Adventure Elopements + Intimate Weddings by Marie Vanderpool Photography
 
 

Adventure Elopement + Intimate Wedding

Investment

 
 
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Dare to Dream

Adventurously 

 
 

I’m guessing you’re here, because the seed has been planted- the seed to elope. Maybe you’re just now considering it or maybe your heart is entirely set on it. I have a few words of encouragement for you, from my heart to yours- I dare you to follow your dreams to elope for your wedding day. I’m someone who believes that our hearts are here to beat with purpose- to beat with intention. What do you want for your wedding day? Truly- what do YOU want? Don’t listen to the voices of those around you. Don’t listen to the shoulds- what COULD be possible? When you look back on your life at 90 years old, I guarantee you will never once regret following the path that made your hearts beat fiercely. I dare you to elope to the destination of your dreams, with the intention to live out the wedding day of your dreams. I’m here to support and help those dreams come to fruition.

Dare to dream the wedding of your dreams. Be intentional: with every detail and every soul that bears witness to your vows.

Who is Marie Vanderpool?

I’ve been a photographer for a few years now and I’ve found my best and most fulfilling work is the work that makes a difference in the lives of those I capture and the world around me. My best work is one from a foundation of co-creating. I love Adventure Elopements because I value adventure deeply in my life. I go to great extents to explore this world and the mountains of this earth. I love hiking and backpacking most- it’s a form of active meditation.

I value a true connection and nurturing a friendship with my clients. I've found the clients that I took the time and effort to build a true connection with, those are the clients that end up with the most beautiful and meaningful portraits. I think you can have all of the tools and knowledge to take an incredible picture, but to truly capture a human soul you need to have a connection. I capture more than photos- I capture memories and the true essence that makes you and your relationship beautiful.

At 18 I watched my grieving father use photos as a way to heal and reminisce on the beautiful life he shared with my dearly missed mother. I noticed the photos he always grabbed were the photos taken on our family vacations to the Rocky Mountains or to Lake Superior in Minnesota- he cried and healed over the beautiful memories they shared- not the perfectly posed photos, the photos with memories engrained within holding depth and irreplaceable value. I want to give my clients a gift of beautiful memories where they felt completely themselves- at home in the mountains and exploring this world they love. I hope my clients look at their portraits and relive the fun and the mushy moments in-between years down the road in the happiest and darkest days of their lives.

I try my best to be nothing but a source of love and encouragement for my clients. I'll never show up as though I’m gracing you with my presence, you are wholeheartedly gracing me with yours and making my photography dreams a reality. It’s something I don’t take lightly and why I encourage my clients to dream fiercely- I want you to realize the most magically adventurous day of your life.

To give my clients this experience, I only take on a small number of weddings a year. Success to me doesn’t look like booking 50 + weddings a year- it’s making a difference in my client’s lives and never making them feel as though I’m too busy for them.

If you’re interested in hiring a photographer based off price- I’m not for you.

If you’re interested in a photographer who only captures the surface level or perfection- I’m not for you

If you’re looking for a photographer who will show up as your friend, guiding, educating, and capturing the most incredible adventure of your life- lets talk

 
SEATTLE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

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Visualize Your Perfect Wedding Day:

Some may say that perfection will never exist- I would agree, but I believe in ideal clients. This one is for them:

I want you to envision your perfect wedding day/elopement- NO LIMITS. I want you to envision your emotions, the location, the scenery, the smells, the colors, and who is there. Take a moment and close your eyes, set a timer for 1 minute and let your mind paint the image for you. After the minute is up- open your eyes.

You envisioned a hiking destination in maybe the North Cascades, among the Peaks of Patagonia or in the Sierra Nevadas. You feel a sense of calm as you creep up to the expansive views as you watch the soft morning light embrace the distant peaks in a soft pink glow. You feel the moisture in the air gently caress your skin; the senses cause you to lose your breath- you take a big inhale as the scent of the surrounding pines and blooming wildflowers fills your lungs. 

A rustling sound in the wind distracts your focus and you turn to see your future husband/wife smiling back at you- tears well up in their eyes. You embrace for awhile, gently taking time to feel their warmth in the cool air - it’s quiet; you can hear their beating heart.

This is what I envision giving my clients- an experience that transcends any of the other details of the day. A stillness and immersion in the abundance nature and the quiet it holds. I want my couples to view their day as an experience that embodies why they are avid outdoors enthusiasts- the silence, the beauty, and the overwhelming sense of gratitude. 

Continue reading to get an idea as to what packages we offer.

Please look at our travel schedule to see if we’re traveling to your preferred destination. If we are- travel fees are waived! If your destination is not listed, please still reach out- we love traveling and have updated passports!

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What’s Included in Our Packages?

We SPECIALIZE in adventure elopements and we only take on a few couples a year to serve. Why? Because we are SO hands on with the entire elopement planning process and our goal is to show up for every single one of our clients in any and every way. Here’s multiple areas which you can expect our expertise to help guide you through planning your special and adventurous day! Our goal is for you to enjoy the adventurous experience of your day, no stress or worries!

1.) Location Scouting: We assist with location scouting. We visit every single location beforehand, knowing which adventure elopement locations are going to be perfect for your special day! We know all the intimate spots, including Marie being knowledgeable with backcountry navigation (certified and previous boy scout; aka - venture-scout in high school!), so we can even get you married someplace where NO ONE has ever said vows before. Let’s not only take the trail less traveled- let’s bushwhack!

2.) Timeline Planning. Does the idea of planning your timeline for your wedding day stress you out? Leave that to us, we’ve planned multiple before in our time as Adventure Elopement Photographers! Even if you’re looking for a relaxed day, a timeline is a must to help with the flow of the day, which we have you covered.

