can be a lot to think about at times)!

  18. Are you working with any other vendors (photographer, etc) that could give you recommendations? Or try searching some relevant hashtags on IG (#dolomiteselopement) if you haven't already.

  19. Here's a helpful post all about the legal requirements for WA marriages:

  20. I can't speak to the inclusivity of the places you listed, but same-sex marriage (or civil unions) are legal in those countries you listed and all of them would be so beautiful!

  21. This post is a great list of cute Airbnbs in WA! Not all of them are pet-friendly but it's a good start :)

  22. I planned our 2 week European honeymoon - Ireland, Croatia and Italy! I have a lot of experience planning travel and traveling in Europe so I thought it was pretty simple and I had fun with it. However, if this is your first time planning a longer trip or you just don't enjoy it, it'd probably be best to go through an agency. Happy to help with any specific questions if you have em! :)

  23. I think it depends on what you're looking for + how hands-on you want to be. Planning an elopement in a different country can definitely be tricky, and it sounds like you'd rather not plan it all on your own so hiring a planner sounds like a great option and most people think it's worth the cost :)

  24. I definitely don't think you can go wrong with either - both will be absolutely beautiful!! So why choose just one?!

  25. Thank you for your reply! Yes, I agree- why stick with one?! And I don’t plan to haha! I am doing two islands, but the first will be Oahu. It might sound silly, but my grandma just passed away a year ago and my partner never got to meet her in person. I haven’t been able to visit her gravesite yet thanks to covid, so I am bringing my partner to Oahu before we get married so that he can “meet” my grandma at Punchbowl cemetery.

  26. I don't think that's silly at all 🧡🧡🧡 what a special thing to do before you get married! And wowow, those Oahu treats sound freakin' amazing 😍

  27. We eloped to Lake Como in Italy (from the US) in 2019 and planning it became immediately overwhelming for me, too. The best advice I could offer would be to hire a local elopement planner wherever you go. Ours was amazing. Very affordable and communicative in the months leading up to our day. She was with us for more than 12 hours day-of and did literally everything including decorating, coordinating with the vendors, and translating for us. We got to spend the whole day without stress and just enjoying the lake and being with our few friends who came along. I've some photos in my post history if you're curious. 10/10 would recommend a planner.

  28. Would you mind sharing the name/website of your planner??

  29. I hear ya, it can definitely be hard to know where to start! If you're kind of flexible on location, and great photos is a priority for you, I would actually recommend choosing a photographer that you love + has experience traveling. The reason being, lot of elopement photographers (myself included) will also serve as a planner and help you choose the perfect location. They will also be able to tell you if there's a permit required (like Big Sur) and help you navigate that process bc it can be confusing.

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