This is Part 2 of a two part post on Elopement Wedding Tips by Durango CO Photographers (that would be my hubby and me). You can access Part 1 here.
5. If you are going to do your own hair and makeup, research some youtube videos to get some ideas as to how you want to look and how the makeup will look in photographs. If you’re going to be outdoors, you’ll want to wear sunscreen under the makeup, but don’t use one that has zinc as an ingredient. It can make you look washed out in photos.
6. Do research also when looking for a photographer. Some couples want to bring a friend along, but that’s not always a great idea. If the friend doesn’t know the area, they aren’t going to know where to go for the most beautiful locations. Also, I’ve heard from many brides that their friend didn’t do such a great job and they don’t love their wedding images.
7. Don’t stress out when things don’t go quite as planned. Even an elopement can run into snags. Laugh when things go wrong and then laugh when things go right. I love lots of laughter in wedding photos. Enjoy each other and those special moments will show in your images.
8. In this area, I would suggest wearing comfortable shoes. You will be walking in dirt, grass, and on rocks – and possibly snow if you come in the winter. If you want photographs of you in different clothing after the ceremony, that’s no problem. It’s great if you have some props – champagne and glasses, cupcakes or a small cake, sunglasses, or anything else you like.
9. Do check for the marriage license requirements in the state you are going to visit for your elopement. The rules can vary. You may need photo ID, birth certificate, passport (if coming from a different country), and divorce papers if you’ve been married before.
10. Have fun, love your intimate time together, and party afterwards!
Thank you for reading these tips.
Long Live Love
Karen Skelly Photography
Durango CO Photographers