Questions & Answers

to my frequently asked questions

When can we expect our photos back?

How many photos will we receive & how will we receive them?

I don't have a limit on the number of photos I send to you. My approach to capturing your photos is to let the experience lead the way. I want to give you the freedom to be yourselves and be in the moment, without worrying about having to constantly pose for the camera or look through too many similar images. To ensure that you can easily enjoy your photos, I deliver them in beautiful online galleries that you can easily share, download, and print.

I know it's hard to wait for your pictures!! Sneak peeks will be delivered within 24 hours of your session date. Full galleries will be delivered in 2-3 weeks for engagement sessions and 6-8 weeks for elopements & intimate weddings.

Do you send RAW images?

Do you photograph LGBTQ+ weddings?

Nope! I work hard to capture your day and edit each individual image to be perfect. I promise RAWs are not the images you want!

ABSOLUTELY!!! All love is welcome here no matter what it looks like.

Can you change ______ about me in photoshop?

What happens if my partner or me is awkward in front of the camera or needs a lot of direction?

At our session, I will ensure that you look your best without compromising your true self. We don't alter any of your natural features, like wrinkles, curves, or scars. I will direct you in order to capture the most flattering light and remove any temporary blemishes that may be present. Rest assured; you will look like the best version of yourself!

I'll create a relaxed atmosphere so you can just focus on having a great experience with each other. I'll provide as much or as little direction as you need, so don't worry about feeling silly. This isn't about looking perfect; this is about having an awesome experience together and capturing it. You'll have plenty of time to do your thing together and be yourselves, with a few helpful suggestions from us. We'll make sure it's a fun and memorable experience, and good photos will follow.

How far out in advance should we book our elopement?

How do we know how many hours of coverage we need for our elopement or intimate wedding?

I know it's hard to wait for your pictures!! Sneak peeks will be delivered within 24 hours of your session date. Full galleries will be delivered in 2-3 weeks for engagement sessions and 6-8 weeks for elopements & intimate weddings.

Ultimately, the sooner you can book your elopement, the better! Depending on the location and the time of year you are interested in eloping, you should plan for 6 to 12 months in advance. This will give you plenty of time to plan the details of your elopement, as well as make any necessary travel arrangements. Planning will also help you to secure any special permits or licenses that may be required for your elopement. If you are planning a destination elopement, you may need even more time to plan. However, sometimes you're just ready to get married, and I'm sure we can still dream up and make your wedding day authentic and intentional to you! Just reach out so we can get to planning!

Do you have vendor recommendations?

Will you travel to us or to where we are getting married?

UHM, HECK YEAH! Traveling honestly makes my soul happy so I'm always down to jump in the car or plane to document a love story. Travel is included in my pricing so no need to worry!

Sure do!! I've had a chance to work and collaborate with good, reputable vendors and I will pass that information on if it's something you're interested in!!

What kind of fitness level is needed for an adventure elopement?

Do you offer payment plans?

This all depends on the experience you want to have, but don't worry!! I will help you pick a location and plan an experience that works for you.

Yes! I require a 50% retainer upon booking, but I am more than happy to spread out the rest of your payments to be completed by the date of your wedding!

What happens if there is bad weather on our wedding day?

How do we decide on a location?

Some of my favorite elopements of all time have been during less-than-ideal weather conditions! I understand that the weather can be difficult to predict and control, and that it can change quickly. I come prepared to take photos in rain, snow, or shine, and our gear is designed for any weather. If the conditions become too extreme, like with lightning, we can come up with a plan B together. If you need to reschedule, I will do my best to work with your availability.

Well, tell me this: if you could get married anywhere in the world, where would you? This specific answer might not immediately come to mind, but I’m sure the vision of what it could look like did! This is a great starting point. Once you really dream it up, and I mean go big or go home (remember there are no rules or traditions we have to follow). I have a ton of locations that I have personally scouted that could fit the aesthetic you're looking for! If not, I can always go back to the drawing board to make sure your vision comes into reality.

Do we need witnesses for our elopement ceremony?

Can we have guests at our elopement?

This depends on the laws of your country and the state you live in. Every country and state has different marriage laws that recognize couples as being married. Here in the U.S. about half do not require witnesses, whereas others do.

For sure! But something to take note of is at Love’s Cascade, I don’t generally photograph weddings with more than 30 guests. This number doesn’t define an elopement vs a traditional wedding, but what I have found keeps your day intimate and intentional. Your elopement day guest options could be: 1) invite no one and just elope with the two of you and your photographer of course! 2) Invite up to 30 family and friends, or 3) Invite an officiant and 2 witnesses to satisfy a legal requirement (depending on the state you get married in). This is your big day! And it should be filled with the people you love to support you in this celebration!

What if we legally aren’t married on the day of our elopement, or if we are already legally married?

What if we aren’t comfortable asking any friends or family to be our witnesses if places that do require it to have our marriage legal?

The date on your marriage license isn’t what truly matters, what does matter is when you choose to commit yourself to each other! If the paperwork is slowing you down, or another country has laws that don’t sit right with you, when you’re ready to just be married, skip it and do it later (or not! There’s no rulebook you don’t have to be legally married to be life partners!) Enjoy the adventure you planned and don’t sweat the small stuff. If you’re already legally married that doesn’t change the importance of your elopement day! You deserve to create a marriage experience that checks all of your boxes. I cannot stress this enough… the way you choose to elope is your experience and how you define your love and commitment to each other.

First, I want to say I’m sorry you don’t feel comfortable doing that! Your love is welcome here no matter what it looks like. Secondly, if you’re dead set on the location you chose, we could ask strangers to be present around the ceremony location! I know this sounds like crazy sauce, but it’s common and a way to meet legal marriage requirements. If you are still in the beginning phases of planning and want to opt for a location that requires no witnesses, I’ll make sure I give you all your options!

We're ready to book with you!! What's next?

AMAZING!! I'm so excited to start this journey together. By clicking the "Contact Me" tab and providing some basic information, you are one step closer to making your elopement dreams a reality. I'm here to answer any questions you may have, provide helpful advice and ideas, and ensure that your elopement is planned to your exact specifications. Together, we'll carefully consider your expectations and objectives, and create a plan that you'll absolutely love. Let's get started!