Experience your Destination elopement together, relive & share with everyone when you return home! Elopements are an intimate celebration between you and your partner. The photos and video we are creating allow you to enjoy the experience intimately, and share the beautiful experience and place with your family & friends later, without them having to travel and hike out to the location!
If you are planning to officially get married with us, please obtain your NC marriage license from any NC courthouse (Register of Deeds). The officiant will handle the filing after the ceremony.
Sometimes couples are already legally married in their home state, and in that case we are just performing the ceremony and we don’t need any paperwork.
We always hope for the best, but mountain weather is unpredictable and inconsistent at times.
We will talk to you specifically about your backup plan, but here is a general idea of what we can do. We can try to be flexible with the time and location, sometimes certain times of the day are clear, and sometimes only certain areas around Asheville are getting bad weather. We will be as flexible as we can concerning all parties involved. Sometimes it is possible to adjust the wedding date, if everyone is available and cake/flowers etc will be ok.
Another option is moving indoors. Perhaps the place you are staying is an option? We also work with a local Inn and venue that offer use of their property as a backup, for a small fee. (Pricing depends on number of guests and specific venue).
Keeping your guest list small allows you to maintain the intimate experience of an elopement. If you have found us we know that you desire the intimacy and freedom of an elopement. We really recommend you two sharing in this experience alone, or at least keeping the list very small.
From experience, we find that 10 is a good max. The fewer guests you have the more you keep that elopement feel that we are going for with what we offer.
Of course! But, we need to be careful about the location we are choosing if anyone in your group has health issues or difficulty walking/hiking. If you know someone you invited is not fit enough to walk up a mountain, we should plan to have the ceremony at an alternate location. Then we can hike to “the spot”, if applicable and have the couples session there.
If you choose to have guests, and this is so important, in order to limit distractions and to ensure that the photographer and videographer are able to capture all the high quality footage and photos you have invested in, guests are asked to stay in the moment and unplug from their devices during the entire elopement experience, including the ceremony and especially during all photo sessions. You travel a long way and invest a lot into your elopement. If guests are willing to make the trek, the best part of them being there is for you to look out and see them enjoying the moment, not on their phones or using any other cameras to take photos and video, distracted by this technology. Imagine getting your elopement photos and film back and seeing cell phones in the background during the ceremony or worse, just think of looking out and seeing a sea of cell phones and cameras when saying the most important and intimate words you have spoken to your partner. People taking photos and video on cell phones simply takes away from the desired experience of exchanging your vows out in nature. We strive to deliver you a timeless memory heirloom that can last forever and this policy allows us to do just that!
If you are planning to bring guests to your elopement, please explain to them exactly what’s involved. They must know that there may be a long drive on windy, mountain roads, a potentially strenuous hike depending on their physical ability and that there could be inclement weather with potential strong winds, rain or even cold snaps. They need to be prepared for all situations with their attire and especially sturdy and comfortable footwear, including bringing a raincoat, umbrella and long sleeve if chilly, and sunglasses/ hat for a bright sunny day.
Elope Outdoors is not responsible for any injury that may occur or damage to items brought on the hike. Guests take responsibility for their safety and property! If you communicate all of this to your guests, you can avoid any conflict or dissatisfaction from those who are making the trek with you.
Yes! You will receive all of the edited high resolution digital images, presented on a private online gallery. From this gallery, you can download all of the images and order professional prints, if you choose!
Yes! We offer professional prints, wall art, photo boxes & albums!
We live in a digital age and while we do give you digital files of your wedding photos, we urge you to get them printed so you can see, hold, touch these memories, and share them with generations to come. We offer heirloom products such as albums, print boxes with professional prints and wall art, such as canvas prints and fine art prints. They are gorgeous and you will not regret having these keepsakes on display in your home. Don't just keep these files on your computer and on fleeting Facebook & Instagram accounts. Keep these memories alive on your walls and coffee tables. Let us create these products for you to have for a lifetime!
Most likely, yes! And that is part of the adventure of an outdoor elopement! You can always get it professionally cleaned after the wedding day!
Cassie, our amazing Elopement Coordinator, is here to help walk you through the packages and help you decide which one is best for you and your elopement needs and desires!
Our packages include travel to locations within one hour of Asheville. Longer distances will have a travel fee added on, and it will be discussed with you and approved by you before we add it to your package.
Yes! We love when dogs are involved! Just let us know ahead of time so we can make sure your location allows dogs. They will have to be on a leash at any public location. If you want some photos with just the two of you, it is nice to bring a friend that can help watch the dog(s) while we are doing photos.
Plan to arrive dressed and ready to go!
If you have a venue, then there is a place for you to change into your dress. If we are using an outdoor public location, there are usually not places to change. Most of our brides arrive dressed, but there are options like changing in the car, bringing a sheet or a pop up changing room.
Yes, we do allow you to bring your own officiant if you choose!
We have 6 packages that cover the range of what we offer. We do allow you to add flowers on to any package and also to upgrade the video to a full ceremony on any package with a highlight video included. Other than that, you should be able to find what you are looking for in the packages we have.
No, You will apply for necessary permits with any National Parks or Forest Service locations, but we will certainly help guide you in the process!
No, venue costs are additional and added on to each package
Our elopements are mostly standing only for guests. If you have a venue that offers chairs, then that is an option and we can discuss additional fees.