“What is Eloping?” and Other Common Questions

e·lope (v)
to run away with a lover, especially with the intention of getting married.

You might be wondering: exactly what does “elope” mean? Maybe you’ve heard of someone running off to get married in secret in Las Vegas, which definitely is one way to define elopement!

But the meaning of eloping has evolved with time and culture, like many other words.

Elopements can be an alternative to traditional weddings where 100% of the focus of the day is on you and your partner. Whether that’s just you two or you bring along a few of your favorite people on your adventure.

No one can deny that hosting a huge party for potentially hundreds of guests is gonna be stressful and expensive. Especially when some of those guests have lots of opinions.

This leads to many couples finding themselves overwhelmed by distractions from the true meaning of their wedding day - a celebration of their love and future together!

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Do strive to create an unconventional life full of fun & adventure? I'd love to invite you to join me for an adventure of a lifetime... on your wedding day.

There are lots of reasons why couples may choose to elope. Learn about some of them here.

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"My wife and I decided to abandon the traditional wedding and to elope. We also knew that we wanted a special experience and a way to remember it. Gabby did more than help us achieve this goal. Gabby took care of so many things that I would never have thought of (who knew we needed a permit for a beach photo shoot?). Her knowledge and experience made us feel confident in following her lead.

Gabby had a plan not just for the photography, but a plan to help put us in the right mindset that would naturally produce better photos. I appreciated her clear communication in planning and overall positive attitude along the way. The sneak peak photos were amazing and the final product left us speechless. I couldn't be happier and would strongly recommend working with her."

David & Jess

What is an Adventure Elopement?

Every couple has their own unique style of adventure. What's Yours?

Maybe you bond over backpacking, stargazing in the desert, or visiting a new country where neither of you speaks the language. Maybe you feel closest when exploring the familiar paths of your favorite park.

The successes and the struggles you’ve experienced on your adventures together have made you two into the people, and the couple, you are today and on your wedding day.

An adventure elopement is a celebration of the adventures that have brought you together and the ones you’ll share in the future.

Are you ready to let your wedding day represent the spirit of adventure and togetherness you want for the rest of your marriage?

I'd love to invite you to start a conversation about how elopement photography is important for having something tangible to relive this day with forever!

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Elopement Resources

Picking Your Elopement Location

Why Couples Choose to Elope

Want help along your elopement journey? Check out the guides below and the Resources section of my site.

Want hands-on help planning your elopement? 
Click here to join The Elopement Challenge FB Community

What is a Destination Elopement?

For the travel-loving couples who like the appeal of combining the wedding and honeymoon into one!

Destination elopements are the perfect opportunity to check a dream locale off your bucket list or revisit an old favorite.

What kind of destination speaks more to you?
 - Hiking high in the Dolomites, Italian Alps
 - Basking in the sun- and wine-soaked streets of Porto, Portugal
 - Exploring rugged cliffs and stunning sandy beaches in Southern California

There are stunning and special elopement destinations in the USA and all around the world. Check out 5 different types of destination here.

Let me know if you need a photographer who will also help you bring everything together! My experience traveling around the world and absolute love of the planning goes toward helping you craft your dream elopement wedding.

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Crafting & Photographing Colorado & Destination Elopements

Lisa & Matt (and Filbert!)

Gabby completely exceeded our expectations. From start to finish - Gabby made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera, and it shows in the the pictures! The photos turned out stunning!!!!! I loved how open-minded she was about the entire experience! She let us be silly when we wanted to be silly, found the most stunning backdrops to capture the images, and was incredibly patient from start to finish. We loved how Gabby was both present when we needed "coaching" but stepped away so we could be authentic with each other. 

Elopement Planning & Elopement Packages

“How do you elope?” is a really common question!

Elopements can be planned in as little as a few days in advance to a year. You decide exactly how much you want to put into it. Whether it’ll be low-key or all-out.

Remember - eloping is all about doing what you two want. The planning process includes lots of daydreaming and soul searching!

If you invite me along your journey, I'll be there to support you every step of the way.

After you book me as your elopement photographer, I’ll send you a questionnaire I use to understand your wants, needs, and hell nos. I’ll spend hours scouring the world online and in-person for your personalized location list.

Once you have your top choices, I’ll help you plan for travel, lodging, permits, and of course, the always fun elopement ideas brainstorming!

I want to take the stress & overwhelm out of planning so you can build a dream wedding day that brings you life. 

My elopement packages include all this elopement planning assistance, an online gallery for printing & saving your photographs, and no additional travel fees!

Are you ready to take the next step to craft the best day of your life?

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Elopement Photography Packages for Colorado start at $3200
and for other destinations start at $4900.

Whether you're comparing photographers or just want to learn more about what eloping can mean for you, I'd love to invite you to reach out with the form below to start a conversation. I'm here to help you.

I proudly serve people of all ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, races, ethnicities, abilities. I'm based in Denver, Colorado and travel for destination elopements! Tambem falo português y hablo español.

If you just have a quick question, you can email me at info@gabbyjockers.com or call/text at (720) 600-4581‬.

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