What is an elopement?

An elopement is just a different style of wedding where you pay close attention to who you actually want to be there and what you actually want to do with your life-altering day. An elopement could just be you two, it could include your very closest family or friends, or it could be a small affair with up to about 25 people (often referred to as an intimate wedding.) You can hike, you can go to a brewery, you can swim in the ocean, you can really do whatever you want --but the only thing you have to do is get married!

 

While eloping used to have a negative connotation, it's now seen as a wonderful, freeing experience --the kind that couples who had a big wedding wish they'd chosen instead. Small weddings like this produce significantly less stress, give you the freedom to be your true selves, and live life with more intention and meaning.

Why should we elope in California?

 

My beloved state has it ALL.

 

Stunning mountains, sandy beaches, enchanting big tree forests, epic rocky shorelines, rolling hills, vast deserts, and all of it is drenched in that gorgeous golden sunshine!

 

With access to multiple national parks, great weather all year round, and every terrain you can think of within a few hours of each other, I can't see why anyone wouldn't want to elope here!

 

Being slightly obsessed with this state, I know all the best and off the beaten path spots! I'm here to help you hit up the environment you are looking for (or even two, seriously, you can watch the sunrise over the mountains and gape at an equally as beautiful sunset over the ocean --all in one day!)

Boho Zion National Park Elopement

Some of my other favorite elopement DESTINATIONS:

  • Hawaii
  • Glacier National Park
  • New Mexico
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Costa Rica
  • The Pacific Northwest
  • Beartooth Highway
  • New Zealand
  • Zion National Park
  • Switzerland
  • Million Dollar Highway
  • White Sands National Park
Do you really wantjusta photographer?

Or are you looking for someone who...

  • will become a friend who cares about you + your day and advocates for your deepest desires
  • supports you through all of your decisions and will happily go with the flow whenever things head in a different direction
  • encourages you to think intentionally and celebrate hard (elopements aren't any less of a big deal just because they are small!)
  • guides you to the most stunning landscapes you've ever seen and the best time of day to witness them
  • will sign your marriage license as an officiant or witness to make things all nice and legal
  • takes the time to get to know you so that your photos are more than just about the poses, but true representations of who you two are

What other couples are saying:

“We're floored, stunned, agog, thrilled, teary-eyed, and squealing with joy (well, Mark was. I'm totally stoic.) over the incredible gallery of images from our wedding day. Your photography speaks directly to my heart and the photos you took are among my most prized possessions. You are masterful and humble and lovable and talented.

Literally the best investment we've ever made!"

-Lorelei

"Our photographs mean everything to us and more. The way Joni creates natural movement and turns them into the most touching and intimate photos is incredible. We received so many photos of the *little* moments that truly created such a great day. She truly puts thought into the way she photographs and it really shows!

Like they say, you get what you pay for and I truly believe that. If you want amazing wedding photos, it's reality that you have to expect to pay more. I had so many people say they couldn't believe what I was comfortable with paying for a photographer - those same people are now coming back saying they've never seen such beautiful wedding photos. I think that speaks for itself!"

-Maegan

"Our investment has definitely been worth every penny! I can't recommend Joni highly enough! She is outstanding and beautifully talented. I absolutely love all the photos. I have scrolled them again and again and each time I'm filled with happiness and a joyful feeling of the future. I can't wait to show these photos off for the rest of my life.

We love you, Joni!! Thank you for capturing the magic with your humor and grace.
Forever grateful you were our photographer."

-Kate

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Elopement Packages

 

The perfect package for any destination

Abroadelopements+intimate weddings.

 

Included:

  • 8 hours of coverage
  • One-on-one consultations to get to know you two and help uncover your desires for your day
    • phone chats
    • questionnaires
    • location recommendations
  • Travel to any International location included
  • Time to hand-select and edit the final gallery of images
  • Digital gallery hosted for 10 years where you can view, download, print and share your images

 

Pricing starting at $6500

U.S.elopements+intimate weddings.

 

Included:

  • 8 hours of coverage
  • One-on-one consultations to get to know you two and help uncover your desires for your day
    • phone chats
    • questionnaires
    • location recommendations
  • Travel to any U.S. location included
  • Time to hand-select and edit the final gallery of images
  • Digital gallery hosted for 10 years where you can view, download, print and share your images

 

Pricing starting at $5500

NorCalelopements+intimate weddings.

 

Included:

  • 4 hours of coverage
  • One-on-one consultations to get to know you two and help uncover your desires for your day
    • phone chats
    • questionnaires
    • location recommendations
  • Travel to any Northern California location included
  • Time to hand-select and edit the final gallery of images
  • Digital gallery hosted for 10 years where you can view, download, print and share your images

 

Pricing starting at $3000

Sequoia Elopement Photo
SoCalelopements+intimate weddings.

Included:

  • 4 hours of coverage
  • One-on-one consultations to get to know you two and help uncover your desires for your day
    • phone chats
    • questionnaires
    • location recommendations
  • Travel to any Southern California location included
  • Time to hand-select and edit the final gallery of images
  • Digital gallery hosted for 10 years where you can view, download, print and share your images

Pricing starting at $2500

Are you ready to start planning your Elopement now?

Get in touch today so we can talk about your wild & free elopement experience!

What if we aren't gettingmarriedyet?

Don't fret! I've still got something for you...

Join me for a Wild & Free Session were we enjoy nature, have some fun, and make memories together! This is a popular option among couples who haven't gotten engaged yet but still want to celebrate, recently engaged couples who are excited to announce their commitment, or married couples who want to toast to their time together in this union. This is not a session available for actual wedding ceremonies because I believe your nuptials deserve so much more than just a little photoshoot!

 

This is great for:

- couples photos (especially on vacation;)

- engagement photos (don't skip celebrating this!)

- honeymoon photos (fun in the sun!)

- Anniversary sessions (and not just the big ones, like 5 or 10 years!)

- bridal sessions (didn't love your wedding photos? Let's have a redo and get a second life out of that dress!)

 

Pricing starting at $1,000

 

Are you ready for the very last piece to the

wild & free

experience?

Wild & Free Boudoir

Do you want to feel free? Liberated? One with nature? This is for you!

I've set out to create an experience that combats the critical body image messages we see so often.

Join me out in nature where you will have complete control over what you wear (or don't wear), dance on a mountaintop in your skivvies (turns out that's really fun), and release all of that negative energy.

I want to hear from you today!

It's ok if you don't have a date or location yet --that's what I'm here for! To help you!

Just share your vision and we will make it come to life. Together.

 

All other inquires email hello@jonibilderback.com

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