The most beautiful thing about any wedding is its personality. Every wedding has one.
Florida Keys & Miami Beach Elopements
With the changes around us, many people are reconsidering what is important, and that is definitely happening in the wedding world. If the idea of large gatherings makes you feel uncertain, then shifting your focus to the people you love is a natural (and healthy!) shift.
Many couples are more strongly considering elopements or very intimate weddings with a few close family members, and these weddings have just as much character and beauty as their larger counterparts.
The freedom of an elopement is that you start your planning based on you: the timeline for the day, at a location that inspires you, and then you can trim the day with wedding details that speak to you. Your guest list can welcome just yourselves, your photographer, and your officiant, or it can embrace a smaller gathering of family and friends.
Maybe you want to grab your favorite dress and head to the courthouse for an intimate elopement, like Karen and Lino did,and then we can enjoy an afternoon creating wedding photos in locations that tell your story. You can say “I do” with a small stroll on the beach, making your commitment as the waves crash as your feet while a few friends are present when you plan a beach elopement, and it’s just as beautiful as a ballroom affair.
There is no right or wrong way; there is only your way. A good first step is choosing your officiant and making sure they can accommodate your union in the location or style you are planning. I am happy to introduce you to great vendors in the South Florida area. Modern couples are learning they have permission to embrace originality and authenticity when it comes to planning their ideal wedding day, and I am all for this trend. Guests have come to enjoy a day that is infused with elements of the style of the couple and is a reflection of who they are. For some, this means the biggest blow-out with all the trimmings, but for others, it may mean something smaller and more intimate!
There are so many talented vendors who are happy to create wedding cakes or floral arrangements on a smaller scale that fits your vision. Your wedding photography can be at a pace that works for you, with none of the time pressures of a large wedding, where cocktail hour and other events can influence your wedding portraits. Your wedding photos can be planned around the light to ensure you get photos that you’ll love to share and proudly hang on the walls of your home.
An elopement doesn’t have to follow any set of rules or restrictions, and there’s no set budget. An elopement no longer infers that it is a budget wedding, now they are seen as a celebration that is rich in personality, perfectly intimate, and focuses on what matters most to you.
A Miami Beach and Florida Keys beach elopement can absolutely be vibrant and luxurious. Embrace the possibility of planning an elopement that has the wedding elements which matter most to you. An elopement may have a smaller attendance than you had envisioned for your day, but please don’t think that they don’t lack in love, luxury, class, elegance, sophistication, and personalized fun. I photograph elopements every single year that are full of all of those elements and more.
Karen + Lino
May 7, 2020
South Florida Elopement Photography Locations
Couples are learning they have permission to embrace originality and authenticity when it comes to planning their ideal wedding day, and I am all for this trend. Guests have come to enjoy a day that is infused with elements of the style of the couple and is a reflection of who they are. For some, this means the biggest blow-out with all the trimmings, but for others, it may mean something smaller and more intimate. So many wonderful locations in South Florida to elope or have an intimate wedding, below are just a few of my favorites:
- Miami Beach – Miles of beautiful white sand beaches to choose from
- Vizcaya Museum and Gardens -Getting married in stunning historic gardens that feel like Italy, without leaving the United States
- City of Miami Beach Courthouse -This historic Art Deco building is a unique backdrop for your elopement
- Cheeca Lodge – One of my favorite venues in the Upper Keys for a wedding ceremony
- Pierre’s – Stunning sunset views and an incredible restaurant
- Charter a sailboat and get married at sea in the beautiful waters of The Florida Keys in Key West
- Little Palm Island – This exclusive luxury resort would be the perfect place to exchange vows and then start your honeymoon – without leaving this gorgeous newly remolded island paradise.