Should I Elope In The Summer?

This is Texas.

Summer here can be…unrelenting.  BUT it also has its perks.

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 {Photos from Taryn+Tanner’s celebration at Vista West Ranch in Austin, TX.}

For those who work with a traditional school schedule (either as a student, in academics or with school-aged children) you have that blessed break in your schedule to plan, celebrate and honeymoon.

Many venues offer discounts for Monday-Thursday weddings (that’s a year-long thing) but may also have off-season pricing for weekend dates during the hot months.  If you’ve had your eye on a traditional wedding location, ask them if they offer such discounts or if they’d be willing to wiggle a bit on the rate for a short, small celebration.

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Many couples choose to elope in a 3 to 1 month period.  Here’s their conversation,

“Let’s elope.”

“YES!  And we can save the money we would have spent and put it towards the house!”

“Great!  When should we do it?”

“Well, soon.  How about in three months?”

“Sounds good to me.  I love you, Honey.

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Yes, yes.  That’s how it goes.  Sweet and simple as that.  Of course, afterward the next question is “how in the world do we start to plan our elopement?!” which is where I come in.  Oodles of suggestions and resources here to get the ball rolling -just search in the category tabs and be sure to check out the planning page.

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With that one to three month window, summer is rather logical.  Your honeymoon allows you to escape the heat, the ceremony is short so you’re not spending 8 hours outside roasting, and you have more flexibility in your -and your vendors- schedules.

Check out other real elopements on this site to get ideas for fun, beautiful and some rather non-traditional locations that will make your elopement simply you -and simply perfect!

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To book your elopement photography or for further information, zip an email over me at kelly@kellycameron.net

Congratulations on this beautiful new adventure together!  It would be my delight to capture your love story.

 

Elope in Cabo San Lucas // Destination Elopement // Kelly Cameron Photography

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I know.
“Who can afford a destination wedding -and the logistics?! (palm to face.)”

Yeah, but.  First off, it’s basically a planned elopement featuring only those dedicated enough to make the trip.  (Wait ’til you here about the reception at home you’ll get thrown -read on.) By it’s very nature, it’s going to be small and intimate.  Besides, you’re providing a reason for them to actually go onvacation.  (They’re secretly thanking you.)
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just got back from Missy+Steve’s wedding in Los Cabo/Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  They brilliantly asked their guests (who amazed them with a turn out of 90) to wear all white while they chose tones inspired by the dulcet surf.

Oh! And another cool thing -different families/couples hosted cocktail parties each night in order to spread around the expense of entertaining.  Isn’t that brilliant?

 

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Here’s some destination wedding planning gems I wanted to share:

  • The best parties are the ones where you can enjoy the company of the guests you’ve invited. (Smaller can be sweeter)
  • Most hotels at destination locations have destination wedding packages.  They do it a lot. Because? It’s a great idea.
  • Like most everything in life, from cars to condoms, you get what you pay for.  Missy+Steve wanted above average photography and opted to not have the “photographer” included in the package deal.  They were ridiculously happy with the results -and, I admit, I was so delighted to be there!

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You’ve got a lot to work with.

Because destination weddings are typically chosen because of their immense beauty surrounding the area, you’ve got so much to work with!  Plus, you’ve just rolled your wedding and honeymoon into one -and the celebration is centered around, well, actually celebrating!

What happens too often with traditional weddings:

Stress, stress, stress, planning, stress, stress, stress, wedding day, wait -it’s over?  What now?

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BONUS: The At-Home Reception

So you go and celebrate your wedding and everyone gets a vacation and then?
Then, the folks who couldn’t come but still want to say “hip hip HOORAY!” with you get to throw you a reception.
Yep, you read that right.  THEY through you the reception.

And here’s how you do it.

You invite them all to celebrate with you and -in the spirit of community and love- ask them to bring something to share while you take the time to walk around and visit with everyone as you nibble and show off wedding rings.
Try Brunch.  Brunch is easy to potluck.

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Their Story:

She spied the ring at the shop and swooned.  Steve came over and saw it.  Yes, it was dazzling, just like her.  And he wanted to gift it to her.  But he had a very special stipulation.  One that they’d casually batted around through the many years they’d been building a life together, but it wasn’t something either expected.

“You can have the ring.  If… you marry me.”

Oh my goodness!  What?!  Missy was taken aback.  Well, where would we get married, what size of a wedding, what would this celebration look like? Discussion began.

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“Well.  It’d have to be in Cabo.”  She said.  They had a property there and her favorite time of the year to visit was February.

“Okay,” Steve agreed, “But, Honey, I don’t want you to be disappointed if not too many people can make it.”

And thus it began.  The preparations of the most love-infused wedding weekend the world has known in the luxurious setting of Los Cabos commenced.  And the guests poured in from all across the USA and Canada.  No less than 90 of them.

