Why your love is worth the investment
When you chose to have a small, intimate wedding, you're choosing experience + intention over the pomp and circumstance of a large production wedding.
Small weddings are all about the emotions you experience, and handcrafting your wedding to be intentional, meaningful, and intimate. Choose meaning + memories over cookie cutter wedding days.
keep it real, keep it you
What is an intimate or small wedding? An intimate or small wedding is a lot like a traditional wedding, but with way more intention, and a way smaller guest list.
Be intentional about who you invite, what you do together, and how the day unfolds. Rather than stress over 100+ guests, you're scaling it down while keeping the vibes strong. Why? Because you're ready to spend your wedding day focusing on you and your partner, which is what a wedding should be about.
Whether you're getting married in your backyard, or at a more traditional wedding venue—I'm ready to dream, scheme, and plan along with you! Have a day that reflects who you and your partner are authentically. No matter how you decide to get married, make sure it's true-to-you!
So you've decided to keep it real + keep it you
Choose to wed your way
You pay attention to details, but you don't get caught up in perfection—preferring the messy + the real.
YOU HAVE A SMALL CREW THAT YOU'D RATHER SHARE YOUR WEDDING DAY WITH VERSUS 100+ GUESTS
YOU'RE READY TO SCALE BACK THE WEDDING POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE IN FAVOR OF EXPERIENCE OVER EXPENSE
Your ideal date night is a night in with cozy blankets, a good movie (or video game), and good food.
Obvi, I'll be with you throughout your wedding day to document all the moments as they happen. But better yet, I'll be hella unobtrusive about it because you shouldn't be worrying about being photographed throughout the day. I want you to be able to experience your elopement fully open, receptive to all the emotions, to be present in the moment with your partner.
From ceremony locations, to finding the perfect vendors to help bring your wedding dreams to life, including some traditional and non-traditional wedding day activities for you to enjoy with your partner creating a completely different wedding day experience—I'm here to help you dream, scheme, and make it all real.
I've picked up a few things (or 12,257) over the years that I've spent as a wedding photographer and I'm more than happy to share them all with you! You'll get unbridled access to the Couples' Lounge—a space exclusively for my couples—jam packed with guides, checklists, and more. I'm also available to all my couples anytime for a more hands-on help!
No need to stress about finding an officiant for your wedding, ya girl has got you covered. I'm ordained and can either lead a small ceremony for you, or just sign your marriage license for you—whichever you prefer! I'll also help you learn how to get any needed permits, or even your marriage license.
If you're wanting to take the non-traditional route, you open up endless possibilities. I'm here to help you fully prepare for your intimate wedding day with tips, tricks, and guides on:
- how to have a relaxing wedding day morning
- what activities/events to include
- timeline crafting
- how to obtain any necessary permit(s)
Donna was absolutely wonderful to work with! She was extremely responsive in answering any and all of my questions. She was helpful in planning the timeline of events and bouncing creative ideas around. As a couple who does not take many pictures, she instantly made us feel comfortable and let us be ourselves. We chose Donna to be our photographer not only based on her moody and beautiful photos but her focus on values and experiences- all of which spoke to us. The photos were absolutely stunning and delivered to us the very next day. I could not recommend Donna enough to be your photographer for your wedding.
She instantly made us feel comfortable!
What my couples have to say:
For the couples who are taking back control of their day and focusing on intention, connection, and each other by having a celebration with 50 or fewer guests.
Think of me as your personal documentary papparazzi. Someone who is low-key there capturing you both being yourselves as you go about your day. I'll never ask you to "look at the camera and smile" because that's just as awkward for me as it is for you.
If having all day coverage of your wedding hasn't crossed your mind, this is your sign to consider it. Don't you deserve to be able to look back on the entire day as it unfolded?
If you're interested in having me along for a larger celebration with more than 50 guests, know that 8 hours is the minimum coverage I offer which starts at $5,000.
Everyone defines it slightly differently, but for me an intimate wedding is a traditional-ish small wedding with 50 or fewer guests. The main highlight of the intimate wedding is that they’re all about the emotions of the day as it unfolds and the bond the couple shares not only with each other, but with each of the guests in attendance.
So rather than aim for a large production wedding day, an intimate wedding is more focused on the experience and the human connection.
It is seriously rare that I take on larger weddings as I have honed my expertise, skill, and artistic style for smaller celebrations. As an introvert, large gatherings bustling with people just aren’t my scene—we have to vibe on a truly deeper level for me to consider taking on any sort of large wedding.
If you think that we will vibe, reach out! Know that 8 hours is the minimum coverage I offer to document larger weddings due to the amount of key events that take place throughout out the day.
02. DO YOU TAKE ON LARGER WEDDINGS?
Get in touch and this is one of the first things that we work on figuring out together. During your initial call with me, I will help you see what is possible for your day and begin developing custom collection options with you. I will always tell you to opt for full-day photography coverage because you deserve to have the entirety of your day documented, not just a portion of it. Trust me, you’ll thank me decades down the road when you flip back through the portraits that you had me with you for the whole day versus 4 hours.
03. How much coverage do we need?
This depends on a number of factors, but typically I deliver anywhere between 50-100 images per hour of coverage. No, you won’t get every single image that I take, but that’s because you don’t want the ones where someone is blinking, that are wrongly out of focus, or that I some how manage to take of the ground or of my feet when I swap camera bodies.
04. How many images will we get?
Intimate weddings + elopements have a turn around time of 2-3 weeks with a small sneak peek gallery available within 24 hours. Adventure sessions have a turn around time of 1-2 weeks.
But let's be real—I'm just as excited to see your finished gallery as you are, so you may get your finished gallery much sooner.
05. What is your turn around time?
If you’re ready to start the booking process, drop me a line via my CONTACT FORM!! Next, I’ll send over my pricing guide based on what kind of experience you’re looking for. We also set up a time to chat as I want to get to know you, your partner, and the vision you have for your day. Once we make sure we’re a good fit, and decide on which package you’d like, I will send over a contract for you to sign. After you’ve signed on the dotted line and paid the non-refundable retainer, you will be officially booked!! (The remaining balance is due 15 days prior to your wedding day. This can be broken up into smaller payments, or paid all at once—whichever is easiest for you!)
06. HOW DOES BOOKING WORK?