3.) Do you have questions like - what shoes should I wear? What do I wear if it’s cold or going to rain? What kind of wedding dress is best for adventure elopements? We have all the answers, including planning guides!

4.) Need Referrals for Florals, Hair & Makeup, Live Music and other elopement vendors? We have multiple ready. Even if it’s someplace where we have never traveled to before, we can help dig and find the perfect options for you!

5.) Unsure of where to stay (hotel or airbnb), want to plan a multi-night backpacking trip, or want to know all the car camping options for you as you travel cross-country in a camper van for your honeymoon? Marie has YEARS of experience- working in hospitality (Hyatt Hotels) for 2 years, building relationships with vacation rental owners for 2.5 years as someone who found housing for traveling professionals, an avid backpacker (even published in Backpacker Magazine!), a world traveller having been to multiple foreign countries (often traveling luxury AND budget ;) ) and having explored the depths of the US, and a full-time van dweller. Trust me- we’ve got you covered.

6.) Anything else that you’re unsure of? We will see how we can help or give you guidance. One thing Marie is often told by clients throughout the planning process, is that she always tends to look for a solution, instead of focusing on the roadblock!

We’re here for you as your planners, your photographers, and mainly - your friends!

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Adventure

Elopements

Package Includes:

 
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HI-DEF ONLINE GALLERY

Here you can view and download all of your images from your adventurous day. Which you can then order prints through a professional print lab and share the gallery with friends and family for view or if they’d like to purchase prints themselves. The gallery cost and digital hi-definition images are included in the package- physical prints can be purchased at an additional cost.

LOCATION SCOUTING + TIMELINE PLANNING

When we first start working together, one of the first things we will narrow down is the location(s)/hiking trails for your day, depending on the adventurous location you’re envisioning for your day. This is one of the parts that Marie has the MOST fun with. She’s a pro at finding those hidden gems that are equally as epic and scenic locations - locations you probably didn’t even know existed.. This is the most timely process, but the most exciting and fruitful of the planning process!

WEDDING PLANNING RESOURCES

Including Guides + Checklists for your wedding day to ensure you’re organized and prepared for your big day! We also have numerous vendor recommendations- all of whom will help make your day incredibly special.

OTHER DETAILS:

For weddings with guest list less than 30 people.

One Photographer

All Quotes will include Travel Fees

BACKPACKING ELOPEMENTS - INQUIRE FOR QUOTE


STARTING AT $4000

 

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Adventurous Intimate

Weddings

Package Includes:

 
ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER
 
 
 
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HI-DEF ONLINE GALLERY

Here you can view and download all of your images from your adventurous day. Which you can then order prints through a professional print lab and share the gallery with friends and family for view or if they’d like to purchase prints themselves. The gallery cost and digital hi-definition images are included in the package- physical prints can be purchased at an additional cost.

LOCATION SCOUTING + TIMELINE PLANNING

When we first start working together, one of the first things we will narrow down is the location(s)/hiking trails for your day, depending on the adventurous location you’re envisioning for your day. This is one of the parts that Marie has the MOST fun with. She’s a pro at finding those hidden gems that are equally as epic and scenic locations - locations you probably didn’t even know existed.. This is the most timely process, but the most exciting and fruitful of the planning process!

WEDDING PLANNING RESOURCES

Including Guides + Checklists for your wedding day to ensure you’re organized and prepared for your big day! We also have numerous vendor recommendations- all of whom will help make your day incredibly special.

OTHER DETAILS:

For weddings with guest list less than 30 people.

One Photographer

All Quotes will include Travel Fees


STARTING AT $5500

 
 
 
ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER
SEATTLE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER
 
 
 

Adventure

Session

Package Includes:

  • Hi-Definition Edited Photo Gallery

  • Location Scouting

  • Educational Guide

  • 2 Hour Session | 2 Outfits

Inquire for Pricing

 

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Are You Ready?!

Let’s Go!

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FAQs

WE WANT TO ELOPE- DO WE NEED AN OFFICIANT?

It depends……In most cases, you will need an officiant. It’s dependent on WHERE you’re getting married. We will help you figure this information out, if unknown! Do not worry though, Evan is an ordained officiant if you’re looking for a simple ceremony. Otherwise, we know officiants who will go into the backcountry to be a part of your incredible day!


HOW FAR ARE YOU WILLING TO HIKE?

I’m willing to go as far as you’re comfortable. I train for this, literally. I embrace that climbing mountains as a part of my job and staying in shape for the climb is a prerequisite for me. If you want to go on a multi-night backpacking trip, lets make it happen!


I WANT TO HAVE A MULTI-DAY EVENT & HAVE YOU CAPTURE IT. DO YOU DO THAT?

ABSOLUTELY! I only take on a small number of weddings a year, because I want to give my clients my ALL. With adventure elopements in particular, the season happens within such a small window, meaning a lot of adventure elopement photographers are working multiple days a week all summer long. I do not believe this is sustainable. My clients are those who value my work and more importantly- how I show up in every interaction with my cup overflowing onto them. I don’t do this photography thing for an ego trip, I do it because I value deep connection and human souls in wild places inspire me. So, I would absolutely LOVE to capture your multi-day event and really capture and tell your story.


I ABSOLUTELY would AND I’D be ABSOLUTELY thrilled to be a part of your new adventure together!

WOULD YOU CAPTURE LGBTQ+ ELOPEMENTS?


That’s why I’m here- for you, to help you and really give you all the information. I go into great detail to ensure my clients have an incredible day. There’s some things I can’t help with like the details, dress, etc- those are ALL you, but that’s where ALL the fun is as well. I handle all the logistics like the light, the location (you both choose the location, etc.). So, your main concern on your wedding day is to show up and have an incredible day

PLANNING AN ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT
SOUNDS OVERWHELMING.
WHERE DO I START?