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Here are 11 essential questions for planning your adventure elopement in the mountains

Couple elopes in the Austrian Mountains by an Alpine Lake.

Adventure elopements offer a unique and thrilling way to exchange vows in breathtaking locations around the world. I would know! From mountain peaks and waterfalls to remote alpine lakes, the possibilities are endless. Whether you envision hiking through scenic trails, taking helicopter rides, or embarking on a longer backpacking trip, an adventure elopement allows you to create unforgettable memories in extraordinary settings.

Planning an adventure elopement is an exciting journey that combines the thrill of exploration with the intimacy of a wedding ceremony. Here are 11 essential questions to ask yourself to ensure your adventure elopement truly reflects your personalities and shared love for adventure:

  1. What sort of adventure excites us? From hiking and mountain climbing to skiing and snowshoeing, determine what kind of adventure you both enjoy.

  2. Where do we dream of exploring? Consider locations that have always sparked your curiosity. It could be a remote mountain peak, an alpine lake, or a hidden waterfall.

  3. What time of year is best for our adventure? Depending on your chosen location, there may be a 'best' season to visit. Consider factors like weather, daylight hours, and tourist crowds.

  4. What is our budget? Determine a realistic budget that allows you to prioritize what matters most to you – whether it's a luxurious venue, breathtaking photography, or a romantic dinner. The last thing you want to do is worry about your credit card bill as a newly married couple.

  5. How experienced are we in this type of adventure? Assess your skills and physical fitness levels to ensure you can safely undertake the adventure you plan.

  6. What are the legal requirements for marrying in our chosen location? Some places may require photo or ceremony permits. Research these beforehand to avoid any surprises.

  7. What should we wear? Your attire should be suitable for both the wedding ceremony and the adventure component. Consider the weather conditions and the physical activity involved. And no, you don't need to hike in your wedding gear, though we can totally find a place where it's safe to do so!

  8. Who will officiate our wedding? Some couples would like a formal ceremony officiant to come along and some others opt to simply exchange vows without someone leading a ceremony. (Pro Tip: Hire a photographer like me who is ordained to officiate and a mountain pro if you want a "just us" adventure elopement.)

  9. How will we document our adventure elopement? A professional photographer experienced in adventure weddings can capture stunning shots that reflect your journey. Consider also if you'd like a videographer. I've got a few videographers I trust and recommend!

  10. What safety measures do we need to take? Depending on the adventure, you might need specific safety equipment or guides. Always prioritize your safety. (This is a big one. Being safe means knowing not only how to get out of a tricky situation, but how to avoid getting in one in the first place. But don't worry! I'm a licensed hiking guide and Wilderness First Responder so you are in good hands!)

  11. How will we celebrate after the adventure? After your adrenaline-filled day, think about how you'd like to wind down. This could be with a quiet picnic, a romantic dinner under the stars, or even staying overnight in a unique accommodation. It's up to you whether you want to add in a post-elopement party or reception with friends and family!

Remember, your adventure elopement is about celebrating your love in a way that feels true to you as a couple. It's the start of your greatest adventure together - make sure it's unforgettable!

Working with Outdoor Chronicles Photography

Prioritizing Expertise, Experience, & Safety

Molly of Outdoor Chronicles Photography sitting on a rock by an alpine lake in Austria

Hi! I'm Molly, an award-winning elopement photographer and licensed hiking guide splitting my time between the Austrian Alps and Upstate New York.

If you love adventure and wild landscapes, I'm here to say "HECK YES! Elope in the wild!" Here you can say “I do” surrounded by breathtaking beauty and seclusion — and make memories that will last a lifetime! Not only did I elope in the mountains myself, I've helped countless couples choose adventure for their wedding day.

When working with me, it's not just about the photos- it's about helping you have an amazing wedding day experience. After the initial phone call to ensure it is a good fit, I provide you with location options based on your preferences, as well as any other recommendations that you need. For your timeline, we take time of year, daylight, location, the activity, and yes, even the moon calendars, into consideration. Because star-gazing is always a great activity!

Interested in talking to me about your Adirondack or Austrian Alps elopement or small adventure wedding? I'd love to help you have the best wedding day experience (while giving you some amazing pictures to look back on!)


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