What is an Adventure Elopement?

If you’ve made it this far into our site, you’re most likely not the type of person to just follow everyone else and stick to tradition. You’re looking for something a little different, something that feels more you, more comfortable, more FUN. Enter adventure elopements. What is an Adventure Elopement, you ask? It’s your chance to do whatever the heck you want on your wedding day! That’s right. Picture yourself and the love of your life, atop a cliff overlooking the ocean waves in Ireland, an epic mountainscape in Patagonia, or a sandy desert in South Africa. It’s YOUR wedding day – make it an adventure!


What is an Adventure Elopement?

An adventure elopement is a chance to plan out your perfect day. That’s why we offer all-day coverage for elopements. We believe this day deserves more than just a ceremony and a “few quick pics”. This day should never be just about the photographs; it should always be about you two, your commitment, and your experience. Planning out the whole day for our couples to allow them time to slow down, enjoy being together, and have the best day of their lives is what we do best! Every part of this day is important; you are eloping, yes, but it’s still your wedding day. The time you spend getting ready is important. What you do after your ceremony is important. Every moment you spend with each other on this day deserves to be documented.

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As your photography team, it’s our job to guide you through this entire adventure. Not just as elopement photographers, but also as elopement planners and guides – we’re with you every step of the way! There is no idea too crazy for your elopement day; we’ll help you make it happen. Want to hike a mountain? Get married on a boat? Jump off a cliff into a waterfall? We’re here for it, and we can help you plan it.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about planning your dream, adventure elopement:

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Time of Year

Considering the time of year can help make your special day more comfortable. Do you hate being cold? Or maybe you can’t stand the thought of being sweaty? Keep these things in mind as you choose your date for your adventure elopement. Since it’s YOUR day, you can literally do anything you want. You can hike, bike, take a helicopter tour, brewery-hop, cliff jump, skinny dip, or camp out under the stars. The main thing is making the day what YOU want it to be. Be sure to keep in mind weather limitations, so you can best prep for your day!

In some months, certain trails or roads might be closed, and, in other months, water levels might be too high for safe swimming or boating. Think about what sort of experience you want to have and how you want things to feel, and use that as the first guide point in selecting your date. We’re experts on weather patterns and temperatures in varying locations in the Asheville area, and can help you figure out the best time of year to elope in Asheville!





If you’ve been planning, or even thinking, of an elopement for you and your partner, you’ve probably done some quick searches online of elopement locations in Asheville. Deciding on your location is so important because it can affect many factors of your day – getting ready and travel time, decor and guest limitations, and more.

When researching locations, you want to choose a spot that can host your guests and events with ease but also ensure you’re not running into large groups or other elopements happening. (Yes, this happens! You’d be surprised how many people are hiking up to their elopement to find another couple eloping in this same spot)!

That’s another place we come in; we’ve lived in the Asheville area for 7 years and know the mountains well. We listen to your vision for your day, what you want to do, what you want it to look and feel like, and point you towards epic locations that will make your heart sing. Not eloping in Asheville? That’s fine! We’ve traveled extensively and have amazing ideas for epic locations all over the world. Even if it’s somewhere we haven’t been yet, we’re pros at location scouting and helping you choose the best spots to promise each other forever!


Vow Exchange

An elopement is still your wedding day. It’s not just a quick event. It’s the day you are promising yourself to your partner and that commitment deserves more. We at Wilder Weddings Collective love listening to what our couples are imagining as a location for their vow exchange and helping to make it come true. Your elopement should be more than just a quick ceremony and pictures; this ceremony is the moment you two promise each other forever. Write letters to each other, seal a time capsule, pop champagne, write your own vows. Make it personal, make it meaningful, and take all the time you want. This only happens once, so cherish it and give it the honor it deserves.

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Guest List

An elopement doesn’t just have to be you and your spouse (unless you want it to be); you can also include a handful of your favorite people to celebrate with you! Whether you choose to have your family present for an intimate ceremony or you want to exchange your vows privately and then meet up with your best friends for dinner that night, we can plan it! It’s all about what you want and how YOU define an elopement. 

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An adventure elopement is a chance to craft a day that is truly about the two of you, your love for each other, and your love of adventure. We help our couples plan and live out their dream elopement with our custom elopement packages and planning services. If you’re just engaged and asking, “What is an Adventure Elopement,” or you’re already five steps into the planning process, we’re here to help you make this the best day of your life! 

Looking for some out-of-the-box elopement inspiration? Check out this adventurous Roan Mountain elopement here.

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