Emma & Martin didn’t tell anyone that they were getting married. Instead, they planned a 3-day hiking and climbing elopement in the Dolomite mountains in Italy, exploring the incredible scenery and saying their vows to one another at sunrise at the top of the mountain.
Planning a backpacking elopement can be an unforgettable way to start your lives as a married couple. Traveling to an amazing location in Europe and saying your vows to one another in an epic location is the perfect way to get married if you are the type of couple that prefers nature, isolation and the great outdoors over big parties with lots of people you barely know. This backpacking elopement planning guide can help you start planning your amazing elopement adventure in Europe.
Molly & Todd flew from New York to the Austrian Alps to celebrate their marriage with an intimate Seefeld wedding on the Seefelderjoch. They travelled with their immediate family AND their gorgeous dog Arlo for their unique mountain ceremony in the middle of the Austrian Alps.
You said yes to the love of your life, and now you’re engaged! But perhaps you’ve started wedding planning, and you’re realised you don’t want a big expensive wedding, full of people that you feel obliged to invite. Then perhaps a crazy idea pops in to your minds. Why don’t we elope? Eloping is one of the most exciting and intimate ways to get married and start your new lives together as a married couple. One of the best things about having an elopement instead of a traditional wedding is that there are NO RULES! You can do whatever you like, and go wherever you want. And if you are picturing yourselves going to a big adventure to somewhere wild and beautiful, the Dolomites in Italy might just be the dream destination you’ve been searching for. The Dolomites have it all; spectacular views, adventure and alone time that you have been craving for. If you’re looking to fill your lungs with fresh mountain air and your spirit with adventure on your wedding day, then the Dolomites have so much to offer. They are home to some of the most breathtaking alpine scenery in Europe, maybe even the world (although I am pretty biased)! Living in the Tyrol region (which borders the Dolomites) for almost 10 years, I’ve discovered some of the most beautiful locations that would be perfect for your elopement. Whilst some of these locations are known world-wide for their stunning beauty, many of these locations are off-the-beaten-path, and more of a local secret. Some are easy to reach and others require a bit of effort, but the views you’ll see when you get there will make it well worthwhile. This Dolomites elopement guide is here to help you plan the most incredible day of your lives.
Whether you are planning a big wedding celebration, an intimate destination wedding or an elopement in Austria, a wedding planner can help make the process streamlined and stress-free. In the last four years of working across Tirol and further afield, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of amazing wedding planners in Austria. These wedding planners all went above and beyond to create the most incredible days for their couples, and they are all absolutely wonderful human beings too.
Whether you are looking for a native English speaking wedding planner in Austria who specialises in destination weddings, or you’re looking for a local wedding planner who speaks English, the follow Austrian Wedding planners are all amazing. I’ve worked with them all personally, and can highly recommend each and every one of them.
The local cows crashed this Rössl Alm wedding in Gerlos in the Austrian Alps and almost stole the show on Emma & Adam’s wedding day.
The Faroe Islands are being called “The Next Iceland” and for good reason. This little archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean is a nature lovers paradise. The breathtaking scenery is still unspoiled and even in “high season” you can hike without seeing too many other people on the trails. Last month I was in the Faroe Islands for an elopement with a wonderful couple from Ireland and Singapore, and also an adventure session with a gorgeous couple from Russia. So I thought it might be fun to put together a short post with some inspiration for a Faroe Islands Elopement
The Faroe Islands absolutely stole my heart the first time I visited in 2017 and are still right at the top of my list of the most beautiful places on the planet, alongside the Dolomites and Patagonia. In July I was fortunate enough to photograph an elopement in the Faroe Islands, and since I’ve had a few people asking me, I thought I’d put together a short post on “how to elope in the Faroe Islands” with some of the things I’ve learned on my visits.
Have you ever been somewhere that took your breath away. Somewhere you always vowed you’d return to? When Y & J first traveled to the Dolomites for a climbing trip a couple of years ago, they fell in love with the dramatic scenery of the Italian Alps. So when they got engaged, they wanted to return to the place where they’d had one of their most incredible adventures for their intimate wedding in the Dolomites.
