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Adding an Officiant to your Elopement

After photographing so many elopements on the North Shore of Lake Superior, I began to realize how many of my couples needed an officiant on their elopement day. I always encourage folks that if there is a family member or friend in your life that is closest to you to choose them. As it's a cool way to have them be part of your day and it's a special bond you'll have for years and they will be in the back of your pictures.


But a lot of folks desire to have a very intimate elopement ceremony. As of the spring of 2022 I've started offering officiant services for my couples eloping in Minnesota or Wisconsin. 

I am an officiant through the Universal Life Church and am more than happy to walk you through the process. This isn't my first rodeo but also I am still just a photographer at the end of the day. I highly recommend consulting other sources as not all the details are here, this is just a general overview of what is needed to elope with me as your officiant. 


What Steps Need to be taken to get married? 

The Steps


Step 1- Schedule a Call

You can get to know who I am, ask me any questions and you can decide if we are a good fit. There is no commitment to book it's most important to me that you are excited about who you're hiring to photograph your wedding day and that you're well informed in making your decision.

Bring any questions you might have to this call too!

-Getting your marriage license from your county courthouse

- You'll need two witnesses

Step 2-  You'll need two witnesses

Pick someone you know or someone you don't know? It it totally your own preference. We could find two total strangers on trail to sign for your elopement or this person can be a guest, your videographer, your mom, best friend, the options are endless! This person must be willing to sign your marriage license. 

Step 3- Sign Contract and Pay Deposit

Your contract and deposit will be sent to you digitally. A $750 non-refundable deposit is paid to hold and book your day. Be sure to read over the contract and send over any questions or clarifications you might need.  I'm more than happy to explain any parts of the contract. 

Step 4- Complete Questionaire

questionnaire will be sent to you 1-3 months prior to your wedding. This gives me an idea of your wedding day plans, family relationships and what parts of the day are most important to you.  Once your questionnaire is completed. I can begin drafting your timeline from there.

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Step 5- Timeline Call

Your timeline draft will be shared with you and we will chat about it over the phone to get your approval. If you have an event planner they often handle crafting a timeline with you and this step would go very quickly. Most of my clients don't have event planners, and this timeline helps map out when you'd like specific areas of your day covered, where, when and specific things will take place.

Step 6- Wedding Day

It's your wedding day! On the day, I move around silently as your event happens capturing the joy, humor, excitement, and every little part that makes the story of your day. Enjoy every moment and trust the amazing team of vendors that make your day possible. 


Step 7- Image Delivery

Within a week of your wedding I send over your sneak peeks. The entire gallery will be completed within 4-6 weeks from your wedding day and delivered to you digitally. You can share, post, print, and enjoy the photos how ever you'd like. 

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