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Hi! I’m Hope, a Missouri elopement photographer based in Springfield, Missouri. Missouri isn’t usually the first place people think of when they hear the word “elopement.” Typically people think of Patagonia, Iceland, or even Bali.
But Missouri elopements are kind of the best, and if you’re thinking about eloping here, let me just say, you’ve found a hidden gem. It still blows my mind that you can get your fill of verdant forests, rocky cliffs, moss-covered caves, clear blue lakes, sprawling fields, and even waterfalls in just one state. I’m 100% convinced that the only reason Missouri hasn’t blown up as major elopement destination is that people don’t realize how beautiful it actually is.
I’m happy our paths have crossed and even happier that you want to go small, intimate, and meaningful in an era that tells us loud, flashy, and materialistic is the only way to celebrate a marriage.
I’ve been photographing people for ten years. At one point, I was photographing big, high-production weddings across the country. My couples were always great, but so often I felt that my couples weren’t able to relax and enjoy each other on their own wedding day; the day was more about keeping their timeline organized and their guests entertained. As I continued my business education at workshops and through industry networking, the wedding industry and it’s emphasis on bigger, louder, and more expensive seemed to snowball, perpetually growing to gratify itself while leaving couples pressured to perform and impress, rather than simply be present with one another. And I realized that I was a part of that problem.
I looked around in the Ozarks area, and found that there were simply no photographers specializing in elopements and intimate weddings–there were no Missouri elopement photographers. Worse, most couples didn’t even realize that having a smaller wedding day was a legitimate option. So, in 2019 I changed my brand and made simple, intimate ceremonies my entire focus. I spent time educating myself and reaching out to other vendors in the area who understood my vision to help couples create and enjoy a simple wedding day. Instead of being a wedding photographer who sometimes did elopements when people knew to ask, I became a Missouri elopement photographer; the first in the area. It was a drastic paycut and a decision that didn’t make sense to most people I knew. But it just felt right. Simple and honest just felt more me. And I would guess, if you’re reading this, that simple and honest just feels more you too.
Just like a marriage, there’s no one-size-fits-all reason why couples should elope. The couples I’ve celebrated with have had a variety of reasons for wanting to get married this way, but this is one common thread I’ve found in all of them.
Elopements allow intimacy.
Choosing to partner with, love, and grow with another human for the rest of your life is an incredibly brave and beautiful decision. A smaller ceremony lets you soak in the day, your love, and ultimately the significance of that decision without feeling the pressure to perform for an audience.
Elopements allow you to be yourself.
GUIDED ELOPEMENT PLANNING
I’ll be here to answer any questions you may have and give recommendations.
You’ll receive all of the high-resolution, professionally processed final images from your day in a digital album available for two months for unlimited downloading and sharing. You will also receive personal printing rights.
I SHIP FOR FREE
It doesn’t matter if you decide to elope at Ha Ha Tonka or at Hotel Vandivort; if you get married in the Missouri, travel costs won’t apply!
8 HOURS OF COVERAGE
I’ll capture your whole wedding day. This will be enough time to capture getting ready portraits, a first look, your ceremony, multiple portrait locations, family portraits, and your first meal as husband and wife.
6 HOURS OF COVERAGE
This will be enough time to capture getting ready portraits, a first look, your ceremony, two portrait locations, and your first meal as husband and wife. (This is the most popular package.)
4 HOURS OF COVERAGE
This will be enough time to capture getting ready portraits, your ceremony, and one portrait location. (You could also opt for a second portrait location instead of getting ready portraits!)
Sure is! To legally be wed in the state of Missouri, you need a marriage license, two witnesses, and an officiant.
I believe that paperwork is paperwork and marriage is marriage. If you want to get the official stuff out of the way before or after your elopement ceremony, then I say go for it!
It depends! If you want to elope in an epic outdoor spot, I always recommend eloping on a weekday when it isn’t as crowded.
If you want to have close family members with you, then I say do it! I define elopements as having less than 25 people.