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large wedding vs small wedding vs elopement
Deciding on whether to have a large wedding is not solely based on how many people you know and love. It also heavily depends on the type of experience you want to share with your partner throughout the wedding planning process and the wedding day itself.
I'm Donna Marie
An inclusive adventurous destination wedding and elopement photographer livin' in upstate New York. I'm here to empower all couples to create an intentional wedding day that focuses on the experience and the feels.
K + C decided that they wanted to have a quiet and private wedding experience and thus they decided to elope. When they reached out to me, they expressed interest in the Lake Placid area and specifically requested a short mountain hike for their vow reading. I quickly got to work scouring the area for […]
Your wedding. Your rules. That’s the long and short of it, truly. If you’re wanting to do something “unconventional” for your wedding, do it. Don’t let others tell you that it’s ridiculous, silly, or strange. Embrace your uniqueness and do something that means something to you and your partner. It doesn’t matter how strange, or […]
Sometimes, just sometimes, we read a novel or watch a movie (or tv series for that matter) and fall in love. Whether that be with one of the characters, the costuming, the cinematography, the music, or something more. That newly found love can be used to add special inspiration to your own wedding day. Bridgerton […]
When A+T reached out to me back in January of this year sharing that they were interested in a Cazenovia area elopement, I was excitedly on-board. As I got to know them, I was blown away by the love story they shared with me in our time together. They met initially at their college sanctioned […]
If you’re looking for an amazing Adirondack getaway to have your elopement, I sure have one for you! Evergreen Cabins is a stunning set of Airbnbs in Remsen, NY. Today we’re focusing on the stunning A-Frame there. I had the pleasure of capturing a styled elopement there to give couples an idea of what your […]
When you decide to elope, you’re not bound by any existing traditions. You’re not required to host your ceremony or gathering on a weekend as per status quo. You’re also not required to have your elopement in the mountains, or at some far off destination. Your elopement can absolutely take place on a weekday, especially […]
Note: Anything But Beer Brewery has unfortunately closed it’s doors permanently as of May 2022.An elopement in the city doesn’t mean that you’re limited to a visit to City Hall and then call it a day. A city elopement has so much to offer, especially if you decide to have a downtown Syracuse elopement. From […]
Eloping in the winter can be absolutely breathtaking, so if you’re considering it—this is your sign to DO IT. And if you’re on the fence about where you should elope, let me be the first to say to not bar a waterfall location from your location list. If you’re looking to keep your wedding day […]
Over the summer, I had the pleasure of capturing the most intimate Fair Haven elopement for Claire + Justin. They wanted to have a small gathering for their elopement at a family home on the water. Being an introverted couple, they didn’t feel the want or need to have a large gathering and instead opted […]
Sherry + Josh reached out wanting a small Northern NY elopement involving the two of them and their two young children. They wanted something intimate and true-to-them as a family, while getting amazing portraits of their kids dressed up. They knew a whole day expedition with the kids was not feasible. Together we craft a […]