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Create an Elopement Timeline

Where to Begin

How do you create an all-day elopement timeline that lets you breathe, lets you adventure, and lets you enjoy just being in love?

Step one…VALUE the day you’re planning with the love of your life to the point that you recognize it deserves everything you both want.

WHY? Because no matter the location, landscape or amount of witnesses present eloping is about focusing on what matters most…

Marrying your soul mate

Create an all-day elopement timeline. Saskatchewan Elopement

Elopements are no longer a scandalous, negative thing and they have evolved past Vegas into a more personalized, intimate and even adventurous setting. Today the best part about deciding how to elope is that you can keep your elopement day as simple as you want or you can include as many details and activities as you wish! In order to get started with planning your elopement there are a few questions you should ask yourself first.

1. Where do you want to elope?

2. What type of scenery would you like to have on your elopement day?

3. Are we inviting anybody along?

4. What time of year do we want to elope?

5. What activities do you see yourselves including?

While brainstorming and dreaming up your ultimate elopement experience asking yourself the above questions will help your vision begin to appear!

Create an all-day elopement timeline. Elopement in Saskatoon

Step two…COMMUNICATE your elopement vision lovingly to everyone who needs to know. But! DO NOT let other people’s opinions and expectations push you in a direction that doesn’t feel right for you.

A few different elopement options to consider include:

1. Eloping and inviting just a few people (usually under 10 people)

2. Having a micro wedding and inviting just a few guests. (usually between 10 & 30)

3. Eloping and inviting no one.

4. Eloping with a wedding reception to follow on a different date.

5. Eloping in private and telling people afterwards.

Create an all-day elopement timeline. Elopement in Saskatchewan

Step three…CREATE your timeline. Elopements are full of opportunity and when it comes to creating your timeline those opportunities are endless.

EXAMPLE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY TEMPLATE

  • Getting Ready Location: Beautiful Airbnb
  • Ceremony Location: Couples favourite spot near Lake Deifenbaker
  • Additional Portrait Location: Sunset photos in open field
  • Meal Celebration Location: Couples favourite restaurant

1:00 pm – Couple getting ready

2:00 pm – First look then hike to favourite scenic spot for intimate ceremony

3:00 pm – Intimate ceremony with personal vows and a few family members present

4:00 pm – Family photos and snack before hiking back to celebration location

5:00 pm – Couples portraits at various points on the hike back

6:00 pm – Small intimate dinner with family and close friends

7:00 pm – Speeches from family members that attended

8:00 pm – Couple sneaks away for sunset photos

9:00 pm – Cake cutting, first dance & cocktails

That’s it! Those are the first few steps to get that elopement vision brewing.

Create an all-day elopement timeline. Elopement in Saskatchewan

Don’t forget however the most important thing about planning your elopement… You are getting married because you love each other, because you’re choosing each other—because you know that life is the biggest adventure of all, and there’s no one else you’d rather have by your side.

An elopement is an intimate & authentic way to marry your soul mate. You can be wild, you can be free, you can be you.

How do you want to get married? Where? Who do you want to be there? Think about it, talk it over together. And feel free to reach out anytime if I can help as your wedding plan comes together.

Create an all-day elopement timeline. Elopement in Saskatchewan. Sarah Rolles Photography

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Where should you Elope?

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Honestly…Anywhere you want

Seriously though Elopements are full of opportunity and when it comes to picking the location those opportunities are endless.

You can elope:

  • In your backyard
  • In your favourite brewery
  • In your favourite hangout spot
  • On a rooftop
  • Where you first met
  • Where he/she proposed
  • In your favourite park
  • In a field
  • By a lake
  • On a mountain
  • In a forest
  • On your favourite hiking trail
  • And when we can travel again destination elopements are also an option.

An elopement does not have to happen in a chapel in Vegas, an elopement does not have to include a 2 hour early morning hike up a mountain if you hate hiking. Elopements enable you to use your imagination, dream big and they are about being authentic to who you are as a couple.

You should elope where it feels like you, where it feels like home!!!

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How do you want to get married? Where? Who do you want to be there? Think about it, talk it over together. And feel free to reach out anytime if I can help as your wedding plans comes together.

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What to wear – Style Guide

1. Colour Palette

Pick a palette of 3-4 colours. Let this be your starting place. Think in terms of tones: blue tones, earth tones, neutrals, pastels, etc. Everyone in the family can express their own sense of style within the chosen colour palette, and the whole group will coordinate beautifully.

2. Don’t match – Coordinate

Coordinate but don’t match. Sometimes it’s easiest to start with picking one family members outfit and pull colours from their outfit to dress and layer everyone else. Layering can make a huge difference in tying in all the colours.

Sarah Rolles Photography - Family in Prince Albert Saskatchewan

3. Use solid colours

Keep it simple and clean. I like the focus to be on the emotion and connection of the couple or family. Subdued colours, solids, and muted prints work well for that. Skip logos, large patterns and words (on t-shirts) as they draw the eye away from what matters most – the connection.

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4. Add a pop of colour

Don’t be afraid of a little colour! You don’t have to go overboard, but picking up bold colors from a more subtle outfit for a pop of colour can look amazing. For example, if dad is wearing a plaid shirt, draw one colour from it and have one child wear a pop of that colour.

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5. Fit your style to your location

Always keep your session location in mind when choosing your outfit. If your session is happening in a city setting, dress up a bit with a pair of cute heels and a fancier dress than you’d normally wear to match the bustling vibe of the city. If you’ve selected a more natural environment, choose something a bit more casual such as a maxi dress and opt for casual footwear like flat sandals or boots.

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6. Dress up

Don’t be afraid to dress up in formal clothes, especially for an engagement session. It’s not only fun, but it’s something different than the everyday and professional photographs can definitely be considered a special occasion!

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7. Don’t forget about the shoes

If you’re not the type whom likes being barefoot, be sure to keep your footwear in mind. Nothing will throw your look off more than a ratty old pair of shoes.

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8. Let hair move

I love leaving longer hair down to showcase movement. Wind and breeze is not a bad thing and perfectly kept hair will rarely happen. Many famous people pay for expensive wind machines and if it is windy on the day of your session Mother Nature is giving us one heck of a deal!

Sarah Rolles Photography Saskatoon, Prince Albert wedding and elopement photographer

9. Accessorize

Accessorize & give your photographs that needed punch! They lend pops of colour, personality, and interest. Everybody wears them well and they work for all ages.”

Sarah Rolles Photography Saskatoon, Prince Albert wedding and elopement photographer

10. Be comfortable

My work is based on movement and playful behavior. Pick clothes that will let you run freely and be blissfully carefree! Maxi dresses are my number one fave for the ladies if you want comfort and style.

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Saskatoon Engagement – Michelle + Jeff at Cranberry Flats

– LOVE –

Live for love. Live for the people who fill your heart with warmth and bring joy to your days. Live for the places that make you feel the most alive – whether deep in the mountains or cuddled in the blankets at home. Live for days of doing what you love – whether it’s for the entire day or only an hour. Live a life for love because when you do something for love, it is always worth it.

– Walk the Earth

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Benefits of a micro wedding/elopement: FREEDOM

 The FREEDOM to throw out that rule book and let your wedding represent who you truly are. The FREEDOM to pick a fun, unique location that may not be accessible for larger events. The FREEDOM to write your own vows and express how you truly feel about your partner in a more intimate setting. The FREEDOM to take your time and enjoy the day with your favourite person and closest loved ones. The FREEDOM to do it your way.

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