What's an adventure wedding or elopement?

This ain't your grandma's shotgun wedding

Elopements are just weddings without rules. They're for badass travel lovers who crave immersive experiences in epic locations. Eloping lets you turn your bucket list into your wedding day.

Let me take some weight off 

I am your:

Elopement Photographer
Elopement Educator
Adventure Buddy
Vendor Network
Vow Coach
Pack Mule
Hype Girl
Comedic Relief
Bouquet Protector
Trail Expert
German Translator

Why Should We Elope?

Because how you get married matters.

If there is any reason at all the thought of a "big traditional wedding" makes you a little uneasy, or just doesn't work for your personal situation - then there ARE alternatives.

You don't have to invite 100+ people.

You don't have to spend half a year's salary on a party.

To elope, all you have to do is be yourself, indulge in the things that bring you joy, and be madly in love with your other half.





What does a 10 hour adventure elopement look like?

an example timeline:

5-7am

Getting ready

Take your time getting ready so everything looks perfect. I capture all the little details of behind the scenes.

7-9am

sunrise first look

Explore easy access trails. Take advantage of a calm sunrise glow for a raw, private first look & portraits.

4-7pm

afternoon hike

Focus on the experience - I'll capture everything organically as we go. Relax, take your time and enjoy the views.

7-10pm

sunset vows & toast

End the day with your commitment ceremony as the sun sets. Bust out the headlamps and stick around for star shots!

hi, its me!

TRUST ME: I GET IT

I like to spend my time outdoors. I'm a minimalist, a rule breaker and a free spirit. If a traditional wedding isn't for you, I get it - because it's not for me either.

I'm here to shake up the wedding industry for couples who don't fit the traditional marital mold.

And that's why I'm stoked you're here: because we're the dream team that's gonna take back your wedding day and plan something incredible!

read more→

We're a dream team if you...

Value 1-1 connections and consider quality time your "love language." You feel best around a small group of quality folks. You have an open mind and heart

Value sustainable travel, Leave No Trace principles, and environmental consciousness - and a photographer who does too

Value meaningful, fun, unique and intentional wedding day which prioritizes experiences over things and adventure over show

How It All Works

it's really simple, and I'm here for you every step of the way

step one

Get on the calendar

Schedule your free consultation to discuss what matters most to you, pin point your exact needs and finalize a date, timeline & location

step two

get married af

Have one of the best days of your lives, in your dream location doing the stuff you love with only the folks who matter most

step three

relive the day

Receive your private online gallery with integrated products & printing, unlimited hi-res downloads and social sharing

What's included?

PLANNING, services, Products & VIBES

my travel costs

Every one of my packages, whether local to the European Alps or across the world, has my travel rolled in. You'll never have to worry about hidden costs or coordinating my travel itinerary. I come to you.

1:1 consultations

Planning an elopement is stressful and I'm here to do the heavy lifting. I provide vendor recs, travel advice,  location scouting, to the minute timelines and a place to bounce ALL your wildest ideas.

Prints & Products

I don't believe photos should live behind a screen. All packages come with a gift card for prints and products built in and a way for family & friends to order their own high quality print lab keepsakes.

Planning guides

Every couple gets a 70 page "everything you need to know and plan for" elopement planning guide, plus my custom Vow To Wander vow writing guide & workbook. 

package pricing

choose your package

2 Day
1 Day
miNI
adventure

The 2 day
luxury experience

for the hard core "slow" travelers, the adventurers, The overnight backpackers, the live life to the fullest-ers. kick off your MARRIAGE with the adventure of a lifetime...

2 full days of adventure coverage (18 hours)
PHOTOGRAPHER TRAVEL, FOOD & LODGING INCLUDED
800+ hi res images in a private online gallery
Unlimited gallery downloads & social sharing
unlimited location, vendor & travel consultations
unlimited planning & Timeline consultations
The 70 page elopement planning guide
Vow to wander vow guide & workbook
10 page lux storybook wedding album
$250 Fine art print credit

the 2 day experience starting at:
$8,900

The Full day
adventure experience

For the wander obsessed wanting an immersive outdoor experience. the Perfect full COVERage amount: MAGIC LIGHT HOURS OF SUNRISE & SUNSET, & a full day to explore...

