YOUR “ELOPE YOUR LIFE” EXPERIENCE

I get it, it can be DIFFICULT to say you want to elope when society (and friends and fam) are telling you that’s “not how it’s done”. Believe me, I’ve been where you are.

But ask yourself, What do you feel you deserve for your wedding experience?
I can tell you it’s a helluva lot more than just some cookie-cutter day based off of what EVERYONE else is doing.

Everyone’s got an Aunt Carol*

YOU KNOW, THE ONE FRIEND OR RELATIVE WHO INSISTS ON BEING INVITED, OR MAKES A FUSS ABOUT WHATEVER YOU DECIDED ON FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY.

This is just to remind you: Aunt Carol isn’t the one getting married.

What if instead of having an Aunt Carol, you replaced her with someone who CELEBRATES your choices, builds a relationship with you and your partner in order to create a stellar-looking and feeling elopement experience, and is fun to be around, to boot? In the words of Adele, “Hello, it’s me“.

Thanks for coming to my TED Talk 😉
Click to watch my full TEDx Talk here.

*Names changed to protect the bitchy

THIS IS A “CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE” KIND OF ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE.


Past COuples Have…

Traveled to a bucket list destination

Traveled by dog sled

Went on a horseback ride

Went on a helicopter ride

Hiked to catch sunrise

Rode in a hot air balloon

Sea kayaked

Off-roaded

Rock climbed

Went stargazing

AS YOUR ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER specialist, I’M ALSO YOUR…

Personal emergency wedding day kit

Unofficial Personal park ranger (I ain’t called Ranger Sam for nothin’)

Vendor hub

Boutonniere expert

Bow tie tie-er

Hype gal

Empowerer

Location guru

Long distance BFF

Dress bustler

Working with Sam and Rachel was SO smooth.

The process was fun and they were so responsive any time I had a question (or a mild freak out about the marriage license – you know, the usual!). We are not the most comfortable when it comes to taking pictures of ourselves, but Rachel made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera! It’s amazing that it felt like we were just hanging out with a friend, and then ended up with GORGEOUS pictures. She is the best!
Christine & Matt
Oregon/California Redwoods

brought so much knowledge and value to the table

Sam is truly one of the most talented photographers and incredible humans. We are so lucky she was able to help us capture our special day! We felt like we knew Sam for months before we even met, because of how intentional she is about getting to know her couples and building a relationship with them.
Carina & Ian
Utah

trying to think of an excuse to get to spend another day with Sam

When we first met up in person, it was like reconnecting with a long-lost friend. She has a way about her that is just effortlessly cool and comfortable. We decided on the two day adventure package, we thought it might be a bit overboard, but at the end of day one, we were so excited to get to spend an entire second day with Sam.
Carissa & Ben
Alaska

I’M GIVING AWAY A FREE COPY OF
“ELOPE YOUR LIFE”

FOR A LIMITED TIME, I’M GIVING IT ALL AWAY
(Okay, nearly everything 😉 )

YOUR ELOPEMENT GIVES BACK

WITH EVERY ELOPEMENT COLLECTION BOOKED, I DONATE TO A NONPROFIT OF YOUR CHOICE!
Let’s GIVE BACK TO THESE LANDS WE LOVE.

Sam Starns Adventure Elopements is proud to be an official business partner of Glacier National Park Conservancy and the Rewood Parks Conservancy.

WHAT COMES WITH EVERY ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE

BECAUSE YOU DESERVE THE BEST FROM BEGINNING TO END

On top of feeling like the empowered badass you are, and getting connected to each other on an even deeper level, there are some staples that come with every “Elope Your Life” experience with us!

Each photography experience is tailored to you, with a basis of connection, communication, vulnerability, and empowerment. That’s why it’s crucial that we’re a great fit; it’s what’s gonna make this experience epic and your images pop. Get ready to have your best adventure yet.

Personal Client Portal

Your own personal, customized, and password-protected client portal with access to resources, invoices, our emails, and more!

Vendor Hub

You’ll get a customized list of vendors that are handpicked especially for your location and needs. That way you can take one less stressful thing (finding and vetting vendors!) off your to-do list.

Your own park ranger

Okay, I’m not a park ranger anymore, but I used to be! I’ll be sharing info about the local surroundings based on my geological sciences education and my time as a park ranger and naturalist on a whale watching vessel. It’s a great way to experience the area on a whole other level. Have any knowledge to share yourself?! I’m all ears!

Location Matching

Want mountains but ALSO water? Prefer the arid desert? Know a general location but not specific spots to explore? Need help with PERMITS? I’ve got you covered. We dive into what you’re wanting out of a backdrop and I’ll send over a complete list of locations that are gorgeous and off the beaten path away from crowds.