Petya & Tihomir traveled all the way from Bulgaria to the Dolomites for their elopement. Their intimate first look at the boathouse at Lago di Braies was just the start of their incredible day of adventure. Afterwards they headed up in to the mountains for their Tre Cime elopement ceremony.
There is only one way to describe Adam & Michelle’s hiking elopement in the Dolomites. EPIC. They hiked for 10 days across the Italian Alps and on the final day of their adventure they eloped. The trip was full of unexpected challenges, stunning scenery and unforgettable moments. Here’s just a small taster of their incredible adventure.
If you are considering eloping, or you know someone that already has, you might have heard people voice their opinions on elopements. Maybe it’s got you asking yourself, “is it selfish to elope?” Whilst there will always be some people that might say that it is, I believe eloping can actually be the opposite of selfish. Keep reading to find out why.
An engagement adventure session in the Italian Dolomites. When Rena & Thomas’ plans had to be changed at the last minute, we came up with this pretty epic plan B with mountain lakes and alpine meadows.
Laurel & Dustin didn’t want a traditional wedding. Their plan was to get married at the courthouse in their home state then take an amazing trip to Europe to celebrate. They decided to take their wedding photos during their trip and decided the stunning Lake Braies in the Dolomites would be the perfect spot. Keeping the un-traditional vibes, Laurel opted to wear a stunning gold wedding gown, which added a touch of glamour to their wild and rustic location in the Italian Alps.
I’m in love with Austria. But that’s probably not a surprise because that’s why I moved here from the UK. But I think Austria is a hugely overlooked destination when it comes to planning an elopement in Europe, or even in the Alps. Most people look at the Swiss Alps and the Italian Alps first, as they are perhaps better known worldwide. But there are so many reasons to elope in Austria, and more specifically, the Austrian Alps. I believe that the Austrian Alps are definitely somewhere you need to consider if you are looking for a mountain elopement in Europe.
If you want to elope in the Dolomites, this post with give you a great starting point for planning your Dolomites elopement.
I’ve been in love with Austria since I came over to work my first winter season in the Alps. I honestly believe it is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and that’s why I chose to move here and get married here. If you are wondering how to elope in Austria, then hopefully this post will help you.
Erika & Nathan’s legal wedding ceremony took place over Skype (who else had no idea that was actually a thing?!) whilst Nathan was serving overseas in the military. Since these two didn’t get to spend their wedding day on the same continent as one another, they wanted to celebrate their marriage by travelling together to somewhere stunningly beautiful and going on an adventure together. And that somewhere that they chose was Lago di Braies in the Dolomites region of the Italian Alps.
For my 34th birthday, Menno & I spent a long weekend exploring the lesser-visited northwest areas of County Donegal & Sligo in Ireland, discovering the raw beauty of the landscape.
Elizabeth & Matt’s Cliffs of Moher elopement was a day of wild weather, but nothing was going to stop them having the best day of their lives. They embraced the unforgiving weather and had the most heart-warming ceremony on the top of the Cliffs of Moher before warming up with dinner and drinks in the most Irish way – a pint of Guiness in the local pub!
Gerry-Rae and Nick love the beautiful Austrian town of Zell am See. So they decided to make it the location for the spring skiing wedding in the Alps. Their closest family and friends travelled out to Austria, many of them seeing the mountains for the very first time, and witnessed these two tying the knot in Zell Am See’s Rathaus. After their ceremony, they hit the slopes for a few laps of the pistes before continuing celebrations in the AreitLounge.
Paul & Caireen love the snow and the mountains, so they decided to get married on the top of a mountain in Austria. Their ceremony was held inside the White Lounge Igloo Village in Mayrhofen, and afterwards they took to the ski slopes to celebrate.
Abby & Jeff met on the ski hill back home in the USA where Abby was teaching skiing and Jeff was race coaching. So skiing is a huge part of their lives and their love story. This winter they decided to plan the ultimate ski trip to Europe. They visited three countries, attended 4 world cup alpine skiing events AND they got married in one of the most famous ski resorts in the world, Kitzbühel. Unfortunately I was already booked for their wedding day, but Abby really wanted to have pictures of them skiing in their wedding clothes, so they decided to book an adventure session with me for a trash the dress skiing wedding shoot a few days after the wedding.