Full DAY OF ADVENTURE COVERAGE (8 HOURS)
PHOTOGRAPHER TRAVEL, FOOD & LODGING INCLUDED
400+ HI RES IMAGES IN A PRIVATE ONLINE GALLERY
UNLIMITED GALLERY DOWNLOADS & SOCIAL SHARING
unlimited LOCATION, VENDOR & TRAVEL consultations
UNLIMITED PLANNING & TIMELINE CONSULTATIONS
the 70 PAGE elopement PLANNING GUIDE
VOW to wander vow GUIDE & WORKBOOK
10 PAGE LUX STORYBOOK WEDDING ALBUM

The full day experience starting at:
 $5,290

The Mini
adventure experience

For the absolute minimalists. Basic coverage of a sunrise or sunset wtih commitment ceremony and short hike or other activity...

Mini ADVENTURE COVERAGE (4 HOURS)
PHOTOGRAPHER TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS INCLUDED
200+ HI RES IMAGES IN A PRIVATE ONLINE GALLERY
UNLIMITED GALLERY DOWNLOADS & SOCIAL SHARING
1 Hr LOCATION, VENDOR & TRAVEL consultation
1 hr PLANNING & TIMELINE CONSULTATION
the 70 PAGE elopement PLANNING GUIDE
VOW to wander WRITING GUIDE & WORKBOOK
$100 fine art print credit

The mini experience starting at:
 $3,340

adventure sessions & non-wedding packages

vow renewals, adventure engagements & other badass photo coverage for the outdoor obsessed & lovable dirtbags

1 Hour ADVENTURE COVERAGE
PHOTOGRAPHER TRAVEL INCLUDED
25+ HI RES IMAGES IN A PRIVATE ONLINE GALLERY
UNLIMITED GALLERY DOWNLOADS & SOCIAL SHARING
location & trail scouting
$100 print credit


**WEEKDAY SESSIONS ONLY
**NO WEDDING ATTIRE

adventure sessions starting at:
$450

She took the stress away!

Elopements are scary, going against tradition ESPECIALLY in a foreign country with no understanding of the language. But believe me when I tell you that this was the once in a lifetime experience I’ve been waiting for and tops ANY wedding. But first and foremost, it’s all about the photographer and how comfortable you are with them.
Mariah is TRULY one of a kind. Trust me on this, she was MEANT for this. This is her calling. The time, effort, planning, and passion that went into each of our poses, angles, ambiance, lighting, and editing is priceless! Mariah makes you feel so comfortable for even the shyest of people (like my husband and I), so comfortable and free in front of the lens!
She took the stress away by not only being such an amazing photographer, but also by being a bridesmaid, a friend, and a wedding planner on some portions. With Mariah, you’re not just hiring a photographer, you’re hiring someone that takes your vision to the highest quality to create a life long memory of the best wedding experiences.
The dedication she has to researching the BEST and most BREATHTAKING views/venues is by far more than ANY other photographer would ever go. I mean seriously!! How many photographers do you know that would climb a mountain not once but TWICE! I will NEVER forget this experience.

- Anastasiya & Tyler

I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH WONDERFUL THINGS 

Mariah told me her name came from the song “They Call the Wind Mariah,” and there is no other name more fitting for this human filled with adventure, creativity, and SPIRIT. She went above and beyond any kind of expectation I had! She created a beautiful atmosphere, she made us laugh, gave us encouragement to let loose and be silly (my husband is more camera shy than I am), and truly captured the spirit of our day.
We spent HOURS ahead of my wedding planning everything and she still surprised me with so many moments of creativity  – she made me feel like a Disney Princess! She had us hold a kiss, and used a long exposure to wrap us in sparklers. These shots were SO creative and SO BEAUTIFUL. Then, this beautiful human drove us to our hotel – how many people do you know that would spend 13  hours on the most important day of your life to make sure you were HAPPY and that your day was captured perfectly? MARIAH. You will never find anyone who will capture your day like she will. I cannot recommend her enough. 
Her dedication is so evident in everything she does. I love looking at my wedding photos.  The moments she captured, the artistry of the angles, the perfection of the editing. I can remember each and every moment just by looking at them. She will do ANYTHING for you on your day – she really, really will. I have never known anyone like her. She lives like the wind – beautiful, free, and full of strength. 

