Whether you started planning a wedding and quickly realized -- this is NOT for us or knew from the get-go you wanted to elope, I'm so glad you are here! Eloping can mean anything from a two-person adventure to a micro wedding with 15 people or fewer. While a wedding is for people who like to host, eloping is for people who like to slow down, have an adventure and savor making memories with their very closest people.
An experience that includes all of the things you love and none of the things you don't.
Whether that's hiking to the top of a mountain at sunrise, or sipping beers by the fire or having a dance party or just hanging out and playing corn hole because that's what you love to do.
It's all of the fun and none of the stress of a wedding. It's getting married your way, whatever that looks like.
"Where do I start?!?!?! Kara was everything we could ask for and more. From the moment I picked up the phone she made everything easy. Kara is calm, fun, and easy going. She did everything for us; bustled my dressed, climb on cars and railings, hung flashes on chandeliers just to capture us as we are on the best day of our lives. I cried looking at our photos for the first time because she told our story exactly how we are. If you need a photographer for anything, run, don't walk, to Kara!! She is amazing, talented, kind, and easy to work with. She was the best decision I made for our elopement wedding. I feel so lucky to have had her to capture the best day of our lives!" - Christina & Mike
When you book with me, you get me! I photograph or film every elopement myself.
You will receive all the edited high-resolution digital files from your wedding day delivered in an online gallery. You can use this gallery to view, share and print your photos.
Whether it's location recommendations or feedback on shoe choice or crafting your day-of timeline or helping you find a VRBO, I'm available for you! You also get an elopement-specific guidebook with tips and tricks for how to have the best day ever.
I photograph weddings within a three hour radius of Roanoke, Virginia, including all of Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway as far south as Boone, NC. Your package is all inclusive - I take care of travel so all you have to worry about is having a great time on your wedding day!
You do not have to wait for months to see your photos when you work with me. I send out a 30+ photo sneak peek sampling of your day within 48 business hours of your wedding so you can quickly share a preview of stunning photos with your friends and family.
Schedule a free consultation call. When you and I connect on the phone, we’ll talk about your vision for your day. You can ask me any questions you might have and we can make sure you are 100% confident I’m the right fit to photograph and film your amazing elopement.
If you need planning help – like finding your venue or recommendations for other vendors – I’ll send those to you. We’ll also schedule your engagement session, if applicable. Throughout the entire process I’ll always be a phone call or email away.
Your elopement day rolls around and I’ll be there to document your incredible experience from start to finish.
I do! I do! I offer both elopement ceremony films and highlight films. Feel free to check out some of my recent work on Vimeo.
Most of my couples elope in Shenandoah National Park. But if avoiding crowds is your goal then I highly recommend making your home-base southwestern Virginia and letting me show you some of the incredible hidden gems further south.
All travel fees are included(!!!) within a three hour drive of Roanoke. That means if you are planning a wedding in Charlottesville or anywhere in the Shenandoah Valley or Shenandoah National Park or Boone, NC or the New River Gorge National Park, there are absolutely no travel fees for your wedding. I don't currently take on weddings outside of that radius.
- I'm a Virginia elopement and micro wedding expert. The majority of my weddings are for couples celebrating with fewer than 20 guests and I have allll the tips and tricks to help make your day incredible.
- I'm an outdoor person -- meaning when I'm not photographing weddings & elopements I'm exploring Virginia's mountains to scout new locations for my couples.
- I can seamlessly switch between photo and video when capturing your day
- I'm *really* good at helping people feel comfortable in front of the camera quickly
- I'm equally happy getting up at 3am and hiking up to a summit to watch you exchange your vows at sunrise as I am capturing an epic hopping reception at a local vineyard.
- Your gallery is *never* stiff, but WILL include a perfect mix of timeless, editorial-style portraits and natural, candid moments
Let me explain why not: your wedding deserves SO MUCH MORE than just an hour or two of coverage. This is a momentous event in your life. It deserves more documentation, more lasting photographic memories, than a quick one-off.
Kara made my wedding day happen! Everything from finding the location, helping me find a florist, and pick out an airbnb. If it wasn't for her the day wouldn't have happened so easily. Through the entire process Kara hung in there every time I changed my mind (67 times to be exact, including my wedding date!) and handled all of it so kindly. She builds a quick relationship with you and brings out the most real emotion in the pictures.
Kara is from the area and knows it like the back of her hand. She knew the exact spot we were getting married, where the sun will be at what time, what we needed to bring and keep in mind…I suggest getting as much time with her as you can. Between the detailed shots, family, individual shots... there is just so much to capture…If we could do it again we would do it just the same.
Kara’s presence throughout the day was calming, supportive and fun! Kara will capture the raw emotions of your wedding while leaving space for you to soak in every sweet moment with your person. Afterwards, a family member asked if some of our photos were posed or prompted (us crying together during vows)… nope! Kara has such a special talent and unique eye for capturing these memories so beautifully.
We’ll always be able to look back and remember how we felt in those moments, something that is truly invaluable.
Kara shot our wedding and put together the most beautiful wedding videos that we will cherish forever! Her adventurous personality shined through all of her creative ideas. Kara was a joy to work with and I’ll never forget our wedding day splashing in the creek thanks to her!