ELOPING IN ALASKA – ALASKA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER VIDEOGRAPHER & PLANNER

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Howdy, 🤠👋 we’re Samuel & Karly, your award-winning Alaska elopement photographer videographer & planner team.

A lot more than just Alaska elopement photographers.

We’re your complete experience creators.

Not only will we create EPIC photos and video for you, but we’ll help you plan the whole thing too.

Most importantly, we make it all FUN.

Think of us as Alaska elopement wedding ninjas, or Jedi. “Wedi” even.

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We’ll be your Woda

They provided us with great direction and their calm nature made us feel comfortable in front of the camera.”

THIRD EYE COUPLE 🕉 SARA & CHRIS

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ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT PLANNING GUIDES

ADVENTURE ELOPEMENTS ARE THE FASTEST GROWING WEDDING TREND IN THE WORLD

SO…WHAT DOES ELOPE MEAN ANYWAY?

Here’s what elopement has previously been defined as;

  • Elope (e·lope) – run away secretly in order to get married, especially without parental consent. run away to marry. run off/away together. slip away. sneak off. run off/away with a lover.

So things have changed…

The definition of elopement has evolved in the wedding photography space as;

  • a “just us,” or intentional intimate wedding experience with only the closest of family and friends (and us of course.)
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WHAT IS AN ALASKA ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT?

Simply put, an Alaska adventure elopement is an outdoor intimate wedding experience immersed in the State & National Parks epic beauty, which focuses entirely on YOU and YOUR PARTNER.

WHY SHOULD I ELOPE?

HERE’S THE TOP 7 REASONS TO ELOPE:

  1. You want a “just us” experience that focuses on intimacy and intentionality
  2. You don’t want to plan a party for hundreds of people
  3. You want to avoid family drama
  4. You want way less planning and stress
  5. You value authentic moments over material things
  6. You want truly EPIC photos and video
  7. You want an adventure!

This intentional experience focuses completely on you and your partner.

There are epic alternatives to planning a massive party for hundreds of people.

Each year, more and more couples are choosing to enjoy an adventure elopement or small intimate wedding experience.

Get married how YOU want to.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM AN ALASKA ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY VIDEOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE?

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We’ll hang out and create epic images at a National Park.

The Alaska elopement experience can be as rugged or luxurious as you’d like.

All levels of adventurers are welcome, even if you’ve never traveled, hiked or camped a day in your life.

There is an Alaska elopement adventure for everyone.

This is a 100% inclusive experience.

Alaska elopements have many forms.

They’re most commonly enjoyed at State and National Parks, or nearby areas.

Some of the most popular and epic are places like Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords, and Denali National Park.

The options for your big day are absolutely magical.

Karly and I are here to help you every step of the way.

VISUALIZE YOUR DREAM ALASKA ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE

Consider the details of the most epic day of your life…

  • Where are you two? Whats around you? What kind of epic scenery do you see?
    • Ice blue glaciers, mountains, valleys, frozen seas or ice caves?
  • Is the sun setting? Is it rising? Is there a golden or amethyst horizon?
  • What is your partner wearing? An all black suit, a black wedding dress, a fairytale white wedding dress with a long train flowing in the wind on a canyon’s edge?
  • Do you envision a glacier ceremony at sunset? Followed by a nighttime bonfire Airbnb reception?
  • Imagine exploring this new world for DAYS before and after your amazing celebration.

YOU DESERVE THIS.

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WE’LL MAKE PLANNING YOUR ENTIRE ALASKA ELOPEMENT EASY

From the moment you contact us we’re going to help you plan the best Alaska elopement experience possible.

Planning aspects like travel, food, lodging, weather, back-up plans, park permits, photography permits, marriage license, guests, timeline, ceremony, reception, vendors, wedding and adventure attire, equipment, how to leave no trace, and so on.

Helping plan also means ensuring you’re choosing the right photographer.

Choosing a photographer for your most intimate and sacred day should be done with the utmost care. Not only will you be with them (us) for up to 12 hours on the wedding day, but you’ll be in close contact through the whole process, from planning to post, and even for years after.

Especially when we create the adventurers bond.

