Tips for planning your adventure or hiking elopement:
I know I mentioned hiring someone who really knows the place you want to elope earlier but really, that is my biggest tip. The weather can really vary in NC and the Parkway likes to shut down at times throughout the colder months. Having someone who knows back up locations (and knows who needs what permits) and can really hook you up with amazing vendors to compliment your plans is going to make your day so so smooth.
How to choose the right location(s): First remember that no matter what you choose, you stepped outside of comfortable and made an intentional decision to create a meaningful and intimate day. You rock!
First thing to do is get a picture in your mind of where you imagine saying your vows. This could look like a grassy bald with the blue mountains in the back, a craggy mountain over looking the valley, a lake with mountain views, a beach or so much more. Think about what makes you feel joy and that is going to be a great direction to head.
Next think about the general shape of the day you imagine. Will you have any family with you? Are you imagining some off roading and adventuring? Do you see yourself wandering deep into the wilderness or taking a short hike. Will there be an dinner with family or an intimate meal from a private chef? There are so many options out there so let your imagination run wild.
Finally, what time of year do you want to elope? There are some locations that are not always accessible. There are also times of year where popular spots will be super crowded (hello gorgeous fall).
Remember you can make this day whatever you want and there a so many amazing options out there!
If you have any questions about how to plan your elopement day please just shoot me a little message HERE. I would love to help you out!