The easiest way to make your day run smoothly is to map out the moments that are most important to you. By doing this ahead of time, you will save yourself stress on your destination elopement. I discuss all of these in more specific terms over our consultation together and create a custom Elopement Photography Timeline for each of my couples. These are general timeline guidelines to get you started, but you’ll want to factor in personal preferences. For elopement planners that will factor in all of your vendor timelines also, check out Grand Teton Events, Elope Jackson, Destination Jackson Hole, White Antler, and Grand Teton Weddings.
Think you don’t need any getting ready photos for an elopement? Think again! They are so special and give you that extra bit of time to get out all the nerves while we document the details. If you decide to do getting ready photos for your elopement, I recommend planning about 30 minutes. If you’d like to have a boudoir session, it’s best scheduled directly after hair and makeup beauty services are finished. Plan to set aside 30-45 minutes and choose 2-3 outfits. This is especially unique to include on your elopement day!
I’m a huge fan of first looks! If you’re planning a first look at your lodging or onsite at the ceremony location, you should set aside about 15 minutes. If you’re planning a first look at a location other than your lodging or ceremony site, plan on extra time. We’ll take advantage of the change of venue and take some wedding portrait photographs of you two while we’re there. Depending on the other portions of the day, I usually recommend 30-45 minutes for this first look and portraits afterwards.
Ceremonies range in coverage length, but a general rule of thumb I give my eloping couples is 30 minutes. This time may need to include meeting up with the officiant, official ceremony, vow readings, and any other special touches you want to include. You’ll also need some time for your witnesses to sign that important paperwork!
Occasionally, a few family members or friends may attend your elopement. If desired, we’ll set aside 15-20 minutes for any special guest photos you’d like to include as part of your day!
Our eloping couples choose from a variety of options when it comes to couple portraits. Some choose a shorter day with fewer locations and moments documented, while others want to experience something closer to a traditional wedding day timeline. For elopements, we usually spend a few hours in and around Grand Teton National Park for photos. While Elopement Photography Timelines can differ, the couple portrait portion is my favorite! No matter how much time we spend on your wedding portraits, we’ll make them special and beautiful!
Do you still want to have a romantic first dance as a married couple? Spend a few minutes dancing to your favorite song and soak in all that has happened on your wedding day! We can bring a small bluetooth speaker, download your wedding song ahead of time and make magic happen! As photographers, we’ll stick around for the beginning, then let you dance without an audience (as best we can in a national park). Then we’ll sneak back to capture the end of your beautiful first dance.
Want to do a champagne toast or other celebration near the end of the night? Let’s do it!
Let’s show you what a sample elopement photography timeline for Jackson Hole. Our typical elopement events are 2-6 hours, with most couples choosing a 4 hour package. For ease of use, I’m featuring a heteronormative couple in the example, but these ideas could easily be adjusted to accommodate your personal relationship dynamics.
Sample 6 Hour Timeline
1:15pm Detail Shots at the Hotel, Prep for First look
1:50pm Drive to 1st Location near GTNP
2:25pm First Look at 1st Location
2:50pm Leave for 2nd Location
3:30pm Walk up to Aspens & do photos
4:20pm Leave for 3rd Location
4:40pm Photos at 3rd Location
5:00pm Leave for Ceremony Site
5:30 pm Meet up with Officiant/etc
5:45pm Ceremony 4th Location + Photos
7:00pm Leave for 5th Location
7:10pm Photos at 5th Location until sunset
7:35pm Coverage ends
Sample 4 Hour Timeline
3:20pm Getting Ready Portraits at Hotel
3:50pm Leave for 1st Location
4:20pm First Look at 1st Location
4:50pm Leave for Ceremony Site
5:00pm Meet up with Officiant / Walk to Ceremony Site
5:10pm Ceremony at 2nd Location
5:35pm Guest and Couple Portraits
6:05pm Leave for 3rd Location
6:40pm Final Couple Portraits until sunset
7:20pm Sunset/ Coverage ends
Would you like help creating your own Jackson Hole elopement photography timeline? Let’s chat about documenting your big day! I’m here to help with vendor recommendations, location ideas, timeline planning and checking in along the way!