HOW TO PLAN AN ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT IN ALASKA

  • CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER
    • This one’s easy. 😉 And we’re videographers too! Even easier. =)
  • CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT LOCATION AND DATE
    • We’ve combined these two elements because they are very interdependent. The time of year will dictate what the best choice for your location will be and vice versa. We’ll provide you with the best possible option based on your personal interests;
      • National Parks rich with mountains, canyons, forests, glaciers, lakes, or deserts.
  • SAVE YOUR ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT DATE
    • Once we’ve discovered the most epic location and date for your adventure we’ll complete the retainer step of the booking process to save your date and make it official!
  • BEGIN PLANNING YOUR ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE
    • Now we’ll work through curating the finer details of the adventure elopement experience.

We’ll make all of this EASY.

We’ve also created a more in-depth guide on the 17 Steps to Plan Your Dream Adventure Elopement Wedding.

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ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT TESTIMONIAL

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“Best Adventure Elopement Photographer and Videographer on the Planet”

“Samuel and Karly of ThirdEyeSamuel exceeded our expectations in every way and gave us a truly unique experience, while capturing the events so eloquently. They are true masters of their craft; not just in their ability to take beautiful and artisitic photos, but their professional communication skills, creativity, vibrant energy, humor, and product turnaround time. We cannot express enough how happy we are to have chosen ThirdEyeSamuel to share this occasion with.

If you’re looking to hire one of the best Adventure Elopement Photographers and Videographers look no further!”

THIRD EYE COUPLE 🕉 JACOB & CHELSEA

WHERE ARE THE BEST PLACES TO ELOPE IN ALASKA?

DENALI NATIONAL PARK

KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK

GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK

KNIK GLACIER [HELICOPTER TOUR]

CHUGACH MOUNTAINS [HELICOPTER TOUR]

COLUMBIA GLACIER

MENDENHALL GLACIER ICE CAVE

Without a doubt Alaska is home to some of the most magical elopement places out of anywhere in the whole country. We highly recommend devoting 3 days to a week to explore your destination.

BEST TIME TO VISIT ALASKA [JUN-AUG]

WEEKDAY WEEKDAY WEEKDAY. If you can, definitely elope during the week! This will dodge the crowds and give you the most private experience.

Summer months would be our top recommendation, this is from about June to August. However, winter months can offer the magical Alaskan mid-day sunset too though.

Always book as far in advance as possible when holding a ceremony at a National Park.

For the most beautiful photos and video we recommend sunrise and sunset. Remember, this can be very different times than you’re used to if you’re not an Alaskan native.

And if you’re still considering other locations for your adventure elopement wedding…

[217 Best Places to Elope in the US and World]

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ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT TIPS

  • Create a back up plan
  • Book as far in advance as possible
  • Bring water – we recommend a camelbak or similar (3 liter minimum size) or at least a 1L bottle
  • Be mindful of aligning geographic location and seasonal climate
  • Weekdays are highly recommended because your chance for an intimate and private experience skyrockets
  • Sunrise / early morning and evening / sunset will create the most beautiful imagery
  • Obtain marriage license prior to the adventure
  • Purchase Special Park Use Permit ($150) through National Park Service.
  • Expect to hike (1-6+ miles) for photo-walk and ceremony
  • Hiking boots highly recommended (can bring other shoes for the shoot if desired)
  • Choose wedding dress appropriate for your adventure plan (can pack to photo/ceremony location too)
  • Mentally prepare to trash the dress – it’s worth it
  • Don’t expect to source cake or cupcakes locally
  • Sun protection – proper protective clothing and/or sunscreen
  • Hair and make up artist can be hard to find near some parks
  • Be mindful and respectful of your surroundings while hiking and camping
  • Don’t bring confetti or similar items that will pollute environment
  • Leave your spaces cleaner than when you found them #leavenotrace
  • Consider hiring an official guide for more technical adventures
  • Enjoy every moment of this sacred experience with your best friend
bride and groom climb rock formations together at Alaska national park during their adventure elopement photography videography session by thirdeyesamuel. groom is lifting bride up to him. her dress is hanging down the rock below her creating beautiful contrast in environment
national park adventurous Alaska elopement wedding bride and groom grab each others butts while looking off into distance. they stand underneath of a massive natural wedding arch made of boulders balancing on one another

THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT CHECKLIST

  • Visualize the scenery with your amazing partner
    • Mountain, desert, glacier, forest, lake, beach, cave, cliff, canyon, mid-air…space?!
  • Craft perfect combination of location and date with planner
  • Elopement planner (us) — we 📋
  • Photographer (us) —— really 📷
  • Videographer (us) ——- make 🎥
  • Officiant (us) ——————this 🤠
  • Witnesses (us) —————easy 🤩
  • Create back-up(s) for your location and date
  • Acquire permits and/or reservations
  • Obtain marriage license
  • Travel & lodging (Airbnb is amazing)
  • Adventure equipment
  • Florist – fake or real either way they’re gorgeous, bouquets adventure well too! 💐
  • Cake (cupcakes?) 🧁 cupcakes adventure well
  • Decor – maybe you want a giant hexagon wedding arbor
  • Rings – the sacred symbol of eternal union! 💍
  • Wedding dress & attire – appropriate to the adventure
  • “Spells” / Vows – cast them, freestyle them, write them, say them 3 different times if you want
  • Invitations – or maybe it’s “just us”
  • Ceremony – on a glacier only possible by helicopter? 🚁
  • Reception – maybe a cliff-side bonfire or airbnb party
  • Honeymoon (a week of exploring your epic destination?)
  • Announcement – “shout from the mountaintops…” literally? ⛰
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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ELOPE IN ALASKA?

Elopements in Alaska typically cost anywhere from $7,000-$20,000+ including the photography and videography.

This is considerably less than the average wedding.

The average wedding in the United States costs approximately $34,000.

The main difference is that you’re investing in an experience for fewer people, which in turn leads to a much higher quality experience for each person.

A major factor of this higher quality experience is enjoying a multi-day adventure elopement + honeymoon. Imagine a week long adventure as newlyweds in an absolutely magical location. EPIC.

We highly recommend investing 3-7 days to fully explore and appreciate your epic destination.

You can even hire a photographer (🤠🏴‍☠️) for multiple days, to document even more of your amazing story.

Especially if you’re feeling adventurous enough to skydive, BASE jump, highline, climb or go off-roading.

Get married the way YOU want to. 🏴‍☠️

ALASKA ELOPEMENT PACKAGES & PRICING

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Alaska Elopement Packages

Photo + Video Alaska Elopement Package Includes:

  • 4+ hours photo + video coverage with Samuel & Karly
  • Hi-res images showcased, delivered and downloadable in professional online gallery
  • Highlight video 5-10 minutes with vows and/or music
  • Highlight video 1 minute for social media with vows and/or music
  • GoPro personal POV video
  • Drone aerial photo / video (location + weather permitting)
  • Large print sized appropriately for your living space
  • Adventure Elopement planning
  • Second Photographer / Videographer
  • Adventure equipment provided
  • Vendor & Location recommendations
  • Tea ceremony
  • Lifelong adventurers friendship

 Alaska Elopement Pricing

The 4+ Hour Alaska Elopement Photo + Video pricing starts at $5117. Photo only starts at $3417.

We do not charge for travel (Van-life perks 🚐).

We offer fully customizable packages.

My fiancé and I always get very nervous before taking photos because it can be kind of awkward at times. Not with this duo! Samuel and Karly are awesome. They made us feel very calm and relaxed…

THIRD EYE COUPLE 🕉 MEGAN & ERIK

Alaska Adventure Sessions: for Engagements, Proposals, Trash the Dress, Anniversaries, Vow Renewals, Couples (and any reason you can dream up because they’re epic)

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Alaska Adventure Session Packages

Photo + Video Alaska Adventure Session Package Includes:

  • 2 hour photo + video coverage with Samuel & Karly
  • Hi-res images showcased, delivered and downloadable in professional online gallery
  • Highlight video 3 minutes with music
  • Highlight video 1 minute for social media with music
  • GoPro personal POV video
  • Drone aerial photo / video (location + weather permitting)
  • Large print sized appropriately for your living space (+$500)
  • Adventure Session planning
  • Second Photographer / Videographer
  • Location recommendations
  • Lifelong adventurers friendship

Alaska Adventure Session Pricing

The 2 hour Photo + Video Alaska Adventure Session pricing begins at $3417. Photo only begins at $2617.

