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7 unique elopement photo ideas

7 unique elopement photo ideas

Discover and capture the beautiful moments of your elopement with these seven unique photo ideas. Gain inspiration and make your photos stand out!

7 Unique Elopement Photo Ideas

Unique Elopement Photo Ideas That Will Make Your Special Day Even More Memorable

Elopement pictures can be special in many ways because they capture the intimacy and uniqueness of the couple's special day. Unlike traditional weddings, elopements are typically more intimate and private, which means that the pictures can be more focused on the couple and their connection. Additionally, elopement pictures often showcase the beauty of the location, adding to the specialness of the photos.

Below are 7 unique elopement photo ideas we will go over:

  1. Outdoor shot
  2. First-look photo
  3. Indoor shots
  4. Candid moments
  5. Details
  6. Environmental photos
  7. Celebratory shot

Remember, these are just a few ideas to get you started. We will go over in detail how to make each one of these elopement wedding photos special. 

Learn about Christopher Todd Studios' Elopement photography. 

elopement photo of bride and groom with close up of dog in the foreground

1. Outdoor Photos

Let's start with the outdoor shots. No matter where you choose to elope at some point you will be outside. Here are a few elopement picture ideas for a courthouse or city hall elopement:

  1. If the courthouse or city hall has well kept outdoor area, take advantage of it. Use the surrounding environment as a backdrop for the photos.
  2. Incorporate the greenery or architecture of the area to create beautiful shots.
  3. Outdoor stairs are a great place for group photos and of the couple. 
  4. A pathway or walkway can be utilized for some walking and holding hand photos. Be sure to stop for a kiss. 
  5. Use the building as a backdrop. Especially if the architecture is unique.  
  6. Some locations have water fountains or monuments.
  7. A great transitional photo is walking into the building or coming out of the building.

Pro Tip: When you hire an experienced elopement photographer they will guide you during the photoshoot so you don't have to come up with these elopement photography ideas. 

elopement photo of bride and groom with close up of dog in the foreground
courthouse elopement with couple posing at the staircase inside
courthouse elopement with couple posing at the staircase inside

2. Indoor Photos

Indoor elopement photos are a great way to remember the day. If you are looking for a special location and want to know if it checks this box be sure to research the location.  

  1. Take some shots inside the courthouse or city hall. Capture the couple standing in front of the building or sitting on the steps. Use the natural light available to create stunning portraits.
  2. Staircase shots: Many courthouses and city halls have beautiful staircases that can be used as a backdrop. You can take photos of the couple walking down the stairs or sitting on them.
  3. Checking in: Photos taken of the couple checking in and signing the marriage license and documents. 
  4. Ceremony room: Capture the moments during the ceremony. These are typically smaller rooms inside the courthouse. 

Pro Tip: Use google images to see what the courthouse looks like. 

Bride walking up behind groom under trees for a first look.

3. The First-look photo

A first-look photo is a special way to see each other before your civil marriage ceremony takes place. 

  1. Arrive separately at the destination
  2. Let the photographer help set up the moment
  3. Use what is available 
  4. Have the groom turned away from the bride
  5. The couple can be back to back and turn on the count of 3 
Bride walking up behind groom under trees for a first look.
candid moment of the bride and groom walking before elopement
candid moment of the bride and groom walking before elopement

4. Candid Momements

Capture the couple's candid moments as they interact with each other or with guests. 

  1. Candid moments: These photos can be more relaxed and natural, showcasing the couple's personalities and connection.
  2. Emotion: Capture the couple's emotions during the ceremony and throughout the day. These moments can create beautiful and memorable shots that showcase the couple's love and connection.
  3. Before the ceremony: Candid photos of the couple interacting before the ceremony.
  4. After the ceremony: Now that they are more relaxed and the jitters are gone, there are lots of moments to capture.

Pro Tip: Try to relax and let go of the stress of planning during your special day. Elopements are typically quick so don't waste time worrying about the details. Be in the moment and enjoy each other. 

Planning an elopement? Read our 5 steps for getting married at the Old Orange County Courthouse.  

wedding ring close up of diamond ring on grooms wedding band
wedding ring close up of diamond ring on grooms wedding band

5. Details

Elopements might not have as many details as a traditional wedding, but there are still plenty of photos to take. 

  1. Details: Focus on the details.
  2. Bride's bouquet.
  3. Groom's boutonniere.
  4. Wedding rings.
  5. The details of the wedding dress.

These details can create beautiful close-up shots and add a personal touch to the photos.

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6. Environmental Photos

  1. Cityscapes: If the courthouse or city hall is located in the city, use the surrounding cityscape as a backdrop.
  2. Capture the couple walking down the street, standing in front of a building, or sitting in a park. The city can add an urban edge to the photos.
  3. A second location can be used for more environmental photos, like walking around downtown or going to the beach. 
  4. Beach photos can be romantic and very picturesque. Take a look at these examples of a couple after their civil marriage ceremony.
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couple in front of courthouse steps just after the civil marriage ceremony
couple in front of courthouse steps just after the civil marriage ceremony

7. Celebratory Shot

The celebratory photo helps tell the love story of the couple. This is typically taken after the vows have been exchanged.

  1. The first kiss
  2. Walking out of the courthouse
  3. Family and friends embracing the couple
  4. Confetti or streamers shower the couple

Pro Tip: Exit the building holding hands and stop for a kiss. 

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Call Me Chris

I won't bore you with too many details, but I will say that I consider myself to be the luckiest guy in the world and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to merge my passion and career.

A couple of quick things about me personally. I was born and raised in Orange County. I currently live with my family near Huntington Beach where I love to surf or be in the ocean with my boys.

My passions include art, traveling, and of course photography.

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Meet Your Elopement Photographer

Male photographer holding camera.

Call Me Chris

I won't bore you with too many details, but I will say that I consider myself to be the luckiest guy in the world and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to merge my passion and career.

A couple of quick things about me personally. I was born and raised in Orange County. I currently live with my family near Huntington Beach where I love to surf or be in the ocean with my boys.

My passions include art, traveling, and of course photography.

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