- Megan & Tyler

My partner and I can be pretty camera shy but Mariah made the shoot super fun and comfortable. 
Everything flowed so naturally, not forced, yet at the same time Mariah was great at bringing out the best in us and helping coach the scenes in a way that told our story perfectly.
You can really tell how passionate she is about her work during the shoot, she really gets into it, and it shows in the quality of the photos. Her style is very romantic, unique, and artistic.
Also if your considering elopement it's a huge bonus that Mariah speaks German and can help guide you to some beautiful locations for photos.
Can't say enough good things! Professional, easy to work with, and all around amazing photographer and a true artist.

Romantic, unique & artistic

FAQs: TELL ME ALL THE THINGS

What if it's cloudy, windy or rainy on our elopement day?

Although it doesn't sound ideal, moody weather can make for some seriously incredible photos, and clouds are actually wonderful for soft, even lighting. Inclement weather is another thing, however, especially in the mountains. Outdoor elopements need backup plans and plenty of flexibility--so don't worry, this will all be built into your timeline planning!

What if I want to invite my family or friends?

What's stopping you? It ain't me! The wonderful thing about elopements is this: there are no rules! You get to decide what is most important to you, and what to do about it. 2-25 guests is ideal.

Can we legally get married in another country?

The short answer is maybe. The honest answer is: it's complicated. Getting legally married, especially in bureaucratic or religious countries like Germany/Austria, is generally not possible for non-citizens or residents. Many documents will not be available in English. The easiest thing is to complete the legal paperwork in your home country and have a meaningful vow and commitment ceremony in your elopement location. Most couples do this!

How do we know how many hours coverage we'll need?

A good place to start is to ask yourselves what kind of experience you want to have. Most adventure based elopements require 3-4 hours of activity on top of the commitment ceremonies! 

How do I tell family & friends there won't be a "wedding"?

It can be taken a number of different ways, and this is a question I consider during our consultation calls so I can give you the best individual advice. Just remember: it's your wedding and what you want, and what makes you happy, should be priority No. 1. End.

What about traditions like dad walking me down the aisle?

Include it. Eloping doesn't mean giving up the important traditions that come with big weddings. Have a ring bearer, a first dance, anything you want!

Do we HAVE to hike?

No way - not if you don't want to!! I love crazy challenging hikes and adventures, but it's not for everyone and that's 1,000% fine. There are so many other options and I'm happy to help you find one that works best for your comfort levels! Always be aware of and respect your boundaries :) I'm listening!

Should we elope on a weekday?

YES! And for so many reasons - one, trails and locations are almost ALWAYS quieter on weekdays. You can almost guarantee yourself more seclusion by choosing days like Tuesday or Wednesday. Plus, hotels and other services may offer discounted rates during the week. Many places in Europe have surge prices on busy weekends!

Talking for hours and dozing off with the tv on. The record skips a few times and we pick a new song to fall asleep to. Morning coffee, a few minutes late to work, a brisk walk down the street window shopping for the upcoming fall season. Wool sweaters, bare trees, cold nights. 

Question 8

So cold we can see our breath as we hike the open fields in the fog. Climbing and chasing waterfalls while the sun sets behind the mountain and the snow falls in the river. Chatting with locals while we sip our coffee and head out for the next adventure.

Question 7

Morning coffee and reading the newspaper together, the cool fall breeze blowing through the window as you pour another cup. Black denim and leather boots, the deepest crimson flannel. Rose gold and velvet. Rich and lush. Red wine and dark twilight nights.

Question 6

Cozy sweaters, vintage demin, and Pabst while telling one of a kind love stories. The trials and tribulations of love, joy, and happiness. Lastly, champagne brunch and avocado toast while surrounded by the finest exposed brick, dreamcatchers, and maps to our souls.

Question 5

FAQs

You made it!
If you're this far down the page, hi freakin' five! You do your homework and I respect that. Lemme send you my free elopement planning mini guide so you can get started planning:

easter egg

Download the mini guide

Looking for more guidance?

Your biggest questions and highest planning hurdles: answered in the blog

hello, freedom

every incredible story starts somewhere

Hey stranger! Can I send you a free gift?

You have enough to worry about, let me take some weight off. Here are the 6 crucial things you have to NAIL when planning your elopement day - PLUS: how tell your family, choose a location, find flight deals and more...free :)

Get the Pdf in your email inbox

The Elopement Planning Guide