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Yes, the accommodations at Villa La Estancia were phenomenal.  Yes, the people were gorgeous.  Yes, the surrounding was epically beautiful.

But what stood out the most -the most- and what was constantly on the lips of everyone in attendance was the spirit of love and graciousness that started with Missy+Steve and simply radiated out.  Folks, I tell you what.  I’ve witnessed many weddings -many beautiful celebrations- but there was something profoundly unique and electric in the way love and grace permeated this week.

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I am beyond delighted to share this walk through such a glorious day, with such wondrous people.  Missy+Steve, may this christening of a new chapter in your adventures together meet you with 100 fold of the love you share.

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AustinPhotographerKellyCameronCircle

I am a boutique wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX.  With a studio in Georgetown, TX, I happily travel Central Texas to serve my brides and clients in San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Galveston and am never shy to hop on a plane for destination weddings.  Interested in booking with me?  Click on the “Contact” button on this website or email me directly at kelly@kellycameron.net  -I look forward to combining fun+photography with you!  If we’re not having fun, what’s the point?

Elope at Horseshoe Bay Resort / Austin Elopement + Wedding Photographer Kelly Cameron

Elope Horseshoe Bay Resort Austin Wedding Photographer Kelly Cameron 38“What else do I want to do while I’m celebrating New Years at Horseshoe Bay Resort with my fiance?” Tonya thought.

Get married, of course!

And within a few days we had her elopement planned, vendors gathered and ready to party!  Horseshoe Bay Resort is a gorgeous oasis of watery enjoyment -from the year-round heated outdoor pool, expansive golf course, maze of gardens and fabulous marina.  Easily -and often- accommodating large weddings, it’s also a gem for those wanting to get wed without the stress and while having their honeymoon destination on-site.

We gathered on New Year’s Day -kicking 2016 off the right way, with LOVE- and, despite the chill in the air, these two lovebirds warmed the scene with this beautiful elopement.

Please walk with me through this precious evening and check out the links to the fabulous vendors who made this such a perfect occasion!
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This was so sweet!  These two young ladies where snapping away on their phones during the ceremony.  When we were finished, Tonya asked if they wanted the bouquet -a proper toss with two ecstatic little ladies resulted.  Just look at their faces!  So precious.

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Our lovely vendors included

Venue: Horseshoe Bay Resort

Officiant: Shelly Cole of Short & Sweet Weddings

Bridal Hair+Make Up: Divaz Fabula

Florals: Gilded Petals

Cake: Paige’s Bakehouse 

AustinPhotographerKellyCameronCircle

I am a boutique wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX.  With a studio in Georgetown, TX, I happily travel Central Texas to serve my brides and clients in San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Galveston and am never shy to hop on a plane for destination weddings.  Interested in booking with me?  Click on the “Contact” button on this website or email me directly at kelly@kellycameron.net  -I look forward to combining fun+photography with you!  If we’re not having fun, what’s the point?

Simple Unique Elopement // Tres Lunas Resort // Austin Wedding Photographer Kelly Cameron

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Candaleria+Westley opted for extraordinary instead of ordinary for their elopement.  Tres Lunas Resort is the perfect combination of relaxing honeymoon with luxury details and gourmet cuisine + the ideal elopement package.  The owners are a husband-wife team of officiant, cake baker, floral designer, and master chef -all you need is photography, which is where I gleefully come join the party.

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I fell in love with Candi+Wes’s love story, style and taste.  From the elegant heirloom ruby wedding ring to the custom wool suit to the exquisitely embroidered fiesta-esque gown -the details and the couples utter sweetness had me swooning every five minutes.  Plus, TRES LUNAS RESORT.  Hello!  Utterly fabulous, always!

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Come walk with me through these beautiful moments of intimacy and joy.  I promise your heart will be richer for it.

Mine certainly is.  Thank you, Candaleria and Wesley! xoxo

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AustinPhotographerKellyCameronCircle

I am a boutique wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX.  With a studio in Georgetown, TX, I happily travel Central Texas to serve my brides and clients in San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Galveston and am never shy to hop on a plane for destination weddings.  Interested in booking with me?  Click on the “Contact” button on this website or email me directly at kelly@kellycameron.net  -I look forward to combining fun+photography with you!  If we’re not having fun, what’s the point?

The Perfect Backyard Elopement // Winter Solstice // Austin Wedding Photographer Kelly Cameron

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On a sublime winter solstice evening in Austin, TX, two soulmates joined forever in an utterly unique celebration of love.  Accompanied by guitar played by the bride’s older son and a friend, the couple walked down the aisle in the company of their dearest loved ones.  Her youngest stood by their sides as the groom’s best man.  Candlelight and gorgeous blush blooms integrated with symbols of the couples faith and personal journey decorated the ceremony site; guests lit and placed votives, symbolizing their support and agreement with the beauty represented in their union.