These sessions are designed for engagements, proposals, trash the dress, anniversaries, vow renewals, couples, and simply because they’re epic and should be enjoyed for any reason you can possibly dream up.

Like our elopement packages, the adventure sessions are also fully customizable.

We had the most amazing time with Samuel and Karly at our adventurous ‘Trash the Dress’ photo shoot. Wearing my wedding gown in an epic outdoor location while suspended in the sky was an experience of a lifetime! Samuel and Karly at ThirdEyeSamuel are THE best Adventure Elopement Photographers and Videographers, and I cannot recommend them enough. They went above and beyond to create an unforgettable experience and authentically captured every moment on camera.. from multiple angles, too! I will forever cherish this day and the many beautiful images and videos <3”

THIRD EYE COUPLE 🕉 CHELSEA & JACOB

ALASKA ELOPEMENT PLANNING RESOURCES

ALASKA LEAVE NO TRACE [LNT] – “MUST KNOW”

DENALI NATIONAL PARK

DENALI PERMITS & RESERVATIONS

DENALI CURRENT CONDITIONS

DENALI OPERATING HOURS & SEASONS

GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK

GLACIER BAY PERMITS & RESERVATIONS

GLACIER BAY CURRENT CONDITIONS

GLACIER BAY OPERATING HOURS & SEASONS

KENAI FJORD NATIONAL PARK

KENAI FJORDS PERMITS & RESERVATIONS

KENAI FJORDS CURRENT CONDITIONS

KENAI FJORDS OPERATING HOURS & SEASONS

ALLTRAILS – ALASKA HIKING & LANDSCAPE INFO

BEST HIKES IN ALASKA ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN DENALI NATIONAL PARK ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN DENALI STATE PARK ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN DENALI WILDERNESS ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK ALLTRAILS

BEST HIKES IN ANCHORAGE ALLTRAILS

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN ALASKA AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN ALASKA AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY NEAR DENALI NATIONAL PARK AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN SEWARD AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KNIK RIVER AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN ANCHORAGE AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN JUNEAU AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN GUSTAVUS AIRBNB

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN FAIRBANKS AIRBNB

ALASKA ELOPEMENT WEDDING VENDORS [CREATORS]

PHOTOGRAPHY – THIRDEYESAMUEL

VIDEOGRAPHY – THIRDEYESAMUEL

PLANNING – THIRDEYESAMUEL

OFFICIANT – THIRDEYESAMUEL

OFFICIANT // ALASKA ELOPEMENT WEDDING OFFICIANT – CELTIC MINISTRIES

OFFICIANT // ALASKA ELOPEMENT WEDDING OFFICIANT – SAY YES ALASKA

OFFICIANTS // ALASKA ELOPEMENT WEDDING OFFICIANTS – WEDDING WIRE LIST

FLORIST // ALASKA ELOPEMENT WEDDING FLORIST – KERRY QUADE

FLORISTS // ALASKA ELOPEMENT WEDDING FLORISTS – WEDDING WIRE LIST

HMUA // ALASKA ELOPEMENT HAIR & MAKE UP – CULTURED ESTHEITCS [IG HERE]

HMUA // ALASKA WEDDING HAIR & MAKE UP ARTISTS – WEDDING WIRE LIST

ALASKA HELICOPTER TOURS

KNIK GLACIER HELICOPTER LANDING TOUR

DENALI HELICOPTER LANDING TOUR

TOP ALASKA HELICOPTER TOURS

TOP ANCHORAGE HELICOPTER TOURS

ALASKA MARRIAGE LICENSE

ALASKA MARRIAGE LICENSE

ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT PLANNING GUIDES


We thank you for flying ThirdEyeSamuel Alaska Airways. May this information find you well and assist you in your elopement wedding planning journey.

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