What if you want to get married, are SO PSYCHED to get married, but don’t want the huge to-do for whatever reason? Don’t have a huge list of people to invite, don’t have the budget for a big blow-out, or just don’t feel like being the center of that much attention? Elope! Elopements and intimate weddings have been on the rise over the past few years as more and more couples build love celebrations that suit them perfectly instead of following cultural norms or trends for the sake of “tradition.

But Raven, I hear you saying, I keep seeing these adventure elopements but I’m also not the hiking type. I don’t want to hike for miles to get to a remote location, that’s just not me.

Never fear, marrier, you don’t have to go far to go big! And that was the inspiration behind Can Elope, the combined powers of YouAreRaven, wedding and couple photographer, and Smooth as Butter, wedding planner extraordinaire, that is here to help you build just that. You can find epicness that feels right to you closer than you might think. Elopements can happen just about anywhere you want, as exampled by this shoot I took on with Kirsten and Maria!

Atlanta Elopement with Character

Kirsten and Maria are two people I’ve admired for a very long time. The wedding industry can be an intimidating place, especially when you’re uninterested in maintaining the status quo that had been in place for so long, so having people to look up to like these women was a beacon of hope and inspiration; a reminder that I wasn’t alone in wanting to shake things up, make changes, and create badassery. So I knew they were the perfect couple to adventure around Atlanta with. I wanted to hit absolutely all the most “Atlanta” spots, including the Fabulous Fox Theatre, the Atlanta Center for the Puppetry Arts, and Piedmont Park. And you can do this anywhere! There’s not been a city I’ve visited {and I shoot weddings all across the country!} that didn’t have huge character like this.

Can Elope is a wedding planning package where we take care of nearly every bit of your day, leaving you free to relax and enjoy your day, a day that was custom-built to reflect you. No two days are the same, but you can bet they’ll feel authentic to both you two as individuals and also as a couple. Candace of Smooth as Butter will craft the perfect ceremony and officiate for you while I, Raven, will capture whatever you and Candace have planned for the day! Whether your ideal wedding day is adventurous or calm, touristy or private, let’s pop some bubbly and talk about what your perfect day would look like!

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Raven is an Atlanta Wedding Photographer who captures real people on their totally unique and completely awesome wedding day. She travels throughout Georgia, including Athens, North Georgia, Dahlonega and beyond, documenting love. Get in touch to plan your elopement!

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