This is the epitome of a backyard wedding.  Whether winter, summer, spring or fall, the classic and elegant look is seasonless.  The bride’s heart’s desire was to get married beneath a large oak tree.  She found this fabulous house through AirBnB with the perfect backyard.  Strung up with twinkle lights, decorated by her creative friends, florals by the groom’s aunt -nothing could have been more perfect!  The bride hired her friend to coordinate -something I highly suggest, particularly with a DIY wedding.  You need a coordinator so you can enjoy your day, not field questions and decorate everything yourself.

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AustinPhotographerKellyCameronCircle

I am a boutique wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX.  With a studio in Georgetown, TX, I happily travel Central Texas to serve my brides and clients in San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Galveston and am never shy to hop on a plane for destination weddings.  Interested in booking with me?  Click on the “Contact” button on this website or email me directly at kelly@kellycameron.net  -I look forward to combining fun+photography with you!  If we’re not having fun, what’s the point?

Rustic Chic Elopement at Tres Lunas Resort in Mason, TX | Hill Country Elopement | Kelly Cameron Photography

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You love him, he loves you, you want to get married and avoid the stress and hassle of a big to do.  Honestly, you just want to SAY “I Do” and keep going with this marvelous adventure you two have begun.  Do the deed, send folks the pictures.  Basically, you want to elope.  You still want beautiful pictures to capture this epic event in your lives.  You still want this to be a picture perfect day.  You’d simply like to keep all the extra stress out, right?  Right.  An elopement, Dear.  That’s your ticket.  And we’ll do that so well together.

Kim and Gary found inspiration from this elopement I had done at Tres Lunas and knew that this gorgeous boutique venue tucked away in the rolling Texas Hill Country was perfect.  Bringing just their parents, this amazing duo -who met in the aisle at an Academy sports store and a short conversation kept up for two hours, a date, then long distance dates, then an official relationship (you get the picture -and it’s one for the books)- committed themselves to each other for life.  The vows?  The most intimate and precious I’ve ever heard.  The love?  Overwhelming. Palpable.  Tangible.  It was everywhere and couldn’t have made a day more blissful.

Come see the sweetness and intimacy that Kim and Gary experienced in this zen infused venue on this most glorious of days…   And if you’re interested in seeing more elopements, you’ll flip over these.

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Tres Lunas Resort‘s owners are an officiant and a gourmet chef. They provide a bouquet, boutonniere, cutting cake, multi-course gourmet dinner and they’ll get you hitched.  The rooms -gasp- are so beautiful.  If I could hop over to Tres Lunas for weekend retreats monthly, I’d do it in a heartbeat.  This venue feels like it’s in the heart of Sedona, AZ with the peace that radiates from the surroundings.  The perfect location for any quietness you need.

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I am a boutique wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX.  With a studio in Georgetown, TX, I happily travel Central Texas to serve my brides and clients in San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Galveston and am never shy to hop on a plane for destination weddings.  Interested in booking with me?  Click on the “Contact” button on this website or email me directly at kelly@kellycameron.net  -I look forward to combining fun+photography with you!  If we’re not having fun, what’s the point?

Amanda+Rhett’s Little Elopement in the Woods | Cottage Woods Inn Wedding | Texas photographer Kelly Cameron

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Once upon a time there was a man named Rhett who met a woman named Amanda.  They sparked, they sizzled, they fell madly, deeply in love.  They made a beautiful little girl together and became a family, along with Rhett’s two other gorgeous daughters.  Then one day, in the company of family, coordinated by a dear friend, Rhett and Amanda married in a little chapel in the woods in a pretty little town called Glen Rose, TX.  Antlers and lace decorated the event with accents of denim -a true cowgirl and cowboy’s wedding.  With lots of kisses, many hugs, a few happy tears and much laughter and joy, the day came to an end and they lived happily every after.

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In a quite moment together before the ceremony, Rhett led his bride in a prayer of blessing and thanks.

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I’m pretty sure he adores the heck out of Amanda.  What do you think😉

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Joanna Mills, dear friend of the bride (and a former bride of mine!,) assisted in decorating and coordinating the wedding -all of the beautiful touches were simply perfect!

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This fabulous altar was constructed by Joanna’s husband Kirk -I simply love it!

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Denim and Diamonds!

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With the soft glow of twinkle lights, the rays from the full moon and the about-to-be-lit fire pit, the gathering continued to celebrate into the evening.  What a beautiful slice of life, wouldn’t you say?

Congratulations, Amanda+Rhett!  I’m so honored to have been a witness to your beautiful love story -may this simply be the beginning of even greater times of joy and deeper wells of love!  Big Hugs, Kelly

Venue: Country Woods Inn

Coordinator: Joanna Mills

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I am a boutique wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX.  With a studio in Georgetown, TX, I happily travel Central Texas to serve my brides and clients in San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Galveston and am never shy to hop on a plane for destination weddings.  Interested in booking with me?  Click on the “Contact” button on this website or email me directly at kelly@kellycameron.net 

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