BEHIND THE LENS

BASED IN THE PNW, I, ALONG WITH MY “ELOPE YOUR LIFE” TEAM, HELP FREE SPIRITED AND FUN COUPLES CRAFT ENTHUSIASTIC ELOPEMENT DAYS IN DRAMATIC PLACES.

CURSES LIKE A SAILOR. READY TO HIGH FIVE YOU FOR YOUR ELOPEMENT DECISION. WILL TRAVEL.

BEHIND THE LENS

BASED IN THE PNW, I, ALONG WITH MY “ELOPE YOUR LIFE” TEAM, HELP FREE SPIRITED AND FUN COUPLES CRAFT ENTHUSIASTIC ELOPEMENT DAYS IN DRAMATIC PLACES.

CURSES LIKE A SAILOR. READY TO HIGH FIVE YOU FOR YOUR ELOPEMENT DECISION. WILL TRAVEL.

QUICK FACTS

ABOUT ME

FAVORITE TV SHOW
DOCTOR WHO!

FAV OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
HIKING, PADDLEBOARDING, HORSEBACK RIDING, SNORKELING

BEER OR WINE?
DARK BEER OR MID/SWEET WHITE WINE

DOG OR CAT PERSON
I’M REALLY MORE OF AN ANIMAL PERSON

DREAM DESTINATION
SCOTLAND, IRELAND, MOROCCO

FAV PAST JOB?
BLM PARK RANGER

What’s up?
I’m sam

Rachel and I (both she/her) might be consummate elopement professionals, but we’re far from formal. When you work with me, you’re working with a friend. One who signs an email “xo”, not “Regards”, and one who considers you not just clients or a couple, but MY people. When we’re out hiking, there are just as likely to be funny (or lame) jokes/puns as there are epic sunsets, wildlife, and spectacular memories.

Yes, there might be poop jokes. Yes we’ll be laughing at inappropriate things. Yes I will likely have a Diet Coke in my car fueling me on the big day (just let me know if you want one too, so I can grab you one!).

I believe elopement experiences come down to relationships. Not just between you two, but between all of us. It allows for connection, comfortability, exploration, and ultimately a kickass adventure.

Myself and Brian in Scotland for our adventure vow renewal. Photography: The one and only Robert J. Hill

MY MISSION

I’m here to help you DREAM, and then make those dreams COME TRUE. I want you to see yourselves for the amazing people you are, and then translate that into a spectacular day that no one can replicate.*

*I mean, I can’t guarantee they won’t be so inspired that they’ll try 😎

feel empowered to Choose your own adventure

I didn’t incorporate things like music, equestrian, outdoors, laughter, and adventure – those things that I love – into my wedding, and I wish I had.

My dream elopement?

Horseback riding across the Scottish Highlands, drinking and singing songs in a pub, and exploring mountains and forests!*


*And that’s exactly what we did with our vow renewal in Scotland!

What’s your dream?

SOME MORE FUN FACTS

Why I Wish I Eloped

Brian and I are adventurous people by nature. We love to camp, check out national parks, and travel to new places. Our wedding was a 100 person affair because I felt like that’s what needed to happen – even if I made it known I would love to elope.

In addition, Brian partially convinced me we needed to have a wedding for his fam. About a month before the wedding, after being steamrolled by family members, shafted by wedding party attendants, and stressed out beyond all belief, my husband asked me, “Is it too late to elope?”. I said yes, but looking back, I wish I had said no and thrown our nonrefundable retainers down the drain and got married on our pre-planned vacation to Maui at the top of Haleakala.

Brian and I love the theatre, but the idea of being in front of everyone wasn’t appealing in the slightest. I also dreamed of the whimsy and adventure an elopement brings.

A dress, a great view, a photographer, activities Brian and I could enjoy and connect with, and the love of my life – that was what should have happened.


I WISH I HAD SAID NO AND THROWN OUR NONREFUNDABLE RETAINERS DOWN THE DRAIN

Meet the “ELOPE YOUR LIFE” Team

RACHEL

ELOPE YOUR LIFE

PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM MEMBER

What’s up?! I’m Rachel (call me Rach). I’m passionate about travel, advocating for kids with special needs and reading novels (esp anything Austen or LeGuin). I’m a big believer in living and loving authentically, and I had my own adventurous elopement (in Belize). I am excited to serve as a guide and photographer on a couples’ most magical day.

Whether you work with me or Sam, your images and experience will be in line with the same style, composition and edits.

ABOUT ME

FAVORITE TV SHOW

FUN FACT

Doctor Who, Buffy, The Mandalorian

I’ve traveled to more than 40 countries, never eaten a hot dog or hamburger, can make an amazing monkey call!

PETS?

FAV OUTDOOR ACTIVITY

Nova Lucita and Ripley Atlas (dogs)

Snorkeling, Hiking

FAVORITE COUNTRY

India, Indonesia, the Maldives

17000+
Miles Driven
15000+
Miles Flown
150+
Miles hiked with elopement couples
2
Awesome people in love (that’s you).

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