Have you ever heard of a couple eloping? What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word elope? 

Traditionally eloping often meant you were running off secretly last-minute to be married, and most often without the consent from your parents. However, this is not the case anymore. 

Here is my definition of a modern elopement.

A New Definition of Elopement

An elopement is a intimate, authentic and personal wedding where the full focus is on the couple and celebrating their love and relationship. An elopement is a real wedding. It is your wedding day, and it nothing less than a traditional wedding. 

An elopement is about listening inwards and doing whatever feels best for you, without obligation and pressure from close family or society.

A bride and a groom embracing each other in beautiful sunset light.

So What Does it Mean to Elope? 

Your elopement is all about YOU! You get to choose exactly how and where you want to get married. An elopement is intentional, meaningful and less stress-free than big traditional weddings. Your elopement can be whatever you want it to be. Do you want to hike up a mountain, get married on a beach or in your local park? Well, lets do that! There are no rules! This day is all about celebrating your love, and that can be done in many different ways! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! 

What Is an Intimate Wedding?

There is not a big difference between an elopement and intimate wedding, both are all about a personal and authentic experience where the focus is on YOU. However, the guest list might be a bit bigger for an intimate wedding, and I limit the weddings I photograph to 50 guests (but there are always exceptions to the rules ;)).

Are YOU ready to start planning your elopement?

  1. Mary says:

    This is exactly why I love (modern) elopements because they are so unique to each couple!

  2. Sienna says:

    Definitely diggin how couples can change the definition of the word to reflect what truly means the most to the two of them!

  3. Great explanation! I love how elopements are are all about the intimacy of the couple.

  4. Emma says:

    What a wonderful and thoughtful definition of what it means to elope in contemporary times.

  5. This is a great explanation about what eloping means today! It is so different from what it meant in the past!

  6. Nate D. says:

    I love the simple and perfect definition you’ve got for elopements here! This is so spot on. It’s absolutely and 1000% about the couple. So good!

  7. Rita says:

    So glad that elopements are a real thing now, and have been for a few past years, also that they are here to stay! :)) Hope more and more people will chose this option!

  8. Justyna says:

    Ah…that beach image is everything…stunning…and great explanation of the elopement!

  9. Kate Hampson says:

    This is a really helpful and informative post. With more people choosing to elope, it’s really helpful to see it laid out like this 🙂

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