Day-of Timeline

You’ll receive a timeline questionnaire in your client portal that covers important details like a first look, getting ready coverage, locations you’ve officially decided are “must-see”s and more.

From there, I’ll craft the perfect timeline that’s structured, but still leaves room for spontaneity and adventure!

Hi-Res Images

All collections come with hi-res images for you to download, print, and share for personal use! If you’re wanting high quality heirloom prints from a professional lab, your gallery has a store option.

Travel Included

Yup! Don’t worry about my travel, the collection you choose includes things like my airfare, lodging, and rental car to anywhere I can get with 2WD. That way if you switch up your ceremony location by several miles at the last minute, it’s all covered!

The only thing that wouldn’t be covered would be if you want to do something extra, like a helicopter ride or dogsled or offroading and I need a seat/vehicle!

ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT Photography
STARTING PRICING

2023 Domestic Starting Pricing: $6000 for 4 hours
The typical amount a couple spends: $8000-9900

Includes:

  • Custom client portal
  • The ultimate elopement guide (including all resources from my book “Elope Your Life”)
  • Extensive planning consultation/assistance (not full planning service)
    • Planning Zoom calls
    • Your own custom day-of timeline
    • Custom vendor referrals
    • Vetted location recommendations and stats on each
    • Getting to Know You Questionnaire and Zoom calls
    • Marriage license resources
    • Permitting information
  • All hi-res edited digital images
  • Heirloom album to display in your home
  • Photographer travel included to all Western US States
  • Applies for vow renewals
  • Optional add-on: your own trend-aware Tiktok/Reel video for sharing

2023 International Starting Pricing: $8000

Includes:

  • Custom client portal
  • The ultimate elopement guide (including all resources from my book “Elope Your Life”)
  • Extensive planning consultation/assistance (not full planning service)
    • Planning Zoom calls
    • Your own custom day-of timeline
    • Custom vendor referrals
    • Vetted location recommendations and stats on each
    • Getting to Know You Questionnaire and Zoom calls
    • Marriage license resources
    • Permitting information
  • All hi-res edited digital images
  • Heirloom album to display in your home
  • Photographer travel included
  • Applies for vow renewals
  • Optional add-on: your own trend-aware TikTok/Reel video for sharing

2023 Starting Pricing: $1500

Includes:

  • Custom client portal
  • Adventure session guide
  • Photographer travel included
  • All hi-res edited digital images

*Adventure sessions can only be booked within 1.5 months of the date

*Vow renewals/symbolic ceremonies fall under the elopement/intimate wedding umbrella

Albums, You Say?

I provide handcrafted albums as a permanent reminder of the day a whole other adventure started for you two. These bad boys are crafted by the finest elves around (seriously, they work magic) and are a timeless, high-end heirloom that chronicles your best day ever.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT


1

Fill Out The Contact Form. I’ll be in touch in a jif!

2

Schedule A Phone Call Consult (where we’ll go deep into what you truly want out of your wedding day while having fun getting to know each other).

3

Select a Collection (we’ll brainstorm what fits your wants and needs best)

4

Book! We’ll get started immediately crafting a day that’s unique, connected and completely representative of the two of you.

“Sam cares SO deeply about every couple she meets. From the first conversation we had, the first thing she did was get to know us as people and what we wanted, past the epic images.”

Why should I consider full or multi-day coverage of my adventure elopement?

Your marriage isn’t just one day. It’s meant to be a permanent commitment to someone who sparks joy in your life (sorry Marie Kondo).

Just a few hours of coverage doesn’t do your love and marriage justice. I tell people that your ceremony isn’t just the part where you say vows. With an elopement or intimate wedding, the entire day ends up being this ceremony of connection, fun, and adventure. The paperwork is all just secondary.

Take a hot air balloon ride. Get matching tattoos. Go on a cruise. Swim with dolphins. Do whatever speaks to your heart the most. My couples are known for including at least one thing that is unique to them, whether it’s hiking a mountain or doing a fun activity.

PUT ASIDE ALL THE TRENDY FLORALS, DRESSES

AND YES, EVEN PHOTOS, AND YOU HAVE WHAT AN ELOPEMENT REALLY IS…

ELOPING CAN BE A TRANSFORMATION

Whoa, big words, I know. But I mean it. Eloping is about the transformation that you can have that is the catalyst for real change in the rest of your life. Think about all the defining moments you’ve faced. Often, the most defining moments in our lives, those ones that change us, and shape us, and make us into the person we are meant to be, come from doing things and experiencing things outside of our comfort zones.

Does something call to you? Does it also go against societal expectations? Or scare you? Or make you feel anxious about whether you’ll fail or fly? Those are the exact things you should pursue. The most rewarding, and sometimes wonderful, things in life happen when you step outside your comfort zone. Be brave. Dare to elope.

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