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Micro Weddings & Small Intimate Weddings
& Pre/Post Wedding Day Sessions

Adventure Elopement and Small Intimate Wedding Photographer

Hey Friends,
My name is Janel and I am so glad that you have made it to this page. Let's start off with a little about me. The most important part of picking your elopement/wedding photographer is finding someone you can vibe with. Here we go! I am a huge advocate for all-day coffee. Yassss! If I can get away with wearing pajamas believe I am going to do it. My best friend is my dog, yeah he is a little spoiled. I love eating potatoes any kind of way you could imagine, Being outdoors in nature surrounded by wilderness is my favorite thing. I have never felt more at peace than I do when I am by myself in nature, exploring new areas. It is truly my happiest place. I am a huge introvert and need time by myself to reset. I am such a nerd and love laying around reading a good book. I love watching funny TV sitcoms like Friends, New Girl, and Schitt's Creek. Well enough about me, let's get to the part that is all about you. I can't wait to get to know you!

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"Once upon a time, there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering."
-Nicole Krauss

Mountain top Wedding in Christiansburg VA

What is a Small Intimate Wedding?

I often refer to Small Intimate Weddings as having no more than 50 guests, include a small bridal party and still have several events throughout the day. This can include things like the ceremony, dinner, reception, a small bridal party, etc. They usually last about 6-8 hours in total. The main difference in a small intimate wedding and a regular wedding is a smaller guest list so the couple can really upgrade their guests experience and spend some more intimate time making memories with just their closest friends and family. Usually these are held at a wedding venue as opposed to an adventure elopement on the side of a cliff or somewhere more exotic. This is such a great way to create an unforgettable experience for your wedding day.

"I love your feet because they have wandered over the earth and through the wind and water until they brought you to me." -Pablo Neruda
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"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."

What is a Micro Wedding?

Micro Weddings are…
These types of wedding generally have no bridal party, just a ceremony and some portraits and usually less than 20 people in attendance. These types of Weddings are generally to document your special day in front of a few loved ones while skipping most of the other traditional activities. They usually last around 2-4 hours. Most of people who choose this kind of wedding want to get married now without all the fuss or might even be planning a larger wedding for later on, after the world has calmed down or they have saved enough for their dream wedding. While these weddings skip most of the traditional things they can still include things like a toast, cutting of the cake, first dance, etc. Though these weddings skip a lot of things they are not any less of a wedding. You still get all the edited photos and a video compilation with a song of your choosing. 


Who are Small Intimate & Micro Weddings for?

People generally spend more money on food and beverages at weddings than anything else. This allows people to upgrade the experience for a smaller amount of their closest friends and family. 

You also, get to spend more time with each family member and guest. This creates more treasured memories for you and those in attendance.

Both these types of weddings are becoming increasingly more popular since the pandemic that turned the world upside down. Venues have put limitations on the amount of people allowed in one place and the amount of space they need to be able to have between them.

This is one of the most epic things about small weddings, you can literally do it  Anyway you could possibly imagine!

What is a Pre/Post Wedding Day Session?

Unlike getting an engagement session 3-6 months before your wedding, a pre wedding shoot is where you do bridal portraits in your wedding attire in a more relaxed setting, usually outdoors in an epic location.


Most people opt for the post wedding day shoot because they prefer not to see each other fully dressed until after they have said their vows, traditionally. The other bonus for doing it after your wedding is that it won't matter if your dress gets a little dirty, you would have plenty of time to dry clean it, and your flowers are still fresh so you can use them again. 

Either way you choose to do it, this is a beautiful way to have literally the best of both worlds. You can have your formal wedding with all your friends and family and you can have epic wedding pictures with more intimate moments between just the two of you. 

Some couples even prepare more personal vows to read or have small traditions that are meant for just the two of them. There are so many things that you can do differently to totally maximize your wedding photos and you can even relive some of the best parts of your day but once again with just the two of you, this makes it even more special. All in all it really is a beautiful way to make the most of your wedding. 

What would we even do during a pre/post wedding day shoot?

You’ll smile. A lot. You’ll laugh, maybe cry (I usually do). You’ll have a whole adventure together that you enjoy every minute of.

Adventure Elopement at Bald Knob in the Mountains of Pembroke VA
"yours is the light by which my spirit's born:
yours is the darkness of my soul's return
-you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars"
-E.E. Cummings

Why should you do a pre-post wedding day session?

The biggest bonus of doing a pre/post wedding shoot is not having to cram all your bridal portraits into 30 minutes in the middle of your wedding day. Bonus you get more photos in a whole new beautiful location. It can cut down on so much stress and anxiety over little things not panning out the day of, which almost always happens. Then you can truly relax and enjoy the best day of your lives.

