Weddings aren’t for everyone.  They can quickly become expensive, stressful, and blossom larger than the initial plan.  Elopement weddings can reduce the stress and financial burden that comes with having a traditional wedding.  When faced with a ballooning guest list and the hassle of traditions that don’t really reflect your taste, many couples have wished they could have just eloped.

A true definition of elopement is when a couple runs off secretly to get married.  However nowadays people can make their own definition of elopement.  Basically today it means you are not getting married on Saturday.  

Here are the benefits to having an elopement wedding:

New River Gorge Wedding
Valley Falls

1. Cost.

Having an elopement wedding allows the bride and groom to cut down the size of the wedding to a more affordable size without offending any of the bride’s and groom’s many friends and family. 

The cost of feeding your guests is less because you will probably be feeding less people.  Not as many people can come to a weekday wedding.  Also the cost of your wedding photographer is considerably less.  Click here to contact us for the price.  

Wedding At Alpine Lake Resort, WV

2.  Quaint and intimate.

Since an elopement wedding is held Monday through Friday, there may not be as many people who can come.  If you are looking to have a small intimate wedding, you may want to choose an elopement wedding.  An elopement wedding, since it is smaller, has less pressure and hassle as a larger wedding.  

Wedding at Valley Falls State Park

3.  Romantic.

An elopement wedding can be personalized to suit the bride an groom.  It can be as fancy or as simple as you desire just like a traditional wedding.

4.  Stress Free.

Since there is not as much wedding planning, this leaves more time for what is important, the love you have for each other.  The stress of planning a huge wedding, with all the beautiful dresses, hair and makeup, feeding all the guests, entertainment and all that goes along with a large wedding, can become overwhelming.  Many people choose a elopement to relieve themselves of that.

5.  Many Different Locations For An Elopement.

Since not as many people have elopement weddings, the venues you want are often available Monday through Friday.  Or just sneak off with a few friends, an officiant, a marriage license, flowers, and maybe a cake (whatever suits your taste), and bring your photographer to a beautiful location.  There is no shortage of gorgeous locations in West Virginia where you can have an elopement wedding from Cooper’s Rock, to the New River Gorge.  The possibilities for a breath taking elopement wedding is endless.

Possible Location Ideas:

Many people are choosing to elope when they tie the knot.  Here are some really knock out locations in West Virginia to have an elopement:

Cooper’s Rock.

Cooper’s Rock Wedding

WV State Capitol.

Dolly Sods.

Dolly Sods Elopement

Prickett’s Fort.

Valley Falls State Park.

Stonewall Resort.

Lakeview Golf Resort.

WVU Campus.

Alpine Lake Resort.

At A Bed and Breakfast.

A Lovely Lake Setting.

At A Farm.

At Your Home.

At home wedding

Rent A Log Cabin.

In A Field.

At Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Snowshoe Mountain Wedding

At A Vineyard.

Vineyard wedding

Our Elopement Wedding Packages:

Elopement pricing:

  • Our standard elopement package contains up to 3 hours of continuous coverage.  Additional hours can me added.
  • Download of edited, high resolution images with printing permission.
  • Wedding day highlight slideshow.
  • Online gallery.
  • All starting at $950.

Call us today and share you wedding plans!  Click here to contact us.


Stefanie Ray is a professional photographer, owner and operator along with her husband, Tim Ray, of Tim Ray Photography. She is highly involved in all the color enhancement of the wedding photography. Tim Ray Photography is a family owned and operated business and has been in the wedding photography business for more than 30 years.

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