4 great reasons to elope in 2023

bride and groom running through the town in their wedding attire in Wainwright, Alberta

Are you overwhelmed with wedding planning?

Wondering how your guest list got so long and why you haven’t seen most of these people in years?

Stressed at the thought of being watched all day long?

Tired of picking colour schemes and cake flavours and seating arrangements?

Or maybe you haven’t started planning your wedding at all because just the thought of it makes you tired.

You aren’t alone - a lot of couples wonder if all the stress is worth it, wonder if a big party is really for them, wonder if they should elope instead. And if you find yourself in that boat at any point - whether you just got engaged or you’re deep into wedding planning, I want you to know that you have options!

You don’t have to do things the way everyone else does. You don’t have to succumb to the wedding industry and the things it tells you about how your wedding “should be.” You don’t have to listen to your Aunt when she insists that you put your third cousin who you’ve never met on the guest list. There’s another way - you can elope!


01 - It’s just the two of you!

What better way to fully immerse yourself in to your married life. With nobody else to worry about than making sure you and your life partner are starting your married life together the way you want to do it.

02 - You can forget about formalities

Break tradition. Get ready together, have a relaxed breakfast, sit and write your vows together. You want to hike up a mountain to a private spot? Or want to just get hitched in your own backyard. The possibilites are endless.

03 - It’s friendly with your budget and sanity!

Aside from the marriage licence, everything else can be within your own budget. You can wear what you like, travel how you choose, and do as much or as little as you want.

04 - You get to go on an exciting adventure

Your elopement, your way!

Elopements definitely require some planning, but there’s a lot more flexibility, a lot less stress, and you have a lot more power over what you really want to do on the big day.

If you’ve decided that eloping is right for you, let’s talk about planning your day – and about those epic photos, of course! You can also check out my portfolio.

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two brides about to kiss both wearing veils



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incorporate your family into your elopement

It all starts with a story.

Get in touch if you'd like me to help document your elopement in 2023!

  1. Absolutely agree with all of these 4 things! As someone who eloped in 2022, I would do it all over again in 2023 if I could! Thanks so much for sharing! Beautiful photos!


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I'm Sam

The Person Behind The Lens

If you like unconventional, honest, friendly and real photos, I’m your person.

Sam Wildridge is a lifestyle photographer / filmmaker based in Wainwright, Alberta. Sam has been capturing wedding, family + corporate photos for 9 years and defines her style as "organic storytelling".


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