Plus you get to maximize those beautiful wedding clothes that you spent so much money on. You can even decide to go with an alternate style for your hair and make-up.

You can get adventurous photos as well as your beautiful wedding day photos. You can also get more creative with your poses to have way more variety without sacrificing any of your time with your guests. The best part is that in case of bad weather you can reschedule your bridal pictures so nothing gets sacrificed. 

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Let's get down to what you really want to know...

How do you decide which session is the best option for you or if you should just scrap it all and elope? 

At the end of the day whatever decision you make needs to make you and your significant other the happiest person ever. This really is all about what you want on your Special Day. You shouldn't have to sacrifice or go without. Don't be pressured into doing anything that you don't want to do because of old traditions that no longer serve you. Choose everything that you believe in and cannot live without. 

Can I have a reception with a Micro Wedding?

Generally no, the Micro Weddings are all about the ceremony and capturing those details with some pictures of your closest family and friends.  The Small Intimate Wedding would work a lot better with all the extra traditions and bells and whistles. 

Do I get a video for each type of session?

Yes absolutely, no matter which type of wedding package you choose you will get all the edited photos, and a video compilation with a song of your choice. All my packages come with a personalized client portal where you can keep all the files, contracts, guides, vendor info and so much more. You get a print release form which gives you full rights to your photos once delivered. They will all be high-resolution digital images delivered in a password protected gallery.

Customized client portal

Your client portal will hold all the information regarding your elopement in one organized place. The contract, date, vendors, locations, timeline, location guide, all the researched info. It's kind of like a Wedding Binder that you can carry everywhere you go on your phone for quick reference. It's super convenient when you have that many flowing details. The best part is I will put it all together for you.

Unlimited Consultations

Nothing will ever go exactly as planned and things will arise that will make us need to go in a new direction. That is why I will be here for you every step of the way. I will have backup plans for all the worst case scenarios so you don't have to worry. 

Starting packages should be just that... a starting point!

Check out these Starting Prices and General Packages

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Small Intimate Wedding

Do you want to not sacrifice any of the wedding traditions but have fewer people at your wedding so that you can upgrade the experience everyone has and make it a more intimate experience? Then this is the perfect Wedding Package for you.


Complimentary Engagement Session

6-8 Hours of Wedding Coverage
Covers: Ceremony & Reception
Along with Other Traditional Activities

Bride & Groom Portraits

Bridal Party Portraits

Family Portraits

All Images Professionally Edited
An Image Compiled Video w/ Songs of your Choosing
Password Protected Online Viewing/Sharing Gallery
Digital High-Resolution Download
Print Release

Complimentary Engagement Session

Micro Wedding

Are you thinking of having a wedding ceremony now with just a few people there to document your day, but want to skip all of the rest of the traditions like the dinner and reception? Then this is the perfect Wedding Package for you, it's a great way to get your ceremony documented and your bridal portraits. 


Complimentary Engagement Session

4 Hours of Wedding Footage
Covers: Your Ceremony

Along with Other Traditional Activities
Bride & Groom Portraits

Family Portraits
All Images Professionally Edited
An Image Compiled Video w/ Songs of your Choosing
Password Protected Online Viewing/Sharing Gallery
Digital High-Resolution Download
Print Release

Complimentary Engagement Session


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Pre-Post Wedding Day Session

These sessions are my new fav. What a great way to get the most use out of your wedding attire and flowers, than by extending your wedding day for some epic photo shots and intimate moments you will cherish forever. 


4 Hours of Elopement Coverage
Custom Location Planning Guide
Adventure Elopement Planning Guide
All Images Professionally Edited
An Image Compiled Video w/ Songs of your Choosing
Password Protected Online Viewing/Sharing Gallery
Digital High-Resolution Images
Print Release

Travel is included within 50 miles of Blacksburg, VA. Outside of that and the travel will be added up and combined with the package, depending on how far away it is. I will handle the location scouting for all pre/post day wedding sessions unless you have a specific location in mind. I also frequently go out location scouting just to find new areas and options. 12-hour a day access to me for any questions or issues that arise. I will be there with you every step of the way even if you change your mind a million times on the details. I will spend many hours pouring over your questionnaire and really getting to the heart of what you want me to capture. I believe in this experience and want to offer you the best version possible. I will be your biggest advocate and will stop at nothing to make sure you get everything you want out of this day. You really can have everything you ever wanted and I would love to help you get that. Let's schedule a phone conversation or coffee meeting to go over any questions you might have (and become the